Have A Yardage Gap Within Your Wedges? Not For Long…
MINIMIZE YOUR WEDGE YARDAGE GAPS
Do you find yourself struggling with certain distance gaps with your wedges? Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to hit as many half or three-quarter wedge shots? Chances are, there is a large yardage gap between your wedges. I’m going to help you understand how to optimize the lofts of your wedges. This may mean you’ll have to add a wedge or two to your bag, or have the lofts bent on your current wedges. Trust me though, it’ll be money well spent.
Years ago, a typical pitching wedge (PW) was 48 degrees. Recently, club makers have strengthened the PW to 43-47 degrees to give golfers the impression they’re hitting the ball further. In fact, they’re just hitting a 9-iron that says PW. It’s really not a big deal what the bottom of the club says. What’s important is the real loft of the clubs and how far you hit them.
The problem may occur if your PW is 44 degrees and your next wedge is a SW with 56 degrees of loft. That’s a huge gap. That’d be like taking both your 7 and 8-iron out of your bag. How would you like to do that? And we’re talking about the clubs you’ll be using more than any other clubs in your bag not counting the putter and driver. Approximately 70% of the game occurs inside 100 yards so it’s important to get the most out of the wedges that you carry.
Typically, there is a 4 degree gap between the irons in your bag. Believe it or not, this means that many of you should be carrying 4 wedges, if not 5. I understand, that’s really hard to believe. It’s all based on the actual loft of your PW. If your wedge is 44, then you may need another wedge at 48, then 52, 56, and possibly 60. That’d be 5 clubs considered to be wedges, although I would argue the 44 is actually a 9-iron.
Wedges are your scoring clubs so it’s imperative to have the lofts correct to maximize your scoring cability. Here’s what I would recommend. Find out the true loft of your PW at a golf shop (Etter’s or Golf Galaxy) that measures loft. It’ll cost a few bucks, but it’s well worth it. Add 4-5 degrees of loft to each wedge after that. Example: If your PW is 46, I would recommend a GW at 50, a SW at 54, and a LW at 58. Or, you could carry a 51 GW and a 56 SW. If you’re wondering, I carry 48, 53, and 58 degree wedges in my bag (The numbers on my wedges actually say 47, 54, and 58. I’ve had them bent).
Obviously, there are plenty of routes you can go. You may need all the long irons, woods, and hybrids in your bag. Some may need the extra loft around the green. It’s up to you to decide, but if you’re not certain, a PGA Professional like myself can certainly offer you the guidance you may need.
Thanks for reading and make sure you get your lofts checked before the season is here.
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