Owning my wedge distances

Many years ago i read the two books below.

Dave Pelz Short game bible
Dave Pelz Putting bible

Specially the short game bible made a lasting impression on me. One of the main subjects in that book is the concept of 3 x 4 wedge distances. If you have 4 wedges you should practice and own three different swings with each of them. That gives you a total of 12 distances with your wedges between 30 and 100 yards.

The three swings are referred to as 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 swings. Imagine that your left arm is the hour hand on an analog clock. So the 7:30 swing is when you take back your left arm to a 7:30 position and so forth.

I have now decided to take up this again. Tomorrow i will use a few hours at nailing these distances, so i feel more comfortable within 100 yards.

I have a Match game at 14:00 tomorrow and i think i need to be more exact within 100 yards (90 meters) to be able to make more birdies. I will let you know how it went of course.

From the book Dave Pelz Short Game Bible


Game fitting part II

Here is how the game fitting session went.

The setup at the Barsebäck golf academy is really impressive. They have a really nice studio where they can open up and hit balls out on the range. Very professional i must say.

I warmed up by hitting a few 7 irons, before we got started going through all the clubs. Below is a chart with all my distances from Driver to 58 degree wedge.

It was quite windy today, but trackman have a setting for neutralising the wind conditions which was used.

Club Average carry (m) Average Total (m)
Driver 165 179,5
3-wood 159 173,3
4-hybrid 151,2 166,3
4-iron 148,6 169,7
5-iron 148,5 167,5
6-iron 134,8 147,4
7-iron 136,5 145,5
8.iron 123,6 132,3
9-iron 118,7 126,1
Pitching wedge 101,4 106,6
50 degree wedge 83 86,3
54 degree wedge 73,7 76,6
58 degree wedge 60,7 65,5

This is interesting. Some of my clubs seem to go more or less the same distance. I discussed this with Kricken and he thought that some of the longer irons weren’t hit that well. As an example the 6-iron would have gone longer if i had hit it as well as the 7-iron. Same with the 4-iron. The swings with these clubs was swung without as much body rotation thus creating the shorter distance. This is something i have to keep working on. I can probably create an adjusted chart with my target distances, where i adjust the length of those clubs accordingly.

He also gave me 4 keys to work on in my swing.

  • Pre-shot routine.
    Every shot should count, even on the range. Meaning i must always use the same routine for every shot, even on the range. Otherwise i risk to start hitting shots that is merely compensations of the previous swing.
  • Body rotation
    The body must be the driving force in my swing. Start the swing with moving the hips
  • Balance
    I have a tendency to put the weight forward on the foot. Try to feel that you are in balance and have the pressure on the entire foot.
  • Footwork
    This one is very much connected to the balance. The feet tends to twist too much in the follow through, because i am not in balance.

Christian “Kricken” Härdin was a very nice guy and i enjoyed the experience a lot. He also promised to send me a detailed report of all my swings and that is going to be very interesting reading. Especially the dispersion on the clubs where i don’t get the expected distance. I would expect the dispersion to be greater on those clubs

I played a round of golf in the afternoon where i scored 84 and hit 71% of the fairways and 44% of the greens in Malmö Burlöv GK. 34 putts.

Keep working on your golf swing!

The towel drill

Hi fellow golfers!

I saw a video on the youtube channel “me and my golf” describing the towel drill. The idea is to practice your impact. You put down a towel 3 balls behind your ball and then you hit, without touching the towel.

I tried it out on the range yesterday, and i hit som awesome shots with my irons. I hit the towel a few times in the beginning, but i quickly learned how not to destroy the towel. I really felt a much better impact where i hit the ball first and not the ground before the ball.

Towel drill

I took it to the course afterwards where i played nine holes. I hit great approach shots where i took nice divots after the ball.

Swing hard and hit the ball first!

Game fitting

Hi fellow golfers!

I booked a Game Fitting session with Christian “Kricken” Härdin of Barsebäck Golf and Country club. I am going Friday this week. I got a gift card from my colleagues at work when i turned fifty, and i will use it for this.

It is a one hour session with the following parts.

  • Swing analysis
  • Measure how far i hit all the clubs, using trackman.
  • Set makeup + gap fitting.
  • Fast Equipment check

I am really looking forward to this, and i will report back how it went.


Putting routine

Hi fellow golfers

One of the areas where i need to work is definitely my putting. So i found a video by Martin Chuck describing how to increase rhythm in your putting and also suggested a putting routine. Well i tried it yesterday on Ljunghusen Golf Club and i found it very helpful.

I had 32 putts, which is slightly better than average for me. What is even more important i had no 3-putts, which is very important!

So whats the deal?

The basic idea is to count One-Two-Tree-Four.

  • One: When you start the back swing.
  • Two: When you hit the ball.
  • Tree: When the put is on its way to the hole.
  • Four: When you allow yourself to look at the result of your putt.

You do this in a rythm which suits you. Martin suggested around 90bpm

You can also take a few practice strokes where you only do the One-Two part to get a feeling for the length of the swing, that you think will fit the put at hand.

When you are ready to put, you say the word “ready” before you start the One-Two-Tree-Four part. The ready word is a signal to your subconcious, that you are 100% committed to the putt.

I will try the 50-ball putting method using this routine later, to see if this can improve the results.

By the way. Ljunghusen GK was an absolutely magical place to spend a sunday.

Swing easy!

50 balls exercise – Putting

I found another exercise on golf.se, that i want to try out. This one is to test your ability to hole shorter putts between 1-5 meters.

It is a Par-72 strokes game, where you vary distance on every shot. 10 series on each distance between 1 and 5 meters,

source: golf.se

I will try this exercise the next time i am on the putting green. Will be interesting to see where i am.

According to golf.se a scratch player should come in at 76.8 and a handicap 5 player at 79.1.

Today i tried it out on the putting green. Here is my score

Series/Distance 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score Par Score to par
1m 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 2 15 11 4
2m 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 16 13 3
3m 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 17 15 2
4m 3 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 19 16 3
5m 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 19 17 2
totals 9 9 7 9 8 6 9 10 9 10 86 72 14

I scored 86 (+14) and surprisingly the 1m putts was my worst score.

My score was not anyway near what i expected. I will try it next time with my ping putter, and maybe i can finally decide which putter to use.

I need to work on my putting routine, and then measure again.

Here is my score from today using my ping putter.

Series/Distance 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score Par Score to par
1m 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 2 14 11 3
2m 1 2 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 16 13 3
3m 2 1 2 1 2 3 2 2 2 2 19 15 4
4m 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 19 16 3
5m 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 19 17 2
totals 8 9 9 9 9 10 7 8 8 10 87 72 15

A score of 87. Too little difference to decide. I need to work more on my putting game, and then redo the tests. I shot a video of this second attempt, which i might share later.

8-ball short game training method

8-Ball method to measure short game.

    • 2 Chip shots (10 and 30m)
    • 2 Pitch shots (20 and 40m)
    • 2 Lob shots (15 and 25m)
    • 2 Bunker shots (10 and 20m)

Points earned:
In hole            4 points
Within 1m    3 points
Within 2m   2 points
Within 3m   1 point

Source: golf.se

I have tried this one twice and i scored 11 points the first time and 9 points the second time. Next time i will try 5 series as suggested by the above sheet.

My future golf game

The Plan

My plan for  my golf game is to reach scratch handicap within the next 3 years. Does it sound ambitious? It is!

6.5/3 = 2.17 handicap points per year In average.

How will i reach this ambitious goal then?

Focus areas

The plan consists of the following focus areas which represents areas where i need to  improve my “game”.

  • Physical form
    • Physical Training
    • Healthy Diet
  • Mental game
    • Confidence
    • Positive attitude
    • Mushin state
  • Full swing game (outside 100 meters)
    • Technical issues in my full swing
      • Rise in back swing
      • Missing upward follow though
    • Directional control
    • Length control
  • Short game (within 100 meters)
    • 3 x 4 Swings with my wedges (Dave Pelz inspired)
    • Length control
    • Putting
      • Directional control
      • Feel
      • Length control

The starting point

I was thinking about this journey to scratch handicap. I started playing golf back in 2004, and I immediately immersed myself in the game.

At the time i lived in Motala in Östergötland, Sweden. The golf club where i went through the beginners course in the game of golf, was Vadstena GK in Vadstena which is just a few kilometers south of Motala.

After 2 years or so i was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and that caused me to give up golf for the next 5 years or so.

I moved to the south part of Sweden in the beginning of 2006. In 2011 i picked up the game once again.

Below you can see my handicap history, since 2004. I don’t know why it seems to start at 25, but that might be system related, since i grabbed the info from golf.se

Today I live in Lund and my home course is Malmö Burlöv GK which is a very nice 27 hole golf club just outside Malmö.

Swing easy!

My Golf Evolution

Welcome to this site!

Here I am going to share my experiences from my journey to become a scratch golfer.

I am a 50 year old 6.5 handicap golfer. I have played golf for around 10 years in total. You can follow my progress here and on my youtube channel here.

I play a considerable amount of golf, mainly on my home course in Malmö Burlöv GK in Malmö Sweden.

I have also done a fair amount of travelling to Spain, Portugal and Turkey to play golf.

I will update this site as often as i can. See you back here later 🙂

John Petersen