How Long Should Your Golf Wedges Be?
The exact length of a golfer’s golf wedge will vary from golfer to golfer as it depends on their height, arm length and golfing technique. However, there are basic standard lengths for golf wedges.
- The standard length of a sand wedge is 35.25 inches.
- The standard length of a lob wedge is 35 inches.
- The standard length of a gap wedge is 35.5 inches.
- The standard length of a pitching wedge is 35.75 inches.
What is the Standard Length of a Sand Wedge?
Sand wedges are used to get out of green side bunkers and sand traps with their heavier as well as wider sole design which provides a very high amount of bounce. They usually have a loft of 54 to 58 degrees.
Sand wedges have a standard length of 35.25 inches. Usually, golfers alter the length of their sand wedges by lengthening them.
To see if you need to lengthen your own wedge, you must know your wrist to floor measurement. This is done by taking a measurement from your wrist to the floor when you’re standing straight while your arms hang relaxed at your sides.
The length of your sand wedge should be the point where your height and wrist to floor measurement intersect.
What is the Standard Length of a Lob Wedge?
Lob wedges are for hitting chips, flop shots as well as bunker shots rather than full shots. Lob wedges make shots with more height and spin. They have a loft of about 60 to 64 degrees.
Lob wedges have a standard length of 35 inches.
Golfers often alter the length of their lob wedges to suit them better by making them longer than their standard length. Your lob wedge should be as long as where your height and wrist to floor measurement intersect.
What is the Standard Length of a Gap Wedge?
Gap wedges are for when you need to make fuller shots and are usually added to a golfer’s bag to bridge distance gaps. They’re also for a golfer to have more choices for what to use near the green for pitches that don’t need a full swing or longer chips.
- Gap wedges have a loft of about 50 to 53 degrees.
- Gap wedges have a standard length of 35.5 inches.
Gap wedges are usually more sparingly used compared to the other wedges, but golfers must still make sure that their gap wedges are tailored for them.
The length of your gap wedge should be where your height and wrist to floor measurement intersect.
What is the Standard Length of a Pitching Wedge?
Pitching wedges are used for making full shots into greens as well as making longer chip shots. The pitching wedge is the most commonly used wedge and has a loft of about 44 to 48 degrees.
Pitching wedges have a standard length of 35.75 inches.
Pitching wedges are the most used of all the golf wedges so it’s very important that you get a pitching wedge that’s the correct length for you. Get your wrist to floor measurement.
Your pitching wedge should be the same length as where your height and wrist to floor measurement intersect.
What are the Effects of Lengthening your Golf Wedges?
Lengthening your golf wedges can noticeably improve your game but if you do it incorrectly, you’ll adversely affect your wedges and your game.
You can increase the length of your wedges by either adding extenders to your wedge shafts, or just outright replacing your wedge shafts with longer ones.
Lengthening your golf wedges is practically guaranteed to give your shots more distance because most golfers struggle to swing shorter wedges. Increasing the length of your golf wedge will almost certainly improve how far you hit your shots.
However, there are disadvantages to lengthening your golf wedge. One disadvantage is that it may reduce your shot accuracy. This is because it becomes harder to hit your balls solidly and there’s more unintended side spin when you hit a golf ball off centre using a wedge with a long shaft.
That said, this disadvantage can be rectified by practicing until you get used to the feel of the new length.
Making your wedge shaft longer also increases the swing weight of the wedge which will make the head of your club feel heavier. This may be a good or bad thing depending on which golfer you ask but if you’re not careful it may make your club too heavy for you. This will make your swing speed slower and subsequently decrease your distance as well as tire you out faster.
Lengthening the shaft of your wedge will also affect the flex of your club. The shaft of your wedge will become more flexible than before it was lengthened which will affect your accuracy.
It also lowers the kick point of your shaft which may make it feel like your wedge isn’t making contact with your ball as solidly as usual.
To summarise, the most noticeable effect of increasing the length of your wedge’s shaft is that it affects how you swing your wedge.
The longer length, heavier feeling swing weight and lowered kick point will make your wedge feel different which will have effects on your timing as well as the mechanics of your technique.
Should you Lengthen your Wedges?
Yes you should lengthen your wedges if required. In general, you should lengthen your wedges to make them longer than their stock length. However, your height, arm length and technique all play a part in whether or not lengthening your wedges is a good choice for you.
That said, if you want to get more distance with the shots you make with your wedges then yes you should lengthen them. You should also lengthen them if you want to switch up your technique because lengthening your wedges affects the swing weight and kick point of your wedges.
Lengthening your wedges will not only help you get better yardages, but it’ll also help you make more consistent contact.
Depending on how long you need your golf wedges, lengthening them may actually help you tire out less quickly when golfing.
Also, if you lengthen your irons then you should lengthen your wedges. This is so that your clubs are the same length and you don’t mess up your swinging technique when you switch between clubs.
Should the Length of Wedges Match Your Irons?
Most golfers and fitters say the answer is yes, the length of your wedges should match the length of your irons. However, some golfers feel this is a matter of personal preference and you should only get your wedges to match your irons if that’s what you prefer.
Some golfers think the length of your wedges shouldn’t match your irons because you should be focusing on trying to find the right gap between each of your wedges.
Some fitters noted that some golfers performed better with a wedge shorter than their iron because the shorter wedge would have a slightly flatter lie angle which provides more consistent ball flight for them.
However, it’s also been noted that many golfers match the length of their irons and wedges because it helps them make shots with more distance and make less errors when taking their shots.
You should try both recommendations to see what works for you. If you can’t do that, then go to a fitter for a professional opinion if you’re unsure what to do.
Should your Wedges be the Same Length?
This is up to personal preference and golfers should try different setups to see what works for them or go to a fitter to get a professional opinion. However, most golfers like to keep their wedges the same length.
The reasoning behind keeping all your wedges the same length is that they’ll all have the same feel and swing for a clock system for the four different types of wedges.
This isn’t completely correct since the pitching, gap, sand and lob wedge all have different uses as well as designs. However, many golfers like this setup and say that it does improve their game.
Golfers also like to keep all their wedges the same length because if the wedges are all the same length then all their lie angles should match. With your wedges set up this way, your address and setup can be almost exactly the same which results in consistent ball flight.
How Do You Tell If Your Golf Wedge is Too Short?
If your golf wedge is too short, it’ll mess up your shots and be detrimental to your game. If your wedge is too short, you’ll get inconsistent shots, get less distance on your shots and get tired faster when you golf.
Here are some signs that you’ve got a golf wedge that’s too short for you:
- Your swing path goes in and out.
- You need to bend at the waist too much.
- You need to bend your knees too much.
- Your tempo’s too quick.
- Your golf ball tends to go to the right more than you intended.
- You usually hit your golf ball on the heel of your club.
How Do You Tell If Your Golf Wedge is Too Long?
Having a golf wedge that’s too long can have detrimental effects on your game as well. Wedges that are too long tend to be inaccurate and cause your golf balls to pull. They’ll also cause heel shots, left misses and negatively affect your swing plane.
Here are some ways for you to tell that your golf wedge is too long:
- You need to stand up completely straight when using it.
- You can’t move the lower half of your body using proper swing mechanics.
- Your golf ball tends to go to the left more than you intended.
- Your golf ball tends to fly too high.
- The shaft of your wedge feels weaker than it should.
- You always use the toe of your golf club when hitting your golf ball.
The beginning of this article showed you the standard lengths of the four types of golf wedges. However as a golfer, you need to know to decide on a length that’s best for you.
You can do this by determining your wrist to floor measurements and learning how to tell if the golf wedge you’re using is either too short or too long for you.
Usually, lengthening your standard-length golf wedges will bring a marked improvement to your game.
Test out different setups and recommendations on your golf wedges to see what improves your game the most. Every golfer has different needs and preferences, you’re no exception!