Pitching – 3 Ways To Control Your Distance With Your Wedges

Hello. I’m Brian Fitzgerald The Golf Doctor. And today I am going to show you 3 ways to
control the distance when you hit a pitch shot. Stay Tuned.. [MUSIC] Today we are going to be looking at how to
control distance and I’ve actually categorised them into 3 ways. So the first way to control the distance when
you hit a pitch shot is by changing the golf club. I have produced a video on what I call
9 to 3 pitching. And in that I show you how to use the same length of swing and we just
change the club to produce longer and shorter shots. So that’s the first one. When I pitch I pitch
with my 60 degree sand wedge, my 55 degree sand wedge, my 50 degree pitching wedge and
my 46 degree pitching wedge. Occasionally I will even pitch with a 9 iron when the conditions
warrant it. So I have got 4 clubs maybe 5 that I can control
so there’s about 50 m of difference between the shortest one to the longest one. It covers
a fair amount of ground. So that’s one method. I can change the club. Second method. if I get down to the 60 degree
sand wedge, I can’t change the club if I want to hit it shorter.So what can I do then? The first thing I do is I try and grip down
the club a little bit more so I am changing the length of the club. So we have got changing the club as the first.
Now we are looking at changing the length of the club. So if I go down the club to the bottom there
that’s about 2 inches. That’s going to knock a good 10 m off the distance that I hit the
shot. So you have just got to get comfortable doing it. If your not used to doing it you
might hit it slightly thin until you get used to gripping down that low on a golf club. But if you practice it it will become your
best friend. So we grip down, that will knock at least 10m off the shot. The third method we have got is we can use
a bigger or a smaller swing. I have talked in the past of having a 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock
pitching swing. Well we could go 10 o’clock 2 o’clock if we wanted to. We could use a full swing. But we could also
go 8 o’clock to 4 o’clock. Though changing the length of the swing will take yards off
it. So it is just a case of practicing those methods,
knowing how far they go. A good tip I give my clients is to get a mailing label and I
put it on the back of the shaft. And then I get them to write down 9 to 3 and I will
write down the distance they hit the ball with that club. I then might go 10 to 2. I
might then go 8 to 4 so you are writing down the differences in the distance. So that way
you can’t forget. When you are on the golf course it is very easy to forget things. So
if you consult that you will actually get the right choice of club. So I am going to grip down on this club and
we will see how I go. So I am gripping right down the bottom, I
am using my 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock swing and that ball doesn’t go as far. This is the position I hit my 60 degree sand
wedge from last time in that earlier video. I have just used my 55 degree sand wedge and
it has gone a similar distance by gripping down. But when I did that you will notice the ball
landed and it did run on a little bit. So that’s what is going to happen. It is not
going to stop as much as that 60 degree. So that’s how I can control distance. Three
ways. Change the club, change the length of the
club by gripping down. And change the length of your swing. I hope you have enjoyed the tip. I’m Brian Fitzgerald The Golf Doctor. If you like my videos you can share them with
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