Controlling The Distance With Your Wedges

Many golfers, including myself, refer to our wedges as the scoring clubs. It is with these short irons that will determine if we have a 3 foot or 30 foot putt. I spend a great deal of time practicing with my wedges and in the past decided to replace my 5 wood with a 60° wedge. It was a smart move for my game and it has helped me slowly lower my handicap. Understanding that wedges are critical to lower shooting lower golf scores, I am often asked about controlling my distance with each wedge. Well, my method is simple and it follows the guidance of Annika Sörenstam.

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Changing the Loft When Chipping

The loft on a golf club are designed for specific reasons. Some are lower lofts to hit the ball far and others are higher to help control your shot at the pin. This is a known fact and yet many players grab a lofted club (like a wedge) and change their stance and grip to de-loft the face. I have to admit that early in my career, I felt it was the right thing to do, but now it just seems crazy!

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The Loft of Your Favorite Wedge

I like to ask inquisitive questions to get the mental juices flowing. Every once in a while, the question sparks an usually high quantity of responses that garners some very interesting findings. A couple of days ago, my question about your favorite wedge was just enough to get the ball rolling. Additionally, I found out something that I had suspected, but no can confirm as an interesting phenomenon that affects virtually all golfers who carry more than one wedge.

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