Pitching Strategy 

A successful pitch shot requires intense planning and visualization. You must take full stock of the situation at hand before you choose your target and landing area. For a well-thought-out strategy to every pitch shot, ask yourself the following questions:

Are you making a mistake by making the hole your target?

While getting the ball into the hole is the ultimate goal, the hole could be tucked behind a bunker or too close to the green.

Consider aiming towards the middle of the green. The area is larger and makes for a more sensible target.

How much distance do you need for the ball to travel before it lands on the green?

This is vital information because it helps you with proper club selection. By measuring the distance the ball must fly before hitting the green, you can accurately measure other factors such as obstacles, wind, and the ball trajectory you wish to have.

Have you calculated the odds of the green being soft or hard? Do you know whether the ball is going to stick or take a hard bounce and roll off your target?

To plan this strategy when taking your pitch shot, you need to pay attention to the effect of weather on past holes on the course or at least on the practice areas. Recent rains may produce a soft green while warm, dry heat can cause the green to become hard, thus causing the ball to bounce.

Are you playing during strong winds, and if so, in what direction could these winds affect the path of your ball?

If the weather is windy, be sure to pick the right club, choose the appropriate target, and focus on your trajectory.

Final word

Weigh up all your options and pay attention to the available information you have before choosing your target. And once you have selected your target, try to be as specific as possible.

Go for the line of a bunker, the flagstick, an uneven ridge on the green, or even a divot hole. This will help keep your focus fixed and your swing precise.