During yesterday’s round, I decided to make all chips with my 60 degree wedge. Recently, my wedge was crying due to lack of use, so it was time to blow off the dust and put this potentially amazing club to work. I committed to using my 60 degree for every chip under 20 yards. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about my decision, but I am happy with the results!
Each round I try to do something different to improve my game. Yesterday, it was time to use my 60 degree wedge to see if I still had the magic to get up and down more often than not. After the first two holes, I finally started to get into the routine of setting up properly. Additionally, I had to remind myself to hit the ball harder than normal to ensure the ball went far enough to either go in or be within 2 feet of the pin. I am happy to report that this happened 7 out of the nine times I chipped.
For those who do not regularly use a 60 degree wedge, there are three things to remember. First is to hit the ball twice as hard when you are chipping with a 7 iron for the same distance. Second, use the bounce of the club. It is important that the you use the bounce because it is critical to making great wedge shots. (all of my wedges are an eight degree bounce, for more details click here). Lastly, open the club face slightly. I have found that if I do not open my club face slightly, the leading edge of my wedge acts like a shovel. Opening my club face slightly also helps using the bounce of my wedge.
On a side note, I chipped in for birdie from 25 yards. This perfect shot helped me shoot a 77 (par 74) for 18 holes. It was a great scoring round and I was amazed that my 60 degree wedge worked as well as it did. It did remind me that I have to use all the clubs in my bag and not to shy away from the 14 clubs I carry.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!