Hit A Lob Wedge With These Special Tips
By Jeremy Winters
The lob wedge is considered the shortest distance wedge in golf, the pitching wedge being the longest and the gap wedge filling the "gap" between them. It offers the shortest staff and the greatest loft of all golf clubs. This is a club for a far more experienced player, since a beginning or intermediate player can get away with using a pitching wedge in most pitching occasions.
The lob is employed to produce a great deal of "bite," or backspin, and also to hit over obstructions. Hit a lob wedge from about 40 to 50 yards out, in particular on fast greens where you would really want the ball to have little to no roll. This kind of wedge will usually have a club face set at an angle at 56 to 64 degrees. The highest lofts are typically referred to as x-wedges, the "x" standing for "extreme."
The lob was designed in 1931 to make up for some difficult maneuvering with pitching and sand wedges. In past times, in situations with difficult pin placements, players would need to hit glancing blows with these clubs. This uncertain shot was obviated with the advent of the lob wedge.
Now that you understand a bit about the
and also what it can be utilized for, you will want to be aware of the mechanics to hit a lob wedge. First of all, address the ball. Put the ball forward in your position, ahead of the spine. Hold your weight leaning back. It is important to open up both your stance and also the club face. That is accomplished by angling your front foot five degrees from the target. Now angle the club 5 degrees away from the target as well.
An essential point to remember is to keep your hands still. Looseness in the wrists will cause you to be unable to strike the ball in the correct contact spot. Because the goal of the lob will be to loft the ball, it is vital to hit somewhat behind the ball. The bottom of the club must hit the ground first, rather than the edge of the club face.
You're now ready to hit a lob. A number of people advise taking only a three quarter size backswing, whereas others suggest a full swing. Either way, it is necessary to have a smooth, consistent swing along the line of the feet with great follow through. Make certain to keep your head down all of the way through the follow through. This really should send the ball up into the air with the right backspin and enable it to nestle exactly where it lands, hopefully near the pin!