July 05, 2010
Keep your body turning through
Believe it or not, you have to rotate your body through impact even on a short pitch shot. One of the major mistakes of players trying to break 100 is a lack of body rotation in the short game: The body, particularly the lower body, stays frozen, and the hands and arms control the motion (left).Here's a drill to fix that. Hold a club in front of you at chest height. From a standing position, rotate to your left to get a feel for the proper hip and torso movement (left, below). Your chest should face just left of the target at the finish. Hold that position for a few seconds to feel your core muscles engage. Focus on using your body and not your hands and arms to make this motion.
Pivot around your left leg for control
I can pretty much tell from address if a player is going to hit a bad pitch shot. Too much weight on the right foot leads to a falling-back motion (left), which moves the low point of the swing behind the ball. Despite best efforts to save the shot with the hands and arms, the result is usually an ugly chunk or skull.To overcome this pitching fault, try setting up with almost all of your weight on your left foot. Draw your right foot back 10 or 12 inches and use it only for balance. As you swing, this will help you to pivot around your left leg for a descending blow and ball-turf contact. To prove you stayed on your left side, make sure you're up on the toes of your right foot at the finish (left).