Refresh your Game with Michelob ULTRA: Pitching Basics

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Pitching Basics
By Karen Jansen – LPGA Professional

One of the most challenging shots in golf is the pitch shot. Follow the simple guidelines below to improve your pitching and lower your scores!

• The Pitch Shot spends more time in the air than on the ground
• Use a lofted club like a pitching or sand wedge
• Open your stance
• Ball position in the middle
• Weight on forward foot
• Hinge wrists on the backswing
• Hit down to make the golf ball go up in the air

Pitching Essentials

A pitch or pitch shot, usually played with a highly lofted club like a pitching or sand wedge, is designed to go a short distance with a high ball flight to land softly on the green.

Here are some basic fundamentals to help you become a better short game player.

1. Stance is narrow and open
2. Weight favors the target foot
3. Hands, arms, and shoulders form a triangle with the hands ahead of the ball at address position
4. Hinge your wrists on the backswing
5. Weight is retained on target foot
6. Accelerate your swing on the downswing, keep hands moving
7. Keep your target side firm as you finish swing
8. Distance determines the length of the swing

LPGA Teaching Professional Karen Palacios-Jansen was voted 2008 LPGA National and Southeast Section Teacher of the Year. Voted by Golf Digest Magazine as one of America’s “Top 50 Women Instructors” for 11 straight years, Karen has her own golf events company-Swing Blade Enterprises in Mooresville, North Carolina. Karen, a certified personal trainer, developed a golf-specific fitness system called Cardiogolf available on DVD and worked as managing editor for Golf Fitness Magazine.   For more information-visit

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