The Only Guaranteed Sand Wedge Shot in the World
If your chipping is awful and your probability of pulling off the intended shot is pretty low, then it is time to go to the bag for the super secret golden shot.
Scenario: You are 5 feet off the green and 25 feet to the pin. Choose a probability.
B: Duff it 3 feet, still short of the green
C: Scold it across the green
D: B then C
E: C then B
If you answered anything but A, then here is the shot for you.
Same Scenario, Same Sand Wedge
Instead of addressing the ball at rest on the ground behind the ball, float the blade (bottom edge of club) right in the equator of the ball. Now, bring it straight back (not back and up), and bring it through the equator of the ball. This is much like a putting stroke. The ball will roll onto the green and safely to the pin. If you are 10 feet off the green, you can still try it as long as there is short grass to the green. This is not to be attempted in the rough.
The Equator Shot is a better option for the average person, because you can control almost everything the ball does from the time the ball leaves the club. Even if you hit a normal chip cleanly, you still have to flight it correctly, land it correctly, and hope the ball checks or releases the right amount. With the equator shot, you know what it is going to do, you know you will not mishit it, and you know you will be putting on the next shot. It is possible to misjudge this shot, but mishitting the equator shot is not likely.
When I introduce this to my students, I have them hit 7-10 shots from around the green, showing me his/her technique. I take a photo of the dispersion around the pin, then ask them to do the same with the equator shot from the same spots, but now they only have 30 seconds to hit all 7 (under 5 seconds per shot). They cannot even see the ball roll out before stepping over to the next ball…rapid fire. I take a photo of the dispersion around the pin. The results amaze them.
Normal chipping, taking several practice strokes before taking the shot – 7 shots.
The Equator Shot. 30 seconds to hit all 7.