The Short Lofted Pitch

Feb. 10, 1958
Feb. 10, 1958

Table of Contents
Feb. 10, 1958

Fisherman's Calendar
Snow Patrol
Race To Remember
  • Fire almost made a tragedy of the famed San Diego to Acapulco ocean race but it all had a happy ending

  • Herb Elliott, an Aussie schoolboy when Landy and Bannister were blazing the four-minute trail, turned the trick last week and is only sorry he didn't beat the world record

Weidman's Burden
Wonderful World Of Sport
Bobby Bragan
Tip From The Top
  • By Marlene Bauer Hagge
  • In a floodlit arena filled with 15,000 cheering spectators the dog world's elite faces its greatest test—Westminster

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

The Short Lofted Pitch

By Marlene Bauer Hagge

Contrary to the popular notion, most of the pros don't use much wrist cock in playing their short pitches. For myself, though, I find I hit the ball sharpest and control it best if I use lots of wrist and hand action on this type of shot, with the hands completely uncocked at impact. I play the ball two inches forward of the right heel. This requires "early timing," and a golfer probably is best off to start by playing this shot off the middle and then to move the ball back when his (or her) timing develops. My reason for advocating this method is this: the lowest part of the swing occurs at the center of the stance; in order to hit the ball first, the turf after, you have to place the ball back.

This is an article from the Feb. 10, 1958 issue Original Layout

In lining up the short pitch, I lay the blade open, very slightly. I stand with my left shoulder held high, so that it is free to do its work. (I also have the feeling that my left elbow is high at address.) I start the club back with my left shoulder and arm, and halfway through the backswing I begin cocking my wrists. On this shot I allow for a little roll. For example, on a 40-yard pitch I try to gauge the shot so that the ball will land about 12 feet short of the hole.

from MARLENE BAUER HAGGE, Delray Beach, Fla.


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