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Analysis - Visualizing Bounce

It is not uncommon for students to be confused regarding the mechanics of the "finesse" wedge. More specifically, there can be difficulties understanding "bounce" and how this relates to the club's interaction with the ground just before and after impact. In this analysis video, we are going to look at several examples of Tour Pros (Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods) and Amateurs (students & GSA members). Hopefully, this will shed some light on the "do's and dont's" of great wedge play & help you detect any inefficiencies in your own game.

Playlists: Finesse Wedge - Chipping and Pitching

Tags: Fundamentals, Poor Contact, Pitch, Chip, Analysis

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In this analysis video, we're going to take a look at visualizing bounce.

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I think a lot of students are confused about what should happen with the Fineswege and how

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the club should contact the ground.

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I've got a few or a handful of Torpro and Amateur versions where we're just going to look

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at how the club interacts with the ground.

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The most common approach I see beginners or amateurs come in with is that ballback

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cance forward and they want to make sure that they're hitting down on the golf ball.

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What you'll see is in order to use the bounce effectively and give yourself a margin

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of air, the goal was really to get a long flat brushing spot on the ground.

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As you can watch this is a grandmaked dial hitting a standard little chip shot.

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You'll see that the club contacts the ground at least an inch or so behind the ball.

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Then as it goes through, you'll see there's very little change in loft, there's very

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little change in face rotation and there's very little change in the height of the golf

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club to the ground.

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It's just sliding along the ground.

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Now we've got a close up of Justin Rose.

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Not quite as clear on the club face but again you'll see contact with the ground just

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behind the golf ball and then you'll see how long the club slides along the ground.

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This is Justin Rose over the last 15 years or so has been statistically one of the

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better guys with wedges and finesse wedges.

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This is a good example.

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That ball checked up on him a little bit so you can see that he caught it a little bit

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cleaner as far as didn't quite as far behind as say Graham McDowell in that first example.

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But again you'll see this long flat spot.

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That's essentially our goal for any of the finesse wedges swings to get the club to just

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slide along the ground which is proper usage of the bounce.

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All right here we have Tiger Woods at the British open hitting a little more of a pitch

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shot.

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But again we're going to see this comment rate.

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So even if there's a little the camera angle is not perfectly square to his

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stance but even if you have shaft lean as long as you get the club to slide along the

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ground and this is I think one of the best illustrations.

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But typically on the firmer ground you'll be able to hit a little bit behind it as long

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as you're using the bounce properly and you'll be able to really slide the club along

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the ground as Tiger is demonstrating here.

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So one way to monitor and track your progress when you're practicing your wedge play is to

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work on how long of a brush spot can you get with your chipping and pitching.

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All right so now we got Patrick Reed.

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I wish that this was a little bit zoomed out but because we can't quite exactly see where

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the club, the height of the club but you can see that it's on the ground here close to on

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the ground well behind the ball and then he even takes a little leading edge divot just

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past the ball that can happen while still using the bounce they're not mutually exclusive.

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But again you'll be able to see that he's able to get the club to slide along the ground.

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I usually challenge my students to give me at least four to six inches of club sliding

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along the ground.

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I think it's a good kind of rough ballpark that'll give you a big enough margin of air

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even your bad shots will end up all right which is really the goal of this is to build a technique

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that allows you to not have to be perfect.

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Most golfers who struggle with this have the club too high coming into the golf ball and

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then tend to pull up quickly that can either happen from getting too much lag or getting

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a little steep with the shoulders or then it will come up from using too much risk and not enough

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body on the way through.

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If you get the good pattern of casting in transition and then coasting through impact,

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you can get this good long brush location.

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Now we've got an amateur over here on the right we're going to see one of his earlier shots

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and you'll see the club contacts the ground.

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It was coming in on a nice shallow angle but it contacted the ground and then skipped up into the

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ball so that wasn't on the ground for a very long period of time.

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Now the golfer complained both of blading the shot and hitting behind it over here on the left.

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You'll see the club still contacts the ground well before the golf ball.

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It may be a little bit closer to the golf ball but not dramatically but then what you'll see is

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he's able to keep it lower to the ground from the little setup and concept change.

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So this ended up being an okay shot.

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Now the two questions I always get are what about out of the rough and what about if I'm

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hitting a low running shot should I still contact it behind the golf ball.

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So first we've got Tiger demonstrating more of a low running shot and you'll see that he's

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got a fair amount of shaffling and that club is coming in from a higher position but you will

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still see that that gets close to striking the ground if not striking the ground just before

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the ball but it's definitely much closer to where the ball was hit or where the ball's

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lying and it's done with a fair amount more shaffling.

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Now even though he has shaffling because he has this long flatter bottom of the swing not quite

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as long and flat as when he did the pitch shot from the British open but you'll still see

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the clubs stay low to the ground for a long period of time.

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It's not coming up very quickly.

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So he's essentially shifted that flat spot a little bit more forward but not so much that he's

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hitting the middle of the ball down on a very steep angle which I think is the image that a lot

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of amateurs have in their mind. You'll see that he does something similar with the shot out of the

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rough which is the club is definitely coming more down towards the golf ball but just watch how

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low the club heads stays through this zone through here. Again our goal is to get at least a

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four to six inch kind of window where the club is about the same height just kind of sliding

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along the ground and you do that by having a proper blend of pivot and not a whole lot of

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wrist flip on the way through. Now for fun I thought we'd look at a member of the website who was

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complaining about struggling a little bit with this chipping and I had him do a little shadow drill

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of hitting right arm only left arm only trying to keep the opposite hand in the same bubble

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and he said that his right hand feels more comfortable but is more inconsistent. Well I want you to see

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if you can identify why. So if we're looking at the way that the club contacts the ground

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okay we can see it's contacting the ground before the ball and it's coming up

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little quickly so I wouldn't say that that's a really large flat spot now let's compare that

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to the left hand. So if we look at the left hand you can see how much

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lower and flatter that is on the way through. So I said if we were going to match one of the hands I

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would probably want to match the way the club is swinging more from the left hand even though the

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right hand feels more comfortable I think that the overall low point control pattern you can see

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little different pattern of how the club is sliding along the ground. If you use the

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the way the bounce works and how the club is sliding along the ground as kind of the ultimate

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barometer of whether or not you're making progress with your finesse wedge technique it'll help

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make some of the decisions of what you need to work on a little bit clearer. Do I need to get the club

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lower to the ground or do I need to get the club sliding longer on the way through? By working on

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those two skills you should develop a pretty predictable level of consistency with your finesse wedge game.

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