5 Shots! You Need To Know To Score Like A Pro

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4 AGAINST THE COLLAR
We Tour players don't have the luxury of the ol' foot wedge! When faced with a shot up against the collar like you see here, I can either try and putt it and risk the putter getting stuck in the grass, or I can try and get creative and actually try and blade the shot using my wedge. In almost every instance, I've opted for the latter and hit plenty of great shots doing just that.

The trick is a simple one. You want to catch the ball at or near its equator with the leading edge of the wedge. To do that, play the ball back in your stance and make a low swinging stroke. Don't lift the club any higher off the ground than necessary. In fact, keep the clubhead as low as you can as you make the stroke. For me, I like to align my body a little open with the face of my wedge aimed at the target, as it helps me make a lower, smoother stroke. It's more or less a putting stroke, if you will.


5 BACKHANDED WEDGE
We Tour players don't have the luxury of the ol' foot wedge! When faced with a shot up against the collar like you see here, I can either try and putt it and risk the putter getting stuck in the grass, or I can try and get creative and actually try and blade the shot using my wedge. In almost every instance, I've opted for the latter and hit plenty of great shots doing just that.

The trick is a simple one. You want to catch the ball at or near its equator with the leading edge of the wedge. To do that, play the ball back in your stance and make a low swinging stroke. Don't lift the club any higher off the ground than necessary. In fact, keep the clubhead as low as you can as you make the stroke. For me, I like to align my body a little open with the face of my wedge aimed at the target, as it helps me make a lower, smoother stroke. It's more or less a putting stroke, if you will.

Dan Pohl is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and also has competed on the Champions Tour. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona, and is an ambassador for Hopkins Golf.


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