Bradley Hughes - Distance Control With Pitch Shots

Bradley Hughes demonstrates how to control the distance with the pitch shots by either gripping down on the club, or taking the club back "1 hour" short on the clock with the left arm. Both will decrease the yardage by 10 yards.


So one of the quickest ways you can drop strikes from your game is to get better at your distance control with your pitch shots. So let's talk about the best way to do it.

As far as hitting the golf ball with a pitch shot, we're not trying to create a lot of speed. We really want to feel that there's no speed to the swing. We want to let the whole swing feel quite one paced so we can get the right distance.

So I have a pitching wedge here. My regular pitching wedge, if I just swung, would be 130 yards. And there's no real energy in that, I just let the momentum of the swing get me to the end.

So let's say I've got a shot that's into the wind or I've got 120 yard shot that I have to take a little bit off, there's a couple of ways to do it. One we can grip down, that doesn't feel as good to me. I don't like feeling closer to the ball so I normally eliminate that option. But it's a good one if you'd like it. You'd take 10 yards off by dropping an inch off your grip.

I tend to feel that my swing goes an hour shorter. So when I do a full swing with a wedge, it goes to 11 o'clock. 9, 10, 11. So if I want to hit 120 yard shot, I'm going to work on the same tempo swing but an hour shorter on my back swing. So instead of 11, I'm going to feel like my hands are in lane, not the club, my hands go to 10 o'clock.

Same tempo, different length swing and will very the distances. It's a really good way to practice with your pitching wedge or your gap wedge and sand wedge. Try a few different lengths, 8 o'clock, 9 o'clock, 10 o'clock. Watch how far they go and you'll get really dialed in once you see how far the swings go.

It's not the speed, it's a nice tempo. And the length of the swing will dictate how far it goes.