How to Attack Any Pin
These three shots take the guesswork out of pitching
By Dana Rader
Top 100 Teacher
This story is for you if...
• You use the same swing for every pitch shot
• When you try to hit high, soft shots you end up hitting grounders
You're 20 yards off the green. Your lie is good and your path is clear.
You're tempted to grab your sand wedge and make a long backswing if the pin is back and a short backswing if it's up. But how short is short? And how long is long? Guess wrong and you could end up miles from the hole and that will cost you strokes.
Each of the three possible pin positions (back, middle and front) requires a distinct amount of loft, spin and carry if you want to get the ball close. That means learning three specific pitch shots. Luckily, these don't stray very far from your everyday technique.