I've seen these shots being done on TV and would love to learn how to do them, at my course it would be a great shot to use...
Low pitch shot that checks up and stops HOW?
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It is really a chip shot. You have to make good contact, ball first and create a lot of spin. I can do it with my 58 wedge with the ball back by my right foot or even behind it. It will bounce a couple of times and check up. It is not always reliable though. Chipping with a putting motion or a standard pitch is more predictable for me.
This is a great shot since it's much straighter shot than a pitch. You need some green to work with. You need to get a feel for how hard to swing for various distances.
If you watch a video (you should), look at what their body is doing. It's mostly a shot using the arms. No need for weight shift, much shoulder turn etc.
Once you get it down, it's a pretty reliable shot.
Saw a TV golf teacher discuss this and he said that a slightly closed club face will 'grip' the ball more and provide more ball spin than an open face. I often get lots of side spin on chips and the ball hits the green and zips off either left or right, then checks up and stops.
Speakers broken on laptop so no comment on video. He may say the same. .
It's a start. You would have to still have a 'poppy' (acceleration) no wrist release move through the ball to get any appreciable spin. I personally don't have confidence to accelerate enough to try. It's hard to not get flippy. Thin shots will scurry across and off the green.
It often depends on the slope of the green. When the green is sloped uphill towards the player along with an uphill approach, the ball should check up quickly.
As mentioned above, it is a skilled manner to execute proper to accomplish results on a regular basis.
It is a fun method to practice and use on occasion.
@Mr. Desmond's video is exactly the one I was about to post after I read the OP. Despite being a bit of a long video to watch it is very informative. It's not a shot I play on the course yet though for two reasons:
- I don't practice enough short game to have the confidence in the shot nor do I have any feel for distance with it
- I often am not playing a urethane covered ball than will check up as I'd want. I am guilty of just playing whatever balls I find
Just wanted to add one other thought.
Distance is a key to determine when to attempt his type of shot, along with the slope of the green.
Also, when green slopes away (downhill) the ball will roll out more.
An example when not to attempt would be less than 20 feet or greater than 35 yards to the pin.
20 feet to 35 yards is a comfortable distance to play.
Reason being, the shot must be hit with aggressiveness.
Level or uphill play to a level or green which slope towards the player is favorable.
I do find when I slightly thin a pitch it is going to spin a lot more than if I catch it normal. Issue is, when you don't plan for it, you end up flying the ball past the hole and it takes a BIG hop forward and stops. Usually that one hop can leave you a pretty good distance away.