The pitch shot can be a tricky shot to master because it requires a delicate shifting of weight between the hands and feet. The shot is played when the ball is positioned from three to thirty yards off the green and spends more time in the air than it does on the ground. The club is in the hands during the back-swing and above the hands during the forward swing of the pitch shot.
Swinging the club back on the correct plane is very important. Put a club on the ground, which is slightly behind and inside the ball. Point the shaft of the sand wedge down at the club on the ground as you swing the club back. If the club is pointed too far outside the club on the ground, it will be too flat and if it is too far inside the club, it will be too vertical or too steep.
One common mistake that many amateurs make is when they let the club-foot pass their hands and the weight stays on their back foot. They lift the ball into the air and the club bottoms out behind the golf ball. They hit the ball fat if they hit the ground or thin if they miss the ground. They both occur because the bottom of the swing is behind the ball and not in front of it.
Once the club is on the correct plane, you can feel the weight shift to the left foot. You should be able to feel the hands drop so that your hands are leading the golf club down. The weight should then be on the front foot and hands in front of the clubhead to hit the ground in front of the ball.
So remember to get the club on plane and let your hands lead the clubhead swing through to a balance position, always having the bottom of the swing occurring in front of the ball. This will make sure that you hit the pitch shot well with consistent practice.