The Golf wedges ” Golf’s Secret Weapon”

 The Wedges are the golfer’s  Secret Weapon

Golfpsychology – 2017/08/08

An oldtimmer, asked his opinion about the record -breaking golf scores that are popping up nowadays, replied: ” You have a not-so- secret waepon that we didn’t have — the  Golf wedges.”

Professionals spend more time with the golf wedges than any other club. It is no wonder that they have such feel for it. Through practice, they learn how every twist and turn of the wrist and shoulders will affect the trajectory and spin of the ball.

Golf wedges - Golfs Secret Weapon

Two types of shots appear to strike the fancy of the tournament gallerite more keenly than others. The long drive commands respect, naturally. But the crowed is also awed by the approach shot that hits the green with tremendous backspin.

It wouldn’t be advisable for the beginner to try to put backspin on the ball untill he has mastered the wedge. Though this is a valuable club it is also dangerous, and can make the ball do unusual things.
As to backspin, it is virtually impossible to put backspin and the spin of the ball after the impact has beem made.

When the ball is in the fairway or even in the rough, if the rough isn’t too bad, backspin is achieved by the upright swing of the golf wedges that comes down sharply into the ball. The club must hit the ball befores it hits the ground. Othwise, the motion is lost.



Sometimes, depending on the lie, the backspin can be improved by opening te clubface and brining the swing from outside in.
The shot is difficult for the novice because there is small margin for error; but it is worth developing for the situation that requires a quick stop after a hazard is cleared.

Always keep in mind that the pitch shot with the golf wedges requires little body movement. It is strictly a wrist and arm affair with no turning of the wrist on the follow through.

Chipping around the green is an art in itself.Proficiency can be realized only with practice, during which one gets the feel of the 5-iron or whatever his favorite chipping club.
The chip keeps closer to the ground, the pitch has more loft. The chip is performed most often with the 5 or 6-iron but the club used depends on the lie.

There is little body movement in the chip. It is all hands and arms. The same solid fundamentals of good golf prevail. The head must be kept still, the clubhead must hit the ball squarely  and the weight should be kept on the left foot. The right hand does most of the work in chipping.
The big calculation in chipping is where to land the ball on the fly so that it will run up properly to the pin. No number of written words could give enlightenment on this fact of golf life. It can be learned only through experience.

I usually pick out a spot on the green or the apron where I want the ball to land and concentrate on hitting it.

If you want to avoid sand traps, then develop a sensitive short iron game.

Short Irons Set Up Birdies

Set Up Birdies With Your Short Irons

GolfpsychologyGuy – 2017/08/08
All golfers need Short Irons to Set Up Birdies
As the ball gets closer to the hole, golf becomes less a game of brute force and more one of meticulous accuracy well-placed 7 iron or 8-iron can set the stage for a birdie. Or as errant 9-iron can send the ball into a yawning trap with a protruding upper lip.

The closer to the hole the ball gets, the less are the chance of making up for a bad shot. This naturally putd a higher premium on peychological well-being.




But even the player who has the right mental image, is bubbling confidence, and whose mind is free of external worry is likely to tense up if he knows his next shot has to be a good one.

The most frequent mistake made with the short irons is under-clubbing. High handicap players, particularly, overestimate their ability to reach the green with a certain club. For every one ball that goes over the green, there will be three or four which don’t reach it.

The best way to get the right image is to practice. Most golfers don’t devote enough time to their short irons. They like to boom out the long wood shots and hover over the putting green but they ignore the clubs that could help save them more strokes.

High hanicap players especially should concentrate on skillful use of the short irons. They’re usually short of the green on long par 4’s. A well-placed wedge shot or a neat chip could frequently save their pars.

ERRATIC SHORT SHOTS HARD TO MAKE AMENDS FOR

As stated previously, the closer the ball to the pin, the harder it is to make amends for a bad shot.
This obvious truth makes the pitching clubs- the 7,8 and 9- irons and wedge–momentous in the route to par or birdie golf.
Professionals agreee that the three most important clubs in golf are the driver, the wedge and the putter. High handicap players are not so keen on the wedge because it is difficult club to use. But once you get the hang of it, the wedge becomes a true friend.

The short clubs are built for accuracy. The backswing is shortened, the feet are closer together and the stance is opened. The shorter the clubs or the higher the number of the club the closer the ball is played toward the right heel.

The grip in playing the shorter irons should be the same as the one used for driving. The grip shouldn’t change for any club except the putter.
The swing is the same with the shorter irons but it is restricted to half or three-quarter because accuracy and not distance is the goal. With the knees flexed and the weight on the left heel, the club should be taken back along the ground. It will start its arc sooner than with long irons and woods.

At the peak of the swing with the 7-iron, the straight left arm should be just beyond a position that is parallel to the ground.

Video by David Leadbetter – Swing Easy With Short Irons

The left hand should take the club down and through the ball with weight anchored in the left heel to insure that the head stays down and still.
Here is a warning: don’t make an effort to scoop the ball over a trap or tree. Execute the swing properly and the left of the club-head will send the ball into the air.The short irons should be held firmly but not so firmly as to Produce tension. The right elbow should be held close to the right side.

If you are having trouble deciding whether to hit a full eight iron or to swing shorter with a seven , take the seven. Both of these clubs are clubs of precision, and undue effort to try to get more distance than thet should provide, or any twisting movements aimed at helping the loft of the ball, will lead to trouble.

Bad Golf Practice is Far more Harmful Than no Practice at all




Good Golf Practice Helps Your Golf Swing

Hitting two or three buckets of balls in rapid-fire order at a driving range, without method and litle concentration, is not especially conducive will give the feel of the clubs, but little more. Golf Practice is for grooving the swing and ironing out the weak points.

Good Golf Practice Helps Your Golf Swing

The first practice should be held under the instruction of a qualified professional. Bad practice is far more harmful than no practice at all.
Golf practice sessions should rarely be longer than one hour, never so long as to be tiresome. If a person becomes fatigued, he drifts into mistakes that become a part of the his/her swing.

It is best to start with the short irons and work up through the long ones to the woods. Although good form is the ultimate goal of practice, one should always have a target. With the woods and long irons, this target should be about 40 yards or less– with width of some narrow fairways.
Although they are temting, one should not hit from the high tees provided by the driving range. It is better to walk down the line and hit from grass, which simulates actual battle condition.

All clubs should be used in a practice session. None should be used excessively, even if you are having troble with it. It is best to take a few extra shots with a troublemaker club, then go onto other clubs and come back to the troublemaker. The flaw may iron itself out with rhythm obtained from the other clubs.
Try to think of the shots you will need on the course you lan to play next.
Don’t hit too fast and concentrate between shots just as you would on the golf course.
When warming up for a round, use only the regular shots in your repertoire. Don’t experiment with new ones.

Most professionals work hard on the pratice tee. Those who see them toiling either before a round or after one would dismiss the though that the tour is a life of riley.

Most newcomers on the tour work harder than the veterans because they think golf practice can make them a quick success. But it doesn’t work that way. The newcomers only tire themselves out.

Veterans learn to pace themselves.They try never to leave the best part of their game on the practice tee.

PuttingGolf pratice on the putting green also can be overdone. Twenty or twenty-five minutes is too much because you might work yourself out of form.
High handicappers make a big mistake by not hitting a few balls on the practice tee and the pratice green before a round.

The psychological impact of scoring well on the first three or four holes is significant. Yet, the high handicapper frequently rushes on the course and starts playing without even putting practice.

Golf Putting is a State of Mind

“GOLF IS ONE GAME AND  GOLF PUTTING IS ANOTHER”.

You certainly must have the image of a golf putting delivered with a fine, smooth stroke. Above all, you need confidence in every putt.You can’t think about your income taxes and get the job done; it is necessary to have a free mind or, at least, a mind that is on the task of sinking that putt.
You have to control your emotions. Throwing clubs will only frustrate you and mess up the next hole,too.

 GOLF PUTTING - BIRDIE PUTT INSTILLS CONFIDENCE

The next shot must be considered the most important. If it is a short putt, you can’t make up for it as you can a wayward drive on the fairway.
Choosing your parntner has much to do with your putting effectiveness. I have seen pros who were so irritated by their playing parntners that they would miss simple putts. Unfortunately, on the tour you can’t pick your playing partners but club players can.




A Proper analysis of your putting game, the warmup on the practice green and bad percentage shots on the putting green enter the putting picture. It is on the greens that par is beaten or tied.

“GOLF IS ONE GAME AND PUTTING IS ANOTHER”.

There is a lot of luck to sensational putting rounds. When you stand looking at a long, breaking putt, you must feel that you will be lucky, too. Don’t study the putt too long. The first line you decide on probably is the best.

Just relax and keep your head still and concentrate. Once you have squared yourself off,with the toes forming a line that points to the cup, don’t fret about direction any more. Concentrate on distance. If you have noticed the pros, most of their putts are missed because they are too far or not far enough. It is rare that they are off line.

My advice is to never player is short. The ball can’t go in if it doesn’t get there. On the other hand, don’t be foolish and have a long one coming back.

Keep your head still until you hear the ball drop.

“BIRDIE PUTT INSTILLS CONFIDENCE”

The putting green of a major golf tournament is virtually a classroom in psychology. “Student” are convinced that mind prevails over matter on this particular strip of tuef. If a player sinks a long birdie putt in the early part of a round, it gives hime confidence.When he thinks he can putt the ball in the hole, his putting stroke becomes FREE of tension.
Half of a golf round is play on the ground, which should make it easier than playing in the air, but it doesn’t. A putter has to calculate distance, direction,slope,grain of the grass, dampness or dryness and, in some extreme cases, the wind.

Some contend that a good putting touch is born and not made. I don’t agree with this theory. Anyone can learn to putt well.

Putting stances on the tour vary as much as the types of putters used. And not not one way can said to be the right one. Most golfers agree on the grip. The standard grip has the thumbs down the shajt with the back of the left hand and the palm of the right hand facing the cup. The left index finger overlaps the fingers of the right hand. This causes the hands to work as a unit, the left index finger serving the same purpose as the overlapping right little finger does in the Vardon Grip.

The left hand guides the stroke and the right hand furnishes the power but both hands must work together. Use a shoulder and wrist movement and try to make sure that the putter moves well beyond the ball in a follow-through.

The head and body must be kept as still as possible.Only perfect balance can insure this. And the eyes must be kept directly over the ball, which is barely inside the left toe.
On anuphill putt, Play the ball off the left toe and keep the hands even with the ball and much of the weight on the right foot.

On a downhill putt, Play the ball in the center of my stance and make sure to keep the hands ahead of the ball. This change of weight and position of the ball and hands prevents scraping the putter head against the green.
When the grass is wet and the green is slow, Pop the ball with stronger arm action and when the green is fast, Istroke the ball gently.

The old theory about putting with or against the grain briefly is this:
If, when you look at the hole, the grass is glossy,you are putting with the grain and the putt will travel farther than you think. If the grass isn’t glossy, you are putting against the grain and if you’re not careful, you putt will come up short.

In all cases, te must be hit squarely and the eye must not leave it until the impact has been made and the stroke is finished. Many pros go into a putting slump and stay there until some body told them they were peeking.

More practive on ahort putts for the average golfer, the percentage putt is the 4 to 8 footer should be concertrated on.

Golf Long Irons Are Stroke Savers




Golf Long Irons are Not really So Difficult

golf long ironsMany golfers ignore the golf long irons because they lack confidence in their ability to use them. This is unfortunate because the skills involved in practice with the irons can help other phases of the golfer’s game.

The golf long irons are the victims of a vicious circle. Beginners at first have trouble hitting the ball in the air with the woods. So they become proficient with the irons and leave the woods alone until they develop rhythm, tempo and know-how. Suddenly, they have little irons are neglected.

Worst part about it is they won’t even practice with the long irons.

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There are 14 clubs in the bag and every one of them comes in handy at the proper time. That’s part of the game, to be able to determine which club is best for the occasion and to be able to get the most out of it.

The long irons are not really so difficult. As a matter of fact, they have been very helpful to me in a corrective way. When I feel that my tempo is off, I go to the practice tee and work with my 2 –iron. I know that if I can hit with it, my rhythm has returned. The long irons require perfect balance and the swing must be smooth. Any attempt to rush the swing for more distance is fatal.

When thinking of the golf long irons, I believe it would be beneficial for the player to envision a sweeping motion like the one used with a fairway wood. Too many high handicap players feel that that have to use a descending blow with the long irons. When this happens, the player inevitably hits too hard with the right hand, causing a deep short divot rather than a sweeping and consistent divot.

Perhaps this helps to give the picture of the long-iron swing. If any club requires a picture swing, it is the 2-iron or the 1-iron.

If you fear the long irons, I suggest an analysis of your game as outline in Mental Dozen N0 9. You will see clever use of them might save two or three strokes a round.

Practice Can Overcome Fear.




Long Irons Demand Proper Form

In the long iron category are the 1,2 and 3 –irons.
The 1-iron dosen’t comes in the ordinary set of golf clubs. It has to be ordered special and perhaps that’s the way it should be. It is the hardest club in the bag to control. I wouldn’t recommend its use to the high handicapper or beginner. They should wait until they have developed smooth swing and rhythm.

No clubs are more demanding of the correct golf form than the long iron. The head must be kept down. The swig need not be as long as it is with the wood clubs but it must go off without a hitch.

The hands must be ahead of the club head and the movement must be down and through the ball.

While it might not seem important, inasmuch as the ball has already been hit, the follow-through is vital. The hands must finish high.

Weight, as in the use of the woods, should be kept on the inside of the heels; the grip is the same as with the woods except a little more firm, and the swing never should be hurried.

Proper use of the long irons calls for the utmost in positive thinking. The player shouldn’t think about what he might do wrong. Instead, he should think of where he wants the ball to go. It wouldn’t hurt to think how gracefully a similar shot was played in the Masters, the P, G.A or the Open.

The average player can hit a 1 – iron from 200 to 210 yards, a 2 – iron from 185 to 200 and a 3-iron from 175 to 185 yards. Distances vary widely but one thing is sure among golfers of all classes: it is not wise to try to hit harder for greater distance than the club’s potential. This upset the rhythm and leads to disaster.

Most players have a tendency to under club themselves. They also think they have to scoop the ball up in order to send it on the right trajectory. They don’t realize that the club’s face is built to send the ball into the air if the manufacturer has done the right job.

On the tour, the 1-iron is a popular club when it is windy. Usually it is substituted for the 4-wood to make the 14-club limit. A well-hit 1-iron is also “trouble” club. It is a handy gadget to keep the ball low under over-hanging limbs and yet get enough force to clear trouble.

The 2-iron is employed off the tee on short par four holes where accuracy is more important than distance. Such a hole is no. 3 340 yard hole, the fairway tightens up at 275 yards out and comes uphill to a well-trapped green that slopes tee ward.

Although the budding tournament player should practice until he has learned faultless technique in use of the golf long irons. I would suggest that the older player become proficient and less power. Consequently, they are less disturbing to the rhythm.

Golf Woods Are Show Windows of Golf Game




Woods Are Show Windows of Golf

The  golf woods and the putter have to be regarded as the show-windows of golf. Most fans at a big tournament surround the No.1 tee to see who can hit the ball farthest. Later, they congregate around the 9th and 18th greens to see putting finishes.

Golf Woods Are Show Windows of the game

This naturally puts more pressure on the professional but he doesn’t mind the No.1 tee bit as much as the high handicap player who shudders at the thought of more than three people watching him/her tee off.

I have seen players in the amateur ranks who were so terrified on the No.1 tee that they would use a No.3 iron to be sure not to embarrass themselves is understandable because nobody likes to look like a weakling but it can’t be whipped by avoiding the issue. The high handicapper should practice driving so much that he can hit the ball solidly with his/her eyes shut. Once he gains confidence, the battle is won. He won’t mind whether he is watched by his three playing partners or 3,000 fans.

Thus, difficulty with N0.2 of the mental dozen is solved.
Confidence is the most important factors in sports. It is especially a necessary ingredient in the playing of the fairway woods, where doubt frequently jolts confidence. Should it be a 4-wood,3-wood or 2-iron ?


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The decision should be made on the basis of your ability to use the clubs in relationship to the difficulty of the lie. The average golfer is too optimistic. He should use a 4-wood instead of a 3-wood or a club with a notch more loft than he thinks he will need.
Once the decision is made, stick with it and go all out. Pick out the spot where you want the ball to land and feel you have just the weapon to put it there.

The 5- golfs wood, a club that one never sees on the men’s tour, has made many an amateur happy and confident. It has a larger hitting surface than the long iron and for that reason alone makes the player think he can get more muscle into the ball.

Some women pros swear by the 5-wood. It gets them out of a lot of trouble. Someday it will be a standard club for men as well as women.

Rory McIlroy using a 5 wood

One must have the right mental image Pros on television use the long iron when the amateur would be better off with the 4 or 5- wood.

Not long ago, some of the top golfers on the pro tour were asked which shot they considered the most important – te tee shot, the shot to the green, the putt?

There were varied opinions
Arnold Palmer and Tigger Woods, two long hitters, agreed that the putt is the most important.
Yet many are torn between the tee shot and the putt. You need them both and without either your fortunes are not likely to be too high.

Fortunately, one of the faculties picks up for me when the other lets down.
The par shooter will take from 14 to 16 shots with wood clubs off the tee. In addition, he will use the fairway woods three or four times. The high handicapper makes much heavier use of the golf woods.




In any man’s game, the woods are important. Their accuracy gives the player a chance for birdie putts. If the woods are not performing right, more pressure is laced on the putting and the whole games go awry.

A player needs good driving and good putting just as the football team has to have fine passing to complement a strong running attack.

The driver should be the easiest club in the bag to hit because the ball is teed up. There is never a bad lie.
On the other hand, the margin of error is greater. One slight mistake on the tee can putt the ball in 25 yards of rough or lake or trap. This error can be more critical than a slight miscalculation on the green.

Because of the many component parts of the swing that have to be geared to perfection, more confidence is needed on the drive than any one other shot. Tension arising from lack of confidence can cause any one of them to go wrong. This is where the good-putt part of a man’s game can help the drive. Nothing inspires more poise for the next tee than a difficult putt that drops in the cup.
Biggest mistake made by the high handicapper on the tee is going back too fast on the backswing.If he could tee the ball somehow so it could be hit with his backswing instead of his downswing, he would outdrive the pros.

Here are Some Key Points to remember in the use of golf woods:

1. The Left heel must be well-anchored.
2. The left arm must be kept straight.
3. The head must stay behind the ball without bobbing up or down
4. The hands must lead the club into the impact area.
5. The club head must follow-through gives more distance.