If you are new to the sport of golf, knowing how many wedges you need to carry can be a bit confusing, especially when you see different golfers carrying a different amount of wedges. It can be difficult to know what the correct amount is. This post will help you sort through this common question.
So how many wedges should you carry in your bag?
It is important to remember that while there is a number of wedges that are recommended, there is not necessarily a correct number of wedges you should carry. You can carry more or less, depending on your personal preferences, and your golfing style.
What are wedges used for?
Wedges are an important golf club. They are typically used for different approach shots (shots close to the green), and are especially useful for if you find yourself in a sand trap. Wedges are the clubs you will need to rely on when you are hitting the ball a short distance. While they can still be used to hit the ball a fair distance, they are not intended to be used for long distance shots (you’ll use your irons for those shots).
Wedges are an essential part of golfing, and you will not get very far without a few of these in your club set.
How many wedges do you need?
As we have already touched upon, there is not necessarily a correct answer to this. While some golfers will carry more, others will carry less. It really does depend on a golfer’s personal preferences, and the type of golf course you are playing on. For example, I play a local par 3 course and I typically bring a pitching wedge and a Cleveland sand wedge (affiliate link) for my round. I use the sand wedge for almost every hole, but if I was playing a larger course, that wouldn’t be the case.
However, it is important to note that when you purchase a golf club set, some sets only include one wedge. While this is absolutely fine, especially if you are a new golfer, some golfers may choose to purchase more for their set. This is because different types of wedges are better for different types of shots. For example, a wedge used to hit your golf ball out of the sand is going to be a different weight and size than one that you would use to take a short distance shot from the grass.
As a result, often having a few different wedges to choose from can place you at an advantage over someone that only has one wedge.
There are four main types of wedges that golfers will use – pitching, sand, gap, and lob. All of these are useful to have, however, you do not have to purchase them all. Here are the purposes of each wedge:
Pitching Wedge – A pitching wedge is the most used wedge of the four. Labeled P or PW, this is typically the wedge that will be included in a golf club set. This wedge is best used when you have a distance of around 100 yards. The loft will be around 45 to 50 degrees, and you would use this wedge as you get within a short range of the green (or sometimes on a par 3 hole for your tee shot).
Sand Wedge – As the name suggests, a sand wedge is used to hit your ball out of the sand. Labeled SW or S, this wedge can hit the ball up to 90 yards, which is not too far, but enough to have clearance from the sand. They are around 58 degrees loft, and they allow the ball to travel quickly. If the course you are using has sand, we would recommend adding a sand wedge to your collection.
Gap Wedge – Gap wedges are useful if you want to hit the ball around 100 yards. These wedges act as the middleman between a pitching and a sand wedge, when neither are quite the right fit for your shot. They can have higher or lower lofts depending on the option you choose, and they can be quite varied on the whole, depending on your preference.
Lob Wedge – These types of wedges have the highest loft of all, which is over 57 degrees typically. They can hit the ball in the air at high speed, and they are a useful wedge to have. They stop the ball from hitting the ground hard and rolling. They will hit the ball up to around 65 yards, and are great options for a shorter shot.
When you take into consideration that these four types of wedges all have different purposes, it would be useful to have one of each. This would allow you to plan your shots strategically and get the most out of your golfing. However, you do not necessarily have to have all of these wedges in your set.
What wedges do most golfers carry?
The vast majority of golfers will carry three wedges, the pitch, sand, and lob wedge. These are the three most important wedges.
As they serve different purposes, it is useful to have them in your collection. However, if you want to cover all the bases, you can choose to add a gap wedge to your set too.
Overall, it is up to the individual golfer and what they feel like they need to carry. For certain courses, you may not need to carry a sand wedge, but for other courses, this may be one of the most important wedges.
The more you golf and become familiar with the different types of wedges, the more confident you will be in your choices, and decisions.
We hope that you have found this article useful. As you can see, the amount of wedges that you will carry while golfing will be based on your own personal preferences.
In general, we would always recommend carrying three wedges at least. This will help you to cover all the bases and ensure that your golf set meets all of your potential needs. However, if you are looking to be more precise, carrying the four types of wedges is the best option.
Some golfers will even carry up to five different golf wedges, but this will depend on the course and the individual. Overall, it is up to you how many wedges you choose to carry while golfing.
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