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How to Pitch a Golf Ball

Updated on April 30, 2013

Pitch shots and especially pitching the golf ball with loft are a crucial part of golf game, so you're going to want to learn how to pitch a golf ball. Here are a few tips on how to pitch like a professional golfer. One common difficulty that most golfers come across during pitching is that the golf club swings down during the downswing. And what I mean by that is that it starts swinging back and you end up hitting the golf ball in its middle.

But you must understand something while pitching the golf ball. While pitching, what is expected of you is to hit down on the ball, letting it crawl up the face of the golf club and then move on to the green. This can happen only if you let the leading edge of the club hit the bottom of the golf ball. And the common mistake most golfers are guilty of is that they think that their follow through should be as high as possible. And with that mentality, they hit the ball on the upswing instead of hitting down on the ball.

While performing Golf downswing, most golfers with a high follow through tend to swing back up once again. This will send the club face high during the follow through and therefore it's not an appropriate way to hit a pitch shot. As a matter of fact, this is the most common mistake done by most golfers, especially those who are new to the game.

But of course there is a right way to pitch. Put a little more weight on your left or the front leg and execute the move by leaning on top of it. Your arms need to swing the club head to see the ball go up. As you do this, the ball will crawl up the club face successfully. The important thing here is to see to that the follow through is as low as possible.

As you make the downswing, you must shift your weight onto your left side and swing your arms to ensure that the leading edge swings into the ground. Only then will the golf ball crawl all the way up the clubface and fly towards the target. You must imagine that you are actually swinging the clubface into the ground. Learning how to pitch a golf ball is a very important skill typical to golf and can help you achieve a good amount of professionalism in the game.

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