Golf Wedges – Distances
I am going to shine some light on golf wedges for the golfer who is aware of them but might not quite know the specifications for golf wedges and the approx. distances they can be used for – I will start off by giving you a rundown on distances or average distance you can expect from these clubs.
Everyone would have a pitching wedge in their bag, whether they have bought a new or used half set of clubs or a full set of clubs they would have had a pitching wedge included. A conventional pitching wedge would have a loft angle of between 47 and 53 degrees dependent on the brand of club and when it was manufactured. Depending on the variances you can expect the following distances if you swing this club fully as in a full swing, not a half swing or knocked down shot:
For male golfers, the distance would vary between 80 yards to 120 yards, 47-degree wedge hitting it the furthest and 53 degrees the least amount. For female golfers with the same degree of loft can expect to hit the female equivalent of the pitching wedge approx. 50 to 80 yards. So dependent on whether a full shot, half shot or golfing capability the above figures are the average.
Now in today’s golfing world there is many alternatives of wedges that are referred to as ‘lob’ wedges, ‘gap’ wedges or even ‘sand’ wedges that are pretty standard. Walking into a golf showroom now you can purchase wedges that have 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 or even higher lofts dependent on manufacturers, which can be used for full shot, half shots, punch shots, chip shots, lob shots etc, golf club manufacturers are developing more and more options to fill that distance void that so many golfers struggle with, so instead, of half swinging or changing your golf swing you can put a normal swing on a certain degree wedge and hit that shot that the average handicap golfer often struggles with. Listed below, I have chosen three to give you the approx. the degree of loft you can expect when buying an additional wedge for your golf bag.
Sand Wedge – 54 to 58 Degrees in Loft
Gap Wedge – 50 to 54 Degrees in Loft
Lob Wedge – 58 to 62 Degrees in Loft
The average distances for a male or female as outlined below:
Men – 60 to 100 yards and Women – 40 to 60 yards
Men – 70 to 110 yards and Women – 45 to 70 yards
Men – 50 t0 90 yards and Women – 35 to 50 yards
As you can see there are varying lofts to take into account when selecting an additional wedge for your golf bag, and you can see the varying distances it is not an area to take lightly when choosing one to suit your game. My recommendation would be to ask your local golf professional or golf store to tape up a few choices prior to buying, then take them on the range and see which one serves you best for your particular game and shot distance you are trying to fill. You might also like my article on the golf swing.
If you have any questions or feedback regarding this article please do not hesitate to contact me via my comments section at the bottom of each page or alternatively drop me an email on Michael@bogeystobirdies.co.uk – I will be more than happy to respond back to you personally.
More info on wedges at Wikipedia.