3/21/2011 5:39:07 PM
A bag full of wedges has become the status quo.
Most touring pros carry at least three and it's not uncommon to see four wedges depending on the golf course. This has filtered down to the ranks and now many players feel they have to complete their arsenal with at least one gap wedge.
It's fun to collect clubs and different wedges can help you to hit a variety of shots, but it takes an element of shotmaking out of the equation.
Great wedge players like Phil Mickelson not only carry different wedges in their bags, but they know how to play the different shots. Mickelson can vary the loft on any particular club to the effect he can hit a flop shot with a 5-iron.
To help you learn touch around the green, it is important to know how to vary the loft with your wedge and it works with any golf club.
The basic rule is when you open the clubface you add loft and when you close it you effectively take loft away from the club.
When you're at the range, experiment with the loft of your wedge. Open the clubface, play the ball forward in your stance and open your stance. Take your normal swing and you'll notice the ball comes out in a higher trajectory than normal.
Then, move the ball back in your stance and hood the club slightly or just leave it square and you'll be able to hit shots with a lower trajectory.
Once you're comfortable with the wedge, move on to longer irons and experiment by opening the clubface, moving it forward in your stance, and keeping it square and moving it back.
Not only will you gain greater understanding of how the clubface influences the golf ball, but you'll add some shots to your bag without adding any new clubs.
That's a good price in any economy.