In this section I will share some of my tips, but not so much technical things, simply because I think that technique tips are very tricky; in order to really take them on you have to be very aware of your own tendencies, something that many average golfers don't know. They might know that they have problems with hitting the ball to the right or left, but not why. If you don’t know why you have a certain tendency, it is very hard to really make use of technical tips. Some tips can be good for one player, but make another player play worse. For that reason I will focus on sharing tips about how to practice; what has made practicing more fun and rewarding for me, and how I focus when I practice.
At the end of the season of 2010 I won the Dubai World Championship - my greatest individual win in my career so far. I did it mainly thanks to my wedge game. When it was needed the most, I hit three straight wedges within a meter of the pin and made birdie each time. There is no other shot in golf that is so important for your score as the wedge. If you want to improve your wedge game I suggest that you test some of these tips below.
Practice from different distances
Don’t hit two balls from the same distance, with the same club. Always change the distance or club between the shots. Practice as you play, I either hit a ball from one distance or then change the distance, or I change clubs from the same distance and then make another type of shot.
Check your lofts
I use four wedges and of course I know what kind of loft they have. I have 46, 55 and 60 degree loft on my wedges. What do you have on yours?
My different back swings
With four wedges and two different back swings, I have eight different start lengths that I can begin from. Here I can get different height and spin on the ball without changing the swing too much.
Hands in front of club head at impact
To get a pure hit on the ball I make sure I have the shaft leaning slightly forward at impact. Another way to describe is; to make sure I get pressure on the ball I focus on having the hands slightly in front of the club head at impact.
I will never forget an article in the magazine Swedish Golf that I read many years ago. I learned that the key to Tom Kites' success was that he was completely superior on tour when it came to hitting his wedges close to the pin. By being so good with the wedges he could save himself when he was in trouble on par 4s and he made a lot of birdies on the par 5s. He was so good with his short shots so he got a lot of tap-ins and put very little pressure on his putting. This spurred me to improve my wedges and short game.
When I played Titleist clubs I used to visit the Titleist Performance Institute once a year, to practice and test new equipment. In this video from 2010, me and my swing coach Mark Blackburn show a few drills and techniques that has helped me in the offseason. I also share some tips for juniors and my best hydration tip.