Instructional Tip - Wedge Selection by Todd Daignault
I’m often asked about what lofts a golfer should have in their wedges. There is no real easy way to figure this out without a launch monitor or range finder that calculates distance. Getting clubs that are 4 degrees apart may not get you the proper distance gaps you’re looking for.
Start by getting the actual loft and carry distance of your pitching wedge. Hit 4 or 5 full swings and get an average carry. Carry is the only distance you should be concerned with. Now figure out what other full swing distances you need to play comfortably. A good starting point is to establish 10 to 12 yards gapping in full swing distance. Identifying what clubs you will use mostly on full swings need less attention than clubs you will use primarily for chipping and half shots. Most golfers do most of their chipping with one club. To some golfers that means adding a wedge strictly for half shots and chipping. It’s important to identify that club and make sure the loft and bounce works for you. If you have a quicker tempo or have trouble dialing down a club, get wedges with more loft. This will be a big help on half shots and chipping.
Giving more attention to your wedges will take away doubt and confusion over the toughest shots we face. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your short game adds valuable information to the fitting process. If you struggle with a particular shot, adding a wedge just for that situation makes a lot of sense. Having your clubs properly gapped and fit will make a big difference on your score card.