2014 Buyer's Guide Wedges
Have a look at some of our favorite wedges for 2014
By Glenn Deck, PGA
If you don't like greenside bunkers and you're trying to help the ball get up over the bunker lip, here's a fix for you. The first step is to simplify your bunker setup and eliminate being too open in your stance or having the clubface too open. I want you to use your normal pitch shot except you'll use the bounce in your clubhead and swing like your ball is in greenside rough.
FIX #2: Change your distance thought; if you have a 15-yard bunker shot, you need a 45-yard swing. Yes, multiply the distance you need to hit by three to offset the cushion of sand between the clubface and ball. If you're playing in a firm or wet bunker, double the distance; if you're in soft powder sand, multiply the distance by four. Learn to make the practice swing outside the bunker before you walk into the bunker, so on most 20-yard bunker shots, make a 60-yard practice swing, then walk into the bunker, take your setup and go with the same feel.
|If you're really serious about shooting some lower scores this year, ditch the practice tee once in a while and hone in on your short game. Even with good swing mechanics, and sometimes perfect execution, you're going to find yourself missing a few (sometimes a lot of) greens. Factors such as club selection, weather, elevation changes or green layouts and pin placements all affect our ability to knock it stiff, even on days when everything feels just right.
This year, wedge customization is popular, and rightfully so. Getting the custom look, feel, bounce, loft, etc., is crucial for becoming more proficient with short shots. Have a look at some of our favorite wedges for 2014.
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