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Chipping vs Pitching | What Is The Difference Between A Pitch And A Chip In Golf

Chipping vs Pitching | What Is The Difference Between A Pitch And A Chip In Golf


Hello. I’m Brian Fitzgerald The Golf Doctor. And today we are going to look at the difference
between a pitch shot and a chip shot. They sound similar but they are very different
and a lot of people get confused. If you want to know the differences stay tuned. [MUSIC] So if you’re new to this channel. Welcome. This channel is all about helping you play
better golf. And one of the most confusing things about
golf is the terminology. And we have chip shots and we have pitch shots
and a lot of people get confused between the two. So I am going to show you the difference between
the two. I am going to start with a pitch shot. So if you think of a pitch shot as being the
pitch of an opera singers voice. The ball goes up in the air and down just
like the pitch goes up and down. I am not going to start and give my interpretation
of an opera singers voice. You don’t want to hear me sing. Once upon a time I used to busk and people
payed me to stop and they were well within their rights. With pitching it’s pitch goes up and down. We really want to see the ball going up over
something and landing softly. So we would generally hit a pitch if we had
to hit over a bunker, if the green was raised or if we were say beyond 30 meters out from
the flag. They’re all good opportunities to hit a pitch. So I am now going to hit a pitch shot. So you can see the ball going up landing just
past the flag. It stopped nicely. So that is going to get over whatever it was
I needed to get over. It’s a high risk shot. I make it look easy. I’ve been doing it for a long time. But we let the club do the work for as much
as possible. So now I am going to show you how I would
hit a chip shot. And we are about 25 to 30 yards from the flag
stick here. It’s there’s a lot of ground to cover. It’s a bit lump. The grass is not too long. So I am able to hit a chip shot. Now remember pitch shots go up in the air
and soft like an opera singers voice. Chip shots are like potato chips. They are crinkle cut but they are flat. So chips go low and run. So a lot of people make the mistake when they
are hitting a chip shot is they do what they think golf pros do on the tv and they use
sand wedge, pitching wedge, 9 iron for chip shots. And you can do it . But my philosophy is chip
shots go low and run. Which clubs make the ball run the most? It’s actually the club with the least amount
of loft. So I have got my hybrid out here. This is my 3 hybrid. It’s got 19 degrees of loft on it. So it’s going to make the ball run the most. So I dont’ really want to get this in the
air. This is going to go no more than 5 to 10 yards
in the air and it is going to run the rest of the way. This shot breaks left to right like a putt
does so I am going to aim about 1 flag stick to the left so we will see how I go. The main thing I am thinking more in terms
of what length of swing I need to use. You can see that ball running up there. And it’s finished almost just a little bit
closer than the last one. You can see it went low. It rolled. I didn’t make the ball roll. The club made the ball roll. And if there is one thing you can do to improve
your golf in 2018. The easiest thing in the world to do is start
chipping with your hybrid. Forget the sand wedge the pitching wedge the
9 iron. Get used to your hybrid. It runs beautifully. There is very little technique involved. You really just think you are putting with
a hybrid. Thank you for letting me help you with your
golf. I’m Brian Fitzgerald The Golf Doctor. And if you like my videos you can Subscribe
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