• Announcements

    • iacas

      Create a Signature!   02/05/2016

      Everyone, go here and edit your signature this week: http://thesandtrap.com/settings/signature/.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
ddouni98

Wedge Practice??

11 posts in this topic

I want to practice my wedges a lot but unfortunately the courses near me don't have any pitching greens. I could use the range but it's not that good of a quality either. So I was wondering if it's an ok thing to get a tee time and if there is no one behind you, just staying at one hole to practice? And is there other ways I can practice my wedge play?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Want to get rid of this advertisement? Sign up (or log in) today! It's free!

I learned at the range, and in my yard. If you have enough space in your back, or front yard, you can learn anything from flop shots to short pitch, and chip shots..

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards and Achievements

[COLOR=222222]I want to practice my wedges a lot but unfortunately the courses near me don't have any pitching greens. I could use the range but it's not that good of a quality either. So I was wondering if it's an ok thing to get a tee time and if there is no one behind you, just staying at one hole to practice? And is there other ways I can practice my wedge play?[/COLOR]

I don't think I would recommend just parking on one hole to practice, but so long as nobody is behind you, you should eaisly get away with hitting six or eight pitches and chips per hole and then move along. That might be better practice anyhow. Don't forget bunker practice, and don't forget to rake. If the course is busier and you need to keep moving along, there is often time to hit a pitch or two while waiting to tee off or hit from the fairway, but I would keep those down to short ones. That might help your game in other ways too. Sitting and watching the group ahead can be wearing. If you do not have much lawn at home look around for a public park or the like that has some decent grassy areas you could practice in. You will find a warmer welcome if you are not taking big divots! But for non-full-swing pitches you really don't need to take much of a divot.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Be careful about using public parks to practice golf. All parks here in So. Cali prohibit doing any type of golfing.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards and Achievements

Provided that you are not holding up play or taking massive divots and the course manager doesn't mind, I see nothing wrong with that. I know I do it when I hit a poor pitch or chip, or even just one that is different than what I wanted. I'll just drop a second ball right there and hit it if there isn't another group right behind me.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards and Achievements

I do this a lot If I'm playing alone and no one is behind me I'll practice a different shot on each hole. Like ill drop maybe 7 or 8 balls from 100 yards and hit them all Next hole I'll maybe do 4 or 5 from 150. Making sure that if a group does come up behind you, you can quickly pick up te balls and move on
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do a lot of wedge practice in my back yard using trees and birdfeeder posts as a the pins / targets.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Op! I do this occasionally, there is a couple of holes on my course where a small gap can occur and allow a couple of minutes chipping/lobbing practice, as long your not being a nuisance to others or damaging the course it's fine! A good time to get practise in is to go out first light on the back 9! You should find some days you'll have the whole back 9 to yourself to experiment a bit.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I want to practice my wedges a lot but unfortunately the courses near me don't have any pitching greens. I could use the range but it's not that good of a quality either. So I was wondering if it's an ok thing to get a tee time and if there is no one behind you, just staying at one hole to practice? And is there other ways I can practice my wedge play?

My wife's grandfather always told me, "If you want to play this game well, get out there and hit a lot of wedges."  So, I feel that you are on the right track to game improvement. But, finding a place can sometimes be hard.

If you get permission from the pro shop, on course practicing would work.  However, practicing your wedges on a course does not seem like a good idea, especially if you do not get permission, for a couple of reasons. 1) The greens keeper might get a little upset at the number of divots that you would make on any one hole; and 2) Even if there is no one behind you, golfers on the course might not feel that a course should be used as a practice facility.

I know that Hammer 4 said that parks in Southern California do not permit golfing, but if you do not have the options of a range or backyard, this is probably your best option.  I have used public parks where I can put targets at specific distances to work on my short game and it is a great way to spend an hour or two.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I practice those shots just about anywhere from the yard to the range to the living room but nothing really completely takes the place of a green. I need to know how different shots are reacting on the ground and if they are landing soft and trickling out, hop and stop, check and roll (and how much roll) ect.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I practice those shots just about anywhere from the yard to the range to the living room but nothing really completely takes the place of a green. I need to know how different shots are reacting on the ground and if they are landing soft and trickling out, hop and stop, check and roll (and how much roll) ect.

I did the same. regarding public parks here in so.cali being illegal to practice any golf, it may be o.k. in your state. I have to admit, I have found secluded spots in a couple of parks to practice..lol

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards and Achievements

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2016 TST Partners

    GAME Golf
    PING Golf
    Lowest Score Wins
  • Posts

    • Ball likely in casual water but uncertain
      You use the S&D option of Rule 28 at any time you want. It doesn't matter if you can't see it, can't identify it or have it staring you in the face with your ID in dayglo pink. To use either of the other options you have to be able to identify it.
    • The Most Common Swing Flaw
      I'm sure there will be arguments later but there is one piece of information I think a lot of golfers can benefit from. I hope to save some people from buying the online swing tip scams. The most common flaw I see in swings is rotating the forearms one way or the other. Most people don't realize you don't have to rotate your forearms or hands at all in the golf swing, in fact it's better if you don't. The arms can stay just as square as they are at address. The arms follow the rotation of the shoulders on the plane. The arms slightly trail the body on the through swing, creating some additional lag to hip lag, and then eventually they pass the body much later. The club face can stay as square as it was at impact the whole time, many PGA  pros do this. Hunter Mahan is a good example. The only movement the arms really have to make is an up and down one. There is a popular drill where students are told to pick the club straight up from address, hinge it, and rest it on their right shoulder (for righties), and then turn the shoulders 90 degrees and voila, the top of the backswing. To get to this position people will do all kinds of arm and hand contortions all over the place, which is fine. The only problem is, is on the way down, you don't want to be doing these things, and the law of physics states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so you will likely do going down what you did going up, just in reverse. All you really have to do is rotate your shoulders and let the arms stay connected as they were at address, after all this is why you've spent so much time working on the set up position! The swing is a moving and rotating set up position. Some people actually get to the top perfectly, but then insist on going way beyond parallel, ruining the glorious work! The problem here is, the more your arms lift past your shoulders, the more you have to wait for them to come down, for that huge 1mph arm swing speed boost.  You're of course thinking, why the heck do people do all these things? One reason people do this is because it feels natural, at least that's the reason experienced golfers do it. It feels more repeatable to them, and they like it, it feels good. Power to them. But there are plenty of golfers who do these things that aren't happy with their game, so why do they do it? They do these things because it feels like they can get maximum strength this way. Doing it the efficient way would cost them a lot of power, because their strongest and biggest muscles have not coordinated yet to hit a golf ball. When we do basic things like jumping and lifting, things we've done all our lives, we use the most efficient muscles and most supported ones. But when we have to hit a golf ball, those muscles don't know how to get involved, so we use the smaller, weaker, faster ones, to get the job done with some short term speed. The truth is, we can hit the ball a lot further using the right muscles, but many golfers believe they are hitting it better with whatever move they currently have. They aren't wrong, at the moment they can't hit it with the right muscles, because the right muscles aren't trained. But if they stopped what they are doing and started training the right muscles to support the swing, would they hit it better, faster farther? You bet your ball washer they would. So put down the club, put your arms across your chest like you learned at your very first golf clinic, dig into your hip sockets, and rotate those shoulders. Do away with the crazy arm motions and the bending and unbending at the waist. The 4some behind you will thank you for it.
    • Anybody play golf without keeping score on a regular basis?
      Certainly. Only keep a record of pars in my notebook - nothing else, consequently my index could be anywhere between 16 and 36. Aim is to par every hole on the course at some stage.
    • My Swing (coop6)
      The video you linked of Rory do you see how there is zero club face rotation after the ball?
    • Ball likely in casual water but uncertain
      thanks @ColinL great answer. Question: Are there any times where you can take an unplayable if you can't identify your ball, like if you can't get close enough to read the letters. I thought there were.
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Images

  • Today's Birthdays

  • Blog Entries