QUICK FIX: You can use a number of wedges to hit a pitch shot, but where most amateur golfers fail is in their set-up. Here are some tips to help you achieve consistency so you can knock the ball stone dead!


Golfers have a variety of clubs they can use when pitching – the lob wedge (58-60 degrees), sand wedge (54-56 degrees), gap wedge (50-52 degrees) and pitching wedge (46-46 degrees). These can all be used with the same technique. Look to get a pitching system so you have all the shots covered.


Most amateur golfers set up to a pitch shot in the same way they do for longer shots, but your set-up requires a few alterations. Your weight distribution should favour your front foot with about 60% of your body weight resting on the foot nearest the target. Your hands should also move forward with the weight. Keep your shoulders square to the ball-to-target line, but pull the foot nearest the target back a touch as this will help you to turn through the shot and stop your hands from flicking.


The swing should involve some decent hinging of the wrists on the way back and a solid turn through of the body, no scooping up please! You need to brush the grass after the ball, this will feel like you are hitting down and through the shot to pop it up.