The goal of wedge fitting is to provide the best wedges, specifications and loft selection to optimize short game performance. Properly fit wedges will use the best bounce and sole grind for the player’s technique and course conditions. By selecting appropriate loft wedges, distance gaps will be evenly spaced and lead to better scoring.
Step 1: Evaluate Current Wedges
- Note wedge lofts and bounce angles in the current set.
- Hit full shots and determine carry distances.
- Determine the wedge shots or situations handled with ease and those that are most difficult.
Step 2: Test Sole Performance and Shot Tendencies
Test Sole Performance
- Apply lie tape to a Vokey Design Spin Milled 56.11 wedge and hit two shots off a lie board with a 1/2 to 3/4 swing.
- Evaluate the sole marks to determine the wedge swing style and required bounce.
Slider/Sweeper Style Player
- Shallow angle of attack
- Minimal ground contact
- Shallow divots and less sand displacement
- Able to slide the club under the ball with an open face
Slider/Sweeper Wedge Seletion: Choose wedges with medium bounce for versatility or choose wedges based on the typical course conditions in which you play. For firm conditions choose a wedge with less bounce. For soft conditions, choose wedges with more bounce.
Slider/Sweeper Tip: Consider having additional wedges available to vary your set composition based on the course conditions.
Neutral Style Player
- Moderate angle of attack
- Medium sized divot
- Moderate sand displacement
Neutral Style Wedge Selection: Choose wedges with moderate bounce for versatility or choose wedges based on the typical course conditions in which you play.
Neutral Style Tip: Consider carrying at least one wedge with increased sole relief to give yourself maximum shot making opportunities.
Driver/Digger Style Player
- Moderate to steep angle of attack
- Full divot
- More sand displacement
- Tends to play shots with a square face relying on the loft
Driver/Digger Wedge Seletion: Choose wedges with more bounce for maximum playability, particularly from the sand. For firm conditions, choose a wedge with medium bounce. For soft conditions, choose wedges with more bounce.
Driver/Digger Tip: Consider a set composition that includes a lower lofted, medium bounce wedge and a higher lofted, high bounce wedge.
Step 3: Fit For Highest Lofted Wedge
We recommend fitting better players for a 58° or 60° wedge. This wedge will be the preferred club for recovery shots around the green from both the sand and turf.
- Hit shots with 58° and 60° wedges with the recommended bounce from the sand first.
- If the wedge performs well out of the sand, determine carry distance. Begin testing recovery shots from the fairway and rough to various pin locations to verify the loft and bounce recommendation and preferred feel.
- Fit for lie angle.
Some players will benefit from a 62° or 64° Vokey Design wedge as their highest lofted wedge. These wedges may allow players to execute short yardage shots with a fuller swing and more control. These wedges are best used for specialty shots around the green such as deep bunkers, short-sided shots and firm greens.
Step 4: Fill Gaps Between Pitching Wedge & Highest Lofted Wedge
- Hit full shots with the pitching wedge and note the loft and carry distance.
- Determine the yardage gap between the full swing pitching wedge and highest lofted wedge.
- Fill gaps in 4° to 6° increments so yardage gaps between clubs are 10 to 15 yards.
- Hit full shots with a 54° and 56° Vokey wedge with the recommended bounce and note carry distance.
- If a gap of more than 15 yards exists between the pitching wedge and the 54° or 56° wedge, determine if the player can effectively hit partial wedge shots to fill the gap between their pitching wedge and their 54°/ 56° wedge.
- If the player is inconsistent or uncomfortable with partial pitching wedge shots, test a 50° or 52° wedge to fill the gap.
- Verify the bounce, feel and trajectory of the recommended gap wedge by testing 1/2 and 3/4 swing shots from the fairway to various pin locations.
- Fit for lie angle by using sole tape and evaluating lie marks and preferred shot shape.