Day 7: Finesse Wedges + Iron-Play Basics
SYNC UP YOUR WEDGES
To control less-than-full wedge shots, or distance wedges, the key is moving your arms and body in harmony for predictable speed. As an exercise, put the butt end of a wedge in your sternum, slide your grip down the clubshaft and practice turning back and through. That's how wedge swings should feel—your arms "coasting" with your body. —Jason Sedan, a Golf Digest Best Young Teacher
STRETCH FOR DISTANCE
In the full swing, the arms and body should go back together, then the lower body should shift away from the upper body. Try this drill: Set up with your feet together, then take a small sidestep with your right foot on the takeaway and a bigger step toward the target with your left foot before you get to the top. The stretch you'll feel is a huge power move. —Jason Sedan
DAVID LEADBETTER: THE BASIC BUNKER SHOT
Leadbetter says the answer to poor bunker play is using the bounce on the bottom of the sand wedge. Open the clubface, and align your body to the left. Swing back full, and hit two to three inches behind the ball with enough force to splash the sand all the way to the hole.