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So, this is slightly off topic, but I've been working on something new for my 40-50 yd. shots.   I saw a little tip on the golf channel and it has been working like a charm at the range.  

Im hitting a sw, playing the ball in the middle of my stance and opening the face slightly, but swinging very flat and from the inside.  

When end you are doing it right, there is no divot at all, just the bounce of the club.  

I love this because it gets the ball up quickly, there is very little opportunity to chunk a shot, and, I feel like there is a ton of distance control.  

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Depends on the lie.  Off the tee, it's a topped driver.  From the fairway, it's a chunky 8-iron.  From a greenside bunker, it's a bladed sand wedge.

9i to SW... Two different types of swings from my PW. I see you have LSW.  From the idea in the book (and posts on this forum) I came up with this which I have taped on my push cart and have made

a fat 9 iron. 

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8 hours ago, lastings said:

So, this is slightly off topic, but I've been working on something new for my 40-50 yd. shots.   I saw a little tip on the golf channel and it has been working like a charm at the range.  

Im hitting a sw, playing the ball in the middle of my stance and opening the face slightly, but swinging very flat and from the inside.  

When end you are doing it right, there is no divot at all, just the bounce of the club.  

I love this because it gets the ball up quickly, there is very little opportunity to chunk a shot, and, I feel like there is a ton of distance control.  

Yep; the flop shot. Essentially you're turning your sand wedge into a 64* high-bounce lob wedge. It works well for me from thicker lies like sand and dense rough (obviously from sand I'm not getting nor wanting 40-50 yards); not so great for picking the ball off a dry fairway. For that I just have to trust my gap wedge with a 9 or 10 o-clock pitch swing; I'd add a low-bounce 60* to my bag if I could find a good one (and if I wasn't paying more attention to upgrading the two wedges I play now).

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78 yards is a soft 60˚.  I used to have a ton of trouble with these kind of tweener shots, between full swing and totally different pitch style shot (I can use that up to 50-60 yards with my 60˚).  But over the years I've gotten more comfortable with it and while I wouldn't say I'm a distance sniper in that range or anything, I'm pretty confident I can at least give myself a makable 2-putt spot from that distance.  At least more often than not :-P

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After a week of practicing this yardage I have come to the conclusion I prefer to avoid laying up to this yardage   Anything at the 60-90 yards is uncomfortable for me as it wrecks the rhythm of my full swing and not close enough to feel comfortable chipping or flopping from 

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18 minutes ago, dchoye said:

After a week of practicing this yardage I have come to the conclusion I prefer to avoid laying up to this yardage   Anything at the 60-90 yards is uncomfortable for me as it wrecks the rhythm of my full swing and not close enough to feel comfortable chipping or flopping from 

You're quite likely wrong about that… you probably still hit the ball closer from 65 yards than you do from 95 yards.

Maybe you're the exception, but given the number of people we've put to this test, you're probably not.

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30 minutes ago, dchoye said:

I rather lay up to 95-110 and make a full swing than end up at 78 yards 

Like I said I'm more confident of full swing than attempt a 3/4 and mishhit it. 

I could just copy and paste the same response.

Odds are you aren't one of the exceptions.

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9 hours ago, dchoye said:

I rather lay up to 95-110 and make a full swing than end up at 78 yards 

Like I said I'm more confident of full swing than attempt a 3/4 and mishhit it. 

Keep practicing the flighted swings. Soon it will feel very comfortable and your preference may change. I find a 3/4 swing makes better contact. Keep in mind that the downswing is still full speed. Only the backswing is shorter. 

I sometimes start my range sessions with 1/2 and 3/4 swings just to warm up. 

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hard to say without standing there on the course.  but its going to most likely be some kind of flighted partial swing wedge.  somewhere between pw and sw.  

  i can get a full lw there.  but not a fan of full swings with wedges

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