Short and Wide
I carry four wedges: pitching, gap, sand and lob. The lo s are 47, 52, 57 and 62 degrees. For me, a full swing with a pitching wedge flies 140 yards, and a full lob wedge goes 90. What all great wedge players can do, of course, is dial up the random “tweener” yardages the course throws their way – 121 yards, 107 yards, 84 – whatever’s awkward given how far their full wedges carry.
The first step to distance control, Butch says, is matching up the arms with the body. That means your trunk and hands arrive at the top of the backswing at the same time. In this photo, I know I’ve done that because you could draw a line from my chest straight out to my hands. (An unmatched backswing would show my hands out-running my chest and dri ing behind me.)
With the longer clubs, like a driver or 5-iron, it’s okay to have a longer backswing. To be free and rhythmical and get more power, you can let your arms go back a little further a er your body stops turning. But with wedges, never get loose at the top. Think short and wide. Your goal is to produce a consistent amount of power, not maximum power.