Tips and Trick for mastering Wedge shot – Controlled Release
Impact position is key to getting all the elements of the wedge together. If you’ve got the right club, the right loft, and the right backswing your release will make the shot. If your impact position has too much loft then your shot will go high and you’ll be short. Whether you’re hitting a full or partial wedge controlling the release is key to the ball getting airborne accurately. By standing over the shot, you’re giving yourself a lot more control over the direction and distance that the ball will go. The loft that your wedge club provides will make your shot go the distance, but you still have to be responsible for the direction. You need to be able to control the speed by having a smaller backswing which will give better consistency between the speed of the feet and the speed of the club.
Often giving too big of a swing will mean you overshoot where you’re aiming but having too loose of a follow-through will eat away at your control. Being able to control your release will ultimately make or break your shot, a poor shot can be fixed with the right control in releasing the club at the correct time. The best way to practice control is to simply practice having your club in hand. Developing club head control is crucial when it comes to your short game.
Club Head Control Exercise
When it comes to your wedge you have to have good control over the head even if you have the right loft, when it comes to the release controlling the follow through from impact is key in getting accuracy. Ironically these are often the easiest exercises you can do in golf since they can be done anywhere and you won’t need a ball. Hold your club at shoulder height and write the letters of the alphabet in with the head. Try and keep the shoulder and arms firmly in place while only moving the hands. With enough practice, you’ll be able to develop your hand and wrist actions so that you have more control over the club head and, therefore, more control over your loft.
The pitching wedge has a loft of 47 ° while the sand wedge is 56 °, however, there are many stronger lofts for irons if needed so you’ll often find that even though you’re working with a shot that needs a wedge club for the loft needed an iron is a more practical choice. The reason for this is that the loft can counteract the need for a larger backswing or more closed stance and still keep your play accurate. By having better club head control you can still play a successful wedge shot with an iron while someone else will struggle determinedly with a wedge club.
Maintain your Wrist Hinge
For those with a high handicap you probably hinge the right wrist backward when you reach the top of your swing. The problem is, unlike Tour players you don’t maintain that angle and lose it before impact. By maintaining the correct loft, you’ll find that you get a better distance from your shot.
Lock the right wrist in place and grip the club. Move your left thumb over and on top of the right wrist. Notice how your thumb helps to support the wrist angle and prevents it from changing as you swing. Try and keep the club head impacting behind the hands for maximum power and distance. When it comes to the wedge shot, if you haven’t got this wrist hinge down you’ll find your shots are often too short. What you don’t want to happen is your wrist to cup and scoop underneath. Ideally, if you bring your hands back down after they should still be in the same position as at impact.
No matter how perfect every other aspect of your wedge shot is, poor follow through will ruin it every time. This is a huge problem when it comes to wedge shots. Your follow-through should be about the same height as your backswing. It’s okay if you’re going a little longer too but avoid going shorter as you’re not giving enough commitment to the shot. Even though you’re doing the longer followthrough you still want to maintain that wrist hinge so you don’t have too much hands. Controlling the follow through on a wedge shot will give a much crisper and cleaner result. You should be finishing with your hands and wrists at about waist or hip level with the butt of the club near your left-side pocket.
Even though you want the follow-through to be long you still want it to be tight. A loose follow through will affect your trajectory by putting too much spin on the ball and make it difficult to control. Don’t make a long, big, swing out of the process. Remember that you’re working with accuracy, not power and you’ll be able to control the release for an accurate 80-85 shot every time. You should be aiming to match your release with the backswing each time that way you won’t be tempted to go too long or too short.
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