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August 12, 2013

Jason Dufner: Steal My Feel


Any time you're inside your full-swing yardage with a wedge, you probably tend to add a lot of wrist action to try to control the distance and trajectory. My advice? Don't. When you make a big wrist hinge on the backswing, you have to undo it perfectly on the downswing. This shot already gives you fits, so why add another variable?

When I'm hitting a half-wedge shot—say, from 50 to 70 yards—my wrists stay quiet. It's more of a big-muscle shot. I rotate my upper torso away from the target, then rotate it back toward the target. My lower body stays quiet, too.

The feel I want is that the ball is staying on the clubface longer at impact. Almost like it's sticking to the face—it's a strange concept, I know. To do it, I keep my swing wide and on a shallow path, brushing the ground rather than digging, so there's not much of a divot (see photo). A shallow swing lets the club's true loft create the trajectory and spin. I can vary these things by moving the ball up or back in my stance. But in general, feeling like the ball stays on the face longer helps me control it.

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Jason Dufner is eighth in the World Golf Ranking.