When shooting with a pitching wedge, it is important to place the ball in the middle of your stance, keep the feet slightly open and slightly abbreviate the back swing. Learn to properly shoot a pitching wedge with tips from a professional golf instructor in this free video on playing golf.
Hello, my name is Conan Elliott and I'm Director of Instruction here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today, it's pitching wedge techniques. The materials we need for this are basically a pitching wedge and a golf ball. Techniques for pitching wedges can be a misnomer anyways. Let me tell you a little bit of history first about the pitching wedge. Pitching wedge is what the most lofted club in their bag was called from the beginning of golf until the 1930s. When Gene Sarazen invented the club called the sand wedge; so, it used to be to hit our pitch shots, we use our pitching wedge because it was our most lofted club. A lot of people will use the pitching wedge today for a pitch shot, but not many. Most people will use our sand wedge. So, we're going to talk about the pitching wedge technique. If it's a full swing, then it's the same technique as it is for any other short iron club, which would be the ball, middle of our stance to maybe one pull back; if we were trying to hit it down a little bit. One of the big mistakes is to ever get the ball way upfront on a pitching wedge or a short iron. So, about in the middle of our stance. Second of all, we like our feet to be slightly open. What we mean by that; if I was trying to hit the ball on this line, I like to pull my left foot or front foot back aways from and so here are my feet are just slightly open to the path I'm trying to hit it on. Thirdly, we want to abbreviate the back swing slightly. Remember, a great big swing with a lofted club just makes it go higher and more chances of hitting it crookeder. I've got a whole bag full of golf clubs that hit the ball further than this. Other than a putter, every club in my bag hits it further than my wedge. So, I want to be more of a smooth flowing motion, learn a speed and an accuracy that will give me my most awkward shot. So, I'm trying to hit the ball accurate with my short irons. Distance doesn't matter. What matters is that you just know how far it goes. It doesn't have to go far as a tour player, it just has to go as far as you could make it accurately go. So, to hit a good pitching wedge, we want to get the club where it's abbreviated. If that's a full swing, we would want to be about right in there what we call three quarter position where the wedge. So, it's ball in the middle, feet slightly open, three quarter position, finish in balance on a straight left leg. So, I like to go; with wedges I like to know what, we kind of talk about posting. Posting is where the left leg straightens and we finish in balance on that left leg, right arm across our chest. So, I want to be in the ball in the middle, slightly open, three quarter position, posting the left leg. Let's try one. I set my club, get my position and my feet slightly open, ball in the middle, three quarter position, post left leg. This is Conan Elliott, and that's pitching wedge techniques.