Category: Wedges

Impenetrable Hardpan Lie

Your ball lands on cement, asphalt, or gravel but is still considered to be inbounds.

Sand over Hardpan

You try using your sand wedge and end up skulling the ball when attempting to hit off of a thin layer of sand over hardpan, especially if the sand is wet, or scruff. This is because the ball bounces off of the flange of the sand wedge and you end up blading or chunking the shot.

Penetrable Hardpan Lie

Your ball lies in hardpan composed of hard-packed sand or dirt such as greenside bunkers where the club can penetrate the sand.

Angle Your Feet for More Control

Decreased flexibility can prevent proper hip rotation and therefore power, causing you to sway during your backswing. This is a very common problem for senior golfers because their muscles tighten as they age, inhibiting a proper turn for a full swing.

Duffing the Ball

The clubhead digs into the ground before contact, causing the ball to fly short. If your swing decelerates during your forward swing, it will cause your hands to fall too far behind the clubhead at impact and you will duff the ball.

Bounce Angle for Wedges

Unsure if you need a high, mid, or low bounce or how bounce affects your game.

Lip of the Bunker

The ball is sitting in the front lip of the sand trap.

Learn to Control Backspin on Approach

You need a lot of spin to help the ball land on a narrow green or a sharply inclined green. You might need just the opposite, less spin with extra roll because you are unable or it is unsafe to aim at the pin directly.

The Buried Lie

You have a buried or plugged ball in the sand trap.

Consistent Pitching

You do not have the feel for pitching or are not very consistent at it. If you square your body to the target line, you will end up flicking your hands to help attempt to make clean contact.