Off Center Contact with Wedges

Published Apr 12, 2019 | By Zach | long-game

Have you ever wondered why you have a worn out spot on the toe of your wedge?

Many golfers struggle to hit the center of the club-face when hitting short game shots because their motion is over the top.

Even if the golfer swings the club on a proper path with the full swing, there is still the chance that they are coming over the top with pitching/chipping.

It took me a long time to understand the real cause of this, and I want to share it with you.

The main factor that determines the club path with the short game is actually where and how much your weight is during the motion.

First off, if your weight is hanging on your back foot through impact, this is going to cause an over the top motion.

Second, if your weight is moving AWAY from the golf ball during the downswing, this too will cause an over the top motion.

So, in order to get that club coming from the right spot, here are a few things that you can do:

  • Focus only on your lead leg while chipping/pitching.  Feel as if it is a "post" that you are swinging around.  You should have at least 60% of your weight on that leg at address, and keep the weight there throughout the swing.
  • If the last tip doesn't make sense to you, then just focus on keeping your lead knee in the same spot throughout the motion, making sure that the weight is continually moving on to that lead knee.  It might feel weird at first!

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