The Golf Wedge – The Key To Success Around The Greens
WGS has some top rated golf wedges now available on its Online Superstore. With top rated golf wedges you can start saving strokes immediately. Most professional golfers believe the most important club in your bag is your wedges. To some amateur golfers, top rated golf wedges may be something of an afterthought. In truth, it should be the most thought about club in your bag. The right mix of lofts, sole grinds, and bounce angles can save you from some of your worst shots. Top rated golf wedges are a must-have if one wants to have a good short game. Wedges require plenty of practice to master the variety of shots one can hit with them. Just watch Phil Mickelson on the PGA Tour with his wedge play around the green!
What Is A Golf Wedge?
A golf wedge is a subset of the iron family of golf clubs designed for special use situations. As a class, wedges have the highest lofts, the shortest shafts, and the heaviest club heads of the irons. These features generally aid the player in making accurate short-distance “lob” shots, to get the ball onto the green or out of a hazard or other tricky spot. In addition, wedges are designed with modified soles that aid the player in moving the clubhead through soft lies, such as sand, mud, and thick grass. Also, they are used to extract a ball that is embedded or even buried. Wedges come in a variety of configurations. They are generally grouped into four categories – pitching, sand, gap, and lob.
Wedges are clubs used specifically for short approach shots, chipping, pitching and hitting from bunkers. Each wedge has a different loft, measured in degrees, which can vary depending on the manufacturer of a club. Understanding the degree of loft of each wedge can help golfers understand the club most appropriate for any situation on the golf course. So if you’re having trouble hitting your current wedge or need to upgrade to a better club, WGS has a large selection of premium golf wedges you can select from on its online store.
So depending on how far a golfer hits other clubs in their bag, they may prefer to use specific degree wedges that best close out any distance gaps between clubs. The most popular wedge set that golfers like to use is the 52, 56, and 60-degree clubs.
Types of Top Rated Golf Wedges
With a loft of about 45 to 48 degrees, the pitching wedge is used for the longest wedge shots. These are usually about 135 yards and closer for most male players. In addition, the pitching wedge’s loft is ideal for chip and pitch shots around the green. Here, the player has room to roll the ball to the hole.
A gap wedge has slightly more loft than a pitching wedge, but shots will travel farther than with a sand wedge or lob wedge. The club is a fairly new development made by club manufactures to bridge the distance difference between the pitching and sand wedge. The standard loft for a gap wedge can be anywhere between 50 and 54 degrees. The relatively strong loft of a gap wedge also makes it a standard choice for chipping and pitching near the green.
The standard loft for a sand wedge can range from 54 to 58 degrees. The sand wedge is more lofted than a pitching or gap wedge, so shots will not fly quite as far. Sand wedges feature a rounded base so that it can more easily slide through the sand on bunker shots. The more rounded base produces bounce, which also means the clubhead will bounce when used in the fairway. The clubhead on sand wedges makes getting the ball in the air more difficult and increases the likelihood of skulled shots.
Lob wedges are the most lofted wedge, with a measurement generally between 58 and 62 degrees. Some lob wedges have 64 degrees of loft for players who want to really stop their ball on the putting surface. The lob wedge is for short approach shots. Also, they come in handy when a player needs to stop the ball quickly on the green or approach a tough-to-reach pin placement. Because the club is more lofted, players can take a larger swing to pop the ball in the air. However, this can be a risk and increases the chances of a bladed shot.
As you can see, whichever wedge you use, can help you save shots on the course. Most good players have three wedges in their bag for the variety of shots need around the green. Wedges have overtaken drivers as the one club more golfers are saying can improve your score. The lob wedge is one club that can have an enormous impact on lowering your score.
Note: This is what a good set of golf wedges can do for your golf game: Consistently Escape Bunkers & Hit High, Soft Flop Shots Almost Automatically! Escape the Rough · Leave Yourself Makeable Putts · Eliminate Fat/Thin Shots · Game-Changing!
Golf Tip: I highly recommend carrying at least two wedges in your bag when playing your course. The pitching wedge and the sand wedge are must-haves in the bag for most golfers. Adding a lob wedge or gap wedge can be beneficial but keep in mind you can only carry 14 clubs in your bag so if you add a lob or gap wedge you’ll probably have to remove another club in your bag to be at the 14 club maximum.