Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Texas Wedge Putt

The Texas Wedge is just another name for the putter. Except that it is only called a Texas Wedge when putting off the green. Mastering the Texas Wedge putt can be a great way to enhance your short game.

For example, you may be surprised how far you can putt a golf ball. In very dry conditions you can certainly putt over 25 yards and potentially up to the 50 yard mark. Given this, when your ball has landed on the fairway a little short of the green you should consider putting onto the green as an alternative to chipping. Even if you have landed on slightly longer grass around the green, if you are close to the green then you can Texas putt your ball onto the green, and even close to the flag.

When on the golf course, it’s best to pull out the Texas Wedge when the grass is very dry. As is the case on the greens, the dryer the course the further the ball will role and the further you will putt. If the course is wet then the Texas Wedge can be less effective, and under-hit putts can leave you some distance from the hole and may not even make the green. As such, if the course is very wet then chipping may be a better option.

My tip would be to try longer putting on practice putting greens. If possible try putting from distances further than 25 yards towards the flags. In addition to this, if it’s also possible to putt out of slightly longer grass around the green then you should try it. Aim to get these longer distance putts within five or six feet of the flag, while with a shorter lag putts you may aim for more like 3 ft – approximately the length of your putter.

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