When it comes to your golf game, every aspect is important. You want to have a strong technique in every category so you have an overall performance no matter which course you’re playing. Your wedge game is extremely important because this can be the difference between getting the ball close enough to make your putt, and getting your ball just a hair too far away.
How to Improve Your Technique and Hit a Golf Wedge
Maximize Your Backswing
Your backswing is an important part of learning distance control, and you want it to be short and wide to maximize your potential. It is also very important that you match your arms up with your body. The goal is to both your arms and your truck to arrive at the top of your backswing in the same time frame. If you accomplish this, you should be able to easily draw a straight line that runs from your chest out to your hands. If you’re not doing this correctly, your hands will tend to drift behind you and outrun your chest.
It is perfectly fine to have a longer backswing with a longer club, but with a wedge, you want to focus a bit more. Instead of trying to produce as much power as you can like you would with a longer club, you’re trying to get a consistent amount of power for every stroke you take with your wedge.
Tweak Your Through-Swing
If you have a full gap wedge that’ll get you 110 yards every time you hit, but you only need the ball to fly 104 yards to get in the hole… what do you do? Many amateur golfers make the mistake of trying to hit softer shots, and this can throw your aim way off. A better way to achieve this shorter distance is to adjust your grip slightly down and swing at your normal pace. You’ll have to experiment and see how many yards you lose by adjusting your grip downward an inch or so and go from there.
You want to swing aggressively each time you hit the ball because this ensures you get good contact with the ball. In addition to this, you want to ensure you’re turning your body when you swing to get more control and power behind your shot. Your hips and chest should lean this turn, and you should feel like your arms are just going with the flow. Make sure your follow-through is abbreviated, and your hands finish in front of your chest.
Making a Hybrid or a Flop-Pitch Shot
If you find yourself in the position of being stuck by a difficult shot, you may have to use a hybrid shot to give you a chance to make it. Your first reaction is to tense up, but this is the last thing you want to do. Let your right arm hang with your grip resting on your fingers. Next, let the clubs face fall open, so it’s flush with the ground. This causes your leading edge to flare slightly, and you want to open your stance slightly.
For the final few steps, put both of your hands on the club and keep them both rotated counterclockwise. This will create a weak grip, and it’ll maximize your loft impact. When you swing, go across the ball and along your stance line without letting your hands release. You want to end with a shallow divot, and your club’s face should be skyward.
Perfecting the Chip Shot
If you can master the art of the chip shot, it’ll bleed over into other areas of your game and help you improve them. You may want to implement practice sessions with several short 10-yard chip shots, so you get a good idea of what center-face contact fees like. To start, get set up and put slightly more weight on your front foot. Many golfers stand more open, but setting up square and having a narrow stance can help you. Your hand should be pushed just ahead of the ball, and your club shaft should have a slight forward lean.
You won’t want to move your hips or legs much as this shot is mainly upper body movements. Swivel slightly from your chest, and keep your wrists soft and relaxed. Allow your club to move just slightly past your hands as this will activate your bounce.
If you’re new to golf, or if you’re trying to refine your techniques, it’s going to take practice. You most likely won’t get it right or be able to make these shots feel natural without going out and practicing and playing golf. These small pointers are designed to get you started in the right direction, and if you follow them, you should begin to see an improvement in your golf game.