Make the short game your best game!
Did you know that golfers in general take between 65 - 72% of their shots from a distance of 120 yards or less?
Having the correct clubs in your bag can have a dramatic impact on your scoring.
4wedges.com will focus on helping golfers get the most out of the four wedges that a golfer can have in their bag.
What are gap wedges?
The Gap Wedge
The average weekend golfer will probably only have to wedges in their bag. A pitching wedge and a sand wedge. They will probably be hitting their pitching wedge a distance between 110 to 125 yards. When it come to their sand wedge, they usually hit that wedge around 80 to 90 yards in distance.
If your distance with your pitching wedge 120 yards and your distance with your sand wedge 85 yards, you have a problem. You will have to try to finesse shots that require a distance between 85 to 120 yards.
Do you try to overswing your sand wedge? Not a good idea.
Do you try to ease up on your pitching wedge? Again, not a good idea.
Having a "gap" in your distance of 35 yards might be a big problem, so we introduce a new club - the gap wedge.
Gap wedges do just what their name implies, they fill the distance "gap" between your sand wedge distance of 88 yards and your pitching wedge distance of 120 yards. If you have a gap wedge in your bag you can now take a full swing that is easier to hit with a golf gap wedge rather than trying to overswing your sand wedge or ease up with your pitching wedge.
Over the last several years golf club manufacturers have taken big steps forward in technology. This allows for each club's distance to travel farther than before. Some of this has truely been due to technology but some of it is simply due to golf club makers to use less loft than they did in the past.
Both of these situations has caused a problem, a big gap in the distance golfers hit certain clubs. So to fill the gap a new club is named, the gap wedge. They have a pretty big range of different lofts from 46 to 54 degrees. The clubs in this lower degree level 46 to 49 will have very little to no bounce on the bottom.(also known as no flange) These are often called approach wedges and are mainly hit form the fairways and hard lies.
The trajectory of these clubs varies a little from club to club but generally they fly very high with a little more distance than the sand wedges. Because of the late introduction of these types of golf wedges they donít come with the sets of irons and have to be purchased separately from your local golf retailer. You can find them almost anywhere.
When choosing your new gap wedge it is important to know the different lofts on your other wedges so you can space them as evenly as possible. You donít want a PW at 46 degrees, a GAP at 48 degrees and a SW at 54 degrees because it wouldnít help you very much. The gap should be at 50 degrees for that situation 4 degrees apart. Get one of these new gap wedges so you can attack the course.
Artwork courtesy of Greg Evans, check out his web site, www.evansart.com.