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What are golf wedges?

Wedges look similar to irons, but their club face angle gives them a more dynamic performance. A full swing with a golf wedge sends the ball high into the air, and it descends quickly with minimal spin. When used for chipping, golf wedges help the ball stop promptly. These clubs are handy for approach shots, sand escapes, chipping, and pitching. The key is selecting the right wedge for the job.

Different types of wedges

There are five different types of golf wedges, each used for different purposes. 

The pitching wedge

Almost all golfers own a pitching wedge. They are extremely versatile and can be used across the course, meaning that they are probably one of the most-used clubs in a golfer’s bag. A pitching wedge will have a loft of between 42 and 46 degrees, meaning that a pitching wedge will hit the ball further than any other wedge.

Pitching wedges are often used to chip out of trouble, to hit bumps and runs around the green, or to chip out from under trees.

The gap wedge

Next on the list is the gap wedge. As their name suggests, gap wedges are often used to ‘fill the gap’ between the pitching wedge and the sand wedge. They usually have a loft of between 50 and 53 degrees, and are largely suited to fuller shots.

They are typically included in a player’s bag because of their ability to bridge the distance gap and as another option for near the green and pitches that don’t need a full swing.

The sand wedge

The sand wedge was originally designed to help your ball escape from the bunker due to its heavier and wider sole. However, over time, they have developed to be one of the most used wedges and can be used almost anywhere. It is typically used for chips and bunker shots around the green.

Their loft is usually in the range of 54 to 58 degrees, which was the highest lofted club in a player’s bag until the lob wedge was introduced.

The lob wedge

The lob wedge is often only required by more experienced players who need to hit complex shots, due to its high loft. A lob wedge typically  has a loft of around 58-64 degrees. 

In wedges, the higher the loft, the more difficult the club is to use. Most beginners and intermediate players will struggle to make consistent contact using one, especially when shooting from the fairway.

The chipper wedge

The final wedge to consider adding to your bag is the chipper wedge. These wedges are different to the others because of their lower loft (around 38-39 degrees) and their upright lie. They are roughly 35 inches long, similar to a putter.

The design of this club is to help you make solid contact and have a more consistent game. However, they are probably the least versatile club in your entire bag. Their inability to achieve much height or spin of the ball means that they are unlikely to get your ball over many obstacles, so you can only use this wedge when there is no rough, bunkers, ponds, or anything else around you.

How to choose the right wedges for you

The optimal wedge really depends on your experience and skill, as well as how much you want to spend. If you are an experienced golfer who takes the sport very seriously, you will probably require multiple different wedges, as many as four or five. However, if you’re a beginner, you will probably only need one or two.

If you’re a high handicapper, you probably only need a pitching and sand wedge. Mid handicappers will probably need to add a gap wedge, and it’s only when you’re a low handicapper and consistent with all your clubs that you should consider adding a lob wedge.

It’s probably best to work with a few clubs at a time until you become consistent with them, and then add more clubs when you actually feel like you need them.

Why to buy and sell your clubs through Cash Fore Clubs

We are firm believers in making golf accessible to everyone, regardless of their skill level. Our mission is to provide golfers of all abilities with access to top-quality products, all without the high price tag.

While our expertise is in offering pre-owned golf clubs, we also work closely with manufacturers to source the finest new golf clubs available. Our team of experienced professionals carefully hand-picks each club, ensuring that only the highest-quality items make it to our store.

We are committed to making your shopping experience as smooth as possible by offering flexible payment options and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. This way, you can enjoy your new golf drivers with complete peace of mind.

How to buy your second hand wedges

We’ve simplified the process of buying second-hand wedges. Whether you use our club search or our Build a Bag feature, you can effortlessly explore and compare various makes of wedge golf clubs that catch your eye, all while staying within your budget, thanks to our filtering options.

Once you’ve added your chosen wedge to your cart, securing it is easy with our diverse payment methods, whether you opt for full payment or one of our flexible alternatives. Your wedges will be promptly delivered to your doorstep.

Rest assured that if, for any reason, your new purchase doesn’t meet your expectations, we’ve got you covered with our 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

And if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, our Wish List feature allows you to save your ideal wedge and receive a notification from our team as soon as it’s restocked, even before it becomes available to the general public!


Condition guide on used golf clubs

Each golf club we receive undergoes a rigorous quality assessment, ensuring that only the highest-quality products are featured in our store. Our detailed Condition Guide offers comprehensive insights into the extensive scrutiny applied to every aspect of the club, encompassing the heads, shafts, and grips.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What golf club type is a wedge?

A golf wedge is a type of golf club designed for short-distance shots around the green. They are characterised by their high loft angles, which help golfers get the ball in the air quickly and stop it on the green.

How many types of golf wedges are there?

There are typically five types of golf wedges: pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, lob wedge and chipper wedge. Each type has a different loft angle and is used for specific shots.

Can I sell my pre-owned wedges through Cash Fore Clubs?

At our online store and Chippenham location, we provide a seamless experience for purchasing or selling pre-owned golf wedges and various other club types. If you’re considering selling online, simply visit our dedicated selling page.

We also offer you the chance to exchange your used wedges for brand new ones. This not only helps you save money but also guarantees that the next owner benefits from greater value with your previously owned golf equipment!