In Between Clubs

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In Between Clubs
Category: Club Selection
Sub-Category: Arms, Wrist, Distance, High Shots, Trajectory, Swing Mechanics

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | In Between Clubs

Number seven at Pebble Beach is a very interesting hole. It is a shot where you are in between golf clubs, which is not unlike some of the great par threes or even the shots that you will have at your own golf course. You are in between golf clubs on a specific yardage. Here I am a little bit over 100 yards and it is downhill. I can hit my 50 eight degree wedge, make a big swing and use a lot of wrist. I can make a smaller swing with less wrist action, more arm feeling, with my 50 two degree wedge. Here is where a lot of players struggle in controlling their distance and being repeatable in their shots. These are your scoring shots and you are going to have more of these types of shots on the golf course than you are of any other type of swing. What a lot of players will do with a more lofted golf club is they will go back and make a big swing and get a lot of wrist action in the shot. That shot you will hit a little bit farther and a little higher but you may not be able to control your distance as well because your contact will be inconsistent. Here is another option with a club that has less loft, in this case a 50 two degree wedge, I am going to make a backswing where I have hardly any wrist action and it is going to be feeling more of an arm swing. You are seeing Tiger and Phil doing a lot of this on the golf course when they are playing in tournaments to control the trajectory of the ball and to control their distance. They are doing so it might be a nice idea for you to look at it or investigate it for your game. Here is what it would look like, this type of arm swing technique here. Remember, with these types of shots you are not really trying to hit the ball as far as you can, you are really trying to control the distance that you hit your ball and see if that distance that you hit can be repeatable. So when you are expecting to hit 100 yard shot you can make 100 type swing and the ball should go that distance. Give this a try first on the practice range and then transfer it on to the golf course. It will save you tons of strokes.

About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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