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Wedge it Close

There’s nothing better than watching a wedge shot rain down like a lawn dart. It’s about accuracy and distance control.

Steve Stricker and Zack Johnson are master wedge players who have a very similar and simple technique. They take it back and thru with very few moving parts. Their bodies stay centered over the ball and their wrists are really quiet.

Staying centered over the ball allows you to make solid contact time and time again. It’s consistency. The more you start swaying and moving over the ball is when things start to go awry.

Keeping your wrists quiet stops you from giving it that extra little hit on the ball or that flip to get it into the air. Neither of which you need.

Staying centered and keeping your wrists quite will give you a consistent swing. But what about distance control? How do you dial in you distances with a wedge?

Watch today’s prescription for a super simple tip on how to dial in your distances with your wedges.

Happy flag hunting!

14 Comments

  1. Brad Baldwin

    November 11, 2016 at 4:01 am

    I read all your golf tips there really helpful,keep the rx coming. Thanks

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  2. Brad Baldwin

    November 11, 2016 at 4:02 am

    I’m going to practice my wedges today , I hope this gets my distances closer.

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  3. Gerald

    February 26, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I couldn’t agree more…go with the “hybrid”.

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  4. Dennis Rine Beach

    March 11, 2017 at 5:04 am

    The biggest mistake amateurs make is flipping their wrists. Once I learned to keep my left wrist firm, and to trust my swing, hitting a wedge shot from any distance is fairly easy. For distance control on short chips, I control my backswing, and legs are open slightly left(right handed), and are quiet thru the swing.

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  5. Raymond

    May 3, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Hit a hundred wedge shots every DAY ,up to 50 yards and More ,same ,chip in 100 chips up to 25 yards ,every DAY you don’t go on THE golf course ,and you Will become as good as STEVE STRICKER and ZACH JOHNSON .When you Line up ,you just go on “Automatic pilot “.

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  6. John East Bay

    April 10, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Rather than concentrate on how far to take the club back, I believe most would benefit more by concentrating on how far the club has to come through on the shot. For a right handed golfer forget about taking it back to 9, 10 or 11 o’clock, but think about going forward to 3, 2 or 1 o’clock. As far as taking the club back goes, a little practice will give you the feel for the needed amount of backswing to get to the finish position. This way you are focusing on accelerating through the ball. It has worked wonders for me.

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  7. Bruce Nelson

    August 30, 2018 at 8:03 am

    My question isn’t about the wedge tip, I love those orange grips with the yellow cap, who makes them and where can i get them?

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  8. Dan Howie

    April 1, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for the videos! I haven’t hit a golf ball in 6 months! I have a lot of catching up to do!

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    • Quite The Chap

      April 18, 2019 at 10:08 am

      No time like the present, Dan!

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  9. Charles

    May 15, 2019 at 10:29 am

    QTC,
    I really enjoy your style of delivery for the tips that you give. You seem to be one of those guys with whom I’d love to play golf. Your sense of humor and your knowledge of the techniques make your emails something I never tire of.

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  10. DrErnie

    February 28, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Tips & drills have all been well thought out and helpful. Problem I’ve noticed with myself and others with wedge in hand, is that one will take 2 or 3 practice swings brushing the turf appropriately, then make the actual swing chunking it. I’m thinking that the actual swing becomes a little harder/faster causing one to dip into it or timing is off or staying on the right side too long or coming too much from the inside, etc. Do this once or twice in the start of a round and psychologically you’ve lost it.
    I practice wedges but transferring the well struck wedges on practice day to golf the next day is difficult. Your thoughts?

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  11. David Berman

    May 20, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Good video tip!

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  12. Gordon Larson

    August 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Dave Pelz used to recommend having 4 wedges in your bag and then knowing the distance you hit each of them from Knee, W aist and Shoulder high back swing. That gives you 12 wedge distances to work with. It’s a formula that has worked well for me over the years. Ih fact, my more common mistake these days is not paying enough attention to the direction and ending up playing the right distance but off the target line.

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