Wedge(s), Golf Term


Golf clubs are categorized into different types based on their usage and purpose. One such category is the wedges. Wedges are a subset of irons designed specifically for short distance shots and high accuracy. They have a higher loft than other clubs and are primarily used for shots around the green or from difficult lies.

  • Types of Wedges:
    • Pitching Wedge
    • Sand Wedge
    • Lob Wedge
    • Gap Wedge
  • Pitching Wedge:
    • The pitching wedge is the club with the least loft among the wedges.
    • It is typically used for approach shots from the fairway, around 100-150 yards from the green.
    • With its low trajectory, it allows golfers to control the distance and accuracy of their shots.
  • Sand Wedge:
    • The sand wedge has a higher loft than the pitching wedge.
    • It is designed specifically to help golfers escape bunkers and sand traps.
    • The extra loft of the sand wedge prevents the club from digging into the sand, allowing the ball to be popped up and out of the bunker.
    • It is also useful for shots around the green where a high trajectory is needed to carry over obstacles or land softly on the green.
  • Lob Wedge:
    • The lob wedge has the highest loft among the wedges.
    • It is used for shots where the golfer needs the ball to go high in the air and land softly on the green.
    • Lob wedges are particularly handy for shots with a short carry distance but require the ball to stop quickly.
    • They are often used for delicate shots around the green or when faced with a tight pin placement.
  • Gap Wedge:
    • The gap wedge, also known as an approach wedge or utility wedge, fills the gap in loft between the pitching wedge and the sand wedge.
    • It provides more options for golfers when it comes to distance control.
    • Gap wedges are especially useful for shots from 80-100 yards where a full swing with a pitching wedge would result in too much distance, while a sand wedge would come up short.
  • When to Use a Wedge:
    • Wedges are primarily used for shots around the green, including chip shots, pitch shots, and bunker shots.
    • They are also useful for short approach shots and shots from difficult lies.
    • Golfers often carry multiple wedges in their bags to have a variety of options for different situations.

Understanding the different types of wedges and when to use them can greatly improve your short game. Whether it's the controlled distance of a pitching wedge or the versatility of a lob wedge, having a wedge in your hand provides the precision necessary to navigate the challenges around the green.