Know Your Golf Wedges?

So, you’re an avid golfer, hitting the tees two or three times a week. You know the difference between woods and irons, between tees and loft, but have you ever really thought about golf wedges? What they are, how they are designed? If not, here’s a brief guide to everything that you ever wanted to know about golf wedges.

A wedge is technically an iron, and they are generally broken down into several different categories, such as the gap wedge, lob wedge or sand wedge. These are generally intended to aid in accuracy when making short shots.

It is also important to note that although the pitching wedge is technically an iron, it is usually not considered as important as the gap, lob, or sand wedges. However, the pitching wedge is often the tool of the novice golfer, as it allows the beginner to master his or her ability to make short, accurate shots. Likewise, the other irons in the wedge category are favoured by more experienced players. Regardless of whether you are a novice or advanced golfer, you should familiarise yourself with each of these specialised clubs, so that you can improve your game by choosing the best club for each shot. Compared to other clubs, wedges have very short shafts and have a higher loft than other types of golf clubs. Sand wedges - as their name implies - are designed to hit a golf ball out of a sand trap. It has a loft of approximately 54 to 56 degrees, which allows the club to effectively grab the ball from the sand. It is also the heaviest of the clubs, again to aid with stroking the ball from the sand.

The gap wedge, on the other hand, is designed to hit the ball with a higher trajectory than, say, a pitching wedge. A newcomer to the golf club scene, the gap wedge was an advancement of the sand iron. Designers simply de-lofted the wedge, an innovation which would allow golfers to hit the ball further and with more accuracy than with a sand wedge.

Finally, the lob wedge is another great innovation of the sand wedge. It is a high-lofted club, angled at around 65 degrees and was created to allow golfers to easily manipulate the ball on the green, or to accurately stroke the ball from the rough or from a sand bunker.

Golfers usually take their wedge irons for granted. They are often sold in sets of three, with the average golfer rarely giving each club a second thought. But understanding the design behind the club will not only make you more knowledgeable, but will also help you improve your game, as you will be better equipped to deal with the challenges that arise whilst playing.

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