Swing shorter and hit it with authority
Avoid costly mistakes on partial wedge shots.
Most golfers hate partial wedge shots because they don’t have a good plan for playing them. They tend to make too big a backswing and then have to decel at impact to avoid smashing the ball over the green.When you slow down like that, everything gets out of sync, which makes it tough to catch the ball solid.
The secret to these shots is making a shorter, wider backswing (below, left), so you can accelerate through the ball.You want to be able to rotate your torso and swing your arms faster on the downswing – that’s an athletic move that produces more consistent results.When everything moves through the shot together, you can make a rm strike and not worry about putting too much on it.
I tell my students who struggle with these shots to commit to this phrase:“Wide back, accelerate through.”
Get your body facing the target at the nish and your arms further through than they went back (below, right). To do that with con dence, the key is a shorter backswing.
GO BACK WIDE A compact swing with your arms extended is better than long and loose.
TURN THROUGH When your arms and body go through together, you’ll make better contact.