Wedges - The Complete Guide
If you’re looking for wedges you’ve come to the right place, Forbes Golf Store can help you find the right club to improve your game. There are four main classes of wedge, and each has its own strengths and abilities. I’ve detailed these below but firstly let me explain a little more about wedges.
The different types of golf wedges that exist might look very similar in their features and technology, but they are not. Understanding the different types and specifications of a golf wedge is vital to get the most out of your game.
The four main classes of wedge are the Pitching Wedge, Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge and Lob Wedge.
The key to choosing the best golf wedge for beginners is to ensure that there is no large gap between the loft of each club.
Abbreviated as PW, the modern pitching wedge hits the ball the farthest of the different types of wedge. The pitching wedge has a lower loft angle between 46 to 48 degrees. The low loft of the pitching wedge makes the ball fly a bit lower in the air and roll farther when it lands on the green. In other words, Golfers use this wedge to hit a long-distance shot. A pitching wedge is considered indispensable and it is meant to be carried around always. The Pitching wedge is generally used from the fairway or the rough to approach the green from distances of approximately 100-120 yards. As with other types of wedge club this can also be used effectively to chip up onto the green from shorter distances and allow the ball to roll after landing in a chip and run style shot.
This is the best golf wedge to use when trying to bring your ball closer to the flag for high performance and reliability. This club was created to bridge the loft gap between pitching wedge and sand wedge, which can have up to 10 degrees in difference. These gap wedge clubs are generally 50-52 degrees and allow skilled players to be able to effectively find the right club to get as close to the flag from between 100-80 yards. The popularity of this club is the way that it has bridged the gap between the pitching wedge and the sand wedge. It has been designed to be able to be used in the sand but also being well designed enough to easily hit from the fairway.
The sand wedge, as the name might suggest, is designed to be used in bunkers. The sand wedge is used to easily exit bunkers. It is the widest of all the golf wedges. It offers the best club shape to allow the head to pass through the sand smoothly and avoid digging. The sand wedge can also be especially useful in hard, moist, soft long grass, and is also used effectively on loose ground or wood chips. It has a higher club loft, averaging 56 degrees and has a high bounce angle meaning this is perfect for bunker shots, but not great from a flat bare lie.
The lob wedge was made famous by ‘Flop Master’ Phil Mickelson. The lob wedge lifts the ball with a loft of 60 degrees. These tactical shots are great when you must land the ball on an elevated green with risks on all sides, and you just need to land it softly with little or no roll. This club is ideal in situations where you have a limited landing area. Mickelson performs an amazing trick shot by placing someone a few yards in front of him, before hitting a full lob wedge flop shot and making the ball loop straight up in the air and over the top of the person's head before safely landing behind them on the ground. Shot making at its best.
This club became popular in the early 1980’s by Tom Kite it was in response to more difficult green designs which made landing the ball on the green more difficult. These clubs can also be hit from approximately 70-80 yards distance but are far more effective in and around the green.
There are clubs which have been produced which have even more loft than the lob wedge, some named the ‘ultra-lob wedge’, or the ‘flop wedge’, these marketing stunts have loft in the region of 70 degrees. There seems to be little use for these when you can effectively open the lob wedge if necessary and many have dismissed these are gimmicks.
At Forbes Golf Store they have a great selection of wedges, so if you’re looking to make your game take off to the next level why not take some time to check out their products.
About the Author:
Craig Barnard is a golf enthusiast and author. Having played golf for over 30 years he has always been passionate about the game. Today Craig offers golf advice and golf tips to beginner golfers through his popular website, and social media.
Craig spent many years working at Woburn Golf Club in his younger years. Seeing how the team of PGA professionals helped so many golfers improve and get so much enjoyment from the game from golf instruction, he was inspired to see how he could do the same. www.fungolf.co.uk came from, a desire to help golfers have fun and improve their game.