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8 Steps To Perfect Golf Pitching!

Why would you want to waste time improving your golf pitching and short game, when all we really dream about is out hitting our mates with huge 300 yard drives down the middle of the fairway?

Although improving your golf driving is one of the most enjoyable aspects in golf and can certainly make life a hell of a lot easier, being able to hit the golf ball miles down the middle of the fairway, will only play a very small part of your overall golf game.

If you really want to see your handicap drop and your scores reducing, the only real way of achieving this is by mastering your golf pitching and short game around the green. So take a moment to learn the 8 steps to perfect golf pitching below:

1. Position Of Golf Ball - for normal pitching shots the ideal ball position is in the middle of your stance, having the ball too far forward will lead to a lot of duffed or thinned shots, because you'll end up hitting the ground before the golf ball. Too far back will de-loft the club face, producing a lower shot, with more run.

2. Take An Open Stance - opening up your stance, i.e. pulling your left foot back 6 inches or so, will help to give you a better visual perspective of the pitch shot. It will also help to minimize any unwanted leg or hip movements, as well as help to create a steeper swing path, that will produce higher golf pitching shots that land softer.

3. Correct Body Alignment - now that you've adopted an open stance, ensure that your feet, knees and hips are aligned parallel to each other, so they are all aiming left of the target. It is important to keep you shoulders parallel to your target line though, otherwise you might find that you will end up pulling your shots left of the target.

4. Press Hands Forward - by pressing your hands forward so that the butt end of the golf club is pointing to the inside of your left thigh, you are creating a strong left arm and hand position. This is the ideal position that you want your hands to be in when you're making contact with the golf ball and one of the keys to golf pitching success.

5. Length Of Back Swing - this is simple to understand but very difficult to master! If you can maintain a good consistent rhythm in your back swing, then all you have to do to change the distance you hit your golf pitch shots, is adjust the length of your back swing. This is easier said than done, but can be achieved with plenty of practice.

6. Accelerate Through The Ball - the most common mistake amongst amateur golfers is to decelerate through the impact zone because they are either afraid of the outcome or try to lift or scoop the ball up into the air. Decelerating just causes the left hand to brake down, which will result in all kinds of strange and inconsistent shots.

7. Complete Your Follow Through - too many golfers are looking to see where the ball is going to end up, and quit on the shot before completing their follow through. This will only result in poor golf pitching and inconsistency. One way to overcome this problem is to ensure that your follow through is the same length as your back swing.

8. Practice! Practice! Practice! - the only true way of improving your golf pitching performance is through practice. A great idea to help you develop a consistent golf pitching technique, would be to buy a decent golf chipping net and use this to practice some effective golf pitching drills in the comfort of your own home.

If you are serious about improving your golf chips shots and looking for some inspirational advice on how to take your short game and golf chipping to the next level, then i would recommend that you get a copy of Phil Mickelson's excellent golf instructional book called 'Secrets Of The Short Game'

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