Ball-striking is the term that's commonly used to describe the quality of contact between the clubface and the ball at impact.
In pitch shots — and in all shots, for that matter — there's an important distinction between striking the ball and scooping it.
Striking occurs with the hands and handle leaning slightly forward at contact with the weight on the left side. Conversely, with a scooping motion, the weight stays back and the player tops the ball or hits too far behind it.
A simply prop can help you overcome the scoop and replace it with a strike.
You've "popped" a towel before, right? This is a great way to train your hands to stay ahead of the clubface at impact.
You cannot “cast” a towel and get it to pop. The right wrist needs to stay bent back and let the end catch with a snap. This is a great drill to get rid of an early release.
Rob Akins is Director of Instruction at Spring Creek Ranch in Collierville, Tenn. He is recognized by Golf Digest as a Top 50 instructor in America.