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Hello, my name is Conan Elliott and I'm Director of Instruction here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today we're going to talk about how to use a pitching wedge. The materials we need for this today is going to be a golf ball and a pitching wedge or a sand wedge or a 9-iron, all those three are going to be about the same and learning a good golf swing. Well, a pitching wedge is pretty much like any other iron that we hit except that we want to shorten our backswing just a little bit and not have such a big swing. You'll find that in your 8-iron, your 9-iron, your wedges all of your wedges, that bigger swings just kind of knock it off line and hit it higher. What we really want to do is to have, these are control clubs that we really want to control the distance and the direction of the golf ball. So, learning to control our backswing to maybe a three quarter position would be much better, where a full swing position would be more up where the club is clear level or up at the top for a back swing. We want to be more in a 3/4 position, very controlled. My stance, instead of being dead square to the ball, in other words my feet being parallel crossed to the line, I want to be just a slight bit open to the left which gives me a chance to clear my hips out and go down the line a little bit better. The ball placement we want to keep right almost exactly in the middle of our stance. So, I want my ball to be placed just about in the middle. If I get too far forward, I'll have to hang on and lunge and use my hands. Speaking of hands, that's the key to good iron play is that we don't use a lot of wrist action. You can see as I come down if I use my wrist, my club changes its path and goes across and according to where I do that at, if I do it at the top I'll hit the ground a lot. If I do it late I'll pull it or push it and if I do it right by the ball, I actually can top it. So, the key is to keep my hands quiet and you can see the club travels on a consistent path when my hands are quiet. So, the key is, ball in the middle, 3/4 position, feet a little bit open, nice good posture, a little tilt to the right, keep my hands very quiet. This is Conan Elliott, and that's how to use a pitching wedge.