Jason Day outlasted Victor Dubuisson on Sunday in an epic playoff that required five extra holes to determine the winner of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Hole after hole, shot after shot, Dubuisson matched Day every step of the way until Day got up and down for birdie to seal the victory on the 23rd hole.
Day’s wedge shot on what turned out to be the final hole, the drivable par-4 15th, landed less than 10 feet from the pin, checked up, and settled within 5 feet of the hole, leaving him a putt for the championship that he was able to convert.
Many players ask me how to hit a short wedge shot that spins. Below are some things you need to know about your wedges and how you can go about creating more spin.
• Clean your clubface. It amazes me how dirty most golfers leave their clubfaces. Spin is created by friction between the ball and the clubface. The grass and dirt that gets caked on your clubface will reduce spin. It is equally important to keep your grooves clean. Grooves function like treads on a tire, channeling away the debris to increase friction. Clogged grooves are like speeding down wet roads with bald tires.
• Keep your divots small. Not only will your course superintendent appreciate this, but you will also increase your chances to add spin. Solid contact is needed to get the most spin from your wedges, but when you make a big divot you have to be perfect in how the club contacts the ball. If you’re a “digger” with your wedges, practice hitting wedge shots with the ball teed up slightly less than you would with a driver to force you into digging less at impact.
• Replace wedges more often than you think. I tell my competitive students that if they practice their short game correctly, they will need new wedges once a year. Some Tour players are replacing their wedges more often than that. Over time the grooves will wear down, therefore reducing your ability to create friction and spin.
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