Have you ever wondered, “What the heck is wrong with me?” after hitting a low screamer across a green or chunking a golf ball some few yards in front of yourself? The last hole I just knocked a perfect wedge shot to 10 feet from the hole. Now, that same person just hit one of the worst shots imaginable…
Recently, I have been working with my students on good posture and the importance of consistent set-up routines. I believe this can maximize their efforts in hitting quality golf shots by developing a consistent and athletic set-up. For this lesson, we will focus on the set-up routine in regards to using your pitching wedge.
The wedge shot is one of the most important shots for scoring in the game. It’s the distance range that offers golfers a good chance to hit the green and get close to the pin. Unfortunately more often than not, golfers view the wedge as a warm up tool before getting out their driver for the majority of their practice session. By learning this set-up routine with your wedge, it will transfer to all the clubs in your bag. If you implement and practice this set-up routine, you should also see more consistency with your shots.
We’ll begin by lifting the club in the air with your left hand. Please remember to make sure the club face is lined up with the toe of the golf club pointing towards the sky (which means it will be square to your target). (Picture 1)
Next we’ll put our right hand on the club and cover your left thumb with the right hand lifeline. It will feel like you’re holding the club in your right hand fingertips but that is okay. (Picture 2)
Thirdly your feet should be shoulder width apart and bow to the ball. Keep your legs straight and bend over at the waist keeping your feet just under your shoulders, not too wide or too narrow of a stance. Allow your golf club to drop as you are bowing to the ball as this will keep your posture nice and straight rather than rolling the top of your back. (Picture 3)
Last, flex or bend your knees. This is a slightly bent knee position and helps release tension in the legs. It also allows you an athletic stable base to swing from. (Picture 4)
Here’s a recap
- Lift the club with your left hand
- Cover your left thumb with your right hand
- Feet shoulder width apart & bow to the ball
- Flex your knees
To achieve the most effective and controlled pitch shot, your focus should be swinging through the ball to a well-balanced finish over your left foot. (Picture 5)
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