Pitching from tight, firm lies requires a lot of feel and confidence – here are two tips to get the ball close from these positions.
First, place your weight slightly more on your left side (for the right-handed golfer). This will create a slightly steeper angle in the ball, preventing the club striking behind the ball, bouncing off the hard turf and causing a thin strike.
Second, in the downswing, imagine there is a race between your hands and the clubhead that always ends in a dead heat. This will ensure you’re in the correct position at impact – eliminating the chance of creating too much shaft lean and stopping any scooping with the hands through impact.