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2018 Golf Wedges

Choosing the correct set of golf wedges, in the right lofts and lies with workable shaft lengths and flex, can produce better results on the golf course. This buying guide will help answer all those niggling questions about golf wedges and help players select the wedge which is best suited to their individual needs.


Getting more from loft

It is easy to understand loft, but sometimes its benefits are overlooked.

Loft shows golfers how far the golf ball will travel, and the type of trajectory it’s expected to achieve off the clubface. The more loft a golf wedge has, the higher the trajectory is going to be for the golf ball. For example, if the trajectory is high, then the golf ball will travel a shorter distance, and vice versa.

2018 Wedges

Golf wedges are the most lofted clubs in a player’s bag, so be sure to utilise them in a way which can improve your game. Tapping into the wedges technologies is another way to squeeze the most from these golf clubs.

From pitching wedge and gap wedge, through to sand wedge and lob wedge, there is a wide range of options available for each golfer. A standard set might consist of a pitching and sand wedge for longer approach shots, but modern thinking shows that having more options in the bag will help improve players’ games. A gap wedge will fill the ‘gap’ between pitching and sand, and remove the need for tricky ¾ length shots, while a lob wedge will pop the golf ball up and over trouble, landing softly with greater spin. How many and what type of wedge is ultimately up to the golfer, but setting out for a round without at least two isn’t advisable.

It is easy to understand loft, but sometimes its benefits are overlooked.

Loft shows golfers how far the golf ball will travel, and the type of trajectory it’s expected to achieve off the clubface. The more loft a golf wedge has, the higher the trajectory is going to be for the golf ball. For example, if the trajectory is high, then the golf ball will travel a shorter distance, and vice versa.

Golf wedges are the most lofted clubs in a player’s bag, so be sure to utilise them in a way which can improve your game. Tapping into the wedges technologies is another way to squeeze the most from these golf clubs.

From pitching wedge and gap wedge, through to sand wedge and lob wedge, there is a wide range of options available for each golfer. A standard set might consist of a pitching and sand wedge for longer approach shots, but modern thinking shows that having more options in the bag will help improve players’ games. A gap wedge will fill the ‘gap’ between pitching and sand, and remove the need for tricky ¾ length shots, while a lob wedge will pop the golf ball up and over trouble, landing softly with greater spin. How many and what type of wedge is ultimately up to the golfer, but setting out for a round without at least two isn’t advisable.


Bounce angle and its benefits

Bounce is the curvy part found on the sole of the golf wedge that allows the club head to bounce out of sand or rough without sagging. Using golf wedges with the correct combination of bounce and loft will transform a game – especially short-game play.

There are three variations that can affect a golfer’s game: Low, Standard and High.

2018 Wedges

Low Bounce Wedges

Wedges promoting low bounce will be suitable for tackling shots from tight lies and firm turf conditions. The combination of having less bounce and narrower sole-width lowers the leading edge of the blade for a cleaner, crisper contact with the golf ball. This is perfect for golfers who have a creative flair on the greens and in the bunkers, but who also have shallow attack angles through impact. Less bounce and a narrower sole width makes it much easier to open the face and hit high, soft landing flop shots. Lower bounce golf wedges are found in lower loft ranges such as Pitching and Approach golf wedges used for longer approach shots. More golfers benefit from having more bounce (10 to 14 degree) as opposed to less. However, this is something only the golf player can ultimately decide upon.


Standard Bounce Wedges

The ‘standard bounce’ golf wedge is perfect for all conditions, and will work well with any golfer, making it one of the most all-round playable golf clubs on the market. It will even suit the more creative players--it’s that versatile!

A brilliant option for golfers who prefer to play an open or square face out of the bunker and who have an average of slightly steeper attack angle, standard bounce wedges will work for anyone, not just the more experienced players.


High Bounce Wedges

High bounce golf wedges are good for golfers with a steep attack angle, designed to play out of soft turf and sand. The combination of the wider flange and higher bounce angle prevents digging, whilst creating smoother gliding action of the sole along the ground. This means that a high bounce wedge will play exceptionally well out of soft sand for golfers who prefer to keep a square face through impact. High bounce golf wedges are often associated with higher lofts, although this is not always the case.

Low to mid handicap wedges are made for the best golfers. Beginners and intermediate players should give these clubs a wide berth, as wedges made for the low to mid handicapper are far superior in difficulty and need to be used by seasoned pros or very good amateurs.


Mid Handicap Wedges

Mid handicap golf wedges are designed to help golfers transition from high handicap to a more difficult golf club. Though still not good enough to swing at low handicap, wedges at medium handicap will offer some challenge, but also plenty of pay-off down the road.

High Handicap Wedges

High Handicap Wedges

For golfers just starting out, high handicap wedges are the way to go. Suitable for all golfers regardless of experience, these wedges will help hone skills until you feel ready to make the leap up into mid-handicap territory.


American Golf has a large selection of golf wedges to suit the individual needs of every golfer available in-store and online.


Some of the best golf wedges available now include the Callaway Golf Mack Daddy 4 Chrome Wedge, PING Glide 2.0 Stealth SS Wedge , Cleveland Golf 588 RTX Chrome Wedge, Titleist SM6 Vokey Slate Grey Wedge, Mizuno Golf White Satin S5 Wedge, Cobra Golf King PUR Versatile Wedge, Mizuno Golf S18 White Satin Wedge, Wilson Deep Red Wedge, Callaway Golf Sure Out Wedge, PING G400 Wedge, among many others.

At American Golf there is no shortage of golf wedges to choose from, and we only stock the biggest brands on the market, including Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, TaylorMade, Titleist, Mizuno, Nike, Wilson Staff, PING, Fazer, Wilson Deep Red, Golphin.