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A simple drill with a garden rake can improve golfers' touch with the wedge.
A simple drill with a garden rake can improve golfers' touch with the wedge. (PGA of America)

Use a garden rake to improve your wedge play around the greens

Karl FischerBy Karl Fischer,

One golfer from the Chilliwack area of British Columbia, Canada, had a great golf tip of his own. Bob Stewart said he has used it for years, and it works.

We at the academy have tested its application. We think it has merit, and, so, here it is:

It's for the short game -- from the long-cut fringe to the pin: the pitch and run.

This is where we so often see the thin hits (skulling), the fat hits and even the dreaded "chili dip." Hit it too soft, too hard. You know the routine!

Take a garden rake and rake some thick grass. Remember the feel! The hands are slightly forward pressed from sternum (center chest) and the left hand (target hand) leads the rake through the grass. There is very little wrist action in either hand. Your weight is more on the front or target foot (left side) than on the brace side.

Using your 8-iron, make this specific swinging motion through the ball along the target line to the pin. Do it gently over a short distance. Don't force it, swing the clubhead.

Karl Fischer has spent some 35-plus plus years teaching golf nationally and internationally earning the title of "IGAD-Doctorate," "CIMTP-Certified International Master Teaching Professional," "CMCB-Certified Master Club-Builder" and "CGC-Certified Golf Clinician." He has written six golf books, thousands of editorials, tips, "Bullet-Proof Drills" and much more. He can be reached at KF@555golf.com or by phone at (817) 673-8888.

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