Controlling your wedge play

Published 23/04/2010 08:24:33

One of the major areas where professional golfers show their experience is when playing from inside 120 yards. With a wedge in hand, the world's best players are thinking about hitting their ball to within 10ft of the flag, every time. The reason for their confidence is that, through dedicated practice, they have developed an innate feeling for the type of shot required. This article, together with some hard work of your own, will help you find the target when trying to reach the scoring zone.


Key points for troubleshooting

  • When struggling with a hook or slice, check your grip and make sure the clubhead moves from inside to outside the ball-to-target line through impact.
  • Prevent pushing and pulling the ball by taking extra care over the alignment of your body and clubface at address.
  • Stop fatting and thinning the golf ball by driving your weight towards the target through the downswing.
  • Make sure that your weight is not moving into the ball through the downswing to avoid shanking.
  • Alter the length of your backswing and throughswing to find different yardages with your wedge - it isn't always going to be the same as on the range.


Dirty grooves

To control the distance of your wedges, it helps to impart a good amount of backspin on the ball at impact so it stops quickly when it hits the green. A crisp contact is a prerequisite to producing backspin, but the grooves of the wedge must be clean. Mud of grass on the face will stop the club biting down on the ball - and thus creating less spin than expected.

So before you hit the ball for real, but after your practice swing, wipe your wedge down and make sure the grooves are clean and clear.


Poor swing control

You need to make subtle differences in the strength of your swing to reach different distances: you need to hit the ball softer at a flag 60 yards away than at one 120 yards away.

Try to picture your swing as a clockface, and the different yardages are your backswing distance - so for a full shot you'd bring it back to 12, whereas a dainty chip would be a 9.


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