How to Hit a Bump and Run Wedge Shot to Land in Front of the Pin

By Paul Marchand

How to Hit a Bump and Run Wedge Shot to Land in Front of the Pin

This is one of my favorite shots on the course, a shot I think you should have in your bag. You are going to see it a lot from the best players. It is a low-flying wedge shot that is going to take a long skip and then start to slow down. The reason that I like it so much is that it helps impart the sensation that I like to see in the full swing, where the hands lead the club into the ball.

How to Hit a Low-Flying Wedge Like a Pro

For the expert player that is very easy, but for must of us that is something that you need to practice a lot of on the tee, the feeling that the hands lead the clubhead.

  • If I take a wedge, a club with loft, and I play the ball back in my stance, I am hitting a shot that is clearly on the decent. In other words, the club is coming from up to down, so up to down with loft is going to create spin.
  • If I catch this ball back in my stance with a descending blow I have virtually eliminated hitting behind the ball. So this shot actually makes a high percentage of results. The way the ball is going to fly is that it is going to come out fairly low, it is going to take a long bounce and start to check and slow down.

If I have room to land the ball, it is a shot that I recommend that you use on the course as often as possible. Play the ball back, on the decent, hands in front, it is a very firm, sharp, crisp delivery. It is a shot that is going to save you strokes.

Category: Chipping
Sub-Category: Hands, Short Game, Low Shots
About the Instructor
Paul Marchand
Paul Marchand
Shadow Hawk Golf Club
12900 FM 1464
Richmond, TX 77469

Paul Marchand is an instructor to Fred Couples and was Assistant Captain to the U.S. 2000 President's Cup Team. He is also listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers.


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