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Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Texas Wedge

Chances are good you've heard of the Texas Wedge but aren't quite sure what makes it different from any other putt from off the green. Here's a couple of videos from Michael Breed and C.J Goecks explaining how to use it properly.

The Texas Wedge isn't particularly close to the green. This is a shot where the ball has to go through a lot of grass just to get there. And bear in mind that since the fairways are often hard and fast in Texas, those are the kind of conditions you're looking for when you make this shot. It's a shot that's common in links golf, and that's why Texans like Lee Trevino have often played very well in the Open Championship.

Very important: Don't try the Texas Wedge if the grass is growing into you! That will give you too much resistance. If the grass is into you, use a lofted club.

I like Goeck's suggestion to aim for a spot about 5 to 10 feet beyond the hole and just pretend it's a regular putt. That should give you an idea of how hard to hit the putt.

Make practice swings that mimic the distance you want the ball to travel. In this respect, it's no different from any other putt.

Be sure you hit this putt solidly in the center of the face of the putter. Since you're going through so much grass, it's imperative that you make good contact. If the ball is sitting down in the grass where you can't make good contact, use a different shot.

Personally I think using a hybrid in this situation is less risky. But under the right conditions the Texas Wedge just might save you a shot.

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