There is an old
saying that a good putter is a match for anyone and a bad putter is a match for
nobody. I propose that the same thing applies equally to a golfer's ability or
inability to play the short pitch shot from 50 yards or less from the hole.
In executing the
short pitch, it is essential to concentrate upon hitting through the ball with
the hands. It is the speed with which the hands go through the ball that
determines how far the ball will travel. From the incidental stance, holding
the club in exactly the same position, it is possible to pitch the ball
anywhere from 20 yards to 50 yards simply by altering the speed of your hand
action. How far you take the club back doesn't enter into the matter at all. I
stress this because I have had dozens of golfers complain that they could not
hit a short pitch because they always took the club back too far. If they
concentrated upon the hand speed through the ball and let the length of the
backswing become instinctive, they would do much better both in producing finer
shots and lower scores.
from JOE BELFORE,
Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.