Pitching, Putting and Reading Greens
Arguably these are the make or break your golf game so learning to master your pitching wedge and your putting is going to put you well ahead. Many new players will struggle with putting and reading greens. So if you fit into this category then don’t worry, we have all had our fair share of struggles.
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A pitching wedge is marked with a P or PW and is a pretty versatile club to have and master. You can use this club to your advantage by adapting your swing or backswing to suit where you need or want the ball to go. For this reason, the Pitching Wedge is considered an iron and a wedge as it can be used for both purposes. Generally, people can hit between 80-120yards which is going to change depending on your golfing abilities. You can use the pitching wedge to chip the ball up and onto the green, over a bunker, over trees or shrubs and even over high edges if need be. Also you can, with a full swing get your ball pretty damn close to the hole.
The loft of pitching wedges is between 42-50 degrees so if you aren’t happy with your current one maybe take a look at alternative lofts. You never know – it could be the difference your golf needs.
A putter is designed to let you cleanly strike the ball, smoothly and glide it into the hole. This is a very high precise part of the game and it’s going to take some time to get your eye in. The putter is also the only club that does not have a circular grip. Also most players don’t like to wear their glove while using both the pitching wedge and the putter. Putters are also the only clubs that can have bends in the shaft- whether you like it or it improves you golf is another story.
I really ought to dedicate an entire post to this and hey I probably will at some point! Reading greens can be a really hard task! But there are actually ways you can train your brain to read the greens and understand the subtle slopes and how to best approach them. It definitely pays to have a good go on the practice greens of the course you are about to play. Testing out and reading the little bumps will be extremely helpful to your putting on the course! The following are a few guidelines that I like to follow to get my eye in.
- Aim your putter straight for the hole.
- Practise a stroke straight behind the ball
- Visualising is actually a big part of achieving good results.
- Practise aiming to the left and then aiming to the right
- If you can use a practice ball to do the above!
- See how the ball breaks and which direction it rolls
- Gauge the distance from the hole to the ball and work out how much backswing you need
- Follow all the way through to match how far your backswing was
- Check out how accurate you were and tweak your play
- Repeat until you are comfortable!
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