I have discussed effectively using my wedges in may posts. However, I am in a bit of a quandary lately, all the wedges are working just great. I have 4 options in my bag every time I chip from within 25 yards of the green. I realize that the situation, location around the green, pin location and hazards will play in my decision. However, if I have a straight shot to the green with no sand traps or hazards in the way, I can choose any of my wedges to execute a successful shot.
With so many choices, I sometimes find that I have too many choices. I can spin, bump and run, flop, chip, pitch, and close my eyes and the ball ends up within 4 feet of the pin! It is an amazing time to play golf and I am excited to hit the links day after day.
This is actually not as uncommon as you may think. There are many times when everything works and your confidence grows exponentially. It is an opportunity to lower you handicap and seek personal best goals!
Unfortunately, many of these fantastic moments are hindered by couple of things: ego, habit, and fear! Players have a tendency not to get out of their own way! They stop themselves from being successful by playing it safe all the time. “I always hit my 7-iron from 150 yards” regardless of the situation! This, of course, is folly to an experienced golfer.
How does a player convince themselves to take that chance and break the current rut of playing it safe all the time? How does a player stopping using their favorite wedge and delve into the world of options that 4 wedges present?
Years back, I was letting ego, habit, and fear slow my progression towards being a single digit handicapper. It was all very frustrating until one day I was forced to leave my favorite wedge (which was a pitching wedge) in my bag. I used my sand wedge and chipped the ball to within 6 inches. I was shocked because despite of all my negative thoughts, that I was successful. It was that ‘ah ha’ moment that changed my approach to golf. I decided that is was time to take control and actually focus improving my short game by learning how to use all of my wedges.
The interesting point about my change is that it has not stopped. Every time I reach an improved level of success, I want to go to the next level. Now I am relentless at trying to improve my game; all I needed to do was get out of my own way to be successful!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!