No doubt about it: Great wedge players are feel players, tapping their innate sense of touch to finesse short shots close to the pin. Heighten your feel sensors with my “fingers-off” drill (right). You’ll go from stone hands to a Midas touch in just 30 seconds.
DANGLE YOUR DIGITS
Get into your normal chipping stance, then slide your hands up the grip until your left pinkie and ring finger are completely off the handle (photo below).
GET A FEEL FOR THE CLUBHEAD
Slowly lift your wedge off the ground; feel the heaviness of the clubhead in your hands. Return the club to its address position and swing.
LET GRAVITY BE YOUR GUIDE
Maintain your feel for the heaviness of the club during your entire motion. It should be easy, since you have fewer fingers on the handle. Keep your left arm “soft” and let gravity bring the club through impact. You’ll produce a tension-free release and great rhythm—the keys to finesse and Tour-like touch.
Make your final practice swing while looking at the target. Feel the heaviness of the club as you hold your finish. Visualize a great shot, then go hit it.