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Fight with constant wedge contact? Consider this gear fit

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Let’s start this piece with a question: What is the most important aspect when building a wedge? Some would say it’s matching the grind to a golfer’s typical delivery and course conditions. Others might claim that hitting the loft holes can lead to success in the short game. A softer shaft flex, compared to irons, is another common game.

I highlight all of these common alterations because each one has a valuable purpose.

There’s also another lesser-known alteration golfers should consider if inconsistent contact is a problem: moving to a flatter wedge angle. That’s right: there is a situation where could it makes sense to have different lay angles on the irons and scoring tools.

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During an episode of GOLF In the 2020 Fully Equipped podcast, James Sieckmann, director of instruction for Shadow Ridge Country Club, noted that while most wedges on store shelves have vertical lie angles, elite players who you see on TV every week they play scoring clubs with a decidedly flatter lie. angle.

Since less force is imparted on the shaft during a wedge strike, there is not as much shaft drop, causing the tip to sink into the ground. Without the same strength and shaft drop, it makes sense to at least consider the idea of ​​going to a flatter lie angle, particularly in the lob wedge.

“Because of the lack of drop, another problem a lot of times is that as the club interacts with the turf, the toe interaction is better than the heel interaction,” Sieckmann said. “[The] The worst thing you can do is dig into your heel.

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Some readers have asked in the past if there is a direct correlation between lie angle and axis. In other words, do you need to consider an axis change if the entering angle is flattened?

“Ultimately, it depends on what you want to do, stylistically, with a wedge,” said Kris McCormack, co-host of Fully Equipped. “When it comes to wedge shaft, pushup, and weight, the general rule of thumb is to drop a pushup and go up on weight. That’s to accommodate the player who, most of the time, doesn’t use the wedge with a full swing, but still maintains the same swing rhythm and consistency that he uses in a wedge.

“Some players have used the same shaft in their wedges that they use in their irons. So, if you’re a complete swing guy with your wedges, I’m not going to slap you on the wrist and tell you that you can’t put an X100 or S300 on your wedge. Do you need a specific axis for wedges? Not necessarily. I just wouldn’t make a weight loss recommendation.”

If inconsistent shim contact is a problem, start by looking for an installer with an extensive array of shims. Your wedges will most likely need a lie angle adjustment, and trying different options is the first step to shoring up the contact issue. From there, start with the same shaft you currently have in your irons and see how it affects launch and spin.

You most likely won’t need to adjust the axis if a lie angle change is made. The only one I could suggest has more to do with personal preference, which is reduced in flex and added weight. Doing so will add stability to tricky shots around the green, especially when it comes to partial shots.

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Jonathan Wall is the Managing Editor of Equipment for GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. Before joining the staff in late 2018, he spent 6 years covering teams for the PGA Tour.

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