Most club sets come with one golf wedge and it’s usually a pitching wedge. This is certainly a useful club but it’s not the only kind out there. There are four different kinds of wedges—the sand wedge, gap wedge, lob wedge, and the standard pitching wedge.
This can make wedge shopping a nightmare. So we recommend researching and finding as much golf wedge advice as you can as well as doing a golf wedge fitting to make sure that you are spending your money on the wedge (or golf wedge sets) that are going to give you the most benefit.
A good golf wedge fitting will actually analyze your swing and match you with your perfect golf wedge. Fittings are essential because the average golfer is going to be using there wedge (or wedges) a lot.
You use them to for approach shots on the green, for getting yourself out of the bunker, for lob shots and fairway shots. A good wedge is going to be one of the most important pieces in your golf club set. So you really want to make sure you get the best one for you.
A wedge fitting has two parts. First, they will analyze your swing type. This tells you what kind of golf wedge bounce you need. Next, they handle yardage gapping.
This is important because different wedges have different degrees (more on this below) which affects the distance you get from it. You need a set of golf wedges that cover a range of yardage rather than having two wedges with a huge (more than 15) yard gap between them.
In other words, yardage gapping refers to figuring out the right combination of wedges that work for you.
Learning the difference between the wedges is not so much about choosing which wedge you like best but which combination of wedges are right for you (as well as which specific designs of each one you need).
First you need to understand golf wedge degrees. The different degrees (referring to the angle of the wedge) create different loft (height and distance that you get from the wedge) so this dramatically impacts golf wedge distances. In general, the lower the degree (the more acute the angle), the more yardage you get.
Pitching wedges, for example, usually ranges between 44 and 50 degrees which will allow you to hit the ball between 110 and 140 yards. The degrees of the angle are also known as the golf wedge bounce.
Here are the golf wedge average distances for each of the different types as well as other distinguishing factors:
In terms of material, you can expect anything from copper, nickel, and chrome coating. Different coatings affect the spin and control so choose based on personal preference. Shafts are usually made of steel (this is usually what’s recommended) but graphite can also be found. But steel is considered more reliable.
The key to maximizing golf wedge accuracy, then, is a matter of choosing the right wedge for the right situation and working on your swing so that it matches the wedge you are using. This takes practice. Lots and lots of practice! Don’t expect to just buy a quality set of wedges and let them do all the work for you.
So when you are shopping wedges, you can look at the bounce rating to get an idea of roughly how many yards you will get. Some brands offer a full range of wedges so that you can get a complete matching combination.
After reading this guide, we highly recommend getting a professional fitting but before you commit to any specific brand or product, read through some golf wedge reviews to see what others have to say.