The Golf Short Game
There is such a diversity of golf wedges available these days to help develop a fine golf short game, its simply a matter of choosing the right for you and practice. They all have different names, purposes and they perform in your own way.
What the average golfer has to understand with golf’s short game is that these can be used in a mixture of ways if you have the imagination. These clubs can get you that birdie or that scrambling par you need to keep up your impetus.
Wedges in general are designed to send the ball high in the air from short distances. There are a number of universal wedges on the market, the pitching wedge being the most common. The pitching wedge normally comes with your set of golf irons. The distinctive loft of a pitching wedge is 48 degrees. The sand wedge is 56 degrees and the lob wedge is typically from 60 degrees to 64 degrees. Other wedges also exist like the gap wedge which is usually around 52 degrees. It is named the gap wedge because it fills the gap from the PW-SW (48-56 degrees).
Now with diverse golf club manufacturers comes rivalry. Not all these companies design golf clubs the same. They are all designed to perform differently. The sand wedge with a large sole and/or a large bounce angle normally works well in thick, soft, deep sand and long grass, but usually does not work well from the fairway, off of hard pan, or in tightly packed sand. On the other hand, a club with a fairly thin blade and or little bounce works well from the fairway but not from heavy sand or deep rough. To review – wedges are designed in different ways to be effective in a variety of situations. The head size, weight, sole and edge shape etc can all be different from club to club.
There are two universal set ups for you golf short game when it comes to wedges. The three wedge system and the four wedge system. Most popular among expert players is a 3 wedge system. This includes the 52 degree, 56 degree and 60 degree lob wedges.
You should always find what suits your game the best. Perhaps you are a long hitter and always find yourself in-between clubs? Through experience the sort of wedges that suits your game will change. But with this set up as suggested you may find the confidence you need in your golf short game to cover a large number of short distances from the green.