Originally Posted by Golfingdad
But I certainly don't get too analytical with my short game either. Meaning, I've never tried to dial in specific distances, like 20,30,40, etc. I know that my full swing, hard SW in flat, stagnant conditions goes 110, and my full, hard swing LW goes 90. I choke down a little on the SW for 100, take partial swings (by feel) with the SW for anything from 80 down to maybe 40, and pitch with either club for anything under that.
I'm the opposite - I have my full swing distances and half swing distances also - (similar numbers) for all my irons. And punch shots for my long irons.
I also have 4 wedges. And, I know that the technique in the pitching thread (hands to belt high, let gravity accelerate the club head) gives me 30 yards (repeatable) for my SW, and choking down the grip on the same club, same swing is repeatable at 20 Yards. I practice those carries a bunch and how much tweak to swing and grip position gives 40, and even 25 and 35 yards. "wedge bounce" practice..... I need to do the same for my 60 degree wedge, but I'm less ready to lean on that due to lower bounce on that one. I'll keep my 50 and 46 wedge at full and half swing and lean on the SW most.
It's not dead on, but if I'm confident to within plus or minus 5 yards, it's nice to know what does what.
I have a big gap in the 50 to 80 yards range that I have to plan to avoid, or fill it sometime.....but I have enough to learn and remember right now.
I don't think i could just 'eyeball' it and feel as confident, especially when I need to just clear the edge of the green or some hazard.......the goal for now is to increase confidence in getting up and down on a missed green.....
to the OP - Why do you need a "green" to aim at? you could just as easily try to hit a swing set, or a stake, or a frisbee, or any other type of target. Perhaps a small child or dog.....