Wedges could really be considered part of the iron set, as they are made up of similar head and shaft combinations. However, wedges come in a variety of loft, bounce and grind options to allow a player to select their exact requirements. Ranging in general from 48 degrees up to 64 degrees, a player would select the club based on the distance required to clear.
- 48-54 degrees would normally be referred to as ‘pitching, approach or gap wedges’
- 55-58 degrees usually being referred to as ‘sand wedges’
- 60-64 degrees would be known mainly as ‘lob wedges’
Rule of thumb being the higher the degree of face angle, the higher the ball trajectory and shorter the carry distance achieved.
Bounce is the term used to describe how the club sole interacts with the turf at impact, and as such the different ‘bounce’ options suit different player’s needs and turf conditions. Bounce can vary from LOW bounce of 4 degrees, to HIGH bounce of 14 degrees, with a variety of MID bounce options in the range. As a rule of thumb, the lower bounce set up is better suited to firmer/links type turf or for a player that sweeps the ball and doesn’t take divots. Higher bounce is therefore best suited to softer conditions, or where a player strikes down on the ball and has high turf interaction. For many players the combination of bounce and grind options make wedges a very specific section of the bag set up.
Putters are used to play on or around the green area. This would be one of the most personal clubs in the bag, as many factors need to be considered. Ultimately, it’s the most used club in the bag and therefore a player must feel comfortable and confident with the putter to achieve best results. Conventional putters range from 33 inch to 35 inch in most cases, and the suitable length is dependent on a player’s height and posture over the ball. There are many factors to consider from head shape, weight, neck type to degree of ‘toe hang’ which a player should consider for the best performance. This would be the most ‘feel’ based club in the bag, and often it’s about what a golfer feels most confident using.