1 Simple Tip To Improve Your Pitching Contact

1 Simple Tip To Improve Your Pitching Contact

Today I have for you some great short game advice from Jeff Richmond who is the Director of Instruction at Consistent Golf. The advice he shares below may seem contrary to the short game advice you’ve been given in the past but listen to what he says and then give it a try – 1 Simple Tip To Improve Your Pitching Contact by Jeff Richmond.

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Everyone knows how important the short game is, but here’re some stats that may surprise you…CLICK HERE to jump straight to the advice.

From 30 yards pros get up and down about 46% of the time. Whereas a 10 handicap golfer only gets up and down around 11% of the time, and a 30 handicapper only gets up and down about 3% of the time.

Ouch!

So the moral of the story ladies and gentlemen is… improve your short game and your scores will drop!

But one of the biggest factors that prevent this has to do with contact on the short shots.

Because if you fat or thin your short game shots, then the ball is going to either go too far or too short, leaving you a long putt or, heaven forbid… another chip!

So today I want to give you one simple tip that will help you improve the percentage of contact on your short shots.

What I’m about to share with you is completely contrary to what you’ve heard about the short game.

You see, the common advice with the short game is to put most of the weight on your left side (for right-handers) at address and hit down on the ball.

Think about it… that’s ok for a professional or the golfer who practices a lot because by doing this your contact has to be very precise. If you’re making a short stroke and hitting sharply down on the ball and your contact point is slightly off, then you’ll stub the club in the ground causing a fat shot, or you’ll hit the ball above the middle causing a thin shot.

So for most golfers I’m teaching, I suggest that when they setup to a chip or short pitch, they keep the weight fairly even at address and the ball in the middle of the stance.

Once setup like this, then I get them to make a much shallower backswing and follow-through. So it’s much more of a sweeping motion than an up and down motion.

Imagine a shallow U rather than a sharp V action.

This is a lot different than what is commonly taught, but for most golfers who I teach this, it gives better consistency and a much higher margin for error. Because the club is moving much lower to the ground, you can miss hit the ball and it’s still possible to get a good result.

You’ll hit fewer fats and thins with this approach.

So if your short game is a problem area for you, try this and let me know how you get on.

Hope it helps you.

That tip was from Jeff Richmond and if you would like even more help with your short game to make it so it’s like a professional, go here to find out more about Jeff’s great step-by-step Short Game Improvement program. The Short Game Improvement Program CLICK HERE.

As always if you have any comments or feedback regarding this article  1 Simple Tip To Improve Your Pitching Contact please do not hesitate to leave a comment below, I will be glad to respond to any responses received.

Happy golfing.
Michael Bogeys to Birdies Golf Tips for the Senior Golfer

8 Responses

  1. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    H Marley,

    Thanks for your comment about the article 1 simple tip to improve your pitching contact, I am so glad that you may have found a way of beating your competitive friend at his own game, you will have to let me know how you get on when you next go head to head with him on the golf course?

    Here is anther article I put together that may help your game too – http://bogeystobirdies.co.uk/keeping-your-composur

    That article might give you a little more ammo up your sleeve?

    Happy golfing and once again thanks for your comments on the article 1 simple tip to improve your pitching contact.

    Regards, Michael Bogeys to Birdies Golf Tips for Serious Amateur Golfers

  2. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for your comments regarding my article 1 simple tip to improve your pitching contact, you are right in the fact that a lot of amateur golfers do try to replicate what they saw the golf pro’s do on the TV, they have to remember that your average seasoned touring golf pro has spent thousands of hours practicing their techniques and drills, and you are absolutely spot on about seeking the advice of their local golf pro. In fact I put together a recent article on the best way to source a good golf pro who is going to enhance their game – the article is here : http://bogeystobirdies.co.uk/golf-lessons-to-impro

    Thanks once again for your comment about the article 1 simple tip to improve your pitching contact and if you have any further questions now or in the future please do not hesitate to contact me via email or via the comments section.

    Happy Golfing.

    Regards, Michael Bogeys to Birdies ‘Golf Tips for the Amateur Golfer’

  3. JeffWA says:

    H Michael,

    Great article 1 simple tip to improve your pitching contact. Your tip about placing the weight evenly distributed when about to hit a short shot, making the swing more of a “U” rather than a “V” shape makes perfect sense for the medium to high handicapper golfer.

    The problem is that most amateur golfers want to copy everything that the professional golfers do which is a grave mistake. Their swing is not honed through years, perhaps decades of repeat the same motion. Most amateurs are truly inconsistent at not being able to attain the same swing motion repeatedly ending up messing themselves up.

    It’s why watching some of those golf tips whenever CBS carries a tournament during the spring through summer by Peter Kostis, true he provides some proper advice. But is it especially directed at all amateurs?

    Plus these amateur golfers are then going out to try to replicate what they saw on television without a certified golf teacher watching them closely on the range, and in many cases they only make matters worse.

    Great advice Michael!

    Jeff

  4. Marley Dawkins says:

    Nice article, my friend was captain of my counties golf team, so im used to him giving me a whipping on the golf course lol.

    We only play every 6 months or so, and we aren’t exactly the best of friends so he doesn’t give me many tips, he gets very competitive about it keeping all the little tricks to himself lol.

    But now ive read your article i can actually have a better shot (literally) at beating him 🙂 thanks a lot!

  5. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Al,

    Thanks for your feedback and comments on the article 1 simple tip to improve your pitching contact it is most appreciated. In regards to your question about getting a professional coach to help you with your golf game, I am very much a people person and a golf coach needs to be that person, I have never wanted a golf coach to teach me how they play but more like improve the good bits of my golf game and enhance them with their methods, but its not always easy to find a golf coach that suits your game, here is an article I recently put together on what to look for in a coach when looking for one, you will get some benefit out of this article : http://bogeystobirdies.co.uk/golf-lessons-to-impro

    Once again thanks for your feedback on the article 1 simple tip to improve your pitching contact and if I can answer any future questions you may have please do not hesitate to drop me an email or leave another comment in the comment section of any future articles.

    Cheers, Michael Bogeys to Birdies ‘Golf Tips for the Serious Amateur Golfer

  6. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi There, thanks for your feedback on the article 1 simple tip to improve your pitching contact, I have had a lot of feedback on the article and it is proving to be very beneficial to many golfers around the world which is why I wanted to promote it on my website. The percentages and stats speak for themselves and I am so glad that you decided to jump in and purchase the product, please let me know how you getting on in the near future?

    Once again thanks for the feedback on the 1 simple tip to improve your pitching contact and I look forward to hearing from you again in the near future.

    Cheers, Michael Bogeys to Birdies ‘Golf Tips for the Older Golfer’

  7. Fairweather Green says:

    Hi Michael,

    Amazing that amateur golfers seem to spend most of their practice time with their woods and irons, whilst neglecting the scoring side of the game. Your percentage comparison of 46% – 10% says it all really.

    As a PGA Professional myself, I do wonder whether this technique would result in less fat/thin shots, but I have purchased the product and I may just need to read it thoroughly to brush up on my own short game skills even though I am a pro golfer myself, great article and I look forward to reading more of your articles in the near future.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Al says:

    Hi Michael, great article on 1 simple tip to improve your pitching contact, I’ll need to try this out next time I have such a shot to play, it’s a really great tip.

    What’s really interesting to me here, and isn’t something that has occurred to me before, is that there are legitimate reasons for teaching different techniques depending on the experience/skill level of a golfer. It seems obvious when explained so well, but really isn’t something I’ve ever thought about before.

    The temptation, if you have the money, might be to get the “best” golf coach possible – but do you think that might be a mistake if that coach is more accustomed to coaching semi-professional or professional players?

    All the best,

    Al

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