Hitting Better Wedge and Short Iron Shots
As I observe golfers of all skill levels, among the shots that I think give golfers the most difficulty are the full-swings with the wedges and short irons. The most common problem I see are trajectories that are way too high, leading to distance control that...well, is not controlled.
The key to consistent accuracy with the short-range clubs is to control the trajectory of the shot, which in turn controls the distance the ball will travel in the air. If your short iron and wedge shots are high sometimes and lower sometimes, then your carry distance is most likely to also be all over the place. This is aggravated by the trend to cavity-back, thin face designs carried over from technology applied to the middle irons, then extended to the short clubs. But that’s another story (see www.scorgolf.com).
The other part of the equation is that golfers’ haven’t spent the time necessary to learn how to properly swing the short, high-lofted clubs to effect those “tour-like” trajectories and pinpoint distance control. But you can learn to hit better full swing shots with your wedges and short irons, if you’ll just follow a few basic thoughts;
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Great article and something i hope everyone reads. This is exactly what i've been trying to practice on the range during the last 4 weeks. Well, it's been the main focus anyway. a 3/4 swing properly struck goes 100% of my former full swing distance, it's just lower and spins like a mofo. If higher handicap players can master this technique, they won't be high handicap players anymore.
This is also were you can really tell the difference between shafts. When I changed to a kbs shaft fr a dynamic gold I found a whole new world of trajectories and spin. My old shaft had one shot, hitting a half swing pitch just took the spin off the ball and always rolled a mile. the new shaft allows me to control the shot trajectory but still stop the ball.
I love KBS shafts... great article!
I've been working my wedges and trying to dial in distances using the clock method. 7,8,9 oclock arm positions for different distance in pitching and a 7&8 oclock for chips. It worked well last week but not quite so well yesterday. After my round yesterday it is very apparent that I need to work on my putting! either leaving things short or way past the cup. I can only remember 1 close lag putt. I did have several 6'-8' putts go in and one 15' but i also missed at least 2, 2'ers.....
I think ball position and face orientation at address are major considerations too. Only when you have confidence in making a clean strike can you ever hope to control your distance, which is like, more than half the battle.
Low Hands is the reason I my SW and LW bent 2* flatter than the rest of my short irons.
Good tips. #1 is key to club selection and belongs on the course, mos def. #2/3 I might want to take to the practice range next week, but for today's round, think I'll KISS with a wedge swing thought like, "hit the ball first" or some such.
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