Follow these simple tips if you have problems controlling distance on short pitches, and you often catch short pitches fat or thin.

60 yards is a tricky yardage that we all face from time to time, so it is worth practising. I first start by gripping down the club about an inch and a half.

This little 60 yard pitch shot is a real stroke-saver, and so it makes sense to work on the technique this summer.

Start by setting the ball in the middle of your stance, and then make sure your hands and sternum are slightly ahead of the ball.

You don’t want to overdo this because you’ll only end up de-lofting the club and hitting the ball too low, and probably too far.

However, setting your hands and sternum ahead of the ball is important to take the bounce off the club for a sweet strike.

Finally, don’t forget this is a smaller version of your normal swing and you should use your body in the same way.

Rotate back and through, letting your arms work with your body to improve your overall level of consistency.

Another key factor for playing this shot is to ensure I feel the flex in my left knee remains longer than usual through the shot.

This just helps me to turn my body through the shot. Give these adjustments a go as you practise this difficult yardage – they should give you the control and feel you need to hit it close.

Take these thoughts with you to the range and practise this technique as much as you can – it’s a real shot saver.

Key tips

  • Have the ball in the middle of your stance
  • Positions your hands and sternum slightly ahead of the ball
  • Make a smaller version of your normal swing
  • Rotate back and through, letting your arms work with your body