Short Game Prowess
Knock it stiff more often
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Swing down and through the shot, not up and away! Be aggressive!
Release the hands and let them retain their speed.
Don't be afraid to engage the lower body in this shot.
Another good rule of thumb for this shot is to keep your hands close to your body as you hinge, unhinge and hinge again through the followthrough. By staying close, you'll be forced to hinge a lot quicker. That's the trick for hitting high flop shots, folks.
DEAD-HANDS PITCH SHOT
Sometimes pitch shots that fly high and stop quickly aren't the types of pitches you want to hit. What if you want a midheight flier that takes two hops and releases 3 to 6 feet toward the hole? For this type of result, try the dead-hands pitch shot.
To hit this shot, the critical variable is how the hands work through the stroke. In essence, the hands ought to deaden. By that, I mean the hands are merely an extension of the arms. Yes, you hinge your wrists and they release, but they do it a lot slower and later in the stroke. So, to hit this type of shot with dead hands, you have to be ready to turn more with the body through the stroke. In the photo sequence, notice how much my body has rotated through the strike. That's what you want. Also, in the finish position, check out how low my hands are and how the shaft is practically horizontal. That's an indicator that I've hit this shot by using the rotation of my body as the driving move, not the release and flick of the hands.
Try this shot on your own and imagine having dead, inactive hands. You'll hit softer pitches that fly lower and have some release when they hit the green.
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