March 29th, 2012 by Tyler Pringle
The fastest way to improve your scores is to improve your short game. Being able to pitch, chip, and flop the ball close to the hole and convert putts will save you more strokes per round than the latest carbon-fiber-poly-alloy-insert-forged (blah, blah, blah) driver technology out there.
However, most amateurs struggle around the greens, particularly with their wedges. This is likely due to a lack of confidence and technique with the short, delicate touch shots required from a variety of lies. Amateurs pros hit so many different types of shots around the green and become overwhelmed by the complexity of variations for a particular shot- lies, stance, grip, face angle, ball placement, elevation, wind, club selection, trajectory, etc. The list of factors dictating the proper shot around the green can be simply daunting. It causes many amateurs to not even know where to start.
The most simple shot around the green is often the most overlooked, which is surprising because it’s done with most used club in your bag- the putter. We’re talking about the Texas Wedge. The Texas Wedge isn’t a wedge shot at all, but rather rolling a putt from well off the green.
This term was long ago on old golf courses in Texas. Courses in the Lone Star State were known for their dry, hard fairways. Hitting wedges from these hard, tight lies can be a challenge and can often result in blading the ball over the green. In order to adapt to these conditions and increase the margin of error, golfers started pulling their flatstick out from well beyond the green. This is also a common shot in links golf, and it is very popular for European players and used frequently the British Open.
Check out this quick video courtesy of CJ Goecks as he demonstrates the technique to using this simple and effective shot.