Every single time I play a round of golf someone has to mention they have a 58 degree wedge vs a 60 degree wedge. Some golfers even make it a point to brag that they can hit a 62 degree or 64 degree wedge. Others will claim you should never use a lob or sand wedge anywhere but the sand. So, what is the best wedge to use and when should you use it? Here is a great wedge for those helping to improve their game.
First things first, a 58 degree wedge and a 60 degree wedge are basically interchangeable. Unless you are a scratch golfer that can spin the ball with a two hops and check ball flight, a 58 degree and 60 degree wedge are going to feel no different. What may be different is the bounce on your club, which is the number between 6 and 12 below the 60 or 58.
Having a low bounce vs a high bounce will cause your club to “bounce” off the sand or offer the fairway. If you are playing on a very hard fairway in which there is very little grass you may find it nearly impossible to not blade or skull a low bounce wedge.
Hitting a 58 or 60 degree wedge properly takes amazing hand eye coordination. You can learn more about how I hit a 60 degree wedge here. If you do not have good hand eye coordination you should use your pitching wedge or an approach wedge with a cavity to simply chip around the greens. If you have a bunker to carry you should likely err on the side of caution and just chip to one side or the other.
If you do have great hand eye coordination and you are getting better at wedges I would suggest trying a few different brands. Wedges are much different depending on the brand. A Titleist Vokey is much different than a Cleveland RTX which is much different than a Callaway Mack Daddy. Grab a few different wedges from your club house and get a feel for what works for you.
I am a fantastic wedge player and I still use my old school MacGregor VIP wedges. Everyone laughs at me until they see me use them from 100 yards and in.
One major difference in a 58 and 60 degree wedge will be the distance you hit the ball. For me, I hit my 60 degree wedge between 80 and 84 yards. I can hit a 58 degree wedge around 84 to 88 yards. While most will not think this is important, it is. There are a number of times I am at 86 yards and don’t want to try to overpower a 60 degree wedge.
Remember, you can only have 14 clubs in the bag so you cannot carry a 60, 58, 56, 54 and 52. While great wedge players would love to do that, we generally pick three which for me is 60, 56 and 52. Every now and again I will play 62, 56 and 52 depending on the course.
If you are just learning the game of golf and trying to improve your wedge game, focus more on contact and hitting the ball properly rather than the bounce and the degree of the wedge. Whether you play a Callaway, Cleveland or Titleist wedge, distance control is very important.