Lob Wedge – Tough to Use?

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.

Highview Golf course – 25 feet from the pin, 12 feet from the fringe and 7 feet below the green.

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!

9 thoughts on “Lob Wedge – Tough to Use?

  1. Jim, very good point about staying down on the shot with the lob wedge. Earlier in the season, I had a bit of a slide forward which precipitated the occasional lateral hit. Yesterday I was out on the course practicing cut lob shots with my 58 and found if you remain very still and centered, the club behaves more consistently. Thanks.

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    • Pete

      I have been there for sure. Unfortunately, I do not practice enough with it, but now that the weather has changed for the good, I can practice without having to wear winter clothes!

      Cheers
      Jim

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  2. Hey Jim! Happy for you that you’re playing…green grass, sun, the smell of golf. Sounds like the 60 degree was indeed the right call. Unfortunately the pic is not loading so I’m not getting the visual. But the logic is there for the play.

    I use my lob wedge from the fairway a bit, it’s a nice 70-80 yard club for me on full swings. I’ll play it from bunkers if I feel the need and do hot the occasional “lob” shot. Takes practice to get to know the lob wedge, for sure. The right bounce angle for your swing and turf conditions play into it, as well. Glad the shot worked out. Did you guys make birdie on that hole? Hope someone made the putt!

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    • Rick

      The picture is the ball on a hill and all you can see is the top of the flag. I have tried using my lob wedge in the fairway and cannot get more than 60 yards and my percentage of success is very low. I guess I need to go to the range and practice.

      Oh yeah…we made the birdie! Thanks for the comment.

      Cheers
      Jim

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