demclimber, on 03 May 2010 - 03:33 PM, said:
How far should I hit my wedges, sand wedge in particular? I feel like I'm a fairly average-distance mid-handicap player (currently 13.2). My 7-iron is my standard 150-155 yard club. I hit a full 54 degree sand wedge 85 yards. I play Ping G10 irons, a half inch long (I'm 6'2"), which have a 46-degree PW (115-120) and I use the 50-degree GW (105), so I go with 54 and 58 degree Vokey Spin Milled wedges.
I can't seem to hit my full sand wedge more than 85 yards. If I have anything more than that I have to open up and/or grip down on my gap wedge. Are the Vokeys that much shorter? Is it the extra half inch? Am I not hitting them right?
Not that I need to his a sand wedge 140 like some folks claim to, but a full 95 or 100 would be nice to have if I need it.
A pure guess - but you're probably "flipping" at the ball on all your clubs. I'm 5'8" and hit weaker lofted clubs as long as you that are 1/2" shorter than standard (Mizunos which are shorter than most already) and I hit a 56* 90 yards on a smooth swing. So you are 6" taller, with a 1" longer clubs that are bent stronger - and we're the same distance? No way.
You probably are picking it or doing something in your swing. If you learn to hit an iron a little better - I bet you pick up 10-15 yards EASILY without changing anything else.
Just some easy suggestions for 8 iron (easy to hit club) and SW - but can be used for all clubs where the ball is on the turf:
1) put the ball in the middle of your stance (farther forward for 7--5 irons; and farther still for long irons/hybrids woods)
2) narrow your stance - narrower stance naturally will promotes a steeper angle of decent
3) Some swing cues to alleviate flipping and/or hit it more solidly: 1) hit the ball with a bowed left wrist; 2) at impact point the label of your glove down the target line; 3) imagine a person is standing about 6 feet in front of you on the target line - hit the ball between their legs, not over their head; from the top of your backswing - imagine it's a race b/t your hands and your clubhead, and you want your hands to win the race past the ball (imagine dragging the clubhead through the ball; 4) try to drag your left knuckles through impact; and 5) point your chest at the ball at impact.
4) make sure your "full swing" goes from hands over your right shoulder, to hands over your left shoulder (don't give it a 1/2 swing for example).
Flipping robs distance most noticeably from a shorter clubs - and likewise a properly struck wedge will gain the most distance.
That being said....if your distances are accurate and reliable - then don't change anything. It's more important to hit the shot reliably, than far.
Edited by ChipDriver, 04 May 2010 - 06:10 AM.