When dialing wedges, it’s important to keep as many “constants” in your swing as possible. For instance, if a student can keep their stance width very narrow, grip the same, and tempo consistent, they will be much more precise with their short game. With borrowed methodologies from world-renowned instructors like Dave Pelz, a simple “clock” system will help most mid to high handicap golfers.
For instance, imagine if a person’s hands represent the hands of a clock. When the player addresses the golf ball, their hands will be at 6 o’clock. If the golfer brings their hands in the back-swing to 7:00 (or just past your right knee), and keeps all the “constants” listed above the same, they can produce a very repeatable golf swing. If the player can then add a 9 o’clock swing (hands level to the ground, lead arm across the chest), and a 10 o’clock swing (full swing), then the player can have three repeatable golf swings with each wedge they have in their bag. This means the player can have nine to twelve repeatable distances within 145 yards. This can drastically lower their golf swing and make golf a lot more fun.