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The goal on a pitch is to make consistent, predictable contact. It starts with a good setup.

The goal on a pitch is to make consistent, predictable contact. It starts with a good setup.

Last month Hank Haney kicked off Make Me Better , our season-long instruction series, with a guide to hitting greens. But even the best players miss greens, so let's take the next step. Whether you're trying to break 90 or win the U.S. Open, the key to scoring is improving your short-game efficiency, both how you swing and the decisions you make. We'll cover a full menu of short-game shots this year, but we'll start with a sore spot for most players: the mid-range pitch. PITCHING A 30- or 40-yard pitch shot occupies an awkward middle ground for a lot of players, literally and figuratively. You have a variety of choices in terms of trajectory, and this can be confusing. You're hitting the ball in the air more than you would for a chip, but you don't use a full swing. That can produce mismatched swing mechanics. Many players intuitively understand that they need less force t...

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