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Encyclopedia > Wedge (golf)

In the game of golf, wedges are, of course, irons. But wedges are often talked about separately, placed in their own category, because they are specialized irons. Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor sport where individual players or teams play a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ...

When talking about the category of wedges, most golfers mean the gap wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge. Although a pitching wedge has "wedge" in its name, it is usually grouped with the other irons. This is because a typical, off-the-shelf set of irons for sale will include a 3-iron through a pitching wedge.

The gap wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge are often sold separately, or as a 3-club subset. Because the focus with wedges is on accuracy - trying to hit a short shot as close as possible to the flagstick - wedges are often referred to as the "scoring clubs." A golfer uses a gap wedge to hit a shot with higher and shorter trajectory than a pitching wedge. ... As the name implies, a golfer uses a sand wedge to stroke a golf ball from a sand bunker, also known as a sand trap, bunker or hazard. ... A Lob Wedge is a high lofted golf club with a loft of between 60 and 67 degrees, and is the most lofted club in a golfers bag. ...



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