Recently watching Lee Trevino hit wedge shots on the back range reminded me of a question my dad ask me when I was about 14. Dad had a big slice, and it was frustrating to him that my wedge shot not only came into the green with a low draw, but they also had a good amount of back spin. Dad wanted me to explain how I could hit a hook wedge and make it bite.
I remember showing him with my wrist, hands, and forearms how I released the club head downward into the ball for the bite and then rotated my forearms through impact to produce the draw spin. I was simply trying to put words to my feelings.
Lee Trevino’s wedge swing looked just like what I tried to explain to my dad 40 years ago. Very early in the downswing, Lee releases the club head down the plane line with his wrist so that his left forearm and club shaft seem to line up extended and at this point, his forearms rotate to his left or in a covering action to de-loft the club face and create draw spin. His pivot creates the angle in his right wrist which is the angle I consider to be the lag and de-loft that flights the ball trapped and low.
GolfWeek did some instruction videos with Lee, and we’re able to share this one with you. In the video, he talks about using your hands and arms to create the right type of spin for your particular situation, including creating “draw” spin and even a “slice” spin with a wedge. Explaining golf with words is never easy, but I hope this tip inspires you to find other video of Lee Trevino and see for yourself the action of a master wedge player.
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So kind of Dusty and Missy Broderick to post this clip from Colin Cowherd and #CharlesBarkley. #UtleyApproved
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Well said on Colin Cowherd today Charles Barkley, when it comes to golf Stan Utley is indeed “one of the best teachers in the world.”
We’d just add the entire Utley fam are some of the best people in the world as well!
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Posted June9th by_
Always good info from SwingU
If you decide to chip with your sand wedge, then you need to understand the design the engineer intended for the player take advantage of the club. Regardless of the manufacturer of your wedge, they all have a similar design characteristic called the bounce.
The low point of a wedge is not on the lead edge; instead, the low point is back on the bounce. Your job is to land the back of the club into the ground before the front of the club, much like the way a pilot lands an airplane with the back wheels touching down before the front wheels.
If you land the club on the bounce angle, the club skids and pitches the ball in the air nicely. With wedges, your clubface is already aiming up some 50-60°, so it doesn't need your help to get the ball airborne; all it needs you to do is land the back tires in the ground.
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