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The trick to mastering the pitch shot is to remember it does not require a different type of swing, just a shortened version of your full swing.
However, shortening the backswing does make retaining a smooth rythym harder.
Practice swinging to a clock's ticking.
Alter the distance you hit the ball by changing the length of your backswing, not the power of your hit.
Make a full turn of your shoulders but your hands should only reach shoulder height (about three-quarters of your normal backswing).
This will allow you to attack the ball, but still retain the control essential to accurate pitching.