Originally Posted by hrpschrd
I have a question about the shortest pitches of 15 to 30 yds. Pelz shows a 15 yd "horizontal-to-vertical" swing (page 63) and 30yd "vertical-to-full" swing . ...
Do you guys get 15 and 30yds only and consistently? It seems like he is showing the same swing for 30yds as the distance wedge technique for 9:00 (page 98). Are there two finesse swings?
shortest pitches and distance control: Pelz advocates personal calibration drills (pp. 84-5) to get yardage more exact on partials. You learn what tempo of your half swing, for instance, will get you ideal distance, say, of 52 yards. This, of course, requires a helper to tell you how far each shot went.
I don't go to this length, although I have a decent idea of how far my partial wedges will go. You need a day-to-day reality check, however, on how weather and turf conditions might influence yardage - I can get some sense of this during warm-ups. One variation I use: I don't choke up but maybe a half-inch on the base partial wedge shots. So, if I want my GW to go 28 rather than 30yds., I'll choke up a little more to shave off yardage.
Pelz has interesting advice on overall iron set configuration (Chap. 10). He suggests dropping some longer irons, and adjusting the distance patterns through loft bending and shaft cutting. He suggests 15-yd. increments for full shots up and down the set (3i through your four wedges). That's way too much hassle - even for people who play for a living. But, given the ever stronger lofts of iron sets, there may be merit for the longer irons. I am planning to keep my 3i, dump the 4i, and lengthen the 5i by a quarter inch and bend it one degree strong. This would make the distance gaps for 3i to 5i+, and 5i+ to 6i, about 14 yards. Right now I get yardage compression on the long end.
Dumping the 4i would allow me to have a fourth wedge, or maybe add a 7W or a Hybrid. The 7W/H might bump into 3i yardage, but the 7W/H would fly high, while the 3i would fly low. (Note: despite my HDCP, the 3i worked well as a driving iron last year on short par 4s or windy holes. I had a par 80% of the time when I teed off with a 3i.)
Question: I have a year 2000 printing of Short Game Bible. Has it been revised or updated since then?