As a golfer trying to play the best game you can, your golf wedges are some of the most important clubs in your arsenal.
These heavy irons help to get balls higher and send them further, making them invaluable in sand, grass or mud.
Join us today, as we take a closer look at types, sizes, and finishes, and how to pick the one that suits your play the best.
Depending on the type of golfing you prefer, and the situations you tend to find yourself in, you’ll need a combination of the following golf wedges:
The 44 to 49 degree angle on a pitching wedge makes it perfect for getting under the ball and sending it high up into the air. This is the right wedge to start familiarizing yourself first, as it’s also great for getting better distance on the ball.
This is a wedge designed to “fill the gap” between pitching and sand wedges.
With between a 50 and 54 degree loft, a gap wedge allows for normal swings from between 80 and 100 yards away from the pin. This means more control, without having to over or under-swing an inappropriate club.
These weighted clubs make brief contact with the ball before clearing it from sand or long grass.
While this helps prevent the environment from slowing it down, it also reduces spin on the ball, keeping it on track once it reaches the green. Expect lofts of between 54 and 58 degrees.
For the ultimate in lift, lob wedges use their 59 to 65 degree loft to send the ball high up, to avoid obstacles around the hole or green. This relatively new style of wedge works best for chips, flops, and bunker shots, more than full shots.
Loft and Gap
Loft, which we’ve mentioned already, refers to the angle of the club’s face, relative to the shaft.
It’s one of the most important factors in choosing any club, as it dictates how far the ball will travel, and at what trajectory. And the entire point of wedges is that they have higher lofts than other clubs.
Try to aim for as little as four degrees difference between wedges. Where one wedge measures in at 50, keep your others at around 54, 58, and 62.
The sole of a wedge is the rounded area at its base. Its bounce refers to the angle between the base and the ground. Less bounce means more chance of the wedge digging into the surface with each swing. More bounce, conversely, means less digging.
Opt for lower bounce when swinging in sand or long grass. Higher bounce works better in harder sand or off the fairway.
Grooves help the wedge make contact and move the ball.
The two types of grooves you’re likely to find include:
Machine finished, these grooves age naturally and mold slightly, in a way that adjusts to your striking tendencies.
Fantastic for creating optimal spin, lasered grooves help to create more friction across the face of the wedge.
Certain wedge faces come with specific etching, as mentioned above. Others are treated with special finishes to encourage natural rusting, over time.
Get the Right Golf Wedges for You
No two golfers are the same. It’s important to choose clubs that suit your playing style and unique needs.
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