Butch Harmon: Inside 50 Yards

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Lesson 1: Pitching

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Lesson 1: Pitching
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OVERVIEW

No matter your skill level, improving your short game will lower your scores significantly. In this opening video, Butch Harmon discusses pitch shots up to 50 yards. He covers the setup and swing keys, but also strategic elements like target and club selection. Don’t miss his key move on the downswing—it might just be the piece you need to elevate your wedge play.

SWING THOUGHTS

When possible, play lower trajectory pitch shots; ditch your lob wedge
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In pitching, hit with the same loft you set at address
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Play the ball back of center for pitch shots, and favor your front foot
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On pitch shots, kick your back knee forward to trigger the downswing
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When the pin is back, pitch to the front of the green and let it run
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Lesson 2: Pitching from Rough
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  • Getting a clean strike on the ball
  • How to make it come out softly
  • Why the backswing matters most

Butch Harmon: Inside 50 Yards

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Lesson 1: Pitching
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Lesson 2: Pitching from Rough
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Lesson 3: Chipping
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Lesson 4: Greenside Bunkers
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Lesson 5: Long Putts
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Lesson 6: Short Putts
Butch Harmon: Inside 50 YardsINDEX
Lesson 1: Pitching
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Lesson 1: Pitching
  • How to turn 50 yards into 25
  • Controlling contact and distance
  • Learn Butch’s downswing trigger
Lesson 2: Pitching from Rough
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Lesson 2: Pitching from Rough
  • Getting a clean strike on the ball
  • How to make it come out softly
  • Why the backswing matters most
Lesson 3: Chipping
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Lesson 3: Chipping
  • Picking the right club for the job
  • The benefits of following a routine
  • Avoiding chunks and skulls
Lesson 4: Greenside Bunkers
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Lesson 4: Greenside Bunkers
  • Why ball position drives everything
  • What to forget that you’ve been taught
  • Making a perfect sand divot every time
Lesson 5: Long Putts
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Lesson 5: Long Putts
  • The common fault you must avoid
  • How to tap into your natural touch
  • Tips for practicing from long range
Lesson 6: Short Putts
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Lesson 6: Short Putts
  • How to stop trying to “wish” them in
  • Butch’s famous tip: Putt with your left ear
  • An innovative cure for the yips