When your ball is lying just off the putting surface with nothing to go over in terms of a bunker or small burn, what type of shot would you play?
It is always a good idea to try and keep the ball as low to the ground as possible in this case as there is less to go wrong. Many players however simply reach for their sand iron, play a lovely shot that spins too much and ends up short of the pin.
This is especially so in the case of young male golfers, who are desperate to play what they consider to be the golf shot, but continually leave themselves a lot of work to do in the putting department.
They then often complain that their putting is poor but actually the approach shot was the one that let them down.
Take a look at the first picture; I am just off the green with my pitching wedge ready to play a low draw shot, that will land just short of the rake that I have set on the green, and then run out towards the flag. The ball is played slightly further back in my stance (nearer my right shoe), with an open stance, and my weight set firmly on my left side. On the way back I have taken the club slightly on the inside and note how my wrists have remained very firm with no call for wrist hinge in this shot.
Now have a look at the second picture. This time on the way through my body has turned slightly as my left side clears out of the way and at this point my right heel is just up off the ground. To allow the ball to draw, my right hand will rotate very gently just prior to impact, resulting in a slightly closing face at the moment of truth.
Did you know that a ball coming in with some draw bias will actually spin much more that one coming in with fade bias? This is a fact that Trackman Radar has proved and it is all to do with the friction created, as the ball works up the club face. Recently I was watching Justin Rose winning the Zurich Classic and the commentators were saying how he likes to work the handle left through impact great advice for this particular shot.
So there we are the new way to play a low running wedge shot with lots of backspin give it a try in practice, before attempting it in the next medal.Good luck as always. Next Week: The Texas wedge.