Choosing the perfect wedge for your golf game means understanding the means of construction and the purpose of the club as it relates to your specific style of play. The overweening element at play in the world of the golfing wedge is precision. The wedge needs to offer you a premium level of precision just as much as your
putter. Go into the store shopping for a wedge with this in mind and you will leave with the ideal club to improve your game.
The wedge is going to come in handy for shots taken within 100 yards or so of the green. Since this definition of wedge necessity is typically a rather large percentage of your game, it pays off to get the wedge that fits your game to perfection. The construction component of the wedge is an important piece of knowledge to master. A finish made of black nickel is softer than a chrome finish. The point? The black nickel is going to provide a more subtle feel as you get closer to the green. If you prefer the aesthetics of metal, but want something approximating the soft feel of black nickel, go with copper or bronze finishes. The shiny chrome finish remains the backbone of the golf wedge, but if you have ever used it on a southern course, you know that it can create a glare at the moment you address the ball. The oil can finish takes care of this problem. Or you can go with a jet black finish at the tip of the club to reduce the effects of glare.
The thing you want to make sure you look for when shopping for a wedge is the rate of spin it provides. The finish of the club as well as the groove patterns are there to provide you with a high rate of spin by creating friction between the golf ball and the face of the club. You can fall into the trap of buying the idea that grooves alone are going to generate a significant amount of spin, but you probably should not. The truth is less painless: the real key to using spin effectively from a golf wedge lies in the precision of the stroke. The lesson to be learned: test out a golf wedge in real-life conditions to get a feel for how well the grooves and finish play to your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to your level of precision.
Finally, you may want to seriously consider specialized wedges. The lob-wedge is the wedge club most often found in a duffer’s bag. Add a sand wedge with a 56-degree angle and a gap wedge that you can use effectively in between the pitching wedge and the sand wedge.