Most players also make the same full swing with their wedges instead of using what I refer to as a “pitch” length swing. Remember first that wedges are designed for accuracy and NOT for distance! Poor wedge players swing these clubs just as they would with the rest of their set while good wedge players control the flight AND the distance.
Here’s an example of a “pitch” length backstroke; the right forearm does NOT exceed horizontal to the ground, it can be lower but never higher. By keeping the backstroke the same length and varying the finish you can achieve three different trajectories and distances. Each of these finish locations can also be used while simply changing the club shaft location at Impact. For a lower trajectory have the club shaft leaning forward , a higher trajectory would a vertical club shaft at Impact and for the highest trajectory a slightly backward leaning club shaft. Also remember that any shot that is NOT full but more than a “chip shot” is a pitch shot. Unfortunately most golf announcers tell us that the player is “chipping” when they are 30 yards off the green! That is NOT a chip shot! It is a pitch shot…just like a greenside bunker, or a lob these are all variations of pitching. For more information on how you can be in control of your short game visit us at Improve My Shortgame.