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Three Danger Moves of Wedge Play

The three danger moves of wedge play are:

  1. Too much wrist loading (lag or dragging) in transition.
  2. Too much axis tilt
  3. The upper body getting closer to the ground

If you find that you have ALL THREE, I recommend working on the wrst lag and upper body pivot first, then working on the upper body lunging forward.

 

Playlists: Finesse Wedge - Chipping and Pitching , Master Your Distance Wedge

Tags: Poor Contact, Standing Up, Cast, Pitch, Chip, Concept, Intermediate

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The drill is the three danger moves of wedge play.

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Now whether we're talking finesse wedges or distance wedges,

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if you struggle with your wedge play,

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I get almost guaranteed that you have one

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or all three of these movements.

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And these three movements tend to work really well for the driver,

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but they tend to cause a lot of contact problems with the wedges.

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And if you have contact problems with the wedges,

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it's next to impossible to build any kind of feel.

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So the three movements that are going to really kill your wedge play,

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are number one, the upper body getting closer to the ball

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during the downswing.

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Number two, the upper body moving away from the target,

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or away from the golf ball during the backswing,

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or during the downswing.

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Sorry.

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And then the third one is dragging the handle forward,

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or creating a lot of leg and shaft length.

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Usually, those three go hand in hand,

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because I would get closer to the golf ball,

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go back to help shallow it out,

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and then drag forward so that I don't hit behind the golf ball.

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In fact, many of us were encouraged by well-meaning instructors

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when we were taught more that block and hold-sile chip shot,

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where you would basically play it kind of like that.

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And you can see that you can hit OK shots that way,

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but you're going to tend to hit them higher up on the face.

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They're going to launch a higher with lower spin.

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That's great for the driver.

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That's great for your three would, not so good for wedges.

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And it takes away all bounce, so you get very little margin of error,

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especially on those thinner grass or tight lies.

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If you find that you're struggling with your wedge play,

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and you look and you see that you have all three of them,

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here's the normal progression that I would use

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with most of my students.

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And I will say it's changed a little bit over the years.

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In fact, early in my career, I was really unaware

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of the up movement during the downswing,

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but after looking at three days of some really good wedge players,

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the Stanutley's Brian Gay, Luke Donald,

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many of the best wedge players that I've seen,

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definitely at about halfway down in their downswing,

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their upper body starts elevating or standing up,

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where what I noticed was a lot of the golfers who kind of had

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the yips, their upper body would continue to go down

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and by continuing to go down, they had no chance

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but to sacrifice their release or drag the handle,

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they had no opportunity to really use bounce

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in an effective way.

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So I now tend to start by teaching the up movement

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in the cast pattern, because the cast pattern with the arm

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of unhinging without letting the face really rotate

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should be triggered a bit by working vertically

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with the upper body.

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So you've got that pattern like this.

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And what you'll see is if you hang back and you do that pattern,

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you'll still use some bounce,

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so your misses won't be terrible,

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but they'll just be high, you may hit them thin,

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you may hit them a little fat, but you will still use some bounce.

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So it'll almost come off more like a flop shot,

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and you'll start to ask, well, how do I flight it down?

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That's where the second piece of adding that third,

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or taking away the third dangerous moves of going backward,

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and adding the third move of going forward

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really helps tie it together.

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So you've got your upper body shifting a little bit forward

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especially during the backswing,

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and then the big two movements that clean up most wedge play

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is working on that cast sequence with the arms,

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and working on the upper body standing up

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during, especially the second half of the downswing,

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but the majority of the downswing to help with that cast pattern.

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If you struggle with wedge play,

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we've got lots of videos to help with,

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specifically the arms,

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especially the body staying forward,

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a little bit with the upper body moving away,

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because that one's relatively simple once you've identified it,

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but if you're struggling, take a look on video

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and see which one of those three, or if all of the three,

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see which ones you're struggling with,

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by working on that, it will hopefully improve

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your turf contact by getting you to use the bounce,

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help you work on solidness of contact,

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and that way you can search and develop feel

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and turn your weakness of wedge play into a strength.

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