Week 5/Day 3 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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KPJ’s Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

Monday-Pitching Basics

Tuesday-Pitching Faults and Fixes

Today-Wednesday-Pitching Distance Control

Thursday-Pitching Variations

Friday-Pitching Practice

Pitching Distance Control

One of the common questions golfers ask is how to control the distance of their chips. Most professional golfers use their instincts, but that is because they have practiced for hours and have tremendous feel.  The rest of us need a system to learn distance control until we get feel.
The easiest way to control distance is to do it with the length and speed of your swing. Using different lengths swing will help you control the distance you hit the ball.  For example, I know that when I swing a sandwedge back so that my hands are hip high and follow-through, the ball will carry 20 yards.  If I swing so that my hands are waist high and follow-through, the ball carries 40 yards.  And if I swing the club back to where my hands are shoulder height and follow-through, the ball carries 60 yards.  As the swing gets longer the speed of my swing increases.  I always accelerate through the ball, so my follow-through may not be the same length as my backswing.
Some teachers use a clock method, other teachers gauge distance with speed.  Use what feels best for you.  You will have to practice hitting shots to different distances for you to figure out what length swing you need to use.
Control the distance with length and speed of your golf swing
Control the distance with length and speed of your golf swing
On-Course Exercise- One of the greatest challenges in pitching is being able to control the distance that you hit the ball.  Practice hitting shots to different distances.  Practice hitting shots taking the club back hip high, then waist high, then shoulder high.  Measure how far each shot goes and take some notes.  This will give you an idea of how far you can hit shots with your different swings.
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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Week 5/Day 2 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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KPJ’s Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

Monday-Pitching Basics

Today-Tuesday-Pitching Faults and Fixes

Wednesday-Pitching Distance Control

Thursday-Pitching Variations

Friday-Pitching Practice

Pitching Faults and Fixes

To hit a high pitch shot, you will need to position the ball in the middle of your stance.  Many people mistakenly place the ball too far back in their stance. You will never hit the high, soft lob shot if you position the ball too far back in your stance with the shaft leaning forward and toward the target. This setup leads to a steep angle of attack, which is exactly what you do not want to do.  Place the ball in the middle or more forward in your stance for the higher shot.

For the high soft pitch shot, place the ball in the middle of your stance
For the high soft pitch shot, place the ball in the middle of your stance

When hitting the basic pitch shot, you need to hinge your wrists on the backswing.  Many golfers are taught not to hinge their wrists, which is a big mistake. Allowing your wrists to hinge on the backswing will allow the club to work up, so that it can come down crisply on the ball.

To hit the high, soft pitch shot, you need to hinge your wrists on the backswing
To hit the high, soft pitch shot, you need to hinge your wrists on the backswing

On-Course Exercise-A common fault among golfers is hitting wedge shots short of the flag. The next time you face a pitch shot, aim to have your ball land at the top of the flagstick instead of landing at the bottom.  Aiming at the top of flagstick will make you swing the club a bit longer and therefore not leave your shot short.

Off-Course Exercise-

Complete the Arm Workout chapter of the Cardiogolf DVD.  To get your own copy of Cardiogolf visitcardiogolf .

Use the Cardio Club to work on your wrist hinge. Check yourself in the mirror to make sure the clubface is square and that you are hinging your wrists. To get a Cardio Club visit cardiogolf .

Coming up this week…

Wednesday-Pitching Distance Control

Thursday-Pitching Variations

Friday-Pitching Practice

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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Email your questions and comments-Karen@swingbladegolf.com

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 .

Preview Cardiogolf

Find out your golf personality

Email your questions and comments-Karen@swingbladegolf.com

Coming Up this Week…

Friday-Chipping Practice

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