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On the Mark: Instant Fixes for Pitching

August 06, 2018

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Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction at Old Palm Golf Club, shares some advice on how to instantly fix your shorthand golf game. Hackett was featured in Golf Magazine’s June 2018 issue and is deemed as one of American’s top 100 golf teachers.

Hackett explains that a player's stance over the ball is key to a perfect chip or pitch. If the ball is too far back in your stance, it results in the torso leaning away from the target and forcing too much weight on the back foot. This incorrect set up decreases the effectiveness of the club's loft and results in fat contact with the ball—ultimately eliminating the impact of the shot.

To make sure you get the contact and height you want in your pitch, Hackett suggests setting the ball in the center of your feet, with your shoulders and stance slightly open. Hackett refers to this body position as being "titled for success".  A player's torso and weight should be stacked over the front foot. With this stance in place, the wedged club has the chance to shallow out before hitting the ball, exposing its natural loft and angle. Instead of hitting the ground prior to making contact with the golf ball (hitting it "fat"),  the ball will get the correct amount of height and land softly.


About Mark Hackett

At the age of 15, Mark Hackett received his first golf lesson from Davis Love, Jr. at the Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia. His first golf lesson instilled in him a love of the game and eventually led him to the instruction of the game. In 2009, Mark was honored by Golf Magazine as one of the Golf Magazine Top 100 Golf Instructors in the country out of 28,000 members of the PGA of America.

If you are interested in scheduling a lesson with Mark, please contact our Golf Pro Shop at (561) 472-5100.  


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