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What is a Texas Wedge on the Golf Course?

What is a Texas Wedge on the Golf Course?

Today is August 25th, 2018 and we present What is a Texas Wedge on the Golf Course? Short Game Saturday #102.  A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

What is a Texas Wedge on the Golf Course?

The Texas Wedge is a putt from off the green where the grass is not too long.  You can use your putter instead of trying to chip.

Where does the term come from?

Texas, of course! It’s believed that the term was popularized by that greatest of all Texas golfers, Ben Hogan.  But why Texas? Back in Hogan’s day and earlier, many Texas golf courses, especially those outside the biggest cities,  were noted for very dry, hard conditions. Fairway grass could be thin and very tightly mowed.  Fairways hard, little to no rough and winds high.  Many Texas courses had push-up greens. Chipping or pitching from 20, 30, 50 feet off the green, from very tight lies to small, domed greens, and in plenty of wind, was a challenge.  Even for very good golfers.  So golfers in that circumstance developed an alternative: They pulled out the putter and rapped the ball up to the green on the ground. The Texas wedge.

The Technique: 

My formula for using the Texas Wedge is to take the distance from the ball to the edge of the green and add that to the distance of the putt.  So if my ball is 12 feet off the green, I would add twelve feet onto the putt.  Particularly on Bermuda fairways in the South, this works very well. Each time you have a situation that demands a putter, pace off the distance from your ball to the edge of the green.  Then pace off the same number of steps past the hole.  Look for a mark or blemish on the green to look at while you have your practice swings.  Then go ahead and hit your putt.  Your distance control should be a whole lot better!

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