What Degree Loft Is a Gap Wedge?


As golf clubs become less lofted, golfers are carrying more wedges. The gap wedge is designed to fill the gap between a pitching wedge and a sand wedge.

The loft

  • A gap wedge is usually lofted at 52 degrees, although can be some variation.

The "Gap"

  • Pitching wedges usually have a loft of about 48 degrees (although older pitching wedges sometimes have higher lofts), while sand wedges usually range from 55 to 58 degrees. This leaves a gap in loft that the gap wedge is designed to fill.

More wedges

  • Golfers are using more wedges than ever before. Some pros, including Phil Mickelson, have carried as many as five wedges at once.

Even progression of lofts

  • The idea behind the gap wedge is to have an equal difference (about four degrees) between the loft of each wedge in your bag.

A full complement of wedges

  • With the addition of a gap wedge and a lob wedge, your bag might look like this: PW 48 degrees, GW 52 degrees, SW 56 degrees, LW 60 degrees.

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