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Three Quarter Follow Through - Wedges

A 3/4 follow through on your distance wedges helps with a few key areas to that pattern. It helps control trajectory and spin, ensures that you used more of a cast pattern, and prevents you from swinging too hard for the wedge shots.

Playlists: Master Your Distance Wedge

Tags: Pitch, Drill, Intermediate

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This distance wedge drill is three-quarter follow-through. So you'll notice when you're watching

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Torpros on TV when they get inside about 150 yards especially on really fast greens,

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you'll tend to see a little bit more of a hold-off movement to their full swing.

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So this is usually, let's say, eight iron in below, but particularly for the wedges.

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So whether when it's kind of a full swing, you'll tend to see a lot of these three-quarter

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follow-throughs. And that tends to produce the spin rate where you're going to have a little

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bit more of a one-hop and stop as opposed to going all out. You'll tend to have really

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higher, you'll tend to have the higher spin rates which on those quick greens you can spin

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the ball back more than you would want. So this helps them with trajectory control, this helps

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them with their spin and ultimately helps them with distance control or proximity at all.

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Now one of the reasons that they're able to do this is when it gets to the shorter end

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when we're working on the wedges, it's a little bit more of this cast pattern. So this cast

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pattern will tend to have a little bit earlier arm and shoulder movement kind of like

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so with a little bit more of the upper body lunging on top of it. And so that combination

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has the club passed my body a little bit quicker or a little bit quicker sooner in the

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follow-through. And by having my arms start early, my feeling is almost more like it's just kind

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of coasting through impact. As opposed to the the stock tour swing or the driver swing, we're

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going to have more of that leg and kind of downswing loading. When I have that leg and downswing

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loading, I'm going to end up having so much speed down at the bottom that it would be very

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difficult for me to actually go past or it would be very difficult for me to stop in this three

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quarter position. The momentum of the club is going to help carry everything to a full

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follow-through. The other thing that you'll notice, the other thing that you may struggle with

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if you're trying to work on these a little bit more three quarter follow-through, is if you tend to

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really re-hinge and use the risk very actively kind of like this down at the bottom, you'll see that

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that tends to bring the club well up past that three quarter position. So making sure that you have

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that good on hinge in that follow-through will help make holding it off or controlling the

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spin or getting that three quarter follow-through a little bit easier. So walking through it in slow

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motion, you'll see during the the backswing pivot, I make sure I've got a little bit more of that

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one inch lean like we talk about here in the distance section where it's going a little bit more

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towards the target a little bit less of a driver load and then as I start down there's a little

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bit more of that lunge as my arm straightened and then as I get down towards the bottom everything

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kind of releases and works together on the way through as opposed to having more of that

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bracing that comes from that proximal to distal loading or that kinematic sequence thing. So

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then working through kind of a full speed more neutral ball position up or body just a little bit

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nose just on top of the golf ball. A little bit more of that three quarter follow-through

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to help control the spin. Now it's not imperative that you stop absolutely a three quarter but

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you notice as I do it those arms tend to just stay long on the way through as opposed to having

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a ton of that leg and letting them whip past like I would do more with the stock full swing especially

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with the longer clubs.

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