Advance tips for hitting wedges

Master Your Wedge part 2

You are close to the green.  Five yards from the fringe, even.  Grab your wedges and chip
away.

Not so fast skippy.

Before you hit your shot you need to look at three things before you choose your
club.

1:  What is between you and the green?

2:  What is between you and the pin?

3:  How far is it to your target landing area?
Let’s look at each of these factors.

If you have played a bit of golf on a few different courses, you now know that the
area around the green is not always a nice flat safe place to for hitting wedges from.

In fact, many greens are ‘protected’ so you are forced to hit a good shot from the
right approach in order to tame it.

Alas, many of us don’t have the control to choose exactly how we get close to the
green.  We are just happy we are close.

You will also find that greens have sand, trees, walls, hills, slopes, and water
surrounding them.  (makes you want to have a

little chat with the golf course designer, eh?)

So make a mental note of what terrain is between you and the green.  Hold that
thought.

Now look at the green.  They ain’t all round.  They ain’t all flat.  They move the
pin all over the place.

Where is the pin relative to you.  Is it right close to your edge or is it waaaaay
at the other end?  Is there a slope up or

down?  Or two tiers?

Is there even a straight line between you and the green or is the pin around a
corner?

Here is where you have to make your first decision.  Lob or roll?

As an example.  You are 5 feet from the fringe, the pin is 30 feet away at the other
end of a flat green.  You can safely hit

a long iron over the 5 feet and let the ball roll the distance to the pin.  Getting
the distance right is your goal here.

Or.  You are 5 feet away from the fringe and the pin is 4 feet away from that.  A
long iron won’t work here since you’ll roll

well past the pin.  You need to hit the ball up in the air and plan for no roll.
This is the time you need to be comfortable

with a 60 degree lob wedge.

Every approach shot you make from around the green think about these factors.

What if you are 5 feet away from the fringe and the pin is 10 feet away on a green
that slopes away from you.  Getting the

ball rolling on that surface will sent it well past the hole so a long iron chip
won’t be a good choice.

Once you have this decision made, the next step is to pick your target landing zone.
Look at it.  Make a mental note of it.

And plan to hit your shot into it.  If it is 3 feet or 30 yards away.  You must see
the spot.  Imagine you are putting from

that spot.  What will the ball do?  Break left or right?  Pick up speed?  Stop cold.

Now you are set for hitting your shot with any of your wedges!

You’ll have better luck if you think these thoughts before you even hit the shot.

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