Mike Malaska demonstrates how he approaches hitting shots inside 120 yards.
In this instance, Mike is playing off his lead leg or left side and has his right foot dropped back. Mike is standing on his lead leg and hitting the ball.
There is little force going from right to left in the swing. That movement is a speed producer, and he doesn’t necessarily want this when making wedge shots.
Mike is trying to control how fast the club goes and where it bottoms out, and he wants to be precise about the distance the ball goes.
Mike has the back of the ball positioned on the ground lining up in the middle of his body. If Mike stands on his left foot and the ball is in the middle, when he descends and hits the ball, the club will bottom out in front of the ball. Typically, when you make a normal swing, your club will tend to bottom out a little forward of the center.
This is how Mike addresses and hits the ball 120 yards out. Mike reiterates that he is not trying to use his right leg to create force. His right foot is on the ground, but it is there more for stability.
Stability and balance are critical here. Again, Mike is playing off his left foot/side so that when the club drops, it will bottom out in front of the ball.
You can also make practice swings to see where your club bottoms out from that setup. This allows you to make adjustments in your ball position.
The key is to find your ball position and be consistent.