How to Control the Distance of Your Wedge Shots

How to Control the Distance of Your Wedge Shots

A question many golfers often as me is how do I control my distance with my wedge shots. Most golfers are good at hitting to the target but they get a little off in controlling the distance of their wedge game. When you practice, number one have a target to hit to, and number two, you need to know the distance you are hitting to. That way when you play golf you can come off of past experience. What I like to do when I practice, I will either look down and see if there is a yardage plate that tells me how far it is, or I will walk it off to get it, or number three, I think of a football field in 10-yard increments and with my eyes I will go from the ball 10 yards, 20 yards, 30 yards. Then I know exactly how far I am hitting my wedge shots. You control your wedge shots with the length of your backswing and the length of your forward-swing. A shorter shot requires a shorter swing. A longer shot requires a longer swing. As a golfer you have to get good at controlling the length of your shot. If I hit a short wedge shot I am going to have a short backswing and a short follow-through. Now if I want to hit it a little further I am going to swing the club back a little longer and swing it through a little longer, with a little body turn. If I want to hit it a little further I am going to take it back and little longer and through a little longer. When you practice golf, each day start out with your wedges. Pick three different targets. Know your distance and control your distance by the length of your backswing and the length of your forward-swing.

Category: Short Game
Sub-Category: Practice, Backswing, Distance
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Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
4900 Himalaya Road, Building Q
Denver, CO 80249
Tel: 303-799-0870

Mike McGetrick heads the Mike McGetrick Golf Academy which is located in beautiful Denver, Colorado and features one of the most modern golf instruction facilities in the world. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #7


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