What's In A Wedge?

What’s in a Wedge?

A focused exercise that can help you improve your game is to hit your wedges closer and more controlled.  The picture above shows the wedge up close.  The weight of this club would be low (and varies) and behind the face in a spot known as “trailing edge.”  A wedge is designed not to dig but bounce off the surface.  Think of a duck.  Flying ducks enter water at high speeds and land with grace.  Now think of Tyler Campbell doing a box jump.  You get the picture.  Now back to wedges.  You should always be testing bounce and grind if your club or PGA Pro has demo wedges.  Some will make cleaner ground contact and some will not.  Sometimes less bounce gets the ball launching too high with low spin.  The opposite of what you want.  If you don’t believe me, take three 56 wedges out on grass with different bounces and grinds.  If you can, use a premium golf ball, not a range ball.  Now hit some chips and pitches in fairway lies and in the rough.  Hit some partial shots from 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards; listen and feel for the ground contact and specifically watch how the golf ball lands on the green.  They say short game is the low hanging fruit in golf so buckle up and get to spinning it better!