What Is A Gap Wedge And How Do I Use It?

Suppose you want to play a shot that is longer than the sand wedge stroke, but shorter than the pitch shot, then the only option you have is using a Gap Wedge. This wedge is usually played to get the ball closer to the green.

The characteristics of a gap wedge

  • The gap wedge has an angle between 50-degrees and 54-degrees, which is lesser than that of the sand wedge (between 54 to 58-degrees) and higher than that of pitching wedge (around 45-degrees).

  • The gap wedge is usually used as a replacement for the pitch, sand, or lob wedge.

  • Most players use a gap wedge made of steel for its durability and greater control.

  • The distance you can hit the gap wedge is based on the lob it can create. Typically, the average distance you can achieve with this wedge is around 90-yards.

  • The gap between the leading edge and bottom of the clubface determines the bounce of a club. Usually, gap wedges have a bounce of 6-degress or higher, which is high for a club. Players can use this wedge to play on both soft fairways or dry and hard fairways.

  • The finish on a club determines the amount of spin created on the ball. Gap wedges have a rusted, dark, or chrome finish. Keep in mind that clubs with a worn out finish will generate less spin.

How to use the gap wedge

The gap wedge bridges the gap between the pitch and the sand wedge. Players can use the gap wedge the same way they use the other two clubs. To get the best out of a gap wedge you need to practice and find out how it can serve your purpose. To find out follow this drill.
  • To ascertain the distance you can hit with the gap wedge visit the practice range with a gap wedge, pitching wedge, and sand wedge. Allot 12 balls to each club and begin with the pitching wedge. Note the distance you cover with each wedge. Also, find out the height you’re reaching with each club. After 36 shots you’ll have a fair idea of distance you can cover with the gap and other two wedges.

  • For the second part of the drill, experiment with the ball placement. First, place the ball across the inner sole of the lead foot and swing 12 times. Then, move the ball closer to the trail foot and play 12 strokes. Measure the height and distance of each shot.

  • The third and final part of the drill is using different swing lengths. First, try the full-length swings and then half-swings. Measure the shots and calculate the average the height and distance covered. Use this drill to learn how you can use the gap wedge.

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