Titleist Tips: The Lost Art of the Intermediate Wedge

From Tom Patri On March 24, 2020

"The distance you hit a full shot with a wedge is only a reference, a starting point,” says Titleist staff member Tom Patri. “Your ability to take the distance you hit a stock wedge and either bump it... up or dial it down a few yards is paramount to your ability to shoot a good score."

Adding a little finesse to your distance wedge game can greatly increase the number of scoring opportunities you create from round to round. First order of business, know precisely how far (on average, from a good lie on flat terrain, in still wind conditions) you hit each wedge in your bag. These are your baseline distances from which you can make the same adjustments (ball position, stance, square, open or closed club face, shaft lean, etc.) to fit the distance and type of shot that is called for.

In the video above, Tom hits an 85-yard shot to a front pin that is tucked right behind a bunker. To hit the high soft shot that the situation demands, he chooses his 100-yard club, a 52° Vokey SM7 gap wedge. To take off some distance, he moves the ball position up and opens the club face slightly. He also grips down on the handle of the club, shortening the arc of the swing, which reduces the speed of the club head.

"The distance you hit a full shot with a wedge is only a reference, a starting ... point,” says Titleist staff member Tom Patri. “Your ability to take the distance you hit a stock wedge and either bump it up or dial it down a few yards is paramount to your ability to shoot a good score."

Adding a little finesse to your distance wedge game can greatly increase the number of scoring opportunities you create from round to round. First order of business, know precisely how far (on average, from a good lie on flat terrain, in still wind conditions) you hit each wedge in your bag. These are your baseline distances from which you can make the same adjustments (ball position, stance, square, open or closed club face, shaft lean, etc.) to fit the distance and type of shot that is called for.

In the video above, Tom hits an 85-yard shot to a front pin that is tucked right behind a bunker. To hit the high soft shot that the situation demands, he chooses his 100-yard club, a 52° Vokey SM7 gap wedge. To take off some distance, he moves the ball position up and opens the club face slightly. He also grips down on the handle of the club, shortening the arc of the swing, which reduces the speed of the club head.

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