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Golf Wedges Advice, News and Buyers Guide
If your wedge play is good your scores should improve. Modern drivers hit the ball a long way and this could give you more chances to use your weges. It used to be quite simple choosing a wedge as all that was available was a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. The choice in modern golf is much greater and you could choose up to 40 different options from just one style of wedge.
Most sets are now sold from a 5 to PW and you have to find some additional wedges to fill the gaps that now appear in your set. The modern pitching wedge can have as little as 43 degrees of loft and this really means you have to purchase at least two more wedges.
You can choose from a multitude of different loft angles and you also need to consider the bounce angle and you may find that you are comfortable with the standard sand iron that comes with a set but you need to make sure that the gap between your pitching wedge and sand wedge is not too big.
To learn more about choosing the correct wedge visit our golf wedges buying guide.
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Determine Your Wedge Composition
SELECTING THE PROPER COMBINATION OF GAP, SAND AND LOB WEDGES WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE FOLLOWING:
- The proper yardage gaps between clubs
- The benefit of being able to hit more full shots into greens
- A playable trajectory and the proper spin to stop the ball without excess roll or backspin
Determine Your Set
- Establish your preferred wedge for sand shots around the green. Typically a SW or LW with 56° - 60° of loft works best.
- Calculate or estimate your full shot distance from the turf with your preferred sand club. Compare this to the distance you hit a full shot with your PW. Subtract to find the yardage gap between your PW and your preferred sand club.
- If your yardage gap in Step 2 is more than 30 yards, add a wedge between your PW and preferred sand club. If the gap is more than 50 yards, you may need to add two wedges.
- After determining how many wedges you need between your PW and preferred sand club, consider adding an even higher lofted wedge with 60° - 64° of loft for shots from deep bunkers or grass, and for soft landing full shots to tight pins.