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General Instruction On How To Use A Lob Wedge In Golf

Lob wedge – a unique club, like none other and as important as putter and the driver, it occupies a special place in the golf kit. Situations where there is very little grass to work on or hitting the ball over a hazard to a small landing area are the times when golfers realize the true significance of the lob wedge. On the whole, the lob wedge is designed to carry out some of the toughest shots in golf.

  • As its name suggests, this wedge is used to hit shots that go high, and land soft and quick. Clubs of this kind generally have a lob angle between 60 to 64 degrees. The design of the lob wedge is well suited to hit solid shots, but in spite the benefit handed to golfers, not many utilize to their advantage. Many golfers lack clear understanding of lob wedge fundamentals. Here are a few general instructions to help you use this club.
  • Assume a normal stance and place the ball a little forward of center in your stance. Weight distribution is the key here. Be certain that the weight is evenly distributed on both feet. Putting more weight on one foot, and less on the other, will negatively affect the lob shot. The gap between the feet must be shoulder width apart, and as the stroke distance reduces, the stance width must increase.
  • When addressing the ball, the hands must be ahead of the ball (i.e.) the hands must be leaning towards the target. This is the ideal position, though you can also keep the stem of the club perpendicular to the turf.
  • Grip down, not way down, but a little low to gain better feel and control of the lob wedge. Keep the club face slightly open (i.e.) present a square club face.
  • Add momentum to the swing as you hit through the ball. This can be achieved by having a longer follow through than the backswing. For instance, if at the top point of the backswing the left arm and the turf are parallel, the follow through must have a full finish.
  • Let the left arm do the talking (i.e.) lead the downswing with it to keep the shaft forward and promote a descending stroke.
  • Your objective must be not to hit down, but to slide the wedge under the ball. If executed well, the ball will stay longer in the air, travel short distance, and stop right away on touching the ground.
  • Mastering lob wedge shot is hard work, but with practice this club is a great weapon that’ll serve you well.