RICKIE

HOW TO HIT WEDGES TIGHT FROM ANY DIS­TANCE

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Front Page - BY RICKIE FOWLER

STICK IT FROM ANY DIS­TANCE

on the course than I did last year. My pri­or­ity now is to win a ma­jor, and I plan on be­ing in the mix on the big Sun­days in 2016. One rea­son I’m con dent is that we have a plan. Butch Har­mon and I went through the 2015 stats, and one thing re­ally jumped out: My wedge game was weak. In al­most ev­ery cat­e­gory the PGA Tour keeps, I was up there – driv­ing the ball long and gain­ing strokes tee to green and mak­ing putts. But from 100 to 125 yards, I nished last year 145th on tour. On av­er­age from that range, I hit the ball 21 feet from the cup. That’s just not good enough. Five or six feet closer, and all of a sud­den you’d see a lot more putts go in. Sure, I’d have days where I was throw­ing it in there tight, but over­all, dis­tance con­trol with the wedges cost me. So, what I give you here is my re­vamped wedge game. I did a lot of work over the win­ter get­ting sharp with three ba­sic shots: the full wedge, a op-pitch shot and the chip. Mas­ter these, and you can cover just about any sit­u­a­tion. Slick wedge play makes your on-days great and your o -days still pretty good.

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