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Texas Wedge

It is great advice to practice shots you are going to play out on the course no matter how that may look.

And if you want to break out the old Texas Wedge, then a bit of practice is in order.

Anyone can whip that mallet out of the bag and give its shaft a much-needed flex test. But excellence in execution comes with practice.

Now whether you should do that practice at the driving range is open to debate, but who are we to question this icon?

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What is a Texas Wedge?

“Texas wedge” is a golf slang word for using the putter for any shot from off the green that the player chooses to hit.

As a general guideline, when you’re near the putting green, choose putting over chipping and chipping over pitching when those alternatives are available. Misses and poor shots tend to be more common while pitching than when chipping, and when chipping than when putting.

Keeping the ball on the ground with a shot from off the green reduces the risk involved.

These shots can be played from further out when greens are not guarded by rough or bunkering.

To play a Texas wedge shot, you need to be in the proper circumstances, which include having firm ground between you and the putting surface and being free of obstacles like rough, fluffy fairway grass. Before selecting a putter, you ought to want the turf to be tougher and more closely mown the further you are from the green.

You could want to attempt chipping, pitching, or even a lob shot if the grass is really lush and soft. Putting should be eliminated from your consideration if the green is surrounded by dense rough, a bunker, or another troublesome region.

Similarly, you’re usually better off chipping if putting from off the green necessitates putting through fringe that has a¬†grain developing in your direction. It is really challenging to judge the right pace in the situation.

Never overthink a wedge shot from Texas. If the circumstances allow you to try it, keep in mind that you are only making a long putt, so approach it as such. Read the speed and the break. Focus on making contact with the ball with the centre of the putter face after practicing a stroke that is the same length and speed as the one you’ll use to make the putt.