The lob wedge is one of the toughest clubs in anyone’s golf bag. This 60 degree monster is not tamed easily and has a tendency to cause more problems than to solve them. Regardless, for players who want to lower their handicap, having a lob wedge in your bag is vital.
The following is an excellent example of why a lob wedge is required. Playing a 4-person scramble golf tournament at Highview Golf Course yesterday, we found ourselves shorted on the pin side of the green only 12 feet from the fringe. The ball as laying 7 feet below the level of the green and the pin was only 15 feet on the green. As you visualize this shot, you will quickly realize that a lob wedge is the right club.
As the four of us stepped up to hit, the following was the result. One person used a lob wedge and chili dipped their shot. One person used a pitching wedge and and sculled it 5 feet from the pin. One person used a sand wedge and hit the ball 20 feet past the pin. Finally, one person (me) used a lob wedge and landed it 4 feet from the pin. Yes, player ability had something to do with the result, but the percentage of success was greatest with the lob wedge.
I aligned the lob wedge with my lead heel (my left heel as I am a right-handed player). I took a few practice swings until I had felt comfortable with the speed of the club. As a point of note, this 25 foot shot should be played like a 30-35 foot shot because of the elevation of the green. Next. I ensured I kept my head down through contact and only looked up after a count of one. This aspect of the golf swing was very important because moving you head during a swing, especially with a lob wedge, will produce very poor inconsistent results. Because of the clean contact, the ball only released 3 feet after hitting the green. Overall, I was extremely pleased with the result and hope to duplicate the shot.
The lob wedge is important in your bag. The most asked question is which club to remove to only carry 14 clubs. Personally I removed the 5 wood. I hit it about the same distance as my 3 hybrid so I have not lost anything. Others have remove their 3 iron…ultimately the decision is driven by your golf game.
Golf season is here and I am happy I can loop around any course. I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!