A Surefire System To Master Your Wedge Shots And Get The Ball Closer To The Hole
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To me, the chipping and pitching or finesse wedge zone is all shots inside of 30 yards. The wedge zone is from 30 yards up until you hit your full pitching wedge.
I prefer you to hit these shots from 30 up until your full sand wedge with one club. I use my 56 degree sand wedge and I’ll use that one club on every shot from 30 up until 110 yards. To keep things simple, I also like to try and swing at one speed. I like to have one speed or one tempo, so the only thing I’m changing is swing length.
I start using a “spot” once I get to 40 yards. For me, from 40 yards my hands go pocket-to-pocket, 50 yards is hip-to-hip, 60 yards is just above hip to j ust above hip, 70 is rib-rib, 80 is chest-chest, 90 shoulder-shoulder, 100 for me feels like ear-ear, and then 110 is a full swing. When I say those spots, it doesn’t matter if they actually go specifically wherever I’m saying. The point is if I have 50 yards, I can think hip-to- hip, and the ball goes 50.
Let’s talk about the setup pieces with the wedges. Your feet will be closer together than full swing – to the point where your heels are almost touching. From down the line , I get closer to the ball and I grip down compared to normal. I also prefer to have the club face slightly open so I can utilize the bounce a little bit more than normal. As I get longer, as the distance gets farther, I will gradually widen my feet. I will get slightly farther and the shaft will gradually lower. I’m not measuring that outwards, I want it to be mostly a feel thing.
I would say you have a normal amount of hindging when you go back. I wouldn’t go fully unhinged. I wouldn’t be trying to add a ton of hinge. I would have a gradual from zero to however much you want as you go. There’s not a perfect ratio for the hinge amounts.
With this wedge system, we’re going from a 30 up until your full pitching wedge. So sand wedge only goes 110 for me and my pitching wedge goes to 140. I have pitching wedge swing lengths that go 120, 130 and 140.
The other piece we have to keep in mind with wedges is trajectory control. Now, for most people watching this, having one baseline shot, one trajectory, one club is good enough from a scoring perspective. Unless you’re shooting seventies or better, than one swing is the best philosophy.
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