In this informative buying guide we will give you all the advice necessary to improve your skills on the golf course with wedges, while also suggesting some top brand clubs which you should try this season.
Choosing the correct set of golf wedges in the right lofts and lies with ideal shaft length and flex will help everyone achieve better results on the golf course. If you aren’t sure which wedges to put in the bag this year, or if you are just curious to see what new models are on the market, this buying guide will answer every question.
Understanding loft in a golf wedge
Loft will give you a very good indication of how far the golf ball will travel through the air once you’ve hit it; also measuring the trajectory said shot achieves. The more loft a golf ball has when it leaves the golf club face, the higher the trajectory is going to be. So if the initial trajectory is very high then the golf ball will travel a short distance in front, as opposed to less loft and considerably further golf ball flight.
Golf wedges are the most lofted golf club in the bag of any golfer and should be utilised accordingly in order to garner the correct results. The loft options available are below so you can get a better idea of exactly what you like and what you do not to take your game into the new season.
Benefits of Bounce
Bounce is the curvy part on the sole of the golf wedge that allows the club head to ‘bounce’ out of the sand or rough without sagging. Placing a wedge into your bag that has the correct amount of bounce and loft can give your game a huge lift – especially for short-game players.
It is less likely you will find a wedge with a bounce higher than 18 degrees, but it is possible you’ll find one with a bounce as low as 2. The three variations that can affect a golfers’ game are Low, Standard and High.
Low Bounce Wedges
A wedge that promotes low bounce will suit shots from tight lies and firm turf conditions. The combination of having less bounce and narrower sole-width lowers the leading edge of the blade for a cleaner, crisper contact with the golf ball. This is great for golfers who have a creative flair on the greens and in the bunkers, but who also have shallow attack angles through impact. Less bounce and a narrower sole width makes it much easier to open the face and hit high, soft landing flop shots. Lower bounce golf wedges are found in lower loft ranges such as Pitching and Approach golf wedges used for longer approach shots. More golfers benefit from having more bounce (10 to 14 degree) as opposed to less, opting for wedges such as the Callaway Golf Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge.
Standard Bounce Wedges
The standard bounce golf wedge is perfect for all conditions and will work well with almost all golfers, making it one of the most all-round playable clubs on the market. It will even suit the more creative players, it’s that versatile!
A popular option for golfers who prefer to play an open or square face out of the bunker and who have an average of slightly steeper attack angle, standard bounce wedges such as the PING Glide Wedge, Mizuno Golf White Satin S5 Wedge or Titleist SM6 Vokey Tour Chrome Wedge will work for anyone.
High Bonce Wedge
High bounce golf wedges are good for golfers with a steep attack angle and are designed to play out of soft turf and sand. The combination of the wider flange and higher bounce angle prevent digging and creates smoother gliding action of the sole along the ground. This means that a high bounce wedge will play exceptionally well out of soft sand for golfer who prefer to keep a square face through impact. High bounce golf wedges are often associated with higher lofts, although this is not always the case.
View the full range of golf wedges available now at OnlineGolf, or view our great selection of golf brands for wedges, including Cleveland, Callaway, Titleist, PING, Mizuno, Nike, Wilson Staff, US Kids, Cobra, TaylorMade.