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Struggling to maintain consistent contact with the wedge? Consider this speed setting

By on May 28, 2022 0

Let’s start with a question: what is the most important aspect when building a corner? Some would say it’s all about matching the grind to a golfer’s typical delivery and course conditions. Others might argue that the composition of loft spreads can lead to short game success. A softer shaft flex, compared to irons, is another common play.

I’m highlighting all of these common edits because they each serve a valuable purpose.

There’s also another lesser-known modification that golfers might want to consider if inconsistent contact is an issue – going for a flatter lie angle in the corners. It’s true: there is a situation where could it makes sense to have different lie angles in irons and scoring tools.

During an episode of GOLF Fully Featured Podcast in 2020, Shadow Ridge Country Club Instructional Director James Sieckmann pointed out that while most corners sitting on retail shelves have vertical lie angles, elite players you see on TV each week play scoring clubs with a decidedly flatter lie. angle.

With less force exerted on the shaft during a corner shot, there is not as much sag of the shaft that occurs causing the toe to poke into the ground. Without the same strength and sag of the shaft, it makes sense to at least consider the idea of ​​going for a flatter lie angle, especially in the corner of the lob.

“Because of the lack of sag, another issue is often that when the club interacts with the turf, the toe interaction is better than the heel interaction,” Sieckmann said. “[The] the worst thing you can do is dig in your heel.

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Some readers have asked in the past if there is a direct correlation between lie angle and neck. In other words, should a change of handle be considered if the lie angle is flattened?

“It ultimately comes down to what you want to do, stylistically, with a wedge,” said Kris McCormack, co-host of Fully Kitted. “When it comes to wedge shaft, flex and weight, the general rule of thumb is to drop a flex and increase the weight. This is to accommodate the player who more often than not doesn’t not use the wedge with a full swing, but still keep the same tempo and consistency in swing that he uses on a wedge.

“I’ve seen some players use the same shaft in their wedges as in their irons. So if you’re a guy who swings hard with your wedges, I’m not going to smack you in the face and tell you you can’t put an X100 or an S300 in your wedge. Do you need a wedge-specific shaft? Not necessarily. I just wouldn’t recommend losing weight.

If inconsistent corner contact is a problem, start by looking for an installer with an extended corner die. Chances are your cleats need a lie angle adjustment, and testing different options is the first step to fixing the contact problem. From there, start with the same shaft currently in your irons and see how it affects launch and spin.

Chances are you won’t need to adjust the neck if a lie angle change is made. The only one I could suggest is more about personal preference, which decreases flex and increases weight. This will add stability to tricky shots around the green, especially when it comes to part shots.

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