We’ve all seen Tour players or perhaps even our friends, hit a perfectly crisp wedge shot into a green, take one hop and stop or even spin back. Maybe that’s a shot you’d like to learn but don’t think you can execute. Here are some hints to learn how to spin wedge shots.
Some golfers take a big backswing and accelerate through the shot, but think the way to spin the ball is to “flip” the clubface at impact – and end up closing the face and hitting the shot to the left of the target (for a right-handed golfer).
Many golfers make the mistake of taking a big backswing and then decelerate on the forward swing. This leads to hitting the ball fat or sometimes even hitting that line drive ball screaming across the green (i.e. a skulled shot). This long backswing and a decelerated follow-through causes the heel and the toe of the club to not move at the same speed.
The key to spinning a wedge shot is for the heel and toe to move through impact at the same speed. To spin a shot, make sure your upper body is active and rotates in your entire swing. You have to accelerate the golf club through the shot to create spin. You will feel the handle of the club finishes to the left, but that produces a crisp, solid shot.
Practice this shot with your clubface in a slightly open (not a club with a lot of bounce), but just open the clubface gently at address before starting the swing. The club should accelerate through impact and produce a shot with a high spin rate. It’s the same line you’ve heard before, “swing the club and let the ball get in the way.” Don’t try to lift it or do anything fancy – just make a good swing and accelerate through the shot.