In a world of advanced golf club design and choice, picking the right golf wedges to use in your set can be confusing. Just knowing what wedge does what and where can be the difference in lower scores. Have a look at your wedges in your bag, do you carry one wedge, two wedges or three. Are you using all three or just resort to the one such as the sand iron?
There are so many different types of golf wedges to choose from when talking loft and lie angles. Sand iron loft 55 – 56 degrees, gap wedge 49 – 52 degrees and lob wedge 58 – 64 degrees. So let's look at where we would use these in a game situation
The sand iron – keep in mind that a wedge is not designed to be hit a long distance hence the high lofts. Hitting shots from 90 yards from the pin, can be used up close to the green, for delicate shots over mounds and bunkers.
The gap wedge – For shots 120 yards from the pin, hitting out of thicker green-side grass, off the fringe to a pin that is deep onto the green or general chipping.
The lob wedge – from 60 yards away from the pin, this club will fly higher than any other club in your bag and will carry the most loft in the set. Ideal for pitching over bunkers to a tight pin position, playing the flop shot (lob shot) hitting it higher in a shorter distance. How to play the lob shot will be discussed in another post. The main benefit in having a 60-degree lob wedge in the bag is for its use in a bunker, with its wider sole with more bounce makes it the ideal choice.
Really it all boils down to personal selection of how many wedges you carry if your chipping is tight and prefer just to use a sand iron that's fine, it allows room to take another hybrid or metal wood.
Taking another wedge or two adds more choices to your game. Not all golf courses have the same grasses, which can cause issues if you cannot play off hard or soft surfaces around the greens.
Wedges also have different bounce angles – see below guide for bounce angles
Low Bounce Wedges – these are ideal for shots from tight lies and hard grass conditions. The mixture of less bounce and a narrower sole width lowers the edge of the blade to engage clean contact. Perfect for golfers that like to be creative around the greens/bunkers and product a shallow angle of attack. Soul width is usually less with a bounce angle between 0-10 degrees.
Standard bounce wedges – Standard Bounce can be the best option wedge for play-ability in all various conditions for most types of players. A creative golfer around the greens, this is the wedge for them. Soul width is standard with a bounce angle of 10 – 16 degrees.
Higher bounce wedges – This type of wedge is ideal for soft grasses or bunkers as it prevents the leading edge from digging in which causes heavy shots. Soul width naturally more, bounces Angle 16 – 18 degrees.
Choosing the right wedge to use does not have to be hard, next time you are playing a golf round with your buddies ask if you can try one of their wedges or try one of the many demos from the golf shop. Chipping is like putting it's all about how you feel with the club in your hands and how it suits your style of play. Most golf club brands have a variety of golf wedges to choose from.
You can mix and match, if your current set is Cleveland and you don't like the golf wedges in the bag try another brand. The top 10 PGA tour pros tend to carry 3 to 4 high lofted clubs in their bag.
On tour, the difference to winning could be chipping the ball close on the last hole to win the tournament. You don't have to follow what the Tour Pro's are doing, as mentioned before it all comes down to personal preference and getting the job done.