Knowing how far to hit your wedges
Well over 50 percent of the average player's shots are taken less than 100 yards from the green. In some cases that may be as high as 67 percent, so you need to be able to hit the ball the correct distance from 100 yards and in. That means knowing how far you hit your wedges and has spawned a mini industry within the wedge department.
Back in the old days, players carried a pitching wedge (loft around 48 degrees) and a sand wedge (56 degrees). Players needed to make swing changes to hit different distances. In today’s market you can buy wedges individually labeled from 48 degrees to 64 degrees and almost every number is covered. Want a 58 degree wedge? No problem. 51 degrees? What make do you want? The secret is knowing what loft(s) to buy. Here is how I work with my students.
Firstly, we will hit about 10 pitching wedge shots and measure how far they go. Let’s say they fly 100 yards. Next we will hit some sand wedge shots (off the grass). They may fly 75 yards. After that we will probably hit some lob wedge (60 degrees) shots and they may fly 60 yards. Statistically speaking, most greens are at least 20 yards long, so it is possible that the player will hit a sand wedge short and a pitching wedge over the green.
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