The Difference Between Chipping vs Pitching

The Difference Between Chipping vs Pitching

What exactly is the difference when it comes to chipping vs pitching?

There is actually a big difference, and knowing the correct shot to play can save you anywhere from one to three strokes per round.

Dan wanted to know the difference between these shots, and when it would be appropriate to hit a pitch shot or chip shot:

Hey Sean, I have a lot of difficulty deciding the correct shot to play around the green.  Sometimes I don't know if I should be playing a chip shot or pitch shot. Do you have you any advice?

Before we get started, let’s first define what the difference is between a chip shot and pitch shot.

The pitch shot is a high shot you would hit two-thirds of the way to the pin, and it would release the last third of the way.

You would hit a chip shot lower and closer to the ground.  

With this shot, the ball would carry a third of the way to the pin, and release the other two-thirds. Now, a big part of deciding what shot to play is the first thing going to be the lie.

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How to Hit a Pitch Shot from 20 Yards

How to Hit a Pitch Shot from 20 Yards

Have you ever found yourself 20 yards short of the green?

Perhaps you’ve hit two great shots just short of a par 5, or you have miss-hit your second shot to a par 4.

You have a tight lie and you would like to have the ball land on the green and run out to the hole.

How exactly do you execute a pitch shot that rolls up close to the hole and leaves you with a potential birdie putt or the ability to save par?

Zach was recently in a similar situation and asked:

Hey Sean, I have been having a lot of issues with my 20-yard pitch shots around the green.  I have a tendency to catch them heavy or thin.  Do you have any techniques on how to hit a pitch shot that will help me be more consistent?

Pitch Shot Setup...

The most important part of getting more consistent with these 20-yard pitch shots is getting in a good setup from the start, and then establishing a good routine to help you repeat the same set-up over and over again.

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How to Hit a Bunker Shot High

How to Hit a Bunker Shot High

There are different techniques for hitting bunker shots, and today I would like to share with you how to hit a high bunker shot.

What do you do if you need to hit the ball over an extremely high lip in front of you?

Some people think that there is very little room for error when hitting these types of shots; but if you have the right technique, you will have your friends’ mouths wide open in awe.

Teddy asked about this topic in his question:

Hey Sean, my home course has extremely high lips on every bunker, and I really struggle to get out of them. Do you have any advice on how to get more height on my bunker shots?

The Golden Rule on Learning How to Hit a Bunker Shot…

One thing all great bunker players have in common is how they use the bounce of the club when hitting out of the sand.

This means the back of the club is the first part of the club to enter the sand when hitting sand shots, not the leading edge of the club.

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How to Hit a Fade in Golf like a Pro

How to Hit a Fade in Golf like a Pro

Did you know that if you execute a fade correctly, it will go just as far as a draw?

Are you having trouble hitting a fade? Are you looking for a more consistent technique?

Recently, Ryan was having difficulty with hitting a fade and wrote:

Hey Sean, I’m having trouble hitting a fade. Typically, my ball always slices when I attempt to do this. Do you have any techniques that will help me improve my consistency?

There’s a way for you to learn how to hit a fade in 3 simple steps. I want to tell you about it, so read on...

 First Step

I would like you to picture a clock face. The target or flag is going to be twelve o’clock. This is where we want to ball to finish.

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How to Stop Topping the Golf Ball

How to Stop Topping the Golf Ball

Have you ever topped a golf ball and watched it skid off the tee box or along the fairway?

Have any of your friends chirped in and said,  “You lifted your head - you need to keep your head down”?

If someone tells you to keep your head down you should run for the hills!

This tip has been around for what seems like forever; you hear people say it all the time: “Keep your head down, you’re lifting your head.”

Sam knows what I’m talking about too because his friends had the same advice. He asks:

Hey Sean, I’m having some serious trouble topping the ball.  My friends tell me that I need to keep my head down.  Is keeping my head down the correct thing to do in order to solve this problem?

Sam, keeping your head down is probably one of the worst things you can do in the golf swing.

Annika Has Done Alright...

Think about one of the greatest women's golfers of all time, Annika Sorenstam.  

She was a person who rotated her head and swiveled it with the shot.

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Mastering the Downhill Lie Golf Shot

Mastering the Downhill Lie Golf Shot

Do you find that you catch shots heavy when you have a downhill lie golf shot?

Are you looking for a consistent technique to help you fix this?

I’m sure you’ve been there before; I think we all have.  Here’s the scenario:

You absolutely crush a drive on your tee shot - hitting it down the middle of the fairway.

You’re thinking you’re in good shape - only when you get up to your ball, you find it on a steep downhill lie.

The good news is that your ball is in the fairway; the bad news is that you're not really sure what’s going to happen when you hit the shot.

Cody had a similar problem at a course he plays regularly. He asked, 

I play a course with a lot of hills and slopes, and I have trouble with the downhill lies. I have a tendency to catch them heavy.  Do you have any techniques that can help me catch the ball first?

What I’d like you to remember is this: when hitting a downhill lie golf shot, one of the most important parts of the golf swing is knowing where your weight is in your golf swing.

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How to Break 100 in Golf the Smart Way

How to Break 100 in Golf the Smart Way

Have you ever thought about what part of your game could help you break 100 in golf?

What if I told you it’s a lot easier than you might think?

More importantly, what if I told you it doesn’t involve hitting three hundred yard drives?

Leo wrote in and asked a very similar question:

I’ve been playing golf for a few years now and I have still not broken 100.  Do you have any tips or information from your experience that could help me achieve my goal?

There are many different aspects of the game that you can work on to help you break 100, but the main thing I feel you should be focusing on the most is improving your speed - or distance control -  putting.

Do this to help you break 100 in golf…..

The part of your game I’d like you to stay focused on is the speed (or distance control) of your putts.

I play with a lot of amateurs in pro ams who throw away numerous strokes on the green.

What you don’t want to be doing is leaving putts five to six feet short of the hole, or hammering them five or six feet past the hole.

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Driving Range Tips You Can't Practice Without

Driving Range Tips You Can't Practice Without

You’ve been there before - I think we all have.

You hit the golf ball great on the driving range, but when you go to the golf course, it’s the complete opposite - just terrible.

Why is that?

Troy asked the same question when he wrote, “When I go to the driving range I hit the ball great; but when I go to the golf course, I really struggle to repeat what I was doing on the driving range.  Do you have any driving range tips that will help me take my practice from the range to the golf course?

Before I share a few driving range tips with you, I would like to bring to your attention the importance of practicing on the range as if you are on a golf course.

Driving Range Tips #1

There is a simple thing I would like you to do with an alignment rod that will help.

First, set the alignment rod down, aiming it slightly left of the target (this will change based on the shot shape you are trying to hit).  

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How to Hit a Draw in 3 Simple Steps

How to Hit a Draw in 3 Simple Steps

There’s a way for you to learn how to hit a draw in 3 simple steps.

I want to tell you all about it, so read on...

Steve asked this same question about his game, and I think you can relate as well:

I struggle to hit a consistent draw, and a lot of the holes on my golf course are shaped right to left, which require a draw shot.  I try rolling my wrist at the bottom of my swing to hit the draw.  This leads to hooks and inconsistent shots.  How can I hit a consistent draw?

In order to get your draw more consistent, there are 3 things that you absolutely must do:

First Step

I would like you to picture a clock face. The target or flag is going to be twelve o’clock. This is where we want to ball to finish.

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How to Break 90 in Golf the EASY Way

How to Break 90 in Golf the EASY Way

How would you like to learn about one part of your golf game that you should be working on to learn how to break 90 in golf?

….and, what if I told you all it took was just “one” golf club.

Keep reading.

That is the very question TJ had about his golf game.  He asked,

I have been trying to break 90 for a while now and I feel my wedge game is letting me down.  Do you have any techniques or suggestions to help me improve from 100 yards and in?

The one thing I would like to share with you today in helping you break 90, is the importance of knowing how far you hit each wedge.

Let me explain… For me, if I have my 54 degree wedge, I know that if I put my full swing (100%) on it, the ball will go 100 yards.

For you, it might be a pitching wedge that goes 100 yards, but whatever club it is the important thing is that you know how far it goes when you hit it at 100 percent.

So, in order to become a better player with your pitching wedge, sand wedge, or lob wedge you MUST know how far your full (100%) shots go when you hit them.

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