Finesse Wedge - Chipping and Pitching
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There is a simple reason why beginning golfers typically are able to hit shots around the green but have trouble with the longer clubs. It isn't because they are "trying too hard" on the longer clubs, it's that their natural movements are more designed to the ideal movements of the finesse wedge swing. In this video, I will highlight the key movements needed to control the bottom of your swing, angle of attack, and power source for the finesse wedge swing.
Playlists: Finesse Wedge - Chipping and Pitching
Tags: Chip, Concept, Intermediate
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In this drill video, we're going to go over the overview of the body movements for the
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FNS Wedge swing.
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So there's three key pieces I like to look at when I'm looking at the movements of this
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The first piece is going to be kind of controlling steepes in shallow.
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So if you think about the setup video, the setup video we set up in a very steep position.
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If I did nothing, you know, if I'm open, if I'm stacked, all those things that will cause
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the clubs that come straight into the ground, right?
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Because my posture is very, very vertical.
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So I need more of a shallow swing in order to balance that out.
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So there's a couple things that are going to, the major things that are going to be
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shall are going to be your arm movements.
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So in the swing, we're going to let the arms rotate more kind of around the body with more
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face rotation, and we're going to allow the wrist to kind of scoop on the way through,
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which also helps shallow out the swing.
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So key number one for the movements is having a shallow arm swing.
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Key number two is going to be what we call energy moving towards the target.
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My mentor, James Seekman, talks about this a lot.
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What I see on 3D is typically good wedge players during the backswing will have a shift
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towards the target.
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Just like when we were doing that underhand toss, they shift towards the target during
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the backswing, and then they either stop and kind of plant there, or they even keep going
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there during the downswing.
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The thing you'll never see is they never go backward like so.
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Because that creates in golf anyway, this kind of propelled club action, which tends to move
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the bottom of the swing further back, and you'll tend to hit fat shots and have a lot of
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So what they'll do is we'll go forward, forward like so, as opposed to in your full swing
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going back, even back on the way down.
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And that back on the way down just creates so much power that you can't tend to control
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it with your finesse wedge.
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So we've got shallow arms, we've got energy moving towards the target, and then let's
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talk about sequencing.
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The big difference between the stock full swing and your finesse wedge swing is going to
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Typically on these short shots, you're going to have the sequencing of this underhand
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toss, which is basically going to be from the club to the ground as opposed to from the
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ground to the club.
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So with the full swing, I get to the top of the swing, and my lower body starts moving,
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then my core, then my shoulders, then my elbow, and finally my hands.
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The opposite is going to happen in this finesse wedge swing.
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I'm going to get to the top of the swing, and my club is going to start moving first from
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the wrist and from the elbow, and then finally that body is going to come through and
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kind of catch and support it at the bottom.
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So we'll go through the details of all of those key movements in the drills, but as an overview,
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just focus on, we're going to let the arms rotate more.
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We're going to make sure that the upper body goes towards the target.
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That's actually my first key.
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And then the second key is the sequencing of letting the club cast or letting those arms
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lead the transition.
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So if you get that big picture and apply it to your own technique, it'll help you
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with your consistency in contact with your finesse wedge swing.