This is a great drill for pitching.
It gives you the feeling of your lead arm working through the entire movement and not breaking down or decelerating.
You will also find how the body naturally stays and finishes on the lead side as well. Both are important for a great pitching technique.
Drill: get a frisbee or set yourself up to a frisbee movement if you don’t have one. Then throw the frisbee it is as simple as that. Maybe try a game of disc golf.
PITCHING BOARD SETUP
This is a great drill to help you identify balance in your pitching setup.
Jump on a balance board and get the weight tilted into the lead side.
This is the perfect setup position for pitching.
PITCHING BOARD FINISH
Keep the lead side planted and finish with the trail foot up on the toes and heel off the ground.
Amateurs tend to push down and fall backwards.
HIGH HEEL DRILL
Swaying or excessive movement of the lower body will kill your ability to play solid pitch shots.
The key is to maintain at least 60 percent of your weight on the lead side.
To get the feeling for how the weight should be on the lead side and stay there, raise your trail heel completely off the ground at address as if you are wearing a high heel shoe, so that there is no possibility of your weight shifting onto the right side.
Now practice a couple of shots like this.
Watch this space!
STICK TO STICK
This is a easy yet effective drill to help eliminate to much lower body movement when pitching.
Drill: Stick an alignment stick in the ground. setup to the stick with the stick up against the trail hip.
Make a few swings with the feeling on not putting to much pressure on the stick in the backswing and finish moving away from the stick in the finish.
PITCHING BOARD IMPACT
In swing now you need to make sure that the balance board stays grounded on the lead time the entire time and most importantly at impact.
LEAD ARM PULL
A common fault in pitching is scooping the ball, where a player attempts to lift the ball into the air rather than relying on the loft of the club to do its job. In this case, the weight tends to fall back, the lower body collapses and your chance of making a solid shot is unlikely.
Turn your wedge around and grip it in your lead hand only. Now make a few swings and you will feel how the lead arm pulls through towards the target line.
Your weight will finish on the lead side as well.
BALL FLIGHT CONTROL
To get it close to the hole when inside of 80 meters may require different ball flights.
Without changing clubs all the time, you can simply manipulate your ball position.
Lower flight less spin: Place the ball back in your stance. This will help you deloft the club slightly and deliver a slightly lower ball flight and therefore more roll.
Higher flight more spin: Speed is your friend here. Place the ball forward in your stance. This will help you add loft to the club and slightly higher ball flight and therefore less roll.