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Gentle Pitch

Problem

You have pretty good lie in the rough and want to pitch it softly on the green.

Cure

Hit it a lot like you would in the bunker for a nice gentle pitch onto the green if you have a good lie. However, if the lie is tight, focus on making level contact between the clubface and the ball.

Therapy

The trick to hitting it softly on the green from the light rough or a good lie is to hitting the grass behind the ball with good acceleration. Remember to use an open clubface as you would in the sand and to hinge your wrist early during the backswing. If the grass is tight, try to hit the ball as if you are trying to brush it off of the top of the grass. Relax your hands and try to keep the clubhead level in height for at least one inch before and after contact with the ball.

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