June 7, 2011
Kirk keeps it simple with his short game, hitting most of his chip shots with a 60-degree wedge. “I tend to use a lot of wrists,” Kirk said. “I hinge (my wrists) quickly, and then maintain the wrist angle through impact to trap the ball and create spin.” He changes his setup and backswing to control trajectory. Kirk places the ball in the middle of his stance for a standard chip shot. For a low shot, he aligns the ball off his right foot. He also sets his hands farther ahead of the ball at address, increases his wrist hinge and bows his left wrist more on the backswing to hit a low shot. “I really bow the left wrist to deloft the clubface,” Kirk said.