Many amateurs I play with hit the ball well from tee to green, but when they get within 50 yards of the green, in pitch shot 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.
Over the following pages, I'll go over the 7, 8 and 9 o'clock positions, and after that provide a few more general tips for pitch shots.