Out of the clubs you have to choose for your golf bag, picking the right wedges can seem the most confusing. After all, you have a lot of options. There are many different types, lofts, and bounces to choose from.
If you’re confused about what each wedge does or want to improve your club selection, you’ve come to the right place. By the end of this article, you’ll know how to choose the right wedges for your golf bag. Let’s get started.
First off, if you’re new to golf, you’ll want to know when you should be using a wedge in the first place. To put it simply, you want to use a wedge for short shots when you’re closer to the hole. Typical times you’ll use a wedge are:
There are different wedges you’ll use for each of these situations. Knowing how the different types of wedges affect your shot will help you decide which is best.
This section will review the types of wedges, how they affect shots, and their use cases. The four main types of wedges are:
Now that you know the different types of wedges, let’s look at how you would choose the right ones.
This section will go over different aspects to consider when choosing the best wedges for your needs.
Both wedge loft and wedge bounce can impact club selection. You’ll want to know the difference between the two and how they interact to choose the appropriate clubs.
Wedge loft is the main number of degrees you see on the club. Without getting too technical, the higher the number of degrees means the higher the ball flies in the air. So a 60-degree wedge will send the ball flying higher than a 48-degree wedge. It contributes to the different use cases we discussed above.
Each wedge also comes with a secondary degree system called the bounce. The wedge bounce affects contact, control, and ball spin. The optimal bounce will vary depending on how you swing and the type of turf you’re hitting from. There are typically three main types of wedge bounces, which are:
As you play more and figure out your style, you’ll find what works best for you when choosing between loft and bounce combinations in your wedges.
When first starting out, a good strategy when picking wedges is the theory of 4. The theory of 4 states that you would carry 4 wedges that are spaced 4 degrees apart. An example of the wedges you would carry in your golf bag could be:
This gives you one of each of the different types of wedges for different use cases you may encounter on the course.
Most golfers carry either three or four wedges in their golf bags. If you’re just starting, having one of each of the four main types of wedges is a good idea. It’ll help you experiment and see when you like using each one.
As mentioned earlier, some golfers may choose not to carry a lob wedge because they feel like a sand wedge with the right technique is enough. It makes sense to carry only three wedges in that case.
You may also wonder what types of wedges the pros use. There is some data about what the top 100 PGA pros use on tour.
Data tracked from the top 100 PGA pros shows that the most common wedge lofts are:
Even the average PGA pro nearly stays in line with the theory of 4 when choosing wedges for their golf bag.
As far as wedge bounce, most PGA pros use a bounce of either 10 or 12. Many pros like using a higher bounce on wedges because it helps prevent any potential drag when making contact with the ball.
As far as the most common brands of wedges used by PGA pros, the top 5 brands are:
If you’re looking for quality, these brands have it down. But if you’re just starting out, many other budget-friendly options are available that still perform well.
That wraps things up for this one. You should now have a good grasp on which wedges you should pick for your golf bag.
Remember, there’s no one size fits all solution for the clubs you decide to use. It’s important to experiment. Try different clubs and techniques to see what you like. Many golf clubs and stores let you test clubs or rent them. So you can always try some out before you buy them.
The most important thing is to have fun! So get out there and start practicing.