PGA pros can hit impressive shots. But no shot is more impressive than a high-spinning wedge shot that “bites” when it hits.
You’ve probably seen this shot on television or in person a hundred times. The ball comes in hot, hits, hops once or twice, and then dies.
It’s a great shot that can save you strokes by turning two or more shots into one—a nice makeable put.
Below are five keys to adding bite to your wedges:
- Make sure you have the right lie
- Set up with your weight forward
- Swing your hands back on upright path
- Keep your hands ahead of the ball
- Accelerate your body through the shot
Start by checking your lie. You need a “clean” lie, with little grass between the clubface and the ball. If the ball is sitting down in the grass, change approaches to this shot.
After checking your lie, you want to set up with your weight front foot slightly and your upper body leaning forward slightly. Position the ball back of center in your stance. Use your heels to determine you stance’s center—as measured by your heels, not your toes. Lean the shaft toward the target.
Swing your arms back on a very upright path in front of your chest. Keep your weight on your front foot. Use a short compact swing. And keep your body still. Lead with the handle so that your left wrist is ahead of the ball at impact, ensuring a crisp downward strike.
Now rotate your lower body and right side through the shot to avoid “scooping” the ball and hitting the ball fat or thin. You want the clubhead behind your hands at impact, compressing the ball against the clubface.
To increase spin, keep your right forearm under the left through impact. Don’t release your arms as you would on a normal shot. That takes spin away from the shot. Practice this shot until you’ve mastered it. It will save you a ton of strokes.