Most golfers carry 14 clubs. There is a specific reason for this that I discussed in an earlier post. However, the number of clubs is not really the issue of this post, but whether you are carrying the right 14 clubs.
About 10 years ago, I traded my 5 wood or 3 iron for an extra wedge. I felt it was very important to have more scoring than bashing clubs. It was a great choice for my game and I continue to refine my club selection.
The first wedge I put in my bag was a gap wedge. This club quickly became my 100 – 110 yard club. It filled the hole in my game that saved my strokes ever since my decision. There are different degrees of gap wedges and I have tried them all.
I found that a 50° gap wedge was too similar to my pitching wedge and I did not gain the distance control from 110 yards that I was looking for. I also tried hitting a 54° wedge and, well, it was a complete disaster. So, through a process of elimination (actually just comfort and use) I settled on a 52° gap wedge.
The loft on this club is the most versatile for my game. It works from my desired distance and works around the green. At 52°, I can play many shots during many different scenarios. And it looks like I am not the only one:
The 52° gap wedge is the most popular by far. I am not sure from my poll if it is the popular choice because of a focused effort to make sure players pick the best loft for their game or that it is the most popular just because. But, I will suggest that those using the same loft as me will be using this club for the same reasons.
Carrying 14 clubs is important for most players. Carrying the right clubs is just as important. For my game the 52° gap wedge is the perfect choice.
What is the loft of your gap wedge? Did you by this club on purpose or just fell into your selection? At what distance do you use your gap wedge?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!