Long ago I replaced my 5 wood with a 60 degree wedge. I figured that my 3 hybrid would fill the distance gap and for the most part I have things covered. I switch to the lob wedge because I felt it would help me lower my golf scores and increase my confidence around the greens when making a delicate up and down. I am here to say that this was a great decision and I have zero regrets.
I carry 4 wedges and except for my 52 degree gap wedge, I am having very good success hitting the ball close. After switching back to my previous chipping style, I have some work to do being more aggressive. As it is right I am missing left and about 8 to 10 feet short. This is easily correctable and I expect to be chipping up a storm is short order. As a recap for the different wedges:
I generally do not use my lob wedge outside of 20 yards. I find I have to swing too hard to get any more distance with control. I suppose I could fix that with more practice, but I just do not have the time. So, I will settle for how I use it and be grateful it works.
I have found a few things that work for my game with a lob wedge in my hand that I think is worth sharing. Let me know if these help:
- Hit the ball harder than I think. I have found that by committing to the shot and hitting aggressively, the ball travels the distance I need
- My hands lead contact with the ball. This is very important to prevent hitting the ball thin and skulling it over the green. (learned this one the hard way)
- Do not be afraid to let my lob wedge be my go to club when the pin is short-sided when chipping
- I use my 60 degree in the sand when the lip is very close and relatively high (2 feet or more)
Using a lob wedge with success is as much about confidence as it is about technique. This is a specialty club in my bag and I rely on it in tough situations. It took sometime to get here, but I am so glad I did.
Do you use a lob wedge with success?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!