How Do I Gain Control Over The Distance Of My Wedge Strokes?
A general analysis of all the shots in the game of golf would reveal that nearly two-third of the strokes played comprise of short game shots. No doubt, golfers have realized this fact and as a result, we see that, in the past decade a number of golfers focusing heavily on the short game during practice sessions. There is one crucial point that most golfers are having trouble with (i.e.) controlling their wedge distance. Talk about wedge distance control and most coaches would immediately say that how golfers control the distance of strokes played within 100 yards from the green differentiates amateurs from professionals. Anyways, here are a few pointers to help you gain control over the distance while playing wedge shots.
Practice hard with clean golf wedges
The trickier a shot the more time golfer needs to invest to master it. The wedge play within 100 yards from the green being one of the most delicate strokes to play needs your maximum attention in the practice range. Also, keep your clubs clean. We’ve seen more than a few times that, golfers who maintain their clubs in top condition on the course, so carelessly use clubs that have unclean grooves in the practice area. You might think that it’s fine to practice with unclean clubs, but don’t forget that it may affect the wedge practice. You might wrongly analyze your wedge practice shots and make mistakes on the golf course. So, remember to use clean clubs during wedge practice sessions.
It’s easy to control the distance of your wedge play by controlling the length of the backswing. Keep in mind that curtailing the swing is not enough to control the distance. To effectively curb the length of the backswing and also execute a good wedge shot you need to reduce your muscle power, gain control over your hip and lower body rotation. To execute a powerful wedge shot the shoulder turn must go past the lower body. Also, remember that the arms must be free and relaxed during the swing.
There are four different backswing lengths to control the wedge distance. While playing the backswing your lead arm (i.e.) the left arm in case of the right-handed golfers, must be parallel to the ground. When the arm is parallel and the backswing is full you’ll easily clear 100 yards. By controlling the backswing to ¾ of the length with a sand wedge you can clear 85 yards. You can further reduce the distance to 60 yards by taking just ½ the backswing length with the sand wedge, and cover 45 yards by curtailing the sand wedge backswing to ¼ of the length.