Nothing ruined my pitch shots more than the clock method of Dave Pelz. All of that chart on the shaft nonsense got me so out of whack.
“Is this a 9 to 10:30 LW, or is it a 7:30 to 9 choked down 1/2″ SW?”
Either way it turned into laying the sod over it into the front bunker.
Using mechanical thoughts to control distance on pitching and chipping is a recipe for disaster. You obviously always want to be accelerating on these short shots and you need to vary your back swing to do so. However, how can you know the exact length of your back swing unless you watch it as you take it away…AWFUL…or have someone sit there and yell clock positions to you…maybe worse.
Let me put it this way. Let’s say you are trying to toss a crumpled up piece of paper into the trash can. Do you intellectually measure how far back you are going to swing your arm, how much angle you are going to have in your wrist and how far your arm is going to follow through in order to toss the paper the 8′ 10″ to the basket, that you measured with your tape measure?
If the answer is no, why are you using a laser to find out the pin is 46 yards away and you are going to take it back to 7:43, hit it 73.8% and follow through to 9:23?
How do you know if that swing makes the ball carry 42 yards that it is only going to release 4 yards?
When you throw the paper in the trash, you just kind of swing your arm and toss it about…”that hard.”
Pitches and chips should be done the same way. If you practice a lot, you have developed a feel on how long to swing and how hard to hit these shots. If you don’t practice very much, you have no chance of knowing exactly how to do a 9 to 10:30 swing and how far that is going to go.
So either way, look at the pin and the terrain, grab a club and hit it about…”that hard.”