Pitch with your arms, not with your hands

By Doug Comer

When you set your wedge down at address, take a look at all of that loft. This club was born to hit high, soft shots. But many of you so not trust it to do its job. Players try to help the ball into the air by adding a lot of wrist action to your pitch shots. Trust me, wrist action might help you pitch it and with more backspin, but it increases your chances of hitting it fat or thin. It is not worth the risk.

Instead, when you sole the club, notice that your arms form a “V” shape. Your goal is to preserve the “V” as you swing the club back and through. There should be very little hand or forearm rotation. All you are trying to do maintain the club face loft that you established at address. That makes the ball fly nice and high and with plenty of spin. Keep it simple.

Doug Comer is the director of golf at the Clarksburg Country Club and the men’s and women’s golf coach at Fairmont State University.

Upcoming Tournaments

  • The seventh annual Davis Health System Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 2 at the Stonewall Resort. The entry fee of $100 per golfer includes green fees, cart, lunch, balls and tees. Call 304-630-3043 for more information.
  • Canaan Valley Resort hosts its weekly Wednesday Night Scrambles, a nine-hole, mixed golf event. Register at the pro shop by 4:45. The format varies each week. Entry fee is $22 per person. For more information, call 304-866-4121, extension 92632.
  • The St. Joseph’s Foundation will host its 15th annual Charity Golf Tournament at 9 a.m., Aug. 1 at the Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe. For more information or to register, contact Patricia Lake at 304-473-6819.
  • The Christian Golfers Association of North Central West Virginia will hold outings at 5 p.m., Aug. 8 at the Riverbend Golf Course; at noon, Aug. 13 at the Bridgeport Country Club; at 5 p.m., Aug. 19 at the Buckhannon Country Club; at 5 p.m., Aug. 22 at the Riverbend Golf Course; and at 2 p.m., Aug. 25 at Stonewall Resort. For more information, call 304-472-4047.

Tournament results

Don Neman, Debbie Neman, Beryl McKisic and Larry Wamsley combined to shoot a round of 24 to win the CGANCWV Par 3 Challenge at the Riverbend Golf Course. The team of Darrell Linger, Michelle Linger, Kayla Linger and Harry Grose finished second in the nine-team field with a round of 25.

Closest to the pin winners were Beryl McKisic (No. 1), Larry Ransinger (No. 2), Greg Abel (No. 3), Gene Bryant (Nos. 4, 5), Harry Grose (No. 6), Debbie Neman (No. 7), Don Neman (No. 8) and George Butcher (No. 9).

Universal golf law

Your best round of golf will be followed almost immediately by your worst round ever. The probability of that increases with the number of people you tell about the former.