This article is the first of a two-part series on pitching using the one-lever pitch shot.
What is the one-lever pitch shot, when do you use it and how do you execute it?
First, it is important that you know what a pitch shot looks like. A pitch shot is a ball that travels in the air a short distance with a maximum amount of carry and minimum of roll.
The one-lever pitch shot is a “Y motion” half-swing with very little wrist action. Clubs that may be used include: 7, 8, 9, PW, SW or LW. This shot is best used when you don’t have to go over a bunker or water and are 10-30 yards from the green. The ball should launch approximately 8-12 feet high.
How to execute a one-lever pitch shot:
1) Select the club that will carry the ball into the air, will land near the front of the green and will roll to the hole.
2) Set up with a narrow and open stance with 60% of your weight on your target foot (left side for a right handed golfer and right side for a left handed golfer).
3) Use your regular full swing grip using a medium amount of grip pressure.
4) Turn your shoulders back making a half-swing. Keep your lower body and wrists quiet for better control and consistency.
5) On your forward swing, turn your hips towards the target, and then allow your upper body to follow. Finish with your body facing the target.
For more information on how to improve your pitching, schedule a lesson with Tami Bealert, PGA Director of Instruction.