You're so close - but need one more little up and down shot to get you on the green. And here in your hand is this highly lofty clunky-looking cheap golf clubs just daring you to make a full backswing. We're so used to trying to go the distance with our clubs that when we're only 100 yards off the green, we feel like we ought to be making a half backswing - not a full one. But that's exactly what a pitching wedge is designed for when you have to fly high and drop low from this distance. Then there's the even more difficult pitch shots - those closer to the green where you use the wedge as a levee to just lift the ball and plop it right back down again on a nice, soft tuft of grass. The best way to stop feeling intimidated by a pitch shot is to practice. Once you get the hang of how this club is supposed to work, you'll be able to leverage it to your advantage. Pitch shots aren't always played with a pitching wedge, though. Some golfers master the use of other clubs, including 3-irons if they're right on the cusp of the green and want to use a club almost as a putter, but with a tiny bit of lift to it. As you get good at your pitching, you'll learn how to land the ball right next to (r preferably in) the hole, or pitch is so that it rolls right t the pin. You'll also learn how to put some backspin on it if necessary. The farther out from the green you are, the more of a backswing you'll take. Some pitch shots only require a quick cocking of the wrist to deliver downward contact with the ball and send it in the right direction. The worst feeling in the world is to be about 10 yards off the green and get so tense about over-hitting the ball with cheap golf clubs that you flub it and it only gains about a foot in distance. That foot cost you the same as a 300-yard drive.
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