WORK ON RA­DIUS… WITH A SMILE

Today's Golfer (UK) - - American Golf -

A sec­ond con­cept that is vi­tal to great wedge play is the width of your arc, or the swing’s ra­dius. At set-up your hands are a set dis­tance from your chest; main­tain that dis­tance through the swing and your strik­ing will im­prove. Here’s how.

MIND THE GAP

Good ra­dius sees the gap be­tween hands and chest re­main con­stant through your ac­tion. Main­tain this dis­tance and you set a steady arc to your ac­tion, pro­mot­ing the smooth and slightly de­scend­ing at­tack an­gle that al­lows you to use the sole. If the gap short­ens and the bungee slack­ens, you’ll get nar­row, steep and choppy.

CRACK A SMILE

Main­tain­ing the stretch in the bungee will mas­sively help you find that con­stant arc. But whether you have the bungee or not, fo­cus on mak­ing a smile shape with your hands, back and through. This will help you find that gen­tle down-andthrough arc.

RUB­BER NECKING

To il­lus­trate ra­dius I’ve placed a rub­ber bungee strap around my neck, se­cured against the grip by my hands. If you can use a bungee your­self, so much the bet­ter; the stretch in the rub­ber helps you feel and main­tain your width of arc.

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