By Mel Sole
The 7-8-9 Method is a drill for pitch shots that requires a little practice initially, but once you have established your distances you will be able to rely on it in the future. In this article, I'll go over the 7, 8 and 9 o'clock positions, and after that provide a few more general tips for pitch shots.
Picture the Hours of a Clock
Imagine as you address the ball that you have a large clock in front of you. Learn to swing your left arm (for right-handed golfers) to the various "hours" of the clock as a way of controlling the distance on your pitch shots. The 7 o'clock position is pictured above.
Notice in the photo above that there is a slight wrist cock. This is important as you need to cock the wrist to help deliver a slightly downward blow through the shot.
Practice hitting pitch shots by taking the club back to the 7 o'clock position until you can consistently hit shots a certain distance. This will become your 7 o'clock shot.
Next: The 8 o'clock position