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  • Approach wedge is a golf term that refers to a specific type of wedge used for approach shots into the green. It is a lofted club designed to provide golfers with control and accuracy for shots played from intermediate distances.

Here are some key points about the approach wedge:

  1. Loft and Design: An approach wedge typically has a loft between 48 and 52 degrees, although the exact loft can vary between manufacturers and club models. It falls between the pitching wedge and sand wedge in terms of loft. The design of the clubhead often features a slightly narrower sole and a higher center of gravity compared to other wedges.
  2. Distance and Shot Variety: The approach wedge is primarily used for approach shots into the green from distances of around 100 to 125 yards (depending on the golfer's skill and swing speed). It allows golfers to control the trajectory and distance of their shots while offering versatility for various shot types, including full swings, three-quarter swings, and controlled finesse shots.
  3. Accuracy and Control: The approach wedge is valued for its ability to provide golfers with better control and accuracy compared to longer irons or lower-lofted wedges. The loft of the approach wedge helps generate a higher ball flight and more spin, allowing the golfer to land the ball softly on the green and stop it quickly.
  4. Gap Wedge or Utility Wedge: The term “approach wedge” is sometimes used interchangeably with “gap wedge” or “utility wedge.” Gap wedge refers to a club that bridges the gap between the pitching wedge and sand wedge, filling the distance and loft difference. The exact terminology can vary, so it's important to understand the loft and function of the specific club being referred to.
  5. Wedge Set Makeup: In a typical wedge set, golfers may carry a pitching wedge (PW), gap wedge (GW)/approach wedge, and sand wedge (SW) or lob wedge (LW). This combination provides a range of loft options to cover various approach distances and shot requirements around the green.

The approach wedge is a valuable club in a golfer's bag, offering the precision and control needed for approach shots to the green from intermediate distances. It helps golfers attack pins, set up birdie opportunities, and improve their scoring potential.

The Approach Wedge, also known as Attack Wedge, A-Wedge, or Gap Wedge. These terms are synonymous for a club whose loft is between that of a pitching wedge and sand wedge. The approach wedge, whose loft is generally 50-53°, has gained popularity in recent years among professional and amateur golfers alike.