RoboTest: How doing this with your wedges leads to better distance and control

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Using a robot, we find out exactly how much distance and control is gained when you properly compress your wedges.

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Hitting wedges close and controlling distance is a key to scoring well on the golf course. Whether you’re trying to break par or break 90 — your wedges are the clubs that are going to save you shots when you get closer to the green.

To highlight the fact that golf is a game about controlling as many of the elements you can as possible, we had the Golf Laboratories’ swing robot go to work to demonstrate just how much launch can be changed simply by properly compressing the ball at impact.

We even recruited Top 100 Teacher Chris Mayson to offer a drill to promote solid contact to better compress you short irons and wedges.

The Test

We programmed the Golf Labs robot to hit a wedge at 0° angle of attack (AoA) to replicate an amateur golfer, and then at 6° to demonstrate the typical professional. Although spin was not a factor that changed, launch angle and the ability to control trajectory changed dramatically.

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Bottom line: If you want to have better distance control with your wedges in all conditions, learning to better deloft and compress the ball is going to lead to more control and hopefully lower scores. Check out the video in this article to learn more.

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Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.