Wedges are made to hit the golf ball high. But there are times when you need to keep a wedge shot relatively low. It’s a skill few golfers possess, even very good ones.
In fact, many players will reach for a less lofted club, such as an 8- or 9-iron, in those situations. Problem is, the longer club makes it more difficult to control distance and spin. By clubbing up instead of hitting a wedge, you only trade one issue for another.
The low wedge shot comes in handy in a variety of situations. Playing into the wind from short yardage, for example. It’s also your best bet when hitting to a pin placed on the back of the green, when a low shot that lands short of the flag and releases is an easier play than trying to fly it all the way and hope the ball stops.
Want to add the low wedge to your repertoire? Of course you do. Just follow these steps:
- Adopt a narrower stance than normal, with your feet about 6” to 10” apart.
- Place a little more weight on your left (lead) foot and play the ball slightly back of center in your stance.
- Be sure the shaft leans toward the target, with your hands in front of the clubhead.
- When swinging, limit your wrist action while focusing on rotating your body back and through the shot. Keep your weight on your left side throughout.
- Don’t overswing. The harder you swing, the higher the ball will go.
- Your hands should be ahead of the clubhead at impact.
Do it correctly and the ball will come off at perhaps half the height of a normal, full wedge shot, and with less spin (but still plenty to make the ball grab on the green). Hitting the low wedge is much simpler than you might think, and it can pay major dividends with the time is right.