Posted on March 14th, 2016 at 10:51 AM
If you want to lower your score, most golfers think about the driver in their bag and are willing invest in a new driver club. However most scoring is won or lost by the short game. Short game or scoring clubs are wedges, putters and chippers. A wedge is maybe the least expensive club in your bag, but nevertheless an important part of your weaponry to lower your score.
What are the points to watch out when comparing Golf Wedges?
1) What Bounce Angle do I need?
Golf Club Wedges are often offered in variety o bounce options such as standard, low- or high bounce.
The wedge will travel higher through the sand or turf, if the bounce angle is greater. A wedge digs deeper into the sand if bounce angle is less.
The wedge’s sole will penetrate deeper into the sand, the more steep is your angle of attack with a wedge. If your angle of attack is too steep, a greater bounce sole angle can offset it and prevent the wedge from digging too deep into the sand.
If are a player with a more steep angle of attack, a wedge with a greater sole angle is better for you. If you are a golfer with a more shallow or level angle of attack, your wedge should have less bounce angle.
The right bounce option also depends on the soil conditions of the golf course you most often play: if you play often in firm conditions (e.g tight fairways or sand is more shallow), try a low-bounce wedge. In softer conditions such as deep and fluffy sand, try a high-bounce wedge.
2) How to test what is the right Bounce?
Apply a strip of professional impact label on the wedge sole or hit off a lie board. If the mark is found on the tape more toward the leading edge, then you are tending to dig and your wedge should have more bounce angle.
3) How many Wedges do I need?
Beginners and high handicap players should start with two wedges in their bag, a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. Once you gain experience, you will add a gap wedge. Low and mid handicappers add a lob wedge to their golf clubs wedges.
4) What lofts and what increments are Recommended?
Your pitching wedge should be 46º to 48º loft angle. It is recommended to maintain a gap of 4º between the wedges to avoid distance duplication between clubs. A 60º lofted lob wedges is recommended for skilled golfers because hitting a 60º lob wedge requires a lot of practice in the bunker. Mid handicap golfers can try a 58º lob wedge instead of 60º.
5) What is the recommended club length of Golf Wedges?
In the past, all wedges had the same club length. Today some club manufacturers make the SW a one-half inch shorter than the PW. Some LW are a quarter inch shorter than a SW. The right club length depends on what wedge are you more comfortable with and what wedge are you using to make full swings. For instance if you hit your PW more often full swing than half swing, your PW should be a half-inch shorter than your #9 iron because you want to achieve a distance difference between a #9 iron and PW. If you make mostly full swings with a gap wedge, it should be half-inch shorter than the PW. If the Gap Wedge is the first wedge club to make three quarter or half swing shots than full swing shots, your gap wedge should be same club length as PW.
6) What is recommended Finish?
The finish has no impact on the performance and is more a personal preference. Wedges come in various finishes such as brushed satin, high polished mirror finish, matte black finish, etc. Matte finishes prevent unwanted glaring and are easy on your eyes at address. Raw finish will rust over the time and impart slightly more spin on your ball.
The grooves on the club face can be compared to the treads on a car tire. The grooves grab the ball, create a spin and promote a certain ball trajectory. In the past grooves of wedges were deeper creating more backspin. The USGA has banned the use of deep grooves and restricted the width and edge radius of grooves. All proline wedges are made with the new conforming grooves. If you are a recreational golfers not playing in official tournaments, you can maybe use traditional grooves being more aggressive.
8) Custom Fitted Golf Wedges
If you order a custom fitted golf wedges, you can select a specific loft, your ideal club length and lie, recommended bounce angle for your swing and golf course condition as well as preferred finish. Some club fitters also offer custom grinding of sole.
Monark Golf is offering a wide range of custom built golf wedges, Golf Club Iron Sets with a large selection of optional shafts and grips as well as lie adjustment.