In this video, PGA Pro Todd Kolb discusses the basics of the gap wedge.  The gap wedge is a club designed to fill the gap between the pitching wedge and sand wedge or other wedges.

Typically, a gap wedge will have anywhere from 50-54 degrees of loft, but that really depends on the lofts of your other wedges.  What is the loft of your other wedges?  If you don’t know the answer to that question, you are not helping your golf game.

If the loft of our pitching wedge is 45 degrees, you’ll want to have a gap wedge of 50 or 51 degrees of loft.  If your pitching wedge is a more traditional 48 degrees of loft, you’ll want to have a gap wedge of 52, 53 or 54 degrees of loft.  Basically, the rule of thumb is that you never want to go more than 5 degrees or so between each club interval, otherwise you could potentially have yourself facing shots on the course where you’re in between yardages.

Gap wedges are also great for the scoring shots of 50, 60, 70 yards or so where you can pitch and run the ball up near the hole.  It also is a great club for bump and run shots around the green.

So, consider adding a gap wedge to your bag today.  Lower scores are waiting.

Joel Harrington