The Difference Between Chipping vs Pitching | Golf Instruction | My Golf Tutor


Do you want to know the difference between
a chip shot and a pitch shot? Having trouble selecting the correct shot
choice around the green? Hey this is Sean McTernan and you are watching
another episode of My Golf Tutor, the number one place on the internet for you to improve
your game the fastest. Welcome back and todays question comes from
Dan and Dan writes, hey Sean I have a lot of difficulty deciding the correct shot to
play around the green. Sometimes I don’t know if I should be playing
a chip shot or pitch shot, have you any advice? Dan, thanks very much for your question, I
think the first thing we need to define is what is a chip shot and what is a pitch shot. I would consider a pitch shot to be a high
shot that you would hit two thirds of the way and it would release the last third. A chip shot would be planned lower and closer
to the ground. So it would land probably a third of the way
and release the other two thirds. A big part of deciding what shot to play is
the first thing going to be the lie. Typically when hitting pitch shots or chip
shots you do want the first bounce to be on the green, if at all possible. There are occasions where it is impossible
to have this happen. Typically for the ball to get a good consistent
release we want that first bounce of the ball to be on the green. The second thing you want to take into consideration
is what you have to hit over. As you can see here I probably have fairway
half way between me and the pin. I’m going to have to hit a higher shot here
because I want that first bounce to be on the green and I want it to release up to the
hole. If I was going to hit a lower shot or chip
shot here, I would be bouncing it into the fairway and I can’t really predict accurately
how the ball is going to release. I have a better chance of how it going to
release once it gets on the green. So here we have a thirty yard pitch shot,
I probably have maybe seventeen or eighteen yards of fairway to hit over. Then the pin is on another fifteen yards. So lets go ahead, I’m going to hit a pitch
shot here, it is going to come out a little high and I’m going to carry it two thirds
of the way and it will release the other third. So Dan we just talked about a pitch shot and
you can see I landed it two thirds of the way and it released the final third. Here we are in a situation where we are very
close to the fringe, but we are just far enough off that we can’t putt the ball. Because there is two much grass on the fairway. So I’m going to play a chip shot which is
going to be a little lower to the ground. I’m going to try and bump it a third of the
way and let it release two thirds of the way. I’m going to play this with a seven iron and
you can use an eight iron. From a course management stand point you always
want to play it with the least loft possible because we still want that first bounce to
be on the green. The beauty of this shot if you miss strike
it a little bit or don’t quite hit it how you want it is still going to release and
get up closer to the pin than if you used a sand wedge or lob wedge and you miss struck
that club. This is a percentage shot and like I said
you want that opportunity to get the ball low to the ground and releasing and try and
do it every time. So for this shot I am going to stand a little
closer to the ball, my feet are going to be a little narrower. There is going to be more like a putter, more
like a putting stroke. The shaft is going to be a little bit steeper,
just like a putter. I hope that video helps and if you or anyone
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