Hitting wedges

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Aside from people hitting their wedges too far, I see other golfers trying way too hard to draw their wedges. Amateur golfers around the world are enamored with the draw and get themselves into all sorts of trouble…most especially with wedges.

Because of the high loft on wedges, it takes an extreme inside/out path to get a wedge to actually draw. When you try too hard to draw a PW, GW, SW or LW, several awful, disgusting, putrid, nasty, rank, foul, odious things can happen.

Probably the worst is rerouting your hands way too far to the inside and needing to save it with a flip to prevent the block, instead of continuing to rotate the body in sync.

I won’t list all of the bad things you can do, just take away this. You don’t have to hit a draw if it’s not your natural shot…and you don’t have to draw wedges even if a draw is your natural shot.

Most of your practice on the range should be with wedges to begin with. Make your normal comfortable swing and pay attention to the ball flight you get on the good swings and the ball flight you get on the bad swings and play for those shots.

As far as distance is concerned, you don’t need to hit your wedges for distance…you need to hit them the same distance every time and it’s hard to do that with a back swing that is too long and a 100% full out swing.

As I said, most of your practice should be with your wedges, so find a length and speed of swing that is the easiest to produce…even if you think that hits the ball too short and your friends will make fun of you.

They won’t make fun of you when you are wedging it 10 feet and in all day and taking their money.

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9 Comments

  1. Will

    I learned the wedge lesson earlier this year. I’ve always been one to hit full swing everything; it felt more comfortable.

    But while I was hitting on Trackman to targets for a score, a funny thing happend. I immediately, and without second guessing it, grabbed something that I could hit with less than a full swing. And I don’t know why, because I don’t like partial swings, and I’ve almost never hit a partial shot when I had a full swing yardage on the course. But I misshit less shots, and I hit it closer more freqently. I did this with yardages up to what would normally be a full 7 iron.

    One of these days, I’ll have the sense (or the guts) to do this on the course…

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    • Bob34

      “One of these days, I’ll have the sense (or the guts) to do this on the course…”

      I know exactly what you’re saying. When I’m on the course my mind tells me that over clubbing COULD result in a bigger miss even though practise tells me the odds of hitting a great shot are better with more club or less than full swing. For some reason, it’s just hard to trust.

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  2. wally

    Great post, Hogan never took a full swing with his pitch shots, why should I

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  3. Calvin D

    Wild Bill Melehorn, who Hogan said was the most accurate he ever saw tee to green, said he never hit a shot to a green with a max yardage club. Boy couldn’t putt for beans tho.

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  4. s.

    If you hit a wedge too high, the wind might get it and drift it away from where you want to land it.

    If you hit a wedge too hard, you might put too much spin on it and suck it back off of the green, or somewhere else where you don’t want it.

    Besides, it seems like a full wedge shot is only good for one distance, and since most shots with a wedge aren’t at that particular distance, it makes sense that most wedge shots are less than full shots.

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  5. banchiline

    Most people carry too many wedges. It’s not too hard to learn to be very crafty with just 2. Like a PW & 56* sand wedge.

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  6. Mike Z

    Speaking of partial shots, I’ve got a fun question for Monte:

    When you come to a driveable (for you) par 4, do you have “touch” with your driver to hit it specific distances? Is there a different swing or setup that you use to hit it 330 versus 350 yards, or do you just rip it toward the green and play it where it lands?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Some days I have the ability to take a little off the driver, while other days I just have to hit it and see where it ends up.

      It’s more like a hole that is like 320, I take a solid swing and that is the right club. Where one that is like 340 or 350 I have to dial it up to get there.

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  7. Dave

    Can’t say I’ve ever tried to really shape a wedge with a cut/draw. I do every now and then and if I really have too try to hit them lower/higher depending on the wind or bunkers/trees I’ve managed to get myself stuck behind.

    Best solution I have found only in the last 3 weeks. I bought a GPS unit, went to a range and found my yardage’s with my wedges, full and 3/4 swing. When on the course after finding the yardage I’ve started taking the wedge that is about the distance to the back edge of the green and just try to hit it solid. Surprisingly enough my scores have dropped. Not short very often now.

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