This is a question I get asked all the time by those first picking up the game of golf. Sadly, almost all new golfers want to hit the ball further rather than more accurate. They want to be able to hit a 60 degree wedge 125 yards like some of the pros. This is not ideal. You will want to hit your 60 degree wedge between 75 and 90 yards to score well. If you are hitting it over 100 yards you are swinging too hard. Here is a great 60 degree wedge if you want to upgrade to get the most optimal distance and spin.

Fortunately, my wedge and short game is the best part of my game. The reason for this is because I have a very short and compact swing. This allows me to hit the ball very close to the pin from 100 yards and in. There is no reason to try to hit the ball extremely hard from this distance; contact is much more important. The best wedge players in the world hit the ball with a different sound. This is because their contact is so solid.

More than anything, you want to square your club face and hit down on the ball at impact. By doing this it will pop the ball straight up with spin. You have probably played with golfers that can spin the ball with their wedges. The only way they can do this is by making solid contact, hitting the ball first. If you are swinging hard you are likely not going to make solid contact.

Blading a wedge is very common for amateur golfers. Nine times out of ten this is because they are swinging a 60 degree wedge way too hard. Take a half swing and try to accelerate your club at impact. This will help you hit the ball much better and if you practice enough you will be able to spin the ball back to the hole.

On an 80 yard shot I tend to hit the ball 85 yards in the air and spin it back to the hole. If I am hitting the ball into the wind I use a 56 degree wedge and hit the ball 95 yards and spin it back to the hole. When you get to this point in your golf game you will be able to take money from your buddies, trust me. You may want to try out this 60 degree wedge as well.