How to Get the Most Out of Your Lob Wedge

By Steve Silverman

The lob wedge is the club to use when you have a short pitch shot to the green. If you are less than 60 yards from the green, the lob wedge will give you a chance to hit the ball high in the air and land softly. A well-struck lob wedge will allow you to hit your ball less than 15 feet from the flagstick. Many golfers are under the mistaken impression that only pros or high-level amateurs can hit a lob wedge successfully. However, high and intermediate handicappers can also hit the lob wedge effectively.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Play the ball in the middle of your stance. Your left shoulder should be facing the flagstick and your left foot should be directly underneath your left shoulder. Bend your knees and make sure you are in an athletic position when you get ready to start your swing.
Step 2
Hold the club firmly. You may have a short shot, but you don't have to ease off on the grip. The lob wedge has a loft of 56 to 60 degrees, and that will prevent you from overshooting the green. Grip the club at about a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. That's the equivalent of a firm handshake with a business associate.
Step 3
Bring the club back about ¾ of the distance that you normally bring it back. That means your hands will be at about mid-rib level. At that point, you will begin to transfer your weight and begin your downswing.
Step 4
Come through the ball at full speed when you commit to your downswing. Do not slow down at impact. You need to accelerate to a full-speed down approach to the ball and follow-through. This will send the ball high up in the air and allow it to land softly on the green. If struck in this manner, the ball will stop shortly after landing.
Step 5
Use the lob wedge anytime you have a shot of 60 yards or less to the green and you have obstacles like trees, water or a bunker between your ball and the green. Some golfers may prefer to chip the ball, keep it low and let it run up to the green from that distance. However, that is not an option if there are obstacles. Hit the lob wedge with confidence, and you will have a chance to get your ball close to the flagstick on a regular basis.

Tips & Warnings

Practice your swing with the lob wedge at the driving range on a regular basis.

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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