If you’re like most other golfers, you probably strive to be able to consistently hit the ball near the flag from around 50-60 yards out. Getting your ball close to a flag that’s placed just across a sand trap was almost impossible until the lob wedge came into play. It helps you hit the ball high and stop it quickly by giving it quite a bit of backspin.
But is a lob wedge necessary? Do you really need to look for a lob wedge for sale and include it in your current golf club set to get your game to the next level? In this article, we explore what lob wedges are used for and how they can benefit your game improvement. Keep on reading.
Do I need to carry a lob wedge?
The short answer to this is no. You don’t need a lob wedge in your bag if you learn how to properly use your sand wedge to achieve the desired loft. Yet, many players feel uncomfortable opening their sand wedge to hit soft, high shots as this decreases versatility. For instance, you may be able to do just fine when you fit from a lie around the green, but get a skulled shot if you shoot off a tight or firm lie.
So, lob wedges do have their appeal. Still, not all golfers agree that using a lob wedge is a good idea for high handicappers as hitting a it entails a larger opportunity for error compared to other wedges and requires quite a bit of accuracy to achieve a good shot. However, with enough time and practice, most golfers can learn to use a lob wedge to a great advantage. Considering also that modern wedges are becoming increasingly more forgiving, they are a great choice for golfers who want to add a bit of fun to their game and achieve great high shots.
What degree is a lob wedge?
The typical lob wedge has a 60 degree loft, although they may range anywhere from 58 to 64 degrees, and there is even a 72 degree lob wedge great for high flop shots. The higher loft allows for high landing soft shots, and produces a distance that is mostly in the air, and very little on the ground.
The loft wedge bounce angle is another factor you may want to consider. If the angle is higher than 8 degrees, you will typically find your shots to be easier since you won’t have to carve a large divot. And if the bounce angle of the wedge is closer to 13 degrees, you may be able to use it as a sand wedge as well.
What is a lob wedge used for?
Lob wedges can be useful in a variety of situations, including distance situations that require full swings, as well as pitching and chipping around the green.
Pitching with a lob wedge
A lob wedge can be useful in situations where a player is hitting over an obstacle, such as a bunker, and there is 30-50 yards of distance between them and a tight pin. To achieve a nice shot, it is advisable to cock your wrist more when hitting longer distances, and use less wrist cock when hitting shorter distances.
Chipping with a lob wedge
The lob wedge is particularly useful for chips around the green, especially when you are chipping over an obstacle into a tight pin. With a proper chipping technique, you can achieve a soft landing on the green and have the ball roll to the hole. Using minimal wrist action and a high pendulum on the backswing and follow through, you can achieve great high and soft shots with your lob wedge.
When should I use my lob wedge?
If you’re new to using a lob wedge, it can be difficult to determine the right times to use it. Here are some situations in which you may want to pick up your lob wedge:
1. You have to get the ball over an obstacle
Since the lob wedge can send the ball into the air easily and quickly, it is particularly useful when you’re hitting over a tree or hill. It can help you get out of tricky situations and get into a better position with ease.
2. Your ball is just off the green, in the rough
If you find yourself in the rough, a lob wedge can help you pop the ball into the air quickly and effectively. This can be a problem when using other golf clubs such as a 9-iron or a pitching wedge as they might get caught in the grass. A lob wedge, on the other hand, can enable you to get the ball high into the air swiftly without worrying about the grass.
3. You want to decrease roll and have the ball stop quickly
When playing on speedy greens, you can use the lob wedge to give your shots additional loft. The higher the ball goes up into the air, the less it will roll. You can also use your lob wedge to get more spin in your shots and get the ball nearer to the hole.
How far can you hit a lob wedge?
Depending on your golf stance, ball position and the clubhead speed, you can achieve distances in the 50-75 yard range using a lob wedge. Of course, with enough practice, you can learn to get even better distances with your lob wedge.
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