Bladed Wedge vs. Putter when playing from the first cut

By Steve Silverman

Playing well in the short game is the biggest key when it comes to scoring well in golf. To execute shots with your 9-iron, pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, lob wedge or putter you have to think each shot through ahead of time and then decide which club will best suit the particular shot you have. When you are in the first cut around the green, the choice of hitting with your bladed wedge or your putter will determine the outcome of the hole.

The bladed wedge

This club has a high degree of loft and is almost always used for shots between 30 and 100 yards. However, it can deliver a winning stroke when you are in the first cut around the green. Many professional golfers will opt to use their bladed wedge to make sure that their club will not get held up by the grass around the green. Other golfers know that if they hit the ball with the edge of the wedge, they will get a solid shot that will roll in the direction they are intending the ball to go and it will not veer off course.

The putter

The benefit of playing a ball from the first cut with the putter is that the golfer will get an excellent "feel" for his shot as he lines it up. The pendulum swing of the putter is carefully controlled by the golfer and he knows that if he brings the club back and then follows through an equal distance, he will have a smooth and reliable swing and should be able to control the distance and speed of the shot. However, the golfer hitting from the first cut may sometimes get his club held up by the short grass, leading to a miss-hit.

The choice

With practice, a golfer can hit an effective shot with either club. However, if the shot from the first cut is 40 feet or more, you should use the wedge because of its heavy outside edge. If you hit with a putter, you may think you can roll the ball a long distance but may have a hard time getting it to the hole or keeping it accurate. The stroke with the bladed wedge does not have to be as hard and is less likely to result in a mistake.

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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