3 ways to fix one of golf’s biggest pitching mistakes

GOLFTEC’s Top 100 Teachers Nick Clearwater explains how to check if you’re starting the ball on the line you want.


Starting the ball on your intended line is one of the most basic skills in shooting. I would say maybe The The most important skill in the situation, but there is also green reading. Even that, by itself, depends on your ability to start the ball on the line.

Regardless, the point remains that if you can’t start the ball where you shoot, you can’t do much on the greens. That’s why professional golfers work on this more than anything else – especially before tournament rounds – and it’s a skill amateur golfers tend to struggle with.

The good news is that it’s easier to check than you might think, and it’s easier to work with, as our friends at GOLFTEC have pointed out.

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Working alongside professional golfer Hannah Gregg, GOLF Top 100 instructor Nick Clearwater explains that there are three ways you can check your starting line:

  1. Draw three points on the floor spaced in one-foot increments on a straight stroke. Your ball must roll over all of them.
  2. Place a putting gate – or two tees – about 30 cm in front of the golf ball, then roll the ball through it.
  3. Squeeze the gauge, making sure it’s rolling off the end and not the side.

It won’t take you long to notice if you have a bias to one side or the other. The good news is that checking if you’re doing it is also the cure: keep doing any of the exercises above, and you’ll quickly start adapting in a good direction.

You can watch the full GOLFTEC video below.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is Game Improvement Editor for GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role, he oversees game improvement content for the brand that includes Help, Equipment, and Health & Fitness across all multimedia platforms at GOLF.

An alumnus of the International Junior Golf Academy and University of South Carolina – Beaufort golf team, where he helped them finish first in the NAIA National Rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. . His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast.

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