Day 11: Pitching Accuracy + The Driver Draw
PITCH IT LIKE THE PROS
Good players make greenside pitch shots look easy. One common trait is, they make a longer backswing and a shorter finish—the opposite of what most amateurs do. Take a narrow stance, set your weight left and focus on a smooth backswing and a punch-like follow-through. You'll hit with a flat wrist on your lead arm—a major key to solid contact. —Joe Compitello, a Golf Digest Best Young Teacher
LEARN TO HIT A POWER DRAW
The dream shot for most golfers is a big, high draw off the tee. But they tend to do two things that prevent a draw: squeezing the grip too tight and unwinding the shoulders too soon from the top. So check your grip pressure, and start down by shifting your lower body toward the target, letting the club fall to the inside. That's the slot for hitting a draw. —Joe Compitello
DAVID LEADBETTER: CONSISTENT IRON SHOTS
Leadbetter teaches a few simple keys to effective iron play: Center the ball in your stance; make a three-quarter backswing; feel like your chest is facing the ball at impact; and extend your arms through the strike.