by Brad Schadewitz
How we can use technology to improve our wedge play
Using ground forces and launch monitors to help our wedge game.
In many cases there are subtle changes we can make in our set and and movement patterns that can payoff well in our consistency with wedge shots. Here, I’m exploring some data feedback to see how I can improve my lower flighted wedge shots.
Here I’m using Boditrack to measure ground forces to see how my pressure shifts during the shot.
I have 65% of my pressure onto my lead side at address. As I get to the top of my backswing the pressure shifts slightly to 56% into my lead side. At impact there is 72% into my lead side. And in the finish position 95% of the pressure moves to the lead side.
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with my pressure patterns from lead to trail foot. The concern for me is whether the pressure is too much on my lead toe at impact as I would rather have this going more into my lead heel.
Launch monitor data
Using the launch monitor data, one of the key areas I’m looking at is the Angle of Attack or AoA. 7.2 is not too bad, but the depth of my wedge is too deep and I have hit it a little high off the face. This means a deep divot which is not good. Most of the best wedge players can hit lower spinning shots with shallow divots.
The overall analysis is that I need to improve my lower body work in the impact area, and I need to stay taller in my knees thus clearing my left side better.
Using high-speed video
Over the years, watching the best wedge players on TV, guys like Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson, one of the things that stood out for me is that they use very little wrist hinge in their wedge game. This, I believe helped them to create a shallower angle of attack and not dig into the turf.
In analysing my swing videos, the area that stands out most is my impact position (image 3). My knees have too much flex and the weight is moving too much into my toes. I can also see this in my Boditrack data. The best wedge players are putting more weight into the lead heal.