Discover Golf : May 2016
36 discovergolf.com.au Approximately 70% of golf shots are played within 100 metres of the green. Therefore, your ability to control the distances of your wedge shots will enable you to knock the ball closer to the hole. And score better. Years ago, it was common for a set of golf clubs to include a pitching wedge (52 degrees loft) and a sand wedge (56 degrees loft). This practice is outdated. These days, many PWs are 46 degrees, which creates a huge gap in loft with the SW. This could measure up to 30 metres in distance. To overcome this broad distance variation, most golfers will change the length and/ or speed of their golf swing. However, there’s an easier way to produce consistent results. The game’s leading brands now offer a wide variety of lofts and wedge types. In order to bridge the gap in loft between the modern PW and the SW, manufacturers have produced a gap wedge (around 52 degrees). Essentially the GW replaces the ‘old’ PW. The lob wedge is another modern introduction. With around 60 degrees loft, the LW is designed to produce higher floating and softer landing shots. It’s perfect for playing into firm greens. Ideally, you are aiming to achieve a distance variation of around 10-15 metres from club to club. This equates to approximately four to six degrees in loft. Bridging The Gap wedges in store WHAT’S NEW AN EXAMPLE OF GOOD WEDGE GAPPING Pitching wedge — 46 degrees Gap wedge — 52 degrees Sand wedge — 56 degrees Lob wedge — 60 degrees Visit your nearest Drummond Golf store for a wedge fitting.