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Achieve Consistent Distances on Pitch Shots with 7-8-9 Drill

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The 7 O'Clock Position
7 o'clock position for golf pitching drill

The 7 o'clock position in the 7-8-9 Drill.

Courtesy of Mel Sole
Many amateurs I play with hit the ball well from tee to green, but when they get within 50 yards of the green, in pitching range, they seem to struggle. "I don't have time to practice pitch shots," they tell me. "The pros have all the time in the world to stand and work on these shots, so they develop feel."

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

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