Old Palm News

Mark My Words

November 07, 2012

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By Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction, Old Palm Golf Club It’s hard to play well, if you can’t hit your wedge well. To improve your results and consistency, make sure that you always set up properly by following these simple tips: • Build your set up around the clubface because it’s what directs and deflects the ball in the direction of the target. • Point the handle to the center line of your body, regardless of whether you play the ball in the front, middle or back of your stance. If the handle leans too far forward, the bounce and loft will be reduced, the clubface will start to open, and the hosel will move closer to the ball, resulting in a poor shot. • Swing the club back the same distance that you swing the club through. The backward and forward swings should be mirror images of each other. • Swing the club where the shoulders naturally direct it. Never try to “lift” the ball. And never try to add or decrease the club’s loft by hitting up or down on the ball. Hitting quality pitch shots is easy when you utilize these tips to set up correctly and swing the club freely.


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