How to Use a Ping MB 54 Wedge

By Steve Silverman

Learning to hit confidently and competently with a wedge can take five strokes or more off of a golfer's game. Playing well around the greens is the key to scoring on the golf course. The Ping MB wedge with a 54-degree loft is an outstanding club to use on those "in-between" shots golfers face when they are in the 50-to-75-yard range.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Understand that the Ping MB wedge with a 54-degree loft is not designed for longer wedge shots. It is a gap wedge that will get your ball within 15 feet of the flag stick if you hit it correctly. A Ping MB wedge will send the ball high in the air and land it softly on the green, but it will not fly a long distance.
Step 2
Play the ball midway between your front foot and your back foot when you are more than 60 yards from the hole. Swing down on it, and it will fly high up in the air and stop shortly after it lands. You must also follow through all the way to get backspin on the ball to make it stop rolling--and perhaps even back up--after it hits.
Step 3
Hit the Ping MB 54-degree wedge with confidence, because it has a larger face than most gap wedges, and that makes the club more forgiving. The sweet spot is spread throughout the lower half of the club and not just in the lower-center portion.
Step 4
Use your Ping MB 54-degree wedge for chipping as well as pitching. The nickname for this club is the "50-50" wedge because so much of its weight is near the bottom of the club. The chip shot with the Ping MB 54-degree will typically take two bounces and then check up and stop rolling.
Step 5
Play a very short chip shot--20 yards or less--with loose hands. Just a half-swing back and a half-swing forward will get the job done when you are trying to get near the flag stick. Tensing your hands and keeping your wrists cocked will send the shot past the hole.


About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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