When you’re playing a game of golf you’ll often be faced with a pitch shot whether that be a 50 yard pitch shot, an 80 yard pitch shot or even a 30 yard pitch shot. When you are faced with such a pitch shot one of the most important elements needed for success is distance control.
If you can hit the pitch shot the distance you want consistently then you’ll give yourself a great chance of making the putt and this will save you a lot of shots. That’s why in this article I’m going to give you a very simple pitching drill that will help you to program yourself to hit pitch shots the distance you want – consistently.
To do this pitching drill you will need a practice area where you can place objects in front of you up to about 70-90 yards away.
Once you have your practice area ready then place objects in 10 yard intervals, starting at 10 yards away from you. So place an object at 10 yards, 20 yards, 30 yards, 40 yards, 50 yards and so forth.
After you have this setup then get out a golf club that you would normally use to pitch with. Then pitch one ball to each object. When you do this NEVER hit a second ball to the same object. Out on the golf course you only get one chance to make a golf shot so you should simulate this when you are practicing your pitching.
Start this drill by hitting the first ball to the first closest target (i.e. the 10 yard marker). Then hit the next ball to the next closest target (i.e. the 20 yard marker) and keep doing this until you’ve hit balls to all of the targets.
After you’ve completed that for each target then mix it up by picking out different targets to hit your balls to. When you do this it’s a good idea to name the target before you do this. So before your pitch shot say something like… “I am going to hit this ball to land on the 40 yard marker”, then “I am going to hit this ball to land on the 10 yard marker” etc.
By doing this pitching drill over and over again regularly you’ll become very good at knowing how far and how hard you need to swing so you hit your golf ball the distance you want.
Then when you get out on the golf course and you’re faced with a similar pitch shot you’ll have a lot of confidence that you’re going to get the ball close to the hole.
That confidence can only help you to hit better pitch shots and lower your scores. So get out there and practice this pitching drill.