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Ryan Crowley

19 February 2024

Depending on which area of your game you consider your strengths, you may either love or loath reaching for your golf wedges.

But regardless of your skill level, you’ve got to admit that a well-played chip can be one of the most satisfying kinds of golf shot to watch.

Whether it’s a high-lofted flop shot where you pop the ball up in the air for it to roll to a stop by the flag, or a well-timed chip-and-run played down onto a sloped green, chipping is an incredibly versatile aspect of the game that allows for a lot of creativity and versatility.

Golf is a hard game, and so it may be easier to cling to what’s familiar and use the same golf wedge regardless of where you are, when it may not necessarily be the best tool for the job.

So today, we’re going to recap which wedges are best used in certain situations around the green, as well as give you a fantastic recommendation in the latest S159 PING golf wedges.


Gap wedge (GW) 48° - 50°


The gap wedge provides that much-needed breathing room between your wedges where a pitching wedge will give you too much power and sail past the green, but a sand wedge will give you too much height. This ideal utility tool gives you the best of both if you find yourself 70 yards or so away from the green.


Sand wedge (SW) 54° - 56°


In many ways this is the most straightforward club to remember as the clue’s in the name. You take a sand wedge with you into a bunker because this club is designed to have the widest sole in your set of wedges. This wide sole will allow you to open up your clubface and get as much bounce as possible when your club comes into contact with the sand. It’s always satisfying making good connection and splashing your ball out of a bunker!


Lob wedge (LW) 58° - 60°

A perfect escape should you find yourself stuck behind a bunker or bush, the lob wedge gives you the most loft of any club in your bag. They’re easy to play with and allow you to pop the ball in the air over short distances for accurate greenside pitching. The trick with a lob wedge is to commit to your shot to make the connection you’re looking for; you don’t want to quit on it and end up in the bunker you were trying to overcome!


Pitching wedge (PW) 46° - 48°


The first wedge you’ll reach for when you’re the furthest away from the hole, the pitching wedge is a nifty club that gives you both a good amount of distance and loft, with the aim being to land your shot on the short grass.


PING's S159 golf wedges


If you’re on the lookout for new wedges and you need some gear that will suit you all year round, you can’t go wrong with PING’s S159 range of golf wedges.

Fresh for 2024, these wedges are equipped with the very latest technological advancements from PING. One thing they’ve done really nicely with the S159 is improve the shaft-to-hosel transition on the clubhead. It looks really clean and makes the club feel really solid when you’re going through the motions of swinging your club.

After just a few strikes you’ll appreciate how these wedges offer a lot of consistent feel. PING has inserted an elastomer insert into the face that makes striking the ball feel smooth and effortless.

Whether you’re popping the ball up in the air or going for a steeper shot, you’ll be making an excellent connection with the ball. This is largely due to the intricate wheel-cute grooves on the clubface, PING makes exceptional clubs and these wedges offer oodles of control and spin.

Another superb PING wedge offering is the Glide 4.0 range. These wedges have precision-milled grooves on the face to generate more friction when you’re hitting through the turf, giving you a better sensation at impact. The higher lofted clubs have been engineered for more spin and accuracy, while the lower lofted clubs have more groove volume to give you a crisp connection with the ball.

It can feel demoralizing if you’re struggling with your short game. We want you to have fun when you’re out on the course, so if you’re looking to improve your game with a new set of golf wedges, we’d be more than happy to help you in the pro shop.

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