A short time ago I went to the range with the specific goal of hitting shots with my new wedges as well as with previous models to compare the old with the new. There was not much surprise with clubs of similar length and loft in total yardage and trajectory but what really stood out was the extraordinary change in ball flight that was caused by only 1 degree of lie angle difference! With the ever increasing choices in makes and models of wedges, it has never been more important to make sure that they are properly fit to you and compliment the rest of your set. Many of the new wedges have specific wedge shafts which can vary quite a bit in performance characteristics from the rest of your set, but be very careful to make sure (especially if your scoring clubs are from another manufacturer) that the lengths and lie angles are correct. Because of the effect of compound angles in the more lofted clubs, your wedges are the most important clubs in your bag to make sure that the lie angles match up to your swing when you set down a square face. For full to ¾ swings the scoring lines need to come through the impact zone perfectly parallel to the ground. Pushing or pulling your shots, or hitting consistently off of the heel or toe of your scoring clubs can be a sign for needing to have your clubs checked. See your local Golf Professional to make sure that you are hitting the best shots that you can with the clubs that can make the biggest changes on the score card… the closer you can hit your wedges, the shorter the birdie putts are.
Play well, Dave Lengyel