What Wedges Should I Carry?

When it comes to the loft, today’s iron sets are getting stronger and stronger. With newer iron sets, it’s common to see pitching wedges with a loft around 45*(rewind to a decade ago and that would be a 9 iron). So, when you have a pitching wedge with a loft around 45, you need to properly fit your wedges to that iron set and your needs. The rule of thumb is that all irons should have a 4* gap. This 4* gap provides you with consistent distance throughout the set.

4 Tips For Determining What Wedges To Carry

1. Determine the loft of your current/new pitching wedge

– Using the rule of 4 degrees,  you now have a starting point for determining what wedges to carry.

2. Determine the distance your pitching wedge travels.

– Use this distance to help you know what distance gaps you have.

3. Determine what type of shots you use near and around the green.

– This will help narrow the loft and bounce type for the wedges you’ll need to carry.

4. Fill in your bag using the above rules to determine the necessary wedges to improve your game.

– Experiment with different wedge lofts/bounces to gauge the feel of the shots.

For example, when you have a 45* pitching wedge you would need, at minimum, 49*, 53* and 57* wedges. You then need to know how far your new or current pitching wedge travels. It’s also important to think about what types of shots you play around the green (chip/pitch shots, tight lies, lots of rough).


Should you stray from this guide your wedge gapping will be off and it could cause you to lose strokes around the green. Do you need help determining what wedges you should carry? Email our PGA Professionals!

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