Design traits that help a lob wedge behave differently from a sand wedge
October 05, 2011
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SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Several design traits help a LW behave differently than a SW
A sand wedge looks a lot like a lob wedge, but as Titleist wedge guru Bob Vokey explains, there's enough of a difference between the two to make one club a better option than the other in a variety of greenside situations.
SW The large flange on the sole of a sand wedge gives the club more momentum through heavy sand or grass.
LW The less-pronounced flange on the sole of a lob wedge slips more easily under your ball, which gets the ball up quickly on short, delicate shots to tight pin placements.
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SW Ten to 16 degrees of bounce keep your sand wedge from digging into fluffy sand or heavy grass, but can lead to iffy contact from a fairway lie.
LW Zero to 10 degrees of bounce allow a lob wedge to catch the ball cleanly on normal and tight lies.
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SW With 54 to 57 degrees of loft, the sand wedge still gets the ball up, but it allows you to fly your shot to a more distant target.
LW 60 degrees (or more) of loft makes the lob wedge perfect for full-swing shots that fly high and land softly.
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