Can you hit 10 good wedge shots in a row?
Better still, can you hit just 10 “decent” wedge shots in a row?
If you can’t then you don’t need to pull any other clubs from your bag next time you’re on the practice range.
We’ve seen it time and again, guys head for the range, hit a couple of seven irons then pull out the driver.
If you want to develop a better overall golf game, refine your swing with your wedges and you’ll be surprised how it carries over to the rest of your game.
Once again, we’ve got short-game guru Dave Pelz to talk about wedge play.
How many high handicappers play their wedges from the wrong spot in their stance? About 90 percent according to Pelz — and he knows.
So get a leg up on everyone else and start with the ball in the proper spot in your stance — the middle, right in line with your sternum. From there, it will make it a lot easier to control your wedge shots.
Once you can make good contact, you’ll want to work on carry yardages. That’s what made Dustin Johnson a far superior player than he was five years ago. He spent hundreds of hours learning how to dial in distances with his wedges. Pelz believes you should master your wedges from the 7:30, nine o’clock and 10:30 positions — using the face of a clock to imagine your club matching those times. You’ll find out your carry distances from each of those positions and voila — you’ll have nine clubs to hit from inside 100 yards rather than three.