Since the short irons and wedges are not your dominant swing, use the drills on this page to develop a better short-iron swing. Start with the drill designed for your dominant swing type, as it will best address your weaknesses.
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Unlike a driver swing, when hitting a short iron or wedge you will produce a better shot if the body weight is over the left foot and the hands are a bit ahead of the ball at impact. To learn this feeling, tie a rope to the tops of two shafts stuck in the ground about six feet in front of the ball and practice hitting wedge shots under the rope. If the body and hands are correctly positioned, the ball will go under the rope.
To become a great wedge player, you must incorporate plenty of upper-body rotation into the swing so that the arms and body move together during the swing and effectively take the hands out of the hitting action. Tuck a towel under your arms as shown and hit half-wedge shots. This will force you to make an aggressive body rotation to deliver the clubhead back to the ball.
Feel the proper plane by making half-wedge swings with a tee in the butt end of the grip. During the backswing, stop when the shaft is vertical and the left arm is horizontal, forming an "L." At this point, make sure the tee points along the extended target line. Swing through until the right arm is horizontal and the shaft is vertical. Make sure the tee is again pointing at the target line.