We often get asked, especially by those looking to have better short games, how they can learn to hit wedge shots with a lower trajectory that bounce once and check quickly. Before we start on that journey there are three questions:
How are your wedges? Do you have the right lofts and are your wedge grooves sharp? Not only do you lose 1,000 rpm of spin with worn grooves, you’ll launch the ball higher.
What ball do you play? If you’re serious about wanting one hop and check, then you need a premium golf ball that will spin much more than a 2-pce, and launch a little lower.
Do you clean your grooves and dry your wedge face before each shot? In tests conducted with a launch monitor a wet face lost up to 3,500 rpm and added a whopping 8° to the launch.
This research shows that ball control requires the right equipment, cared for, and prepared for the challenge with each shot. I guess that means rule one of ball control is make sure you have the right equipment.
If you want to sharpen your short game, then learn how to control ball flight and spin with your wedge. It’s a cool skill.