James Sieckmann: Pitch Shots From Deep Grass
When you're playing a pitch shot from deep grass, the amount of raw clubhead speed you produce isn't as important as where in the swing you make that speed. Get into a stable, open stance with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Open the clubface, and play the ball forward of center. Start with your weight shifted onto your lead leg, and leave it there. Then make a long, slow backswing, and transition smoothly into the downswing so you feel a slight "throw" of the clubhead down through the grass (above). Make sure maximum clubhead speed happens after impact. If you create speed too early, you'll tend to chop into the grass with the leading edge and get stuck.
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