If you swing down hard enough the force of impact—coupled with the eventual squaring of the face—will pop the ball up and out. Don’t even think about finishing your swing—leave the club buried in the sand.
The good news? A garden-variety pitch isn’t my only option. There’s a shot that greatly improves my chances for par or even birdie but executing it takes commitment and practice. This scenario is the perfect opportunity to hit a lofted shot that not only won’t run away from the pin but will spin back close to the cup.
In the pantheon of short-game shots the 15-yard pitch swing falls somewhere between “moderately easy” and a “piece o’ cake.” Here’s how it works: Make it synchronized—take the club back with your upper and lower body moving in unison.