Tired of Blading Your Wedge Shots?
Wow. Did you guys just see that? We’ve hit two great shots…good drive, good second shot, and we’re right here just short of the green with a little wedge in our hands…and we just skulled the ball across the green. Now we’re just hoping to make double bogey and praying there’s not a pond on the other side.
We need to stop losing shots around the green. We need to learn how to hit better wedge shots. We need to learn to get these closer.
Today we’re going to talk about the “drop kick” or “bladed” golf shot that takes off over the green. When you drop kick and blade a wedge shot, we are swinging up and into the golf ball, catching the blade of the golf club (the sharp edge) right on the equator of the golf ball.
Keep in mind that when we are around the green, we are using a wedge – a pitching wedge, a gap wedge, a sand wedge – a golf club that has a tremendous amount of loft. We don’t need to try to lift the ball into the air; the golf club is going to do that for us.
We need to do two things to ensure that we don’t ever have this disaster strike again. We want to get set up with the ball in the middle of our stance, not back, we’d like it directly in the middle. We want to take our center – our sternum and chest – and just give it a little tilt over to the left.
Now go ahead and make your golf swing. Now that was a good shot.
If you suffer from drop kicks and bladed shots around the green, remember:
- Ball in the center
- Take your chest and lean it a little to the left
- Make your swing
I’m Shane LeBaron, and I hope this helps your short game.
About Shane LeBaron
Shane LeBaron, Director of Instruction at the Plane Truth Performance Center at the Wigwam Golf Resort, is among the best young minds in golf instruction. Shane has worked with or studied under many of the countries elite teachers including Jim Hardy, Butch Harmon and Mike and Sandy LaBauve.