The Single Lever Pitch Shot by Steve Phillips

The Single Lever Pitch Shot

by: Steve Phillips

The pitch shot is one of the most difficult shots in golf to execute consistently, because it requires feel and technique. If you're like most weekend golfers, however, you may not have the time needed to practice your short game and develop the proper feel. For the average golfer, I like to teach the single lever or "straight arm" pitch shot. This shot is simple and repeatable, taking the guess work out of using the wrists and hinging them through the swing.

Simply setup as pictured below, with the ball in the middle of your stance. Your weight should slightly favor the left foot, and feet set about 6-10 inches apart. Keeping your left arm and wrist straight throughout the entire swing is the key.

Step 1

The length of your backswing should also be the length of your follow through. Imagine swinging within a large clock, where you head is at 12 o'clock and your ball is at 6 o'clock. If you take the club back to 9 o'clock (as pictured below), then your follow through should finish at 3 o'clock.

Step 2

Step 3

Practice the clock method to perfect your distance control, too. For longer shots try 10 to 2. For shorter shots, picture swinging 7 to 5. As with anything in golf, practice makes perfect!

Be sure to stop by the clubhouse and see me if you need any other golf tips!

Steve Phillips, PGA Steve Phillips, PGA
Head Golf Professional
Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club
7900 Mystic Dunes Lane
Celebration, FL 34747
Ph: 407-787-5678
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