Open your stance. This allows the club when taken back to stay closer to the target line. The more the club swings in an arc closer to the target line, the greater the chance to hit the ball towards your target. Play the ball just forward of center in relation to your heels. The clubshaft should be vertical and not leaning forward. This sets the bounce of your club on the ground in your set-up. This will help encourage using the bounce when you hit the shot. It is much more forgiving if the bottom of the club is what is hitting the ground and not the leading edge. The leading edge will dig and lead to fat shots. Also, if you have the shaft leaning forward, you have the ball too far back in your stance. This reduces the club’s loft and makes you more prone to scooping.

You want to favor your weight slightly on your front foot. Your weight will start left and finish left, which helps in two ways: the first is the club goes back steeper. The weight set on your left side encourages an early set of your wrists and a sharper angle of attack. The second is the face remains open through impact, creating a high, soft ball-flight.
The pitch shot is more of an arms swing going back and a body rotation coming through. As you swing forward, rotate your legs, hips and chest through so that your body points left of the target at the finish. Really accelerate onto your left side. The handle of the club should finish by your left hip (for right handed golfer) and the clubface should match the angle of your spine. If so, the face is open and square to your body.

Distance Control
The length of your backswing is the greatest factor for distance control. The further you take the club back the farther the ball will travel. A good way to think of this is to think of a clock dial. Try to figure out how far a 7:30 , 9:00 and 10:30 backswing make the ball go with your pitching, sand and lob wedge. Remember your goal is to control your distance accurately enough to make your next putt holeable.

Hold Your Finish
It’'s very important to hold your finish position until the ball lands and you can see the results. The correlation between how you swung and how the ball flew will never be fresher in your mind. That is just the feedback you need to prepare your subconscious to play your best in the future. As you hold your finish, feel the swing you just made and watch how the ball flies and where it stops. To become a great player, you’'ve got to notice flight trajectories, carry distances, and how your shots react on the greens. You need to file this information away for future benefit. Golfers who hit shots and turn away in disgust, or drop their shoulders, hunch over, or move in any way, lose the feelings of their swings. Then they can’'t correlate what they did with the results. You can practice that way forever and never improve. But if you get to the end of your follow-through, hold it, and watch your shot land (usually four to six seconds after you strike it), you’'ll probably hold on to 80% of the feeling generated during the swing. As you see more and more shots and store them with your kinesthetic awareness, your brain refines and builds better memories to draw on in the future. You don’'t have to think

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