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Knowing your wedge game; and the importance of the chip shot

Golf Coach 101: by James Fish •

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Rohnert Park, CA. ~ They say that most shots are lost in a round of golf inside of a hundred yards. Knowing how to hit a pitch or chip shot cor- rectly is crucial to fi nding suc- cess. Many golfers don’t know the full range of versatility of their wedges and so they often skull or chunk or just fl at out hit ugg-ugly shots. The gap wedge is one such club that is truly the poster child for versatility. In fact it goes by many different names; approach, attack, util- ity, etc… and as a gap wedge it serves the function of actually splitting the gap between one’s sand and pitching wedge. Some golfers are under the

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misguided notion that a sand wedge should be used for ev- ery kind of sand shot around a green. The longer sand shot from a greenside bunker out- side of thirty-fi ve feet is really a stronger candidate for


gap wedge. When properly ex- ecuted a gap wedge used out of the sand for a longer greenside bunker shot is a perfect club selection. The problem with over-swinging a sand wedge for the longer bunker shot is that it often doesn’t produce the desired result. And then you have another frustrated golfer still stuck in a stinky cat-box. The gap wedge is also a wonderful candidate for the bump and run shot and the pitch


too. When facing a twenty, thirty or forty yard shot with nothing but green

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between a golfer and the hole it is wiser to fl ight the ball on a lower trajec- tory rather than fl opping it with a sand wedge.

By simply creat-

ing more forward shaft lean at address, setting the ball back of center in one’s stance, one can get the fat part of the golf club onto the golf ball more easily. This will allow the ball to trav- el lower and run out and release with less spin. This is what I call a higher percentage shot. Getting too cute might be nice at a dog and pony show but cute doesn’t always pan out

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on the links. By knowing one’s wedges and the full range of shots available around a green one can really

utilize their

imagination to create all kinds of different shots. Being a one-trick pony on a golf course win


you too many prizes. I use to think my


wedge was my “go-to” club for all my


short- shots

but now I know better. So when you give

your- self permis-

sion to think outside the box on a golf course; strange and miraculous things happen, like holing out for birdie or eagle or shooting your lowest score.

James Fish works as a golf teaching pro at the Foxtail Golf Club and can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 707-548-2664.

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” ~ William Shakespeare

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