Distance Control

Improve Your Short Game:
Practice Session 1 – Distance Control with Wedges

The basis to consistent play with your wedges is to know exactly how far you hit these clubs. Not only should you learn how far you hit the ball with a full swing, you should learn how far the ball goes with a ¾ swing and a half swing.

What I am asking you to do this week is go to the practice range once and complete this drill:

For each length of golf swing, I want you to hit five shots. Throw out the longest and shortest shots. Take the three remaining shots and average their distances. This is how far you typically hit that shot. Take notes and record your distances with each length swing.

From an instruction standpoint, I look for where my students’ hands stop at the top of the backswing when practicing different length swings. I like to picture a clock behind the student with 12 o’clock directly above the player’s head. With that in mind, use this as a guideline for the following swings:

Full Swings – Hands reach 11 o’clock at top of backswing

Full Swing

Start with normal, full swings.

¾ Swings – Hands reach 10 o’clock at top of backswing

3/4 Swing

The ball should fly a little shorter with this 3/4 swing.

½ Swings – Hands reach 9 o’clock at top of backswing

Half Swing

The half swing will make the ball fly a little shorter than the previous two swings. This gives you three different shots with one club.

Now, once you learn these distances, put them to use on the golf course. Get up and down more often once your ball gets within 120 yards of the hole and lower your scores!

Next week I will share my results with you and reveal our second practice session…

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