How to Play the “Bellied Wedge” from Fringe In Golf Video
Very occasionally when you are watching golf on the T.V you will often see the players trying to deliberately thin a sand wedge or pitching wedge when they are around the side of the green. It’s a shot that we call the bellied wedge. It often happens when the ball is rolled up to the fringe of the green. So you’ve got some long grass, fringe grass behind the ball and you don’t want to try and sort of chip the ball incase you hit the long grass. But also hitting a putt it might not come out with a particularly good strike. So we actually play a bellied wedge it’s a deliberately thin wedge. So I’ve got my pitching wedge here. The difference now is that I’m not trying to get under the ball and chip it, I’m actually going to use my putting stroke and it’s effectively a putt with a wedge. Now the leading edge will give a nice firm contact, as long as I strike the centre of the golf ball. Top of the golf ball it will give it a bit more sort of a downwards force, under the golf ball it will chip it and back spin it so neither those are good for me right now.
So I’ve got the long fringe grass behind me here. I grip it with my putting grips, my overlapping grip. I grip it quite square or stand quite square with my feet. I practice with the club, hover it in the air just goofing the tops of the leaves of the grass but certainly not digging into the grass. And then I go ahead and play the ball mid-way up and just nudge it forwards very much with my putting stoke. So it’s tick-tock there is no hand action, there is no leg action. It’s only the sort of shot you’d be comfortable playing on the golf course, if you’ve been used to practicing it around the putting green. So go out into the putting green find the fringe of the putting green and play a few balls from around the fringe and just practice nudging the ball mid-way with a bellied wedge and just see how far and how fast it rolls. Once you’ve got confidence with that, you would be happier taking it out onto the golf course as well.