Taylor Made R9, Fujikura Shaft X-Flex at 8.5 degrees.
Taylor Made Rescue, Fujikura Shaft X-Flex at 15 degrees and 42″.
Irons (2 thru 9)
2 iron Taylor Made Rescue 18 degree steel shaft. (3-9) Taylor Made Forged Blade Irons, Dynamic Gold Ultra Light x100 Shaft.
**All irons are 1 degree upright in lie angle and have standard loft.
Rac Black 47 degree, Dynamic Gold Ultra Light x100 Shaft.
Vokey Spin, milled 54 degree, Dynamic Gold Ultra Light x100 Shaft.
Vokey Spin Milled E-Grind, 60 degree, Dynamic Gold Ultra Light x100 Shaft.
**All wedges have standard lie angle
Odyssey White Hot XG#7.
Titliest Pro V1 X (2009)
Posts Tagged ‘sand wedge’
For most beginners, the sand shot might be the hardest trouble shot to overcome. As a pro golfer who has hit thousands of these little sand shots under tournament pressure, let me just point out a couple things that will guarantee that you hit the ball out of the sand.
1. First, you need to see the sand as sand, not a sand “trap” or any of that negative stuff. Golf starts in your brain, the more positive you look at your troubles, the better you will play.
2. Before you hit ANY sand shots, please “dig” your feet into the sand about 1/4″ by wiggling your feet. If you do not make use of this wiggling (and it’s lega), you are not taking advantage of all the Golf Rules has to offer. WIGGLE your feet until they are pretty darn stable.
3. Keep your weight near your heels. That’s right, you want all your weight nearer to your heels so you will hit the sand with the “heel” of your club, not the “toe”. Hitting the sand with the “heel” of the club allows your sand wedge to make use of the maximum bounce allowed and swiftly go through the sand.
A lot of people don’t know this but I am here to tell you this is the ultimate secret I learned from Stan Utley, one of the best short game players/teachers in the world.
4. Keep the ball about 2-3 inches front of center of your address, sorta like a pitching wedge. You want your ball to be about opposite your left heart. (if you are right-handed)
5. Open your stance and clubface about 30 degrees each.
6. 50-50 weight balance will do most of the time, try to keep your weight evenly distributed in both feet.
7. Now you are ready, hover your clubhead about 2-3 inches behind the ball.
8. On your backswing, make sure to cock your wrists as fully as possible. Cocking allows you to get a steep angle on the ball and get it out easy.
9. Hit about 2-3 inches behind the ball, into the sand, and most importantly, FOLLOW-THROUGH past your waist.
Now, that’s a lot of information but if you follow my directions, you will become a sand shot pro in no time.
Another note, you can control the distance of the ball travel with the amount of your follow-through.
During the whole swing, try to keep your body movement to the minimum (including the head) and use mostly wrists. There’s no need to try anything fancy, simple does it.
I didn’t have time to shoot a video but next time, I will show it to you.
Check out this trick shot you can play from your knees when your ball is close to the bunker lip and it’s hard for you to balance yourself. I haven’t tried this but it does “seem” like a good sand trick shot.
Your knees and shins give you plenty of ground support, so don’t be afraid to make an aggressive swing (flare both feet out for an even wider base). Keep your rear end and your back straight, and try to hold this position as you swing the club back and through. Don’t pick the club up — get your shoulders moving as well as your arms.
The biggest mistake you can make is bending over too much. That makes it easy to lose your balance. Use your butt as ballast to keep your posture tall and your swing in control.
The 60 yard wedge is probably the hardest for regular joe golfers. This is the shot I practice the most. This IS the shot that Tiger practices most too. (and probably more than 50% of the tour players)
The difference between Tiger and rest of the tour player is that he can hit the 60 yard fade and the draw. He will be able to work the ball even though he’s not hitting it far.
Well here’s simple guideline for practicing your 60 yard wedge:
1. keep your golf grip super light for distance control
2. Rhythm, rhythm, and rhythm
3. Try to hit it in the middle or slightly inside of your sand wedge.
4. Try to hit the ball only, no divot for super control. Whenever you make a big divot, you are inviting dirt into your clubface grooves, which causes your ball to either:
- bounce too much after landing
- fly too long
5. It’s just a smaller version of your full swing. Master this shot and it will help all other parts of your ball striking.
6. If this helped you, leave a comment!
P.S. Youtube video might be hard to see, but that ball landed 5 feet from the pin.