Master Your Wedge: Part Two

In the club release articles, we looked at dropping the loaded bomb, but the mechanics of how to drop it was left until now. Here we will deal with the downswing through to the finish. This downswing motion well may feel radical, as it is very different from what you likely have felt, if you have been experiencing the dreaded clubhead throwaway feel. So be prepared to feel uncoordinated at first, but I promise the feeling will be replaced by the satisfaction in a short time.

The Down Sequence

In Fig 1, we are at the Top. The flat left wrist and bent right wrist are all in place. It may feel like you are holding a tray like a waiter, but you can see that everything would fall off my tray. My hips and shoulders are at full turn, and my right elbow is still nicely in line with my spine angle. From here if I were to draw a straight line to the back of the ball, my right hip would be very much in the way.

So with this full shot in mind we need to clear that right hip. This is the cause of most over the top motions. Our brains are smart, so with a choice of two methods to get to the ball, our hands and hips spin outwards. We are now toast.

So another less well-traveled route to the ball is to drop our right shoulder down plane, push our right hip a couple of centimetres parallel to the intended flight line first, leaving our hands in the transition zone. This happens in a flash, as you can see in Figs 2 and 3. Bump and clear that right hip to clear the road to the ball.

The great force of the swing generated by our arms spinning on its pivot (pivot, remember, is the transportation device for the power package of the arms) takes the clubhead down plane through the ball and onto both arms straight, as shown in Fig 4.

Throughout the entire impact zone there is no need to hit the ball with anything other than this Flying Wedge structure. It is the most powerful engineering structure that we can deliver to the ball, period!

By Fig 5, the right arm really feels solidly spent and rotates over the left arm, and you can see that the back of the left wrist is actually pointing down the fairway. This is very different from the look you get with a bent left wrist, where the clubace will is facing down behind your left shoulder. With everything spent, the right arm now folds to a relaxed end position as shown in Fig 6, and you now can watch your ball fly.

How to Learn the Flying Wedges

Learn to make this little motion while watching yourself in a mirror. Do it slowly so that you can both feel and see what is going in. Then do it with your trusty flashlights. Then move onto your good old badminton rackets where you can see what your clubface will be doing throughout the swing. The bent right wrist and flat left wrist can stay in the same alignments as long as you think about the left turning upside down just post impact.

In Fig 7, you can again see the full hip and shoulder turn made, almost to the top.

In Fig 8, you can see that the hips have well cleared, allowing the right forearm passage back to the impact zone. Notice that so far I have not said anything about the ball being swung at or hit at. We want the ball to be sitting on our plane line, and it just gets in the way. We may well aim at the rear aft quadrant of the ball, but we are driving our swing all the way around to avoid hitting at the ball which disturbs a swing, causing Steering and Quitting. Both are cardinal sins.

In Fig 9, you clearly can see how the racket face has closed all the way through the process of the swing. The rotation of the pivot and the downswing swivel of the clubface, before we get to the impact zone and our chosen clubface (Hinge) action, is all we need to control the clubface.

Throughout the entire swing the Flying Wedge has stayed intact, all the way to the finish.

This is the best way to avoid the dreaded clubhead throwaway that is well known to golf pros.

Many of you will stun yourselves with how far you can move a ball with a small swing when these Flying Wedges are kept in place. As you increase the size of a swing, the Wedges remain in place with more power accumulators being added to them, such as a wrist cock, more right elbow bend, the left hands roll through the ball via hinge action rhythm and then the wedges being blasted off your chest.

The power that comes from great engineering and an understanding of the simple geometry of the swing can be exhilarating. Learn to control these Flying Wedges from putt to chip to pitch to punch to a full shot and your golf will not seem like an endless search for balls in the bush with a ball flight that just confuses you.

The Finish Swivel itself will be reviewed in another article as a part of the Flying Wedges, so until then I trust you have some fun with learning how to drive a Flying Wedge.

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