you let your ego dictate club selection
the golfer’s ego is a terrible thing. There’s something about saying “I hit wedge into that green” that gets players jazzed. But trying to stretch your distances, especially with the short clubs, screws up your control. When you want to smash it, you typically play the ball too far back and push your hands ahead. You’re trying to turn that wedge into a longer club. On the downswing, the upper body takes over, pushing the club onto an out-to-in path. The finish is long and tipped back (below). If you hit it solid – unlikely – it’s usually a pull.
forget that you once hit a wedge 130 metres. You must have got lucky and caught it solid with a wild swing. A better strategy is to take an 8- or 9-iron and use a three-quarter action. Centre the ball at address, and swing back without any conscious wrist hinge. Then focus on turning your torso to face the target (below). Try for more of a punchy followthrough, your hands finishing in front of you or even with your head, not dropping the club down your back. With the short clubs, control beats speed every time.