Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Left To Compress
Hit your wedges like a pro
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On the LPGA Tour, it's imperative that you hit your wedge shots as close to the hole as possible. To do that, you need to be able to control both your wedge trajectory and spin. Personally, I like to prevent my wedge shots from flying too high in the air, since that makes it harder for me to control my distances. Instead, by managing my trajectory, I actually can get more aggressive, knowing my shots will fly on a flatter trajectory with a consistent amount of spin from wedge shot to wedge shot.
How do I do this? Simple. Unlike a full-swing shot with a driver, where the body naturally shifts over my right leg, with shots from 120 yards and in, I actually try to keep my weight centered (maybe even a little to the left) through the entire stroke. Here's what that does:
Make sense so far? I'll bet one of the reasons why many amateurs are so inconsistent with their wedge games is because they shift their weight too much during their wedge swings. Like I said, on a good day, where your timing is working, you can get away with that weight shift. But on days where your timing is a little off, any excessive weight shift with your wedges will lead to a whole lot of inconsistencies from short range.
Practice hitting shots with your wedges and keep your weight either centered, or like me, favoring your left side through the shot. You'll see some more speed come from the hands and hit shots a little lower, but the added consistency and spin will make up for it. Once you dial in and get comfortable hitting wedge shots like this, do what I do and adjust your swing length depending on your distances from the hole. You'll find this way of managing your wedge shots a lot easier than relying on the timing of your hands and body through the stroke.