When would you ever intentionally blade a shot? We’ve all unintentionally bladed shots out of bunkers and from greenside rough when trying to execute something delicate. The ball rockets across the green, into all kinds of trouble and kills your score. But there’s a situation where an intentionally bladed shot could be an option you consider.
When your ball comes to rest against the rough collar of the green, it’s easy to snag your pitching wedge or putter on the longer rough grass on the way back or before impact causing all kinds inconsistent contact. An intentionally bladed wedge may be the answer. Top golf instructor Butch Harmon describes how. “You’re going to make a putting stroke using your sand wedge,” Harmon says. “With its heavy sole, the sand wedge slides through the rough without getting stuck. Take your normal putting grip and stance – remember, everything about this is a putt, not a chip.”
Only you’re going to intentionally blade it. Harmon says, “The trick is, you want to strike the middle of the ball with the leading edge of the club. Set up with the clubhead off the ground, and line up the leading edge with the ball’s equator. Then make your normal putting stroke, focusing on a level strike. The ball will skid forward and roll like a putt.”
Next time your ball comes to rest against the collar, resist the urge to try something fancy or tricky. You never practice these shots and run a real risk for disaster. Instead of getting snagged in the rough, consider using your regular putting stroke and intentionally blading your sand wedge. You may find it’s a better way to get the ball close to the hole.