Wedges are extremely useful additions to your game and most golfers have at least one type of wedge in their bag. The wedges that are in your golf bag are really just specialty irons. The standard wedge that sets come with is called the pitching wedge (PW). It normally has about 46-48 degrees in loft. The pitching wedge (PW) is the highest lofted iron in a standard set of clubs but it is also the lowest lofted club of the wedge family.
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Wedges generally increase in degrees of loft in increments of 4. Wedges used to come in 48, 52, 56, 60 and 64 degrees of loft. However, nowadays, you can also get wedges in 50, 54 and 58 degrees of loft.
Following the pitching wedge (PW) with higher lofts are the approach wedge (AW) or the gap wedge (GW) as it is sometimes called. It is the club that you would use when a pitching wedge (PW) isn’t enough club to get you to the hole. The sand wedge (SW) is the next lofted club. As it’s name indicates, this is the club that most people would use to hit their ball out of the green side sand trap. The next most lofted wedge is called the lob wedge (LW). This is the club that you would use when there is a sand bunker between your ball and the green and the flag is closer to the edge of the green, so there isn’t much green to work this. This club is used to get the ball high in the air quickly and land softly on the green. The table below lists the loft and distances of each wedge type.
Lofts & Distances
|Pitching Wedge||Gap Wedge||Sand Wedge||Lob Wedge|
|Loft||46 – 48 degrees||51 – 53 degrees||54 – 58 degrees||58 – 62 degrees|
|Distance||110 – 140 yards||90 – 110 yards||80 – 110 yards||80 yards and under|
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