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Picturing a high, soft wedge shot

High, soft wedge shots around the green are a good way to really improve your scores, but it can be a tough shot to master.

I find that having the right idea, or picture, of a shot is one of the most important factors in learning a new shot. The high-lofted wedge shot is no different.

If you're learning the high, soft wedge shot, a good mental picture to have is to imagine yourself tossing a golf ball on top of a golf cart. If you were trying to toss a golf ball onto a golf cart, you would toss it high with the palm of your hand facing up on the follow-through

Try it. When you finish tossing the ball, hold that pose; you'll notice that your palm is facing the sky. This is how you should finish when you're actually playing a high, soft wedge shot around the green. Your bottom hand should be facing up on the follow-through.

More specifically, if you're playing a high, soft wedge shot, open the face of the club slightly and stand the shaft up a little bit straighter than normal at address.

Slide under the ball and finish with your bottom palm and the face of the club facing the sky.

This can be a tough shot to master, so I think it helps to have a mental picture in your mind when you practice it. So the next time you're getting ready to hit a high, soft wedge shot, picture yourself tossing a golf ball onto a golf cart.

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