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One of the common questions we get is "how do I adjust my swing for my hybrids, or for my 3 wood?" It leads me to this video here.
It's important to realize that there is no one magic swing that will work for every club. As you become a more accomplished player, your swing will have a tendency toward more of a wedge swing, or more of a driver swing. But, just like the tour pros, you can learn the simple adjustments that you need to make, AND the swing faults, or tendencies, that you can get away with. Here is a quick summary of the normal adjustments.
Full Wedge Swing
- Power of the swing - upper body driven
- Path - more left and more steep
- Clubface - more of an open club face
- Ball Position - more centered or just ahead of center
- Stance Width - more narrow
- Grip Strength - more of a weak grip, especially trail hand
- Pivot - can get away with more of a reverse pivot or upper body moving toward target in backswing
- Lead arm motion - more of a chop across the rib cage
- Swing faults that help (or at least you can get away with) - forward lunge, lift, and cast
- Timing of face rotation - can be later in the swing
- Power of the swing - lower body driven
- Path - more right and more shallow
- Clubface - more of an closed club face
- Ball Position - more forward, can be ahead of left shoulder
- Stance Width - more wide
- Grip Strength - more of a strong grip, especially trail hand
- Pivot - can get away with more of a hang back style pivot
- Lead arm motion - more of a lift off the rib cage
- Swing faults that help (or at least you can get away with) - sway and early extension
- Timing of face rotation - better to close earlier in downswing
If you struggle more with one area of your game, you can use that as a sign of what kind of swing you tend to make, and how you might best spend your practice time.
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