Stop trying to hit your wedges so far.

All of this infatuation with distance is ruining a lot of people’s golf swings when that becomes the sole purpose.

This is all the more apparent in the distances people hit their wedges.

It is into the hundreds if I counted how many people I hit the driver 50-100 yards farther, 7-iron as far as they hit their 4-iron…but they hit their wedges the same or even farther than I do.

These are extreme, but the object of wedges is to control distance, trajectory and spin and that is difficult if you are taking a full swing. I’d say 95% of golfers that don’t shoot in the mid to low 70’s regularly, hit their wedges farther than they should.

The backswings should be shorter and the speed at which the shoulders rotate should be slower. That doesn’t mean the stereotypical “decel.” It’s a more controlled acceleration. All the more reason for shoulder turn to be the base of the swing. It is difficult to control acceleration of the club with an arm swing. However, controlling the speed of the shoulder turn is quite easy to master after very little practice.

I rarely if ever use PW from over 135, SW form over 115 and LW 100. I can hit PW 165 without hurting myself and as much as 180 risking a hernia, but I like 130.

If you only hit driver 240-250 and you are hitting PW 135….guess what?

Go to the range with your wedges, shorten your swing and practice ACCELERATING your shoulders at different speeds and see how helpful that is. It will also help your short game.

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  1. Husker

    One of the things I like about your advice is that it makes so much (common) sense. I’m one of those who has a need to understand why good results are produced. Keep up the good work.

  2. banchiline

    Right on Monte. Hitting wedges with control by using the shoulder turn also lends to hitting a 4 iron 150 yards under a tree & running it up on the green .

    One can eventually build an arsenal of shots that makes the game really fun & scores much lower than a cookie cutter game.

  3. mship

    All the more reason for shoulder turn to be the base of the swing…is this explained anywhere else? If not can you explain how it should be for the downswing…I get it for the backswing…


    • Monte Scheinblum

      mship. I think I have established that the hands taking control is bad. That leaves the shoulder turn and lower body. If you look in the cargo short and T shirt link you will find a video about why the lower body can’t lead independently or the swing gets out of sync.

      • mship

        Will check it out thanks!

  4. Frokostordning

    Hm hm.. that’s very interessting but actually i have a hard time figuring it… I’m wondering what others have to say….

  5. meateater

    What I don’t understand is how you guys can hit a SW 115 and not appear to be swing hard.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      meat, that is the whole point. If you can generate 120-130 mph with a driver, you ca hit SW 140-150 yards if you swing 100%. Hitting it 115 doesn’t take much effort and that’s wy it doesn’t look that way. When I see guys who have 100 mph hitting SW 110 yards and giving themselves appendicitis, I wanna tell them they should be hitting SW about 90.

  6. gwlee7

    I am amused and amased when people look at me funny when I tell them I’ll hit anything from a SW to a 6 iron when they ask me what I hit from a hundred yards out.

  7. Michael

    If you’re hitting a SW with that much CHS with a driver, how are you controlling your spin?

    The distance is sick imo, but what do you do to keep that sucker on the green when you take a rip at it?

  8. Monte Scheinblum

    Michael. That’s the point. I don’t hit SW near 100% unless it’s a specialty shot from the trees, tucked pin, hard green, etc.

    When I hit it that hard, I can’t control the spin or trajectory very well.

    That’s why forced lag is so terrible. It exacerbates the issue.


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