– Hello, Adam Bazalgette here. Today’s subject: chips
versus pitches in golf. (upbeat rhythmic rock music) So, chips versus pitches. We’ll talk a little bit
about the definition. But I’ll show you that, hey, there are some similarities,
there are some differences, and how to blend body motion
and wrist cock for each, so that you get some
control over the shot. If you like the video, please subscribe to the YouTube channel. is my home website. Full courses in every
aspect of the game there. So let’s assume as we get
started, we have a decent lie. We are fairly near the green. These are short,
relative, greenside shots. I think the biggest difference between the two is really club selection. That’s what determines how
the ball reacts when it lands. There’s a little 58 degree sand wedge. Landed at about four yards on the green. Here’s a nine iron. Same landing spot, or close to it. Nothing like the same outcome. So, I think one is an
extension of the other, but as we treat them, let’s
treat them a little separately and look at the differences. (golf club softly hitting ball) Now, pitches are generally
longer shots, not always. At least in terms of the distance carried. Plus the more loft you have, the more near the bottom
of the ball you hit, the more speed you need to
make the ball go anywhere. So pitches, have a little
bit more wrist cock and a little bit more
speed in the club relative to the body generally speaking. Remember this rule of thumb,
the more the club shaft and the club head move
in tandem with the body, the more control you have. The more they move separately
and like a whip, a little bit, the more speed you have. So we’ve got to get the right mixture. Let’s look at that. (golf club softly hitting ball) So, signs that you may be using too much wrist action in
your little pitch shot. Number one, inconsistent contact. If you get a lot of wrist cock, you might stick the club in the ground. Of course you’re going to
react to that sometimes and try to catch the club up
and you’ll get some thin ones. So thin, fat on a steady diet
is probably a sign of that. Another one is just
inconsistent distance control. You’ll compress the ball too much. You won’t have feel. Now, a sign you don’t
have enough wrist cock. Probably just this long, draggy kind of arm swing,
too much motion here and not really much
compression on the ball. Not really much crispness to the hit. Let’s have a look at a
couple great players doing it and then we’ll get back out here. So, Rickie Fowler. A little bit of wrist
cock as he goes back. He’s able to skid the
club under the ball there. No big divit. And look at his arms
stay fairly close to him, fairly soft and the club has
some speed as it comes through. Tiger looks like he’s hitting more of just a little hit and hold spinner. Good wrist cock. Watch the good body motion
through the shot with the torso. And again, arms nice and
close to him and soft there. Alright, consistent pitching, your trunk, your upper body should be in control. It should be the genesis of the motion but it’s still a game of club and ball. If it’s not creating speed there, it’s not doing you any good. So here is one instance,
a small shot like this, we’re actually like a little towel drill. Try this, put that under your arms. Key is don’t squeeze and get tightness, just barely resting there. I can actually let my arms
slide slightly on my ribs. Now make some back and
forth practice swings. And I feel energy in my body. I feel the towel moving
but I feel it translate out to the golf club so that
there’s some speed there. That’s a good feeling to me. Let me try a little shot. Yeah, nice speed through the ball. Nice and close there as I went. Now remember, if you
start chunking the ball, if you start digging the club in, you’ve probably added a
little too much wrist cock. So take a little bit out,
you don’t have to get stiff, until the club’s brushing the
turf a little bit more again. So let’s just very
briefly touch on a pitfall that can affect both chips and pitches. And that is, getting
the club to the inside. Getting it behind your hands,
will not work well for you. Have a look at a great player
and then we’ll talk about it. This is Annika Sörenstam
hitting a little chip at the facility where I work, actually. And in this case, the shot went this way and breaks that way. So just watch how her club goes back. Nicely done. Keeps it in front of the hands here. None if this stuff where
to club gets there. So much easier to make
consistent contact that way. So, I don’t really want to
dwell on that in this video. But generally speaking, I think
you should have the feeling that the golf club looks
more towards the ball and less out here to the
side as you start back. Or if you like, if someone
was standing next to you, you could make a small swing and not whack them in the legs over there. If you can do that,
you’ll be in good shape. You can still break your
wrists a little bit, but the wrist break is
more of a downward hinge, not an inward hinge, like that. (golf club softly hitting ball) So, there’s a little nine iron chip. Now, with chipping, listen,
the speed of the green and of course the loft
you select are going to have a huge determination
on how long the chip is How much it’s going to roll out. But the stroke is
basically a control stroke. So, here’s the thing. Again, as I mentioned at
the beginning of the video. If you want control,
you want the club shaft much more similar in speed
to what your body’s doing. Much more of a one piece thing. But the pitfall I see people fall into, is when they think of that, they start becoming all stiff and wooden. Lose feel. And when you do that
you’ll also probably you are not going to make good
contact with the ball. So soften your arms. Hey, this club isn’t
moving at a high speed, 80 or 90 miles an hour. I don’t need all that
tension to control it. Soften up, it helps me move. I can feel my arms against my chest. Now I can move more freely. No active wrist motion. But I’ll tell you, the weight of the club should cause a little
bit of play in the wrist. In other words, when you chip it, you should be able to feel
the club head in motion. Then you’re going to have some feel. And likely, much more
solid contact as you go. So chips versus pitches in golf. I hope that’s helpful to you. If you like the video, please check out I have full courses, including full short game courses there. And please subscribe
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