Buying Guide for Best Golf Wedges

Despite being considered part of the irons family, golf wedges are vastly different from other golf clubs. They have the shortest shafts and the highest lofts among all the clubs, making them useful for lob shots during the short game.

There are several other wedge-related factors that you should consider before purchasing a golf wedge. We have discussed the most important ones below.

Spin

Spin is one of the most vital characteristics of golf wedges. Having high spin helps golfers stop the ball on the green with high precision. To maximize spin performance, companies add specialized grooves and milling on the clubface.

So, you should always go for a golf wedge with a better groove design and milling pattern for the best spin robustness. However, you should also keep in mind these grooves erode very quickly due to wear and tear, which significantly reduces spin numbers. That is why golfers prefer using brand new wedges for tournaments. 

Feel and Feedback

Feel, and feedback of a golf wedge are also crucial as they alert the golfer in case of mishits. Wedges that provide a consistent feel and feedback throughout the clubface boost confidence and improve game quality.

Better response and feel also offer more control to the golfer over his shots and playing ability. 

Bounce and Grind

These two terms tend to confuse several golfers as they are associated only with wedges. Firstly, bounce is the angle between the ground and the leading edge of the club, causing it to “bounce” off the ground at impact, instead of digging in. As a general rule of thumb, a lower angle is preferred on soft surfaces like bunker sand and vice versa.

On the other hand, grind simply means the shape, depth, and design of the sole, how much material it removes, and how it interacts with the turf. Grind also determines the ball flight and trajectory.

Wedge Type

There are three primary wedge types, sand wedge, pitching wedge, and gap wedge. Of these, the gap wedge is used only by experienced golfers and very rarely by amateurs.

It has a loft ranging from 50 to 55 degrees and offers more accuracy in distances from 80 to 100 yards. The pitching wedge has the lowest loft among the three, between 44 to 48 degrees, resulting in a carry distance of up to 130 yards.

The sand wedge, as the name suggests, is used in bunkers and sometimes in roughs. Its loft ranges from 54 to 58 degrees and can deliver distances between 70 and 80 yards.

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