WHO: David Toms
WHAT: A holed-out 83-yard wedge for an eagle
WHERE: 635-yard par-5 11th hole at Colonial
WHEN: Final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
All that Toms was doing with his wedge was controlling the trajectory. He flighted that wedge with a little knockdown which landed past the hole, took a couple of hops and spun back into the cup for an eagle. That 3 moved Toms into the lead for the first time in the final round, and he never looked back.
THE DRILL: When hitting a wedge, there are three things to consider: where you grip the club, ball position and the stance.
GRIP: You control distance by choking down on the grip. The lower you hold the club, the shorter the swing and thus the shorter the ball will fly.
BALL POSITION: A forward (toward the lead foot) position causes a higher and softer (less spin) trajectory. Moving the ball back causes a lower trajectory and more spin.
STANCE: By narrowing and opening the stance, your ability to take a full backswing becomes limited, and a shorter backswing causes a shorter shot.
Finally, be sure to put a little extra weight onto the left (lead) side of your body at address to encourage a descending blow.
On the practice tee, experiment with different combinations of the grip, ball position and stance. See how you can vary the ball flight and distance with these different combinations. Learn what you can do on the range, and take those shots to the course.
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Mike Adams is the director of instruction at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J.