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Learning More About Golf Equipment

Oct 19, 2007
There are two types of wedges to use when golfing: the pitching wedge, the sand wedge, and the pitching wedge. While your golf club set may come with other wedges, these are the most important and widely used when golfing. To identify a wedge, all you have to do is look at the size of the club in general. Wedges are smaller than other clubs so the golfer can get closer to the ball to make a short shot. Wedges are not meant for long distances, but rather for height and short shots that get the ball to the green.

While you may be tempted to use your wedge at various times during the game, keep in mind that a sand wedge or pitching wedge will only move your ball about one hundred feet. This is why they are used to get the ball to the green or out of a sand trap.

Pitching wedges are used to get your ball to the green. If you need to make a short shot to the green, using an iron will cause your ball to go beyond the green, which will cost you in extra shots. Using a pitching wedge will get you closer to the hole because the ball travels higher, but a much shorter distance.

A sand wedge is used mostly to escape sand traps that are near the green. Like a pitching wedge, you will be able to move the ball about one hundred feet and away from the sand trap. This wedge is also better for dealing with the perils of sand. Learning how to use the sand wedge is important because if you don't get the club under the ball, it won't move as far as you need it to.

When learning how to play golf, you should practice using wedges as they can come in handy when you need to be more precise in your shot. Because a wedge will drive the ball higher in the air than others, you can use them to get around certain objects and land closer to the green.

As a golfer, you have to be selective about which golf clubs to use when playing a game. Choosing the wrong club may result in hitting the ball too far or too short. If you are unsure about which clubs to use, remember that wedges are for short distances only and other clubs will be able to hit the ball much farther.
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