Stacy Lewis - Downswing: Wedge Drill

Stacy Lewis demonstrates a drill using a wedge that helps her with timing of arms and body.


[MUSIC PLAYING] Just hit a couple of those. That's nice.

And with the wedge, I think one of the keys for me with the wedge is there is less lower body in the wedge.


You know just because that club not really going that far on the backswing

And you don't need a lot turn to hit a wedge.

Exactly. And you're not driving. It's not a swing that you're going to drive on and hit it.

You really just want to clip it or just catch it at a certain trajectory

Right just having good contact is what I'm looking for in a wedge.

Now I see, as we talked about. You have four wedges. Do you try to lay up? Do you have a favorite?

No, I just--

Because you have four it tells me that you're pretty comfy. Like if I see someone with four wedges, usually means they're a really good wedge player and they're really precise.

I just like, I lay up to what the course is giving me. What's the widest area? What's the best place to be? Do I need to have a full shot or can I get it down there close? If I can get it closer, I'm going to do it all day.

So you look really nice and friendly. But you're a really aggressive player, aren't you?

Yeah I like playing. I like hitting drivers. I don't like hitting three woods off tees.

You're an animal on the course.

There you go.

I know you get intense and your husband's told me so. But you like to play aggressive.


And this helps you. The wedges. So for example, you're telling us, you want to get up there.

Yeah. And I like the wedges as more I like having variety, because I see shots. I see a high one, I see a low one. I see skipping something up there, or holding it up against the wind. Even with the wedge. I just see shots and that's what I feel like I can do.

Do with the wedges?

Yeah. And we hit more shots in that 60 to 110 than you do at 220. So I feel like I can make up more shots there.

And we're going to get to that because you've got some head covers here. Will you tell us, now that you've got this position so good and this arrived at the same time. Everyone is dying to know, me included, what gives you your downswing? What starts it all for you?

I mean, it's a kind of opposite the backswing. But it's really if I can just get those hands going first, and clear in the left hip.

You'll let that come a little bit.

Let the arms go a little bit first. And then clear that left hip.

Can you go to the top? I want to note something because a lot of people said Stacy's at 90 degrees almost here, probably 40 degrees here. So she just told us that she goes first with her shoulders, which makes sense. Because now she's 90 80, 70, 60, to about where they're almost even. And then the whole thing going. Is that true?

Yeah because I even do a drill sometimes where I'll hit kind of backswing practice to here. And fire through.

And then together?

Together. It's all timing of from here to there. Everything goes together.

Can we see your-- Can you show us one of your drills?

I'll try.

So you go to a pump. And what that does for you, it what, it times it all up?

Mhm. And see that one, if it's a little bit heavy, that means the body was going a little bit quick.

Too much.


Let's do one more.

So it gives you good feedback, and you're not going to hit it very far. But it tells you immediately kind of what's off.

We all like to have that seamless feel, right, as we come through the ball. There's a good one.

Like that. You can hear the difference of that's everything going together through the ball.

Wow that's incredible. Lot of people, you adhere to exactly the same thing I do. Or maybe I adhere to what you do. A lot of people don't realize, Stacey, that this is turned a long way. So it makes sense that it would go first, before they get together.

Because you want the most speed to be down here.


And so if the first move from the top is with that body, all your power is gone.

Gone. You've already let it out.

That's what I struggle with. And so that's why my key is to get those arms going first.

Get them down a little bit.


OK. That's fantastic. Let's hit one more there.

One more there?

So that's the nice sound. It's the big. And basically, so you're managing this one little spot there, then it's the whole thing.

Mhm. Yeah. Trying to just get all that to go together through the ball.