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Tip Tuesday: Adjust Your Stance for Better Pitch Shots

In this video, Scott Tanguay of the Coastal Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach, S.C. shows us how and why a “full-swing” stance is detrimental to your short game around the green, and then walks you through the simple adjustments you can make to execute better pitch shots with more consistency.

Scott Tanguay:
Hey guys, Scott Tanguay here at the Coastal Golf Academy, right across the street from Myrtle Beach International Airport. Come by and see me!

Today, I wanted to talk about the stance in your chipping. What I see a lot of people do is copy their full swing stance too closely. So if I'm going to hit a full swing, we're going to look a little something like this. If we do a short game shot like that, what you start seeing is way too much of the sharp leading edge here, you see a lot of chunking like I did there, and typically the ball's going to pull to the left like it did.

What we want to see is instead of trying to copy our full swing stance and do a little baby version of that, we want to raise that handle, scooch in. So we're going to stand a little more like this. It's going to simplify the motion a lot. It's going to help you keep it straighter on line and help you use the bounce of the club, which is the opposite of chunking. We're going to see that, see how it just kind of skids right through there without any issue?

So I'm tall and close. One, two, and that's going to give you a nice, crisp contact. Okay, one more. Let's see. So we're here, not like this. We want to raise that up, scoot in, and then just a small one, two, and you're good to go!