Product Type: Wilson Golf
Newest Review: ... club to spend a bit of money on, as bunkers can make or break your round! What is the difference that a sand wedge gives you? --------... more
The Sand Wedge, Not Just For When You're Hungry
Member Name: andyoz
Advantages: Great For Bunker Play & Short Shots
Disadvantages: Some Cheap Ones Out There
If you play golf on a regular basis or you have never even picked up a golf club, chances are you will be aware that on an average golf course you are going to see small ditches full of sand. These of course are known as bunkers. The idea behind of bunker is to punish of golfer for a badly aimed or poorly played shot. Some courses will only have a few shallow bunkers whereas some courses can have literally hundreds of deep dangerous bunkers. When you play on a golf course there is one club that is designed exclusively for helping you get out of the sand and back onto the fairway or green. That club is known as a sand wedge.
I have been playing golf for many years now, I have been in hundreds of bunkers over the years, some pretty tame some really nasty. Without a sand wedge chances are I would still be there swinging away. So now let's take a closer look at what exactly a sand wedge is, how to use and what kind of sand wedges are out there on the market.
So first of all what makes a sand wedge different from other golf clubs? Well it's mainly the angle of the club face. A sand wedge will have a very open face, meaning when you look down at the club head the angle of the blade will be facing back up towards your head. Most sand wedges have angles of around 60 degrees, some even more so. This means that when you play a show the ball will shoot up in the air, thus hopefully leaving the bunker. That is the idea of a sand wedge, get the ball up quickly and out of danger.
To hit a sand wedge shot out of a bunker you need to get right under the ball. It is a good idea to shuffle your feet around in the sand so that you are balanced. According to the rules of golf it is illegal to ground your club in the bunker, this means that before you take your shot you can not pull your club in the sand, so no practice swings in the sand. When you play the shot aim to hit the sand behind the ball, this will get your club under the ball and pop the ball up in the air.
Sand wedges are not only used in bunkers. Many players will select sand wedges when they have short pitch shots into the green or chip shots around the green. If a player wants to get the ball up quickly out of the long rough this is also a time when he may select to use a sand wedge.
So if you are looking to purchase a sand wedge what should you be looking for? Well all the major golf manufactures make sand wedges so often it is just down to personal preference. Some players will select a very open face where as some may prefer less of angle. This is something to take into consideration. Another thing to think about is how thick the blade of the club is, a thin blade will usually be easier to get under the ball to get it out of the sand. One thing to be careful of is cheap sand wedges, these can be poorly balanced and make it awkward to get your shot just right.
When it comes to the price of a sand wedge it really depends on the make and condition of the wedge you select to buy. You can pick up cheap second hand ones for a few pounds or you can buy top of the range sand wedges and pay close to £100. It really is down to what kind of club you want and how much you are willing to spend.
A send wedge is a vital component of any golf players golf bag. This is a very useful club that can be used to play a variety of shots. If you find yourself regularly visiting the bunkers then this is a very useful tool indeed. This will help you get out of the bunkers and even control your shot so to get it to land in the right place when you use it. Sand wedges really are a very important golf club that every golfer should consider getting hold of.
Summary: A Very Handy Golf Club