This is what I am really going to work on this winter – dialling in my wedge distances, no more trying to guess or using ‘feel’ on the course.
I am using the clock-face approach; imagine I am swinging on a clock-face and my left arm is the hour hand. 9pm would equate to my left arm being parallel in my backswing. As I rarely go past left arm parallel even on a full swing, I am only going to work on three positions; 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.
A wedge swing should be symmetrical too, as in if I go to 9pm back, I will go to 3pm on the through-swing.
I will re-visit this page regularly to update my distances in the table below:
|| 20 yards
|| 65 yards
Some very useful tips for how to hit your wedges well:
– set up with more weight on left foot.
– ball position slightly back of centre.
– keep weight left, no shift to right needed. Just gentle rocking motion.
– major swing key: hinge wrists early, as soon as you start to take the club away.
I find that this technique works with the 9 iron too.
Chipping is often viewed as just a shorter version of the pitch but it isn’t.
Set up is very similar:
– but I prefer a slightly open stance
– some forward shaft lean but don’t go berserk on it.
– think about sliding the club head under the ball. Use the bounce.
– major swing key and biggest difference to pitching: keep the arms straight, relaxed but straight. Do not hinge the wrists.
Works quite well for me!