June 22, 2010 :: Posted by - Terry :: Category - Equipment
Recently I received a great question about gap wedges – why and how we use them. Interesting history on these useful wedges! It used to be that golf clubs were sold in sets from a 2 iron through a pitching wedge. People didn’t really want the 2 iron and wouldn’t buy it. So the golf club manufacturers got wise and changed the lofts. Starting at the pitching wedge, which used to be 52 degrees, they changed it to a 48 degree loft. In essence, they made the pitching wedge the 9 iron, the 9 into the 8 and so on – making what we know as a 3 iron into the loft of the old two iron.
That change created a gap in the yardage between the wedge, now 48 degrees and the sand wedge, 56 degrees. Most people never use the 2 iron, so they buy 3-9, (which are the lofts of the old 2-8 irons) pitching wedge (loft of the old 9 iron) and gap wedge – which is now 52 degrees – just like the old pitching wedge.
That is marketing at it’s finest for selling 9 club sets!