The 50-yard pitch shot is a consternation causer for the weekend golfer. At address he wonders, "Should I take a long, free backswing and float the ball up there?" He decides to, and about halfway back he thinks, "I should have choked down on the grip, taken a short backswing and punched the ball." This unhappy confusion is unnecessary, for the 50-yard wedge shot, which is really a half-pitch, is easy enough to execute. It is assumed, of course, that the terrain between your ball and the green includes some obstruction—a bunker, water or a hill—so it is imperative that you get the ball well up into the air and drop it onto the green. To start, take your regular stance and grip, but open the club face slightly. Remember that in order to put enough backspin on the ball you will have to strike it quite crisply. Your weight is on your left side. Now start the club up and back rather abruptly, but don't jerk it away. Think of trying to lift it almost straight up in a smooth motion, and just a little to the outside of the line of flight. The backswing should be short because you are hitting the ball only about 50 yards. When you come down into the ball, hit through it very sharply with the left hand as well as the right. The swing should have a firm feel. Even though the backswing has been restricted, this is in no sense a punch shot, so do not think of it as one.