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What Is The Bellied Wedge And How Can I Play This Golf ShotMany golfers may have hit a bellied wedge unintentionally at some point out on the golf course. So what is a bellied wedge? The execution of a bellied wedge is where you intentionally strike the equator of the golf ball with the leading edge of the wedge.




By striking the ball on its equator with the sharp leading edge of the club, the ball will tend to roll out along the ground like a putt. The advantage of playing this shot is where the golf ball is slightly sat down in the rough just off the green, and a clean contact with a chip shot would be difficult to achieve. The rough would be too long to hit an effective putt, so the bellied wedge comes in handy.

This shot is played by positioning the ball in the middle of your stance, grip down the club, stand closer to the ball and hover the club so the leading edge is in line with the equator of the ball. Make a putting stroke motion to nudge the ball through the rough and hopefully roll the ball out close to the hole. Give this shot some practise to see how it can be a useful shot around the greens.

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The term bellied wedge could be confused with the method of using a belly putter. The belly putter can be an effective way to putt where you can anchor the grip end of the putter into your belly. The bellied wedge is where you hit the middle of the golf ball with the leading edge of the wedge.

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Playing a stroke with the back of a club conforms to the rules of golf and may often be used when your swing is hindered. The bellied wedge is played by using the leading edge of the club to make contact with the golf ball.

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To try and intentionally top the golf ball is never recommended as it would be a very inconsistent shot to play. When playing a bellied wedge, you can take the leading edge of the golf club and try to make contact with the equator of the golf ball to hit the ball forward like a putt.