Start a Free 3 Day Trial

Get access to 900+ instructional videos
No credit card required
Tyler Ferrell is the only person in the world named to Golf Digest's list of Best Young Teachers in America AND its list of Best Golf Fitness Professionals in America. Meet your new instructor.

Click here to join now and get full access.

Dialing In Your Distance

This is a great feedback device for understanding how far you hit your wedge shots in the air. Take yardage sticks or cones and place them at 10-yard intervals starting at 30 or 40 yards and going up to your shortest full swing. For most, this will be around 70 or 80 yards. Practice your waist height, shoulder height, and full wedge swing until you know about how far you hit each club and swing. Write this on the back of your shaft so that you may check during on course play. When you get to the point where you can hit 3 out of 5 balls within a 5-yard range, then begin experimenting with ways to add 1 or 2 yards to your stock swings and vary the distances and swings more frequently.

Tags: Pitch, Drill, Beginner

00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:04,000
In this drill video, we're going to talk about dialing in your distance for your distance

00:00:04,000 --> 00:00:05,000

00:00:05,000 --> 00:00:11,000
So, this is a great thing to practice and if you're re-enjusted up with these, it makes

00:00:11,000 --> 00:00:12,000
it really easy.

00:00:12,000 --> 00:00:15,000
If not, I'm going to give you a couple strategies on how you can practice it.

00:00:15,000 --> 00:00:18,000
But basically to dial in your distance, you're going to have markers.

00:00:18,000 --> 00:00:24,000
Now whether that is physical markers, like I use my yard six.

00:00:24,000 --> 00:00:30,000
So I'll walk out there and place one yard as a stick at 30 yards, one yard as a stick

00:00:30,000 --> 00:00:34,000
at 40 yards, one yard as a stick at 50 yards, 60 yards.

00:00:34,000 --> 00:00:38,000
I've got six of them, so I can go from 30 all the way up to 90 yards.

00:00:38,000 --> 00:00:40,000
That covers my distance wedges.

00:00:40,000 --> 00:00:43,000
So you can use cones.

00:00:43,000 --> 00:00:48,000
They sell these real simple little disc type things that you can put in your bag.

00:00:48,000 --> 00:00:53,000
The issue with that is if you're a public range, they may not want you walking out

00:00:53,000 --> 00:00:56,000
onto the range and you may not want to walk out onto the range.

00:00:56,000 --> 00:00:59,000
So a lot of golf courses have flags.

00:00:59,000 --> 00:01:04,000
There's a famous story of Mike Bender and Zach Johnson.

00:01:04,000 --> 00:01:09,000
Zach Johnson had concrete little targets put in so that when he hit that, you could hear

00:01:09,000 --> 00:01:14,000
that little auditory pung of the ball hitting the concrete.

00:01:14,000 --> 00:01:19,000
Whatever it is, you just need something so that you can get a good guest to it on how far

00:01:19,000 --> 00:01:21,000
the ball is going in the air.

00:01:21,000 --> 00:01:24,000
Because one of the things that you're going to be trying to do is you're going to be trying

00:01:24,000 --> 00:01:28,000
to control exactly how far the ball goes in the air.

00:01:28,000 --> 00:01:30,000
That's why we have these different swings.

00:01:30,000 --> 00:01:37,000
So the waist height, the chest height, the shoulder height, the reason we have these three

00:01:37,000 --> 00:01:41,000
different distances is so that we can adjust how far the ball is going to go in the air.

00:01:41,000 --> 00:01:44,000
And our tolerance, five yards or less.

00:01:44,000 --> 00:01:45,000
That's my goal.

00:01:45,000 --> 00:01:50,000
Now if you're trying to get to a scratch golfer, I want two, three, maybe upper end

00:01:50,000 --> 00:01:53,000
of four yards if you're really good driver, they're golf ball and you're just not very

00:01:53,000 --> 00:01:54,000
good with your wedges.

00:01:54,000 --> 00:01:57,000
But two yards would be ideal.

00:01:57,000 --> 00:01:59,000
Five yards is kind of the cutoff point.

00:01:59,000 --> 00:02:05,000
Because outside, five yards or so, you're going to have a hard time making a lot of

00:02:05,000 --> 00:02:06,000

00:02:06,000 --> 00:02:08,000
So it's not going to lead to a lot of up and downs.

00:02:08,000 --> 00:02:13,000
So for dialing in your distances, you can either do ladders where you go 30, 40, 50, 60

00:02:13,000 --> 00:02:15,000
and work your way back.

00:02:15,000 --> 00:02:19,000
You can do randoms where you have a dice and you just kind of roll it and jump around.

00:02:19,000 --> 00:02:26,000
But I want you to switch clubs, switch distance swings and just get really good at adjusting

00:02:26,000 --> 00:02:28,000
for slight amount of yardage gains.

00:02:28,000 --> 00:02:33,000
So it's probably the most important way to practice your wedges.

00:02:33,000 --> 00:02:39,000
And I think if you do it only a couple times a month, it leads to a greater success on

00:02:39,000 --> 00:02:40,000
the golf course.

00:02:40,000 --> 00:02:44,000
I know many Tor pros practice this at least once a week.

00:02:44,000 --> 00:02:45,000
You probably don't have the time.

00:02:45,000 --> 00:02:49,000
So if you do it twice a month, I think that's good enough for you to stay within

00:02:49,000 --> 00:02:51,000
that five yard tolerance thing.

00:02:51,000 --> 00:02:55,000
So if you're having trouble figuring out how to control your distance, then please refer

00:02:55,000 --> 00:02:59,000
to the video on the details to dialing in your distance.

00:02:59,000 --> 00:03:03,000
But if you feel like you're pretty solid with your distance wedge technique, you want

00:03:03,000 --> 00:03:07,000
to do this 20, 30 minutes twice a month.

00:03:07,000 --> 00:03:11,000
It will help you become really deaf at controlling the distance you're going to hit the

00:03:11,000 --> 00:03:12,000
ball in the air.

Click here to start your free 3 day trial. No credit card required.