Golf Wedges-You Need A Little Wedge Or Two

What wedges do you have in your bag? For years the
only wedge the golfer whether professional or amateur had in their bag was the
ever present sand wedge. This wedge was used for playing out of the bunkers and
ignored for the rest of the game. Well, the wedge is becoming the most
important club in your bag, its time has come.

When you learn that nearly seventy per cent of your
golf is played in the 120-yard zone, it becomes obvious why wedges have been
elevated in this way. The sand wedge was joined by the pitching wedge to allow
for shots from around the 100 to 120-yard mark with a lower bounce angle to
take into account you are playing off the turf.The pitching wedge, like all
wedges, can be quite versatile and by opening or closing the club face a
variety of shots could be played.

The skill here is to know how far open or closed the
face had to be to get the distance correct. Most golf pros will have this down
to a fine art, but for the ordinary golfer, it could be a complete mystery.
What better than a club then than a club for the shorter distance that could be
played normally.

The lob wedge with a loft of around sixty degrees can
be used instead of having to worry about opening up a sand wedge. The less
detail you have to worry about the easier the game becomes. Having said that
the lob wedge is one of the hardest clubs to master. And plenty of practice
should be made to ensure you don’t have the dreaded bladed shot across the
green or even worse the duff shot which goes nowhere.

For the middle distance between a sand wedge and the
pitching wedge, there is now the appropriately named gap wedge. It fills the
gap between the other two.

So you see the wedges are becoming an essential part
of any golfers equipment. Some professional golfers carry five wedges, adding
the ‘X’ wedge for close in work. These clubs, with lofts around the
sixty-eight-degree range, allow for full swing shots at very close quarters to
the green, flinging the ball extremely high to land very softly with no roll.
The advantage of this when playing to a hard, dry green is obvious.

So, take a long hard look into your golf bag and find
room for a lovely little wedge. Your scorecard will thank you for it.

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