The open-face wedge shot
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.