What Is a Pitching Wedge?

By Patrick Foley

The pitching wedge is a common iron used for short shots when coming into the green. The pitching wedge is a high lofted club and can generate high levels of spin.


The loft of a typical pitching wedge is between 45 to 50 degrees.


The pitching wedge is the first wedge in the iron category. Wedges create more spin than numbered irons because of the increased loft and construction of the grooves.


The average golfer will hit a pitching wedge anywhere between a 100 and 140 yards.


The pitching wedge when swung correctly hits the ball at a much higher trajectory than numbered irons. This helps land the ball softly on the green.


The pitching wedge can be used for an approach shot from any distance, but is also great for chipping and pitching. The pitching wedge gives the golfer a great level of feel while providing the ability to hit an array of shots.

About The Author

Patrick Foley is a writer from Phoenix, AZ. He is a sports fanatic and loves football, golf, and track. He has been writing for Golf Link for almost a year. He is a college football player at the University of Pennsylvania. He is enrolled in the Wharton Business School.He has have a wide set of skills in writing and marketing.


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