Master Your Distance Wedge
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While you can make the same swing for all clubs, you'll naturally struggle with the clubs where that motion is not ideal. There are differences in the pivot as well as the release for the tour best wedge players and drivers of the golf ball. With wedges, it is more advantages to stay centered in the backswing and then work more vertically (up and away from the ball) in the downswing. This helps to put the bottom of the swing closer to the golf ball as well as to help with the low launch/high spin goal.
Tags: Poor Contact, Pitch, Impact, Backswing, Transition, Drill, Intermediate, Beginner
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This drill is looking at the cast pivot for wedges.
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Specifically, we're going to talk about distance wedges in this video.
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Now, the cast pivot does relate to the finesse wedge, but we're specifically going to talk about the pivot
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for distance wedges, which are typically between about 40 yards and 100 yards for most golfers.
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We know that we want to have more of a kind of co-sting kind of
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supported slower movement of the body when we get into the distance wedges.
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What I see on 3D is that typically good wedge players show more of a cast pattern.
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And I've talked a bit about the cast pattern being an early movement of the arms and more of
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a stabilizing unit of the body, but I want to get into a little bit more detail,
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because we've had a few questions recently about how do I control distance with my distance wedge,
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how do I control my low point basically? What's the difference between the distance wedge and the
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stock full swing? So with the distance wedge, we're going to talk about this cast pivot.
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The cast pivot involves a couple movements that you might not think would work well with a good pivot.
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But let's start by looking at what are the problematic moves, right?
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With a distance wedge, we're trying to get the bottom of the swing right at the golf ball,
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we're very close to the golf ball. With the full swing, we're trying to get the bottom of the swing
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well out in front of the golf ball. With the distance wedge, we're trying to launch it low with
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high amount of spin. With the full swing, we're trying to launch it higher with low spin.
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So we can see that we're starting to come up against some opposite objectives, even though we've
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got a similar looking golf club. The other thing is with the steeper line angle and shorter club,
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that naturally changes the steep shallow balance and makes it a little bit steeper.
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So with the pivot for the distance wedge to a company or to satisfy all these factors,
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the pivot is going to be a little bit more of the upper body going up and the upper body going
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forward, primarily during the early part of the downswing. So I feel like the trigger is a little
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bit more vertical, like I'm pushing against the ground, almost like I'm trying to stand up
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in turn, like so. And by doing that, when I start putting more of that vertical movement in,
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that's going to help my arms cast and get the club low to the ground, which will help create
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low point right at the golf ball, or just in front of the golf ball. Compare that to the full swing,
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where I'm going to have a little bit more of that drop so that my body can rotate,
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there I'm pushing a lot more laterally so that I can pull on the handle and create some good
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leg and shaft lean so that then when I extend my arms, the bottom of the swing is well out in front
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of the golf ball. So again, for distance wedge, I'm going to feel a little bit more of an up and
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forward pattern so that I finish in a good tall, everything facing the golf ball pattern,
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as opposed to a really good hip slightly ahead of my lower body or hip slightly ahead of my upper
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body in a good bra thing pattern. So we'll demonstrate just the pivot movement. I'm going to take
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my arms place them across my shoulders, I'm going to make a little backswing while shifting just
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slightly towards the target and then I'm going to focus on this upper body going up. I'm going
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to focus on my right shoulder kind of staying high. It's going through just like that. So in full speed,
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kind of like that where basically it's feeling like that right shoulder stays high as it rotates.
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Now you'll see from the down the line that that subtle but it subtle compared to the drop
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that you'll see a little bit more when I'm hitting shots with a seven iron or lower.
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So what we'll do is we'll then combine that cast release pattern. We're basically I'm just letting
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those arms extend and I'm going to use the body working a little bit more vertically to help
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trigger those arms extending to help control the bottom of the swing and I'll use the rate of
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my body rotating to help control the distance. So then from down the line, it will look very subtle
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but it shows up pretty clear on 3D that there's a good amount of lift and a good amount of moving
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slightly away from the golf ball during the downswing. So it's a little bit of a stand-up movement
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which I put more in the cast pattern. So if I did let's say the hip height position
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would look something like that and then if I went into my 3-quarter
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would look a little bit. Now I kind of ratcheted up my acceleration rate so that wasn't the
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greatest shot but you could see the overall pattern. That will help me with the solid contact and
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really that'll help a lot with the turf contact and by making solid contact both with the turf
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and the golf ball that'll allow my brain the ability to develop feel. Now from the face on,
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we'll have a little bit more or you'll be able to see a little bit of that upper body
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staying taller is what a lot of guys describe it as or the right shoulder staying high
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but what is really happening is the upper body is moving a little bit more forward and up
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to help trigger the arm extending.
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Kind of like that. If you compare that to a little bit more of the full swing pivot where I have a
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bunch of leg you'll see that that movement is a little bit more quiet passive but definitely more
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vertical as opposed to linear or horizontal.