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Quick Golf Tips - Adding Pizzazz To Your Wedges


Looking to add some pizzazz to your wedges? Learn to take good divots. Weekend golfers tend to swing their irons with a long sweeping swing. That encourages them to pick the ball off the ground. While that can work for longer irons, wedges require a short, quick descending blow to produce the high trajectory needed to make the ball hold the line and to perform correctly on the green.

Below are some tips on taking good divots with your short irons:
* Play the ball in the middle
* Make a three-quarter swing
* Increase your wrist cock
* Concentrate on pulling your hands down
* Make a descending blow

Place the ball in the middle of your stance. Use your ankles, not your feet, to determine when the ball is in the middle. Placing the ball there ensures that your club is moving downward when it strikes the ball.


Don't try to scoop the ball or sweep it off the ground. And don't overswing. Instead, take an easy, three quarter swing. Concentrate on pulling your hands straight down into the ball's back. This increases your wrist cock, which in turn increases the shot's distance. Just make sure the downward blow is properly placed. Otherwise, you may be left with a big divot and a fat shot.

Here's a good drill to help you gain the feeling of making a downward blow:

Stick a tee in the ground where you would normally place the ball. Place a second tee several inches in front of that. Push the first tee down to about an inch. Place the second tee down to about the same length. Now try to pick the second tee out of the ground. To do that, you'll have to come straight down with your swing.

If you're looking to add some pop to your wedge shots, learn to take good divots. The effort helps produce the right trajectory, keeps the shot online, and gets the ball to perform the way you want on the green.


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