Jeff Mitchell: Hi, this is Jeff Mitchell with The Golf Standard.
If you're wondering what I'm doing here, I'm actually practicing my distance control out of the sand.
I'm hitching pitch shots to a couple of targets here are about 15 and 30 yards way, and what I'm trying to do is I want to get a correlation between what it fells like to hit a really good pitch shot an exact distance and what's going to happen when I get in the sand, change my set up, and I want to be able to control the distance of that shot.
What that basically means is that as I got from hitting a pitch shot about 15 or 30 yards, I can come into the sand, I can make my adjustments to my set up, which means I'm going to move the ball forwards, get it at the bottom of my swing, I'm going to open the club face, I'm going to line myself slightly left of my target, and then what I'm going to try and do is I'm going to try and take a swing that is exactly the same as the swing I was taking out of the grass and see how far the golf ball goes.
If I can rehearse a 15 yard pitch shot out of a sand set up, like so, and then I can take exactly this same swing here, the golf ball ends up going five, six yards, which is almost exactly one-third the distance that the ball would go out of a normal pitch shot.
I try to change my set up for my sand play.
I try not to change mys wing.
For me to really be able to make good solid shots, really control my distance, I really want to be able to correlate what I'm doing in a pitch shot to what I'm doing in a sand shot.
This works really at any distance.
One of the most difficult things for most golfers to do is to hit a long bunker shot.
If I simply set up, open club face, ball forward, align myself a little left of my target, and I want to hit a gold ball 30 yards out of the sand, then I simply have to just multiply that times three.
I can take a 90 yard swing with this club right here and that ball right there went almost exactly 30 yards in the air.
If you're really trying to control your distance out of the sand, learn to control it out of grass.
That's a situation where you're hitting it nice and solid.
Correlate that with the sand.
Fluffier sand, the ball will come out a little bit shorter.
Real firm, hard-packed, or wet sand, the ball comes out faster, but you can make these adjustments and simply correlate what you would do in a normal pitch shot to what you want to do in a sand shot.
Have fun with your distance control out of the sand.