Getting frustrated, thought I'd post to see if someone can help me. My game is going really well, but my wedge play from 120 and in is really inconsistant. Through a workout routine, practice and a recent fitting my driver has really improved, and I am routinely hitting it 260-280 off the tee. I am also stuck in the low eighties. I almost never shoot a round over 85 or below 80 these days, as my wedge play has gone to hell. These are from clean lies in the fairway. I started tracking my rounds and was appalled at how bad my wedge game is. For example, on saturday, I tracked my round real close to see just how bad my wedges are hurting me:
HOLE 1, PAR 5: 75 YARDS IN 2 SHOTS. LW OVER THE GREEN. MADE 7.
HOLE 2, PAR 3: 8 IRON, GIR PAR
HOLE 3, PAR 4: 102 TO PIN FROM RIGHT ROUGH, HIT TO 6 FEET, PAR
HOLE 4, PAR 3: 5 IRON, GIR PAR
HOLE 5, PAR 5: ON IN 2, BIRDIE
HOLE 6, PAR 4: 94 TO PIN FROM FW, FAT WEDGE 60 FEET SHORT, CHIP&3 PUTT, DOUBLE
HOLE 7, PAR 3: 6 IRON, GIR PAR
HOLE 8, PAR 4: 7 IRON FROM ROUGH, GIR PAR
HOLE 9, PAR 5: 72 LEFT IN FW AFTER 2. WEDGE INTO FRONT BUNKER. BOGEY.
FRONT 9 40 (+3 all on holes in FW w/n 100 yards).
HOLE 10, PAR 4: SMASHED DRIVE (297). 85 LEFT FROM MIDDLE OF FAIRWAY. YANKED WEDGE LEFT ON COLLAR. CHIP/PUTT PAR.
HOLE 11, PAR 3: 6 IRON GIR, PAR.
HOLE 12, PAR 4: 8 IRON GIR, PAR.
HOLE 13, PAR 4: SMASHED DRIVE (286). 102 LEFT FROM MIDDLE OF FAIRWAY, HIT 15 YARDS OVER GREEN. BOGEY.
HOLE 14, PAR 5: 105 IN FW FOR 3RD, PUSHED RIGHT OF GREEN, BOGEY.
HOLE 15, PAR 3: 6 IRON MISS SHORT, CHIP/PUTT PAR
HOLE 16 PAR 4: 8 IRON GIR, PAR.
HOLE 17 PAR 4: 72 LEFT AFTER DRIVE. CHUNKED LW TO 30. THINNED WEDGE FROM 30 OVER BACK. MADE 6.
HOLE 18 PAR 5 (REALLY LONG): 7 IRON 3RD INTO GREEN, MISSED SHORT, BOGEY.
BACK 9 41 (+4 on holes in FW w/n 100 yards).
For an 81 that felt like shoulda been a 76 the way I hit the other clubs.
The trouble started when a pro recommended I strengthen my grip in my long game - and that has done wonders for that part of my game, making my hybrids, 3 wood and driver not slice and really go far. The issue is that since I did that the wedges have gone to heck. I have no idea what I'm even supposed to be doing. I've read you should have a seperate grip for the wedges (Pelz) or the same grip as long game (Stockton). I've read your supposed to be totally mechincal (i.e have a 63 yard swing) or use the same club and focus on the target rather than technique. Its gotten to the point that I don't even know what grip I'm supposed to be using, and routinely can't help having thoughts on the backswing like "please don't shank this". I have no confidence w/n 100 yards. I've also tried tons of equipment changes - fat grips (which helped my long clubs), thin grips, have a set of sm4s, got fitted for wedges, have a set of CG15s, and ordered my "iron set" wedges which have more forgiveness.
My short game is pretty good (bunker/chipping/pitching) but I would rather have almost any shot than an "easy" 100 yard wedge in the middle of the fairway. Interestingly enough, I do not have much trouble if I'm in the rough - my wedge do pretty good from there. But when its "easy" in the fairway I can't seem to get my head around it. I'm at my wit's end and have considered going to a five hybrid off the tee so I never have to hit a wedge (seriously). I get really nervous when I have one of these shots in front of people - with driver etc... I can't wait for my turn because I am confident but when I have a 90 yard wedge shot I just want to dig a hole and hide. No idea what to do with the shot, no confidence in grip, backswing, stance, or where the ball is going.
It is driving me crazy because I "should" have birdie chances and be threatening 75 instead of struggling to stay under 85.
I'm not sure if anyone has any thoughts on fixing this. I think its mostly mental, but maybe physical too. I am desperate for help to get some sort of confidence and / or normalcy in this part of my game. Has anyone else had a part of their game just go haywire while the rest stays solid?
Anyway, any advice is very, very welcome. I feel like if I can develop even an average wedge game for a 7 hdcp I can get under hdcp 5.