Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 566 - Wed. July 17th, 2019
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Tom's Featured Tip: Wedge Distance Control
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Tom's Featured Tip: Wedge Distance Control

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Many players have trouble dialing in the distances for their wedge shots when a relatively short pitch shot is required. Especially in the 50 yard and shorter range.

A decision has to be made: do you use the same club with a different swing length or do I use a different club with my normal swing?

The obvious problem is that some shots are in the range where a stock (normal) swing with your shortest club will cause the ball to fly too far.

In that case, you either need to develop a shorter swing or use Plan B below.

I do offer a lesson specifically for developing a shorter swing. I do think that it's the most reliable method for gaining distance control overall, but it requires a lot of reps and dedication to learn, and it takes a lot of practice to be able to use it on the course.

Many casual players can't put in that much time and effort. Most of us don't even have the time to play as much as we would like to.

Plan B

If that applies to you (and it will to most of you reading this), here's a quick and easy Plan B for developing a method that can be very useful for controlling your wedge distances for those troublesome short range pitch shots.

Simply grip down on your club with your normal swing and it will reduce the distance that the ball will fly.

It sounds too simple to be true, but this method will help you determine your short shot distance range without the need for a ton of practice time - but it will require some range time initially. Or not, you can try it as you play - but then your learning curve will be on the course. Best to try it for at least a small bucket of balls on the range to get a feel for the swing and the distance.

Take a normal swing with each of your wedges - pitching wedge, gap wedge, and sand wedge - but grip down one inch and see how far the ball flies. Then grip down two inches and observe the result.

There will be some overlap on the range of distance between your wedges, but some will take a higher trajectory.

This kind of knowledge gives you some great scoring tools.

For some of you, gripping down and swinging won't feel right, even after enough practice. It that's the case, then you need to work on technique for a shorter swing to cover less distance with your wedges.

For the majority of golfers reading this newsletter, this will feel and work just fine, and it won't take as much practice as trying to nail down different backswing lengths.

Maybe gripping two inches down the grip makes the club feel too light to you. Then just grip down one inch. You'll still have a very good range of distance covered by your three wedges, enough to be very useful when you are confronted with a short range shot..

If these shots feels good to you and you like the results, take magic marker and mark the one inch and two inch lines on your grip (that's not against the rules) and log in some practice time to get an idea of your distances.

Try this, you'll really like it.


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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