Are You Chunking Wedge Shots?

Proper technique is a key to consistent wedge play

With Gord Percy, PGA of Canada Class A Professional, Carleton Golf & Yacht Club

Hitting a wedge shot half way to the hole is a huge mistake that kills your confidence and more importantly your score.  So if your answer was yes then you most likely need to change one of these two things.

Improper lie angles on your wedges can make solid impact with the golf ball very difficult
Improper lie angles on your wedges can make solid impact with the golf ball very difficult

Lie Angles – if your lie angle of your wedge has the toe of the club up off the ground or when you hit off a lie board the mark is back on the heel, your club is a digging machine.  So what can be done to fix this?  Well you need to either get your club adjusted to the correct angles after a fitting or you need to adjust your set up.  Many golfers will set up too far from the ball on a wedge shot; it will feel awkward to stand closer however it is extremely important.   It allows the club to sit at a better angle and presets your body to swing on a more upright angle which is necessary for wedge shots.  Additionally choking down on the grip will aid in improving the lie of the club and making you stand closer to the ball.

Proper technique is a key to consistent wedge play
Proper technique is a key to consistent wedge play

Technique – most golfers who lay the sod over on a wedge shot are decelerating at impact.  Why this happens is usually rooted in an overly large backswing and a downswing that cannot be aggressive through impact.  Trying to hit a short shot soft will not work so shorten up your backswing and make yourself swing and rotate your body on the downswing and past the hit into impact.  And remember to visualize positive results and shots, if you think negative and with fear you will be timid and this will just confound your problem of hitting a fat wedge shot.