At the par-5 finishing hole during the 2011 Farmer’s Insurance Open, Phil Mickelson did something that made everyone’s jaw drop.
He had his caddie, Bones, tend the pin.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “What’s the big deal? He always tends the pin for Lefty with longer putts.”
But this wasn’t a long putt. In fact, this wasn’t a putt at ALL.
This was a 72-yard wedge, over water, to a hole tucked front left of the green. And Phil was so confident in his yardage, he had Bones tend the pin.
Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But when he pulled the trigger, Phil put that shot within a foot or two of the hole.
When asked later about it, this is how he responded:
“I wanted to give it 2 chances to go in. I’m trying to fly it in, and if it doesn’t fly in, it’s going to skip and I want to bring it back in. When I get a wedge shot of 72 yards, I can usually fly it to within a yard 95% of the time.”
But that’s Phil. His short game is one of the best ever, and that’s a HUGE reason why: he knows, without a doubt, his yardage with a wedge to within just a few feet.
So let me ask…do YOU?
Because if you’re struggling with your distances, here’s 3 quick tips to help you dial it in better.
* First of all, have all your lofts checked by a professional. Even a degree or two off can mean a big-time difference in how far you could be hitting.
* Then get on the range and hit 10 balls with each club to a specific yardage target, carefully monitoring how far each shot goes. Eliminate the shortest and the farthest shots, then add up the distances of the remaining balls and divide that number by 8 to get an average for every club.
* Finally, dial in your scoring clubs by marking off your distances from 8-iron to your highest lofted wedge and hitting 10 balls with each club to a target within those distances. After a few weeks, you should be able to get within 10 yards of each target pretty consistently.
This is how the pros like Phil do it. They hit thousands of balls to discover the perfect yardage for every club. And not with just a full swing either, but with half swings, knock downs, wind, muddy lies, sand, deep rough, hard pan, you name it.
And that’s a lot of work!
However, there’s an easier way to dial in your distances–without having to pound balls until your hands are bleeding and your back is screaming in pain.
It’s called the Swing Caddie, and you can find out more about this amazing new technology right here.