DAVID LEAD­BET­TER

The open-face wedge shot

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Hit the open-face wedge shot.

When you need to play a 40- or 50me­tre shot higher than nor­mal to get it to stop quickly when it lands, set­ting up with the club­face open – point­ing right of the tar­get – is a good start. But you have to make sure you align your body left of the tar­get line to counter this open face po­si­tion. Here are the other steps to ex­e­cut­ing this shot.

1. OPEN THE FACE FIRST

An­gle the club­face open be­fore you take your grip. If you grip first and then turn the face open, your hands will be in a poor po­si­tion to keep the face open when you swing. Re­mem­ber: open, then grip.

2. PLAY IT LIKE A CUT SHOT

Take the club back slightly out­side the tar­get line on a steeper path and with a lit­tle more wrist hinge than nor­mal. Then cut across the ball as you swing through im­pact. This will help pop it up.

3. THINK RIGHT UN­DER LEFT

Feel the palm of your right hand fac­ing up as you swing through. Do that, and you’ll main­tain the loft on the face that’s nec­es­sary to hit the shot high. If the right hand rolls over the left, the face gets de­lofted.

4. KEEP THE CLUB MOV­ING

Don’t make the mis­take of slow­ing down through im­pact be­cause it’s a short shot. Ac­cel­er­ate the club­head through the strike. This in­creases height and spin, which is what you want on this shot.

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