Magical wedge shots — we’re talking about those shots from 20, 40, 60 and 80 yards. Obviously the most popular, practiced distances for most are the 90-120 range but today, we want to talk about those shorter shots where you see tour players make easy pars after they’ve driven the ball in trouble, or easy birdies on par fives that might be unreachable in two due to playing conditions.
One of the PGA Tour’s best from short range is Justin Thomas — it’s helped him rack up 13 PGA Tour wins, including the 2017 PGA Championship and he’s a favorite week in and week-out anytime he shows up for an event.
Part of that success is due to his short wedge game. He’s a wizard with those and today we’ll take a look at how you might sharpen your short wedge play.
We’re bringing in Brit David Marsh to show us how to get dialed in with these shots.
Obviously you will need to set up some targets as David indicated at 20, 40, 60 and 80 yards. May not be possible at a crowded practice facility but this one’s an easy session if you have some vacant land nearby. You can spend a lot of time just working on those 20, 40 and 60 shots and that doesn’t require a 300-yard range. What your trying to accomplish is to learn to carry your shots to those distances. Learning your carry distances is an incredible way to improve and turn bogeys into pars and pars into birdies on those par five holes that you might not be able to reach with two big shots.
So get those wedges dialed in and watch your scores go down.