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Bridging the gap in short game armoury.

We all know (or should know!) that the Rules of Golf state that we are entitled to carry a maximum of 14 clubs in our bag. The question is: What combination of 14 clubs should we carry? The answer to this question depends on many factors, but one thing that is true, is that 65 per cent of the game is played within 100 yards of the hole yet most amateur golfers will use only one club (sand wedge), maybe two (pitching wedge also), if they've got a shot of less than 100 yards in distance.

The point I am trying to make is that this means most amateur golfers are carrying up to 11 other clubs in their bags for distances in excess of 100 yards, which as previously stated only equates to around 35 per cent of the game.

This means that, although more than half your round will consist of shots of distances less than 100 yards, you have a choice of less than a quarter of the clubs you are carrying for these shots!

It doesn't make sense, does it?

Why not add another wedge to your game?

I'm sure you have heard of 'gap' wedges, named so because they are usually more lofted than a pitching wedge but less lofted than a sand wedge.

The gap wedge therefore sits in the 'gap' between the two.

A standard pitching wedge normally has around 47 or 48 degrees of loft, and a standard sand wedge has around 56 degrees of loft. This equates to a gap of around eight degrees between the two.

By adding an additional wedge with a loft of around 52 degrees, you automatically have another distance/yardage covered.

The key then is to know your yardages for each club, but not only for a full shot but for half swings also.

This would then mean you would know at least six pretty accurate yardages all for distances less than 100 yards (3 clubs x 2 distances/swings with each).

Try adding another wedge to your bag and see how you lower your scores.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 10, 2006
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