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Distance Wedges

This video covers the major pieces of set up, the idea of the backswing staying ahead of the golf ball to control axis tilt, angle of attack, and sequencing, as well as how to dial in 3 swings with each club, to give yourself smaller gaps between stock shots in your distance wedge matrix.

Playlists: Master Your Distance Wedge

Tags: Pitch, Beginner

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In this concept video we're going to go over the overview of the distance wedge swing.

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So the stock full swing is kind of any time you're taking a full cut.

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The finesse wedge is when you're around the green and you're intentionally trying to be weak.

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The distance wedge is kind of that in between zone.

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For most golfers it starts around 30, 40 yards.

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I'm about 35 yards.

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Where that's as far as I can hit a finesse wedge swing.

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And so to hit it a little bit further I have to add a few more power sources.

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So it's not quite if I was taking a full throw kind of wind up toss.

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And it's not quite this just simple little underhand beanbag toss.

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It's the beanbag toss where I've got to create a little bit more speed.

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So you'll see I can actually rock back and get a little bit more involved with the finesse wedge swing.

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By having a little bit more weight shift, a little bit more dynamics from the lower body.

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So the major keys for the finesse wedge are let's talk set up first.

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So set up we're going to look at basically taking a fairly narrow stance.

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But just like in the full swing we're not going to let the ball shift too far back.

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We want to keep it just ahead of center.

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Any time you have the ball ahead of center it encourages the weight shift.

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If you have the ball too far back it discourages the weight shift.

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So we're going to have the ball just ahead of center of my stance.

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But if you looked at my upper body and you dropped a line from my right ear or my right eye,

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that would be ahead of just even with the golf ball because my sternum and the center of my swing is going to be ahead of the golf ball.

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It helps eliminate the fat shot and allows me to be a little bit more aggressive with letting my arms just extend,

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which you're going to see is a big piece of this power source for your distance wedge swing.

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So the stack thing still applies.

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Ball more in the middle of your stance.

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We're going to have three different swings.

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So in order to control your distance just like we did in putting,

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I want you to try to find three different kind of landmark swings.

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So for the distance wedge there's going to be about waist height or hip height or shaft parallel to the ground or 9 o'clock.

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However you want to define it whatever kind of makes sense with you whether you think about the club or you think about your hands.

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The next one would be chest height, club vertical, arm parallel, 10 o'clock, however you want to define it.

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And then the last one would be about shoulder height were pretty close to a full motion.

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So if you have three wedges, three swings that gives you nine shots roughly from 90 yards down to 35 yards.

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Now the first person who I saw with the system was Dave Pelz.

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He kind of pioneered it with Tom Cite.

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But I've seen James Seekman talk about it.

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I've seen Stanutley talk about it.

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So I know that a lot of guys out there and most of the people who I played with in college

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now and then local tournaments things like that.

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Most players use some type of this system for helping to control their distance.

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So you got kind of your stack set up and then you've got your three different distances.

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Now as far as the swing goes, the swing itself is going to be a little bit of a hybrid of your stock swing in the finesse wedge.

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It's going to look very much like your typical backswing for the stock swing.

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Except you're going to have a little bit of a shift towards the target.

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So that helps keep your upper body centered and that helps keep the bottom of your swing out in front of the golf ball,

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which allows you to do the important transition for this distance wedge swing.

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The big difference between the distance wedge and the stock full swing is during transition.

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During transition of the stock full swing, we're going to let those arms kind of come in and create major lag in my arms

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as my body brings the hands in the play with this big axis till.

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You're not going to do that in the distance wedge.

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What you're going to do instead is from the top of the swing, you're going to start letting those arms just extend

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so that your arms stay very wide and your body, your upper body, your shoulders kind of control the rate of rotation as you come through.

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So it ends up looking a little bit more dead hands kind of like that

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as opposed to a stock full swing having a little bit more whip at the bottom.

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So we'll go into the details and the drills on how to build this transition, how to work on the release,

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how to get those arms to feel comfortable, how to dial in your distance, all the major pieces.

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But just keep in mind, we're not quite going to this soft underhand toss.

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We're kind of a little bit between the throw and a powerful underhand toss.

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So here's the distance wedge, all demonstrate sort of that chest height.

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And we'll go through all the pieces of why you want your arms to finish, how to control your distance, the release, the follow through.

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All those major pieces in the drills section, but just as an overview,

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know that it's going to be kind of a little bit more aggressive because we're going to have a weight shift towards the target.

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Going to have a little bit more body movement than the finesse swing, but it's not going to be as powerful and have nowhere near as much access to as the stock full swing.

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