12Sports Weekly Golf Lesson With Ryan Koury: Altering Trajectory in Pitch Shots


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The third installment of the 12Sports Weekly Golf Lesson with Ryan Koury discussed changing the trajectory of different pitch shots from varying lengths from the green.

The rule of thumb is that pitch shots, for the most part, are all the same. However, the trajectory you use for the shot can actually work wonders for altering distances from the hole.

Ryan's lesson involved two tees, placing one in front of each foot while settling your feet for the shot. Placing the golf ball at the tee in front of your front foot gives you a better chance of putting more air underneath your shot. This gives you a higher trajectory for a shot that demands a higher elevation at the hole.

Meanwhile, placing the ball at the tee on your back foot gives you the opportunity to not get as much elevation, rather hitting a lower shot and running it up the green from a further distance. This type of shot typically works if you are in front of a green where the hole placement is towards the back-end. Running the ball on to the green gives you a better chance at getting closer to the hole, whereas using a higher elevation shot will not offer as much of a 'running' ability.

This is an important lesson because many strokes are lost in the short game. If you can master the pitching and chipping portion of your game, then you can set yourself up for more par, or even birdie opportunities.

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