How To Pitch It High or Low
Use your wrists to hit the right shot for the situation at hand
By Peter Krause
Top 100 Teacher
This story is for you if...
• You struggle getting
short wedge shots close.
• You use the same swing
for every pitch shot.
Your approach landed short of the green and too far away to chip the ball on. There's no
room for errors in accuracy or distance control on these tricky half-wedges.
Cut your troubles in half by changing the height of your
shot to match your lie. Creating the correct trajectory
takes the guesswork out of determining how to get this
ball close. If you can dial your half-wedges high or low
depending on the situation, you'll have an excellent
chance of getting up and down from anywhere.
Hit a high-trajectory wedge
...when you have to carry a bunker or don't have
much green to work with.
• High shots eliminate any trouble between you
and your target.
• On your backswing, cup your left wrist (bend it back),
which will open the clubface and add loft to the shot.
• You'll know you're doing it right if you look down and can
see the logo on the back of your glove.
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Hit a low-trajectory wedge
...when the front of the green is open or you have
a lot of green to work with.
• Hitting it low and letting the ball run means you don't have
to hit the ball a perfect distance in the air.
• Bend your left wrist forward on your takeaway. This bowing
action closes the clubface and takes loft off the club.
• If you look down at your hands and can't see the logo on
your glove, you're doing this right.
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