[Series] How to set up a Wedge shot – The Right Trajectory
Controlling your wedge trajectory, mastering being able to hit both high and low shots, will make a huge difference on your shot and, therefore, your accuracy on the green. There are two different ways of having the club approaching the ball for a wedge shot – high and low.
The different trajectories need different shots, yet you’ll find golfers doing the same thing for both and then wondering why the lower trajectory shot isn’t successful.In fact being able to control your trajectory can make a difference with any shot you’re making.
To practice your trajectory use a 30-yard shot. Look at how your club swings up and out, try to make one high and one low. You’ll probably struggle with the lower shot. Think about how you hit a chip shot. As you swing through don’t release your wrist, swing through and hold the finish. Chances are your shot is a little softer. You don’t want to flip to the right when you’re hitting. Practice using your left arm only, you should hear a soft thud and not create a divot at this point but still brush the grass. Your club should not come up too high for a low trajectory shot.
TaylorMade released a study that showed the Tour pros had an average angle of attack of merely 12 °, and it can often look even steeper. The low angle is the key to getting accurate wedge shots.
Another difference that can happen with your trajectory is that you’ll have a large divot. The divot affects the trajectory of your shot tremendously by adding matter between the club and the ball. It can affect the rpm of your ball as well. The more grass, dirt and other matter that comes between the ball and the head the less effective your shot it going to be.
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