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Practice Like Jordan Spieth: Wedge Ways

Cameron McCormick, swing coach to PGA Pro Jordan Spieth, teaches games and drills that Jordan Spieth grew up playing to improve his swing and putting game.

Released on 6/6/2016

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Starring: Cameron McCormick

Transcript

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In a very close proximity such
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that we make these birdee opportunities
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rather than just power opportunities.
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That's terrible.
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[Man] That was pretty good.
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(upbeat music)
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2015 season so Jordan I really prioritize improvements
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that needs wedge performance.
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That led us to doing this exercise
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as wedge ways very frequently
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such that we do it from 30 40 50 60 70 and 80 yards,
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he'd have to hit all four trajectories landing them plus
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or minus two yards from his intended target
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and he could complete that in four
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at the most five shots per yardage.
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Let's see how I do.
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Let's start with a low one.
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Low trajectory I'm gonna move the ball back in my stance,
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my handle moves forward such that a reach impact
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with this loft looking down so the ball launches lower.
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I'm gonna really try and drive in there low,
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land it just short of the flag
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and have it hop and stop right close.
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Ball two is a medium trajectory.
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I'm gonna go from a back ball position
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to slightly further forward
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and as I move that ball slightly further forward,
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the shaft is gonna meet it impact a little bit more vertical
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and that ball's gonna bounce up in the air a little higher.
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High trajectory, I'm gonna widen my stance out a little bit.
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The ball moves even more forward in my stance,
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and then as I'm coming to impact, my club head is allowed
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to work underneath the handle such
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that the loft of the club is increased at impact
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and the ball bounces more vertical up in the air.
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Landed right at pin high.
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Now lastly, the super high shot
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that we can call the flop shot.
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It's gonna be even more aggressive.
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We're gonna move the ball further forward again,
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we're gonna open up the loft of the club face,
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widen our stance, and then during the swing,
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we're gonna let that club head work underneath the handle
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really aggressively so the loft of the club is sliding
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under the ball and bouncing that ball straight up
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into the sky. That's wedge ways for the recreational player.
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I'd like to see you hit four different trajectories
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while able to hold the screen.
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Then we'll try to dial in the difficulty
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just a little bit by expecting
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that you can land your ball in a really close proximity
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to one another.
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So that we turn these into scoring opportunities
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for perhaps birdees, rather than just trying
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to make pars.
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Let's see how you do on wedge ways.
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(upbeat music)
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