Week 5/Day 1 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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KPJ’s Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

Today-Monday-Pitching Basics

Tuesday-Pitching Faults and Fixes

Wednesday-Pitching Distance Control

Thursday-Pitching Variations

Friday-Pitching Practice

Pitching Basics

Accuracy from 100 yards and in is crucial to lowering your score. Pitching the ball within 10 to 6 feet of the cup increases your chance of saving par. The ideal pitch flies higher and lands softly. Distance is determined by length and speed of your swing. You are looking to produce a higher softer shot, unless, you are trying to hit a speciality shot like a pitch run shot. Learn these basic fundamentals to become a better pitcher. When I talk about Pitching, I am referring to anything from 30 to 100 that requires less than a full swing with a wedge or sand wedge, but just like chipping, you can pitch with any club.

Here are some Key Thoughts:

  1. The length of your shot determines the length of the swing.  This is where feel is very important.
  2. Narrow stance to stabilize lower body.  You don’t want a lot of weight shift on the backswing.  Think of a pitch as a one axis swing.
  3. You can open your stance, but keep your shoulders square, you still want to hit the inside of the ball.
  4. Wrist Action is Key…The club must work up, so you need to hinge your wrists as you start the backswing.
  5. Hands ahead at impact.
  6. Even though this is no weight shift on backswing you need a little weight shift on the downswing and follow-thru.
  7. Always accelerate on the downswing.  One of the worst things you can do is to slow down as you hit the ball.
  8. Experiment with ball position and clubface angle.  Different ball position, different trajectory.
  9. Think Ernie Els rhythm when you pitch. You want to have nice smooth rhythm.
  10. You can’t practice this enough!
Keep weight forward on your front side and hinge your wrists on the backswing
Keep weight forward on your front side and hinge your wrists on the backswing

On-Course Exercise-Practice pitching using a pre-shot routine that you would use on the golf course when you are playing.  Don’t just randomly hit shots around the practice green. Plan each shot you want to hit-decide where you want the ball to land, what length shot your need to hit, how hard or soft etc.  Watch this short video for an example of how to practice your pitching-Click here to watch a short video.

Off-Course Exercise-Complete the Pre-Swing Muscle and Joint Warm Up chapter from the Cardiogolf DVD.  To order your own copy of Cardiogolf visit cardiogolf .

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Coming Up this Week…

Tuesday-Pitching Faults and Fixes

Wednesday-Pitching Distance Control

Thursday-Pitching Variations

Friday-Pitching Practice


Week 4/Day 5 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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KPJ’s Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

Monday-Chipping Fundamentals

Tuesday-Chipping Faults and Fixes
Wednesday-Creating Backspin

Thursday-Club Selection

Today-Friday-Chipping Practice

Chipping Practice

After you have developed a good technique and sense for distance, a good imagination is the third ingredient for a sharp short game.  You will never have the same exact shot in any given round, so you will always have to improvise your technique to match the situation.

In my opinion, you can never practice chipping enough.  Chipping it close can help you save par and avoid those big numbers.  But don’t kill yourself or your back spending hours bent over chipping around the green.  Even a few minutes of practice can help your feel.  I recommend that when you practice, try to chip shots to different distances and targets.  Switch clubs often and be creative.  Grab a friend and have chipping contests.  Take one ball, chip it a hole and then putt the ball out.  See how many times you can get up and down from around the practice green.

You will get confidence around the green by improvising your technique by changing your stance, your ball position, the angle of the clubface and even the swing itself to hit a variety of different shots.

Try different shots around the green
Try different shots around the green
On-Course Exercise-Set aside 10 minutes at the end of your practice session to have some fun attempting adventurous recovery shots.  This will teach to improvise around the green.  Arrange a practice short game session with a friend and add some competition into the session in order to recreate the pressure of a real on-course situation.

Off-Course Exercise-

Get into the habit of stretching everyday.  Here is an example of a golf-specific stretch. Step 1-Set up holding a golf club in your hands with your right palm up and your left palm down like shown in the photo. Step 2-Swing to the top of your swing and hold this position for at least 10 seconds. Step 3-Swing to the finish and hold follow-through position for at least 10 seconds.

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Week 4/Day 4 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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KPJ’s Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

Monday-Chipping Fundamentals

Tuesday-Chipping Faults and Fixes

Wednesday-Creating Backspin

Today-Thursday-Club Selecton

Friday-Chipping Practice

Club Selection

Although may tour professionals have a favorite club they use the majority of the time when chipping, the rest of us should learn to chip with different clubs to match the length shot we need.  You can chip with just about any club.  You need to learn the different carry/roll ratios that you can expect with any given club.  For example a 4-iron will not carry very far but it will roll a long way once it hits the green, while with the same length swing a sand wedge will carry the ball a similar distance but it will stop much quicker on landing.

Here are some ratios of air to roll time:

1/4 air time: 3/4 roll time = 7-iron

1/3 air time: 2/3 roll time = 9-iron

1/2 air time: 1/2 roll time=PW

2/3 air time: 1/3 roll time=SW

3/4 air time: 1/4 roll time=LW

Use this chart as a guide to help determine what club to select to produce the appropriate air time: roll time ratio.

Practice hitting chips to the same target with different clubs to get the feel for the air:roll ratio
Practice hitting chips to the same target with different clubs to get the feel for the air:roll ratio

On-Course Exercise-

Using different clubs, chip balls to the same target and notice how the ball flies and rolls differently with each club.

Off-Course Exercise-

Complete the Pre-Swing Muscle and Joint Warm Up chapter from the Cardiogolf DVD.  To order your own copy of Cardiogolf visit cardiogolf .

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Find out your golf personality

Email your questions and comments-Karen@swingbladegolf.com

Coming Up this Week…

Friday-Chipping Practice

Week 4/Day 3 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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KPJ’s Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

Monday-Chipping Fundamentals

Tuesday-Chipping Faults and Fixes

Today-Wednesday-Creating Backspin

Thursday-Club Seleciton

Friday-Chipping Practice

Creating Backspin

A lot of my students ask me how to get backspin with their wedges. They see professionals hit short shots to greens that back up towards the pin and they want to do that too.

High-handicappers usually have a misconception of how to get backspin with a wedge. They think that they need to get underneath the ball and scoop the shot. This is exactly the opposite of what you want to do.

To get backspin you actually want to hit down. When you strike down on the ball, the ball rolls up the clubface, the ball flies forward, but it spins backwards, so when it lands, the ball will roll backwards and then stop. To do this, you want to squeeze the ball off the turf: hitting the ball first and taking a thin divot afterwards.

Follow these three simple steps to get backspin with your wedge.

First, set up your body slightly open to your target. This means that you point your body left of the target (if you are right-handed) and lean your weight towards your front leg.

Second, play the ball just right of center. You want the ball further back in your stance so that you catch the ball first on your downswing; your hands should be in front of the ball at address and as you strike the ball at impact.

Third, you want your backswing to be more upright or steeper, so you must hinge your wrists freely as you swing back. The worst move you can do when you are trying to pitch and get backspin is take the clubhead low and inside on the backswing. Take it back straighter and let the club work up. This is what is going to help you pinch the ball off the turf and get you the backspin you desire.

Chipping Set Up
Chipping Set Up
The clubhead needs to work straight back, not inside
The clubhead needs to work straight back, not inside

On-Course Exercise-Set aside 10 minutes of your regular practice session to practice your chipping.

Off-Course Exercise-Complete the Pre-Swing Muscle and Joint Warm Up chapter from the Cardiogolf DVD.  To order your own copy of Cardiogolf visit cardiogolf .

Preview Cardiogolf

Find out your golf personality

Email your questions and comments-Karen@swingbladegolf.com

Coming Up this Week…

Thursday-Club Seleciton

Friday-Chipping Practice

Week 4/Day 2 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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KPJ’s Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

Monday-Chipping Fundamentals

Today-Tuesday-Chipping faults and fixes

Wednesday-Creating Backspin

Thursday-Club Seleciton

Friday-Chipping Practice

Chipping Faults and Fixes

You have probably heard a lot of tips about the importance of having light grip pressure. Well, light grip pressure is fine for your full swing, but that’s not what you should do when you chip the ball.

For full swing shots, you want to have light grip pressure so you can open and close the clubface as well as hinge and unhinge your wrists. When you chip the ball, you actually want to keep the clubface very square through the stroke and holding the grip tighter can help you do that.

On a full swing shot, your left thumb should point down the right side of the shaft. This will help you hold the club in your fingers of your left hand and creates swing power by letting your left wrist hinge/unhinge and your left forearm rotate.

Full Swing Grip
Full Swing Grip

On a chip shot, your left thumb should point straight down on top of the shaft. This grip puts the club in the palm of your left hand and helps you keep the clubface square during the stroke.

Chipping Grip
Chipping Grip

Holding the club firmly in the palm of your left hand will also help you keep the club swinging straight back and straight through without letting your wrists breakdown.


On-Course Exercise-Practice chipping using this drill. Place a club 8 to 10 inches behind your ball and perpendicular to the target line, swing back up and over club while then coming back down across it.  As you hit the chip and miss the club, making a downward descending blow on the ball.  This drill will prevent you from swinging up or scooping the ball.

Off-Course Exercise-Do the Groove Your Swing Chapter of the Cardiogolf DVD.  This section of the DVD will provide you with a low impact workout for you whole body that will help you improve your swing technique, clubhead speed and body and swing motion.  To get your own copy of Cardiogolf visit www.cardiogolf.com.

Cardiogolf DVD
Cardiogolf DVD

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Find out your golf personality

Email your questions and comments-Karen@swingbladegolf.com

Coming Up this Week…

Wednesday-Creating Backspin

Thursday-Club Seleciton

Friday-Chipping Practice


I teach Golf and Pilates. I am a LPGA Master Professional and Certified Personal and Pilates Trainer