The Scariest Shots #2: Mastering The Dreaded Half Wedge

Hitting into the green from 40-60 yards out is a real challenge for many weekend golfers. Most can only do it once in three times. The reason: they have to slow their swing down to match the shot’s length. That’s hard to do—especially after swinging full out with your longer irons. The half-wedge shot also triggers bad memories for many golfers, so they lack the confidence to hit the shot aggressively.

Below are the five keys to hitting this shot:

1.Stand a little taller.

2.Play the ball in the middle of your stance.

3.Shift your weight to your front foot.

4.Pivot around your front leg.

5.Hold the club face open through finish.

The key to making this shot is matching your body turn to the club’s slower speed and shorter arc—a tough task for many golfers.

Take your normal address position but stand a little taller. Play the ball in the middle of your stance. And shift your weight forward on your front knee. This address position gives your arms plenty of freedom when swinging.
Make a normal backswing but go back only to about the 9 o’clock position. Load a little more weight on your front foot when you get to the top. Then pivot around your front leg as you come down into impact. Holding the clubface open through the finish generates a nice high shot.

Here’s a good drill to practice this shot: Take your address position with the ball in the middle of your stance. Pick up your back foot and point the shoe’s toe on the ground. Your weight will be forward on your front foot at this point. Now pivot around your front leg and make a full finish while hitting a ball.
Hitting an accurate half-wedge is challenging. Use the shot keys and the drill above to practice the shot. When you ingrain the shot’s feel, take it to the course. Mastering the half-wedge will cut strokes off your scores and your golf handicap.

BY Jack Moorehouse, the author of the best-selling book “How To Break 80 And Shoot Like The Pros”, executive producer and director of the “How To Break 80 DVD Series”. He is NOT a golf pro, rather a working man that has helped thousands of golfers from all seven continents lower their handicap immediately. He has a free weekly newsletter with the latest golf tips, golf lessons and golf instruction.

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