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How to avoid chunking and blading ?

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Been using the LW more often and using flange/bounce idea close to the green i hit a lot of good shots however once in a while I bladed shot out of the blue and sometimes hit too chunky What are some helpful suggestion to avoid this ?
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I keep my head and lower body very quiet. My guess would be you may be sliding a little. This is a tougher shot on tight lies.
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Recognize that a short club head will travel a shorter circle than a driver head. It will close the face to path/square quicker. This is why the shorties are played with an open stance or back in the stance. They come in steeper and are ready to strike faster.They also rise faster. Swinging to the outside, opening the face slightly, hooding the face, are all tricks related to this shaft length reality. Do some testing with ball forward, and hit a closed, square,and open face. Then set it in the middle, then the rear. Then hit it with a closed stance, like you might up a hill, and an open stance like a downhill after that. Some of those shots are gonna work well for you. Some will suck. But pay attention to the ball flight more than the swing or stance. When close to the green, simple pitches with wedges work pretty well. You see the guy who hits it up and it comes down on the fringe/green and stops well short of the hole? Pitches wont do that. And try a ten finger grip where your hands are just far apart enough to not pinch. When you intertwine fingers and get all twisted together, some shaft action gets lost sometimes. The ten finger makes the waggle action really show up and can demonstrate how club movement becomes consistent momentum which leads to predictable distances and paths.
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Whenever I can, I chip the ball. First option is the 9 iron. If I need to hit it farther onto the green or clear some trouble, I take the PW or LW (leading edge). Keep the left wrist flat. Practice hitting the shot so you know how hard to swing to get the distance from your ball to where you want to land it. 9 iron ~ 1/3 in the air, PW ~ 1/2 in the air and LW ~ 2/3 in the air. When you swing the club back and forth, you should be brushing the grass the same every time, but not trying to take any divot. This works well for me. I can miss 9 greens a round and still make only a couple of bogeys. And I'm a mediocre (but improving) putter. The quiet left wrist will not put as mich spin on the ball for a consistent release. If uphill, add a little air time and less for downhill. I only pitch the ball (around the green) when the chip won't work. Getting the wrists involved increases the risk of mishits. Know the speed and firmness of the greens, because you should be looking to hole a few of these. FWIW, I am very good at getting the ball up and down. I've had a couple of friends who are plus handicaps ask me how I chip the ball close all the time. Funny, they don't ask for advice on other types of shots though. :) Last week I hit only 3 fairways and only 10 GIR and shot 74. I'm working on straightening out my driver too. To be honest, a lot of those missed fairways were in the first cut because I aimed that way because the other side of the fairway had big trouble.
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Ok thanks all I think I was overdoing the lob shot this past two weeks. Putting chipping and certain pitch that don't utilize the bounce might be "safer" Sometime it unavoidable I had a side head stance ball below my feet about 30 yards away I had to use the bounce and lob it. If I take a PW instead of LW there is less chance for error in that particular lie
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Ok thanks all

I think I was overdoing the lob shot this past two weeks. Putting chipping and certain pitch that don't utilize the bounce might be "safer"

Sometime it unavoidable I had a side head stance ball below my feet about 30 yards away I had to use the bounce and lob it. If I take a PW instead of LW there is less chance for error in that particular lie

Using the bounce gives you the MOST room for error. I would first make sure your weight isn't falling back on the followthrough for these pitches. A common mistake is to try and "help" the ball up and the weight transfers back.

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Okay so this is a very common fault with wedges reason being the thin blades of the wedge which doesn't leave any room for error and doesn't offer much forgiveness.only a smooth swing wil get you a perfect shot with your wedge .let me share some of my thoughts to hit the wedges smoothly .firstly I grip loose and feel tension free .secondly I feel as if I'm standing right next to a wall and I should not move from it through out my swing .thirdly don't try to look at the ball in the air just concentrate on completing your swing .hope this helps
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