Amongst the golf club wedges the most frequently used wedge is the ‘Pitching Wedge’. For most of the amateur golfers, pitching would probably be the very first wedge that they try hands-on.
The pitching wedge has the minimum loft and the longest shaft among the wedges. Being the most common wedge, a pitching wedge always finds its place in the bag of almost every golfer.
No matter whether he is a pro or amateur. The degrees of a pitching wedge vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and also from a player to player depending upon the personal choice and comfort.
Let’s have a look at the degrees of different angles of a pitching wedge.
Pitching Wedge Degrees
We will see the degrees of pitching wedge in terms of three important angles, these are— the loft and bounce.
Putting Wedge Loft Angle
A typical pitching wedge loft ranges from 45 to 50 degrees, which is the least of all the wedges but more than a 9-iron. Due to the narrower loft angle pitching wedge allows you to hit shots up to a reasonable distance but your shots won’t go high up in the air because of the same reason. The average loft of a pitching wedge is 45 degrees.
Pitching Wedge Bounce Angle
The bounce of a pitching wedge is quite low just between 2 to 5 degrees. Since a pitching wedge has a very low bounce it isn’t recommended using a pitching wedge to hit bunker shots because it is really difficult to make proper contact of the clubface with the ball stuck in the sand.
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Pitching Wedge Distance and Use
You can guess from the name itself that a pitching wedge is used to play pitch and chip shots. Pros can hit shots nearly 125m using a pitching wedge but if you are a novice golfer then you might fall short just up to 100m. The more you practice the more distance you can cover but 125m is the maximum limit of the distance covered by a pitching wedge.
Pitching Wedge Types
Pitching wedge in itself comes in various degrees. Distance covered by each wedge slightly varies from the other. However, 45 and 46 degrees wedges are very commonly used by most of the golfers. Different Kinds of pitching wedges and their degrees and the distance covered are: Check our full post, explained Golf Wedges Types and their uses
|Pitching Wedge Degree Loft||Maximum Distance Reach in meters approx.|
|45-degree pitching wedge||110-125|
|46-degree pitching wedge||100-110|
|47-degree pitching wedge||90-100|
|48-degree pitching wedge||85-90|
Pitching Wedge Degrees: Based on Manufacturers
|Pitching Wedge Manufacturer||Degrees Loft|
|Callaway Pitching Wedge||43°-45°|
|Taylormade Pitching Wedge||43.5°|
|Cleveland Pitching Wedge||42°-50°|
|Ping Pitching Wedge i-400||45°|
|Titleist Pitching Wedge||44°-46°|
Is 52 degrees pitching wedge?
No, 52 degrees is either a gap or sand wedge but not pitching wedge
How many wedges do pros carry?
The majority of pros carry 4 wedges.
Which wedge should a high handicapper carry?
High Handicapper should carry Sand Wedge