Golf Wedges

golf wedgeWedges 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.

You will see from this link that there is a wide variety of wedges to choose from. Hopefully you will find one that you like.

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

You will see from this link that there is a wide variety of wedges to choose from. Hopefully you will find one that you like. You can choose different brand names in the search bar below to narrow your search.

4 thoughts on “Golf Wedges

  • October 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for giving such a great description of all the wedges that are available, I have to admit I had never heard of the Gap Wedge before so this has been quite helpful. Given that you can only have so many clubs in the bag do you use something like a Lob Wedge often enough or is it just a club for particular courses.

    • October 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Dominic,
      I use my lob wedge only in certain situations, such as when my ball is close to the green but there is a sand bunker between my ball and the flag. I use it when I need to get the ball up in the air quickly and have it land softly on the green. I only use this club for shots that are maybe a maximum of 50 yards away from the flag.
      Thank you for your comments.

  • October 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    When I was playing golf there was not the slection of clubs we have these days. I found the wedge one of the most useful clubs in my bag. I did not hit too many greens so it was important to master the wedge shot. You have lots of useful information on wedges. Thank you, it will make my next purchase a more informed decision. Will you be doing many more reviews? Say full club sets and which are suitable for the average player like me? Cheers Kev

    • October 10, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      I agree with you Kevin. When I started to play more often, there was really only a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. The gap wedge, lob wedge and everything else came later. I too have problems hitting the green in regulation so if I can get my wedge shot close to the hole I still have a chance to make par, providing that I can make the putt!!!
      That’s a great idea! I didn’t think of doing club set reviews, but I can certainly talk about the different sets of clubs that I’ve used over the years. Given that I’m still an average player, hopefully my experience with these clubs will come in handy for some.
      Thanks for your comments!


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