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

By Paul Marchand

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 Categories: Hands, Low Shots

About the Instructor

Paul Marchand
Paul Marchand
Shadow Hawk Golf Club
12900 FM 1464
Richmond, TX 77469