[Series] How to set up a Wedge shot – Check Your Divot
Successful wedge golfers do not gouge great, big, deep divots, instead, they create a forward divot that is shallow. The next time you try and hit a wedge shot take a look at the divot you create, is it deep?
What direction does it go in? You’ll want to aim for something that is no deeper than a cm and no longer than 24cm long. Here’s the caveat, you won’t fix your wedge shot just by examining the grass.
Some grasses produce different, longer divots so if your grass is softer you’ll likely see a longer divot than on a dry grass like Bermuda. If you’re practicing on a mat you might find that you’ve got a perfect shot, mats can give you a false sense of security by giving optimum conditions for how the ball rests. While practicing on a mat is helpful it’s also important to keep in mind that the type of grass is going to affect how the ball is held up for you to take the shot. If you’re in the fairway or in the rough you’re going to get earth caught between the ball and the head and it’s going to be a lower shot that is also significantly slower.
You’ll be less likely to get the ball where you want it because you haven’t got clean contact between the ball and the face. You’re going to get a poorer result because that dirt is messing with your accuracy. The direction of your wedge should be a little to the left in relation to the target if your swing is correct (or almost correct). If you’re not sure when you examine the divot take a look at any tournament and watch when the professionals are on a three-par hole using short irons. You’ll see a shallow scrap of grass coming up, not a big clod of earth. Chances are this is one of the first place you’re going wrong. Make sure that the face of your club is clean and that you’re not getting a lot of material in there and you might see a difference in the trajectory of up to 22 ° and an rpm of around 8000.
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