By Erika Larkin on 7/10/13
It amazes me how often I ask a student "how far does your half-Sand Wedge go?", and they have no idea or at best, they have a rough range that spans 20 yards. We all hear how important it is to be good at 100 yards and in as a golfer but most amateurs do not take the time to practice on the short game enough (putting and chipping) let alone their approach game. But for as many people as there are that are missing greens in regulation it would be pretty helpful to have a solid feel for your approach shots and in turn this would help lower scores.
So with that said, one of the most valuable lessons I ever give students is taking them through a "wedge mapping". It is very helpful to know how far you can hit your wedges with different size swings and can really help people gain confidence with their approach shots and club selection 100 yards and in.
I would recommend you take the time to do this for yourself every once in a while to double check your distances and know exactly what your CARRY distances are. Here is how to do it:
Erika Larkin is the Director of Instruction at Larkin Golf Learning Community, at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. She was named the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA "Teacher of the Year" and the 2011 "Top Golf Pro" by Washingtonian Magazine and she's ClubSG's newest columnist! She writes on a variety of topics including instruction, so if you have a question for her or an idea for a column, email her at ErikaLarkin@pga.com. Enjoy!
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