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Last year, before seeing the video, I was switching away from a one club method to a multiple club method. I was too inconsistent with just one club. I find myself much more consistent using 8-PW. Granted I find myself mostly using a PW because the greens I play on are not huge. But the video points out there is definitely more than one way to do it. For people that play a lot and have good feel, the one club method works great. I usually only play from April to October so I can get up to speed quicker using multiple clubs.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Golf4Serenity Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2006 at 7:51am

I finally learned how to perform the little chip where the club pretty much stops right after contact and the ball squirts to the hole. I had always been amazed watching the pros do this but I could never hit down properly and prevent having a rather long follow through. I pulled out an old PGA Partners Short Game tape and there it was.

All you do is (I am right-handed) lean left so that your left shoulder is lower than the right and pull DOWN into the ball with the back of your right hand as if you going to drag the ball to the hole. The club goes "through" the ball and stops - the balls squirts out perfectly. A couple of days later I someone demonstrate the same technique either during one of the tournaments or on the Golf Chanel. There may be other was of doing it but this works and for one shot I almost feel like a pro!

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I'm a wild man around the greens. I absolutely go against convention and let the ball fly. For me (I'm weird), it is easier  to judge distance when striving for max air time/ minimum roll. I use one club, my SW, and I'm getting pretty good around the greens. I think it all comes down to feel and your motivation around the greens. I like taking risks and finnessing the ball around the greens. I lob, flop, toss the ball from 10ft away- fun.

and I cut just about every shot around the greens...


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My philosophy is that if I use multiple clubs in the shortgame I have to ingrain the distance control of all those clubs. If I use just one or 2 I have to only learn one or 2.

But this seem to be only one approach of several to make the ball get close to the hole.

But I guess confidence is as important as ability, so maybe we should stick with what we believe in and make  those up'n downs...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LowPost42 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 February 2006 at 4:57pm
I like a 60 and 64, but for pitches ONLY.  I have no interest in chipping with such lofted clubs.
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I recently learn from a great master of one wedge . Only one lesson and basically he taught me all the thing i need to know. Im comfortable around the green again.

One wedge system is more fun. Iron varying sytem is more repeatable but not for me.

But for now,, Im a one wedge man...

one wedge = 4 types of shot,

Lob, Pitch and run, Chip and run, long chip.. Thats enough for around the green.


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I am one that uses the same club (60* wedge) for most shots around the green.  I recently got a Ping tour black nickle and have developed a lot of confidence it it. 

If there is a lot of green, on my backswing, I will cock my wrist slightly, and then keep my hands in front of the club through ball contact.  This will deliver a lower flight but with enough spin to stop with a little roll.  It is also almost impossible to blade it.  I have developed a good feel for how hard to hit it to get to the pin.   When I use a different club, I don't have the same feel.

For tight pins, I turn my hands to the right - where my right hand is almost under the grip and try to keep the face open after impact.  This produces a high trajectory.  Again, I have a good sense of how hard to swing, which for me is easier to develop with one club than with many.

I think it is somewhat like putting - you learn how hard to hit the putt to get to the pin with one putter.  If you changed from a heavy putter to a light blade, I think it would be hard to keep that same sense for distance.

As for a quiet lower body, I disagree.  Let your body do what it needs to in order to hit the ball the length you want.  A very short shot requires very little body action.

In my case the absolute essential is to keep my head still.  Like putting, practice keeping your eyes looking at the ground where the ball was long after you hit it.  This is the key to avoiding bad contact.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jonag Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2006 at 7:37pm

I agree

I feel I have the same swing for chips, pitches and normal shots.  A chip is just a mini swing.

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I love my 60 degree wedge and use it for every pitch but I've compromised somewhat by using my PW for every chip. I'm another person that doesn't fully agree with getting the ball on the green ASAP. Most of the greens I play have a lot of undulation and it's typically but not always easier for me to fly the undulation and take it out of the equation.

-Bob

 

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