Dennis Sales Golf

Informative Golf Information

Improve That Wedge Play!

When I ask students how far they carry each wedge, more often than not, they get it wrong.  Not understand how far a full swing wedge shot goes makes hitting it consistently close to a pin difficult.    One thing I’ll do with new golfers who enter my coaching program is go through wedge gapping with TrackMan.  I’ll ask them to tell me their carry yardages and then proceed to have them hit shots with each wedge.   This procedure helps provide the golfer a clearly understanding of their distances and gaps between wedges.  Once the data is collected we will go over the numbers to see a few important keys:

  • Ideally I would like to see consistent gaps with their wedge configurations.
  • What their best and worst distance is.  This improves course management when looking to lay-up.

Once we know their actual carry yardages, we will continuously test and try to improve distance control.  We will work with the approach practice module TrackMan offers.  This helps the student improve their practice session by being more specific when hitting to a target.  Once the student feels they have dialed in the distance, I’ll go ahead and test them with the approach test module.  Here TrackMan then grades each of the ten shots hit.  At the completion of the test, TrackMan provides us with a handicap for that distance, an average distance from the pin and a score.  Now we have a benchmark in place, and that particular student will have a specific task they must improve upon.

Incorporating TrackMan into your practice sessions is a great way to monitor your progression while having fun doing it.  The fun comes from competing with the other golfers who you train with.  That is the environment that helps accelerate the learning curve.  Practicing by yourself can get boring and becomes difficult to really push your limits.  If you improve the way you practice, you will get better results on the course.  A certified golf coach knows that and is dedicated to providing you the tools as well as the training to help you achieve your goals.

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