In my younger playing days, I rarely used anything other than a pitching wedge for shorts within 100 yards. I would open the face, hood it, over swing, and choke down for delicate shots. It was my everything club and I thought I was playing great golf. At that time I was a solid 12 handicapper and felt that by focusing on one wedge, I held the secret to lowering my index. Boy, could I have not been more wrong!
I do not fault my approach back then, but after I realized that I was limiting my ability to score by focusing on one wedge only, I decided to start my journey of change. It has been a fruitful endeavour as I continue to expand my understanding and knowledge of golf. As I choose various paths daily, I am guided by these words:
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” —Maya Angelou
Of course this profound quote transcends past golf, but it does guide my process of how to improve my game. It was never more apparent than watching others use their wedges. It seems that this is the club that players love to tinker with the most. And the sand wedge appears to be the club of choice!
The most popular reason for selecting the sand wedge is its versatility. Respondents stated that they could adjust the face and hitting angle the most to accomplish just about any shot. Of course, this is the right answer to my question, but I have noticed that most players rely on one wedge more than others and are comfortable making adjustments. I say that this is folly and should only happen in rare occasions.
More often than not, I believe that I need to let the club do the work. There are different lofts on each wedge and they are designed to perform in specific ways. All we have to do as golfers is to swing consistently and watch the magic.
Before you jump up and down and want to stone me as a heretic, I understand that the placing the ball in various parts of my stance will produce a different ball flight, spin, and roll out. However, my point is more fundamental than that. My point is why use a PW for a shot by adjusting the club face or your grip when a routine SW would do the perfect job. It just not make sense to me.
The logic for my stand against primarily using one wedge is that every shot requires you to guess the proper variables to produce a perfect shot. Every time we input a change to our stance, grip, club face, or swing plane, we increase the chances of error. This can be avoided by understanding what how your wedges perform under routine conditions and using that knowledge to improve your short game. This just seems logical to me.
How about you? Do you rely on just one wedge?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!