Links and Tips from DuPage Golf…
By Peter Longo, PGA Teaching Professional, The Preserve at Oak Meadows, Addison, IL
They do it on TV quite a bit. A deft pitch shot lands close to the pin and stops quickly for a gimme putt.
Many amateurs try this shot from too close to the green which is the wrong choice, only to be disappointed because:
- It’s difficult to make a short pitch land where you want it to, and
- The ball rarely stops without running 10 to 20 feet.
The truth is, the easier shot to play from within 10 yards is a low running chip that lands quickly and runs most of the distance to the pin. It’s played with a low lofted iron, 4-5-6 or 7, and the idea is to loft the ball just enough to get over the fringe grass. The low loft of the iron puts little spin on the ball and you can count on it running, even if you miss hit it.
The shot is played with no hand action, just arms, very similar to a putt. Set-up like a putt and stroke the iron with the same force you would use if you were putting the same distance.
It’s very easy to do, doesn’t have to be hit precisely and brings smiles at those easy up and down pars.