Short An­swers

Wedges and put­ters need to be fit, too

Golf Digest Middle East - - Contents - BY MIKE STACHURA

Four new put­ters and wedges to try. by mike stachura

W e all know that sharp­en­ing your short game is the smartest way to im­prove. Heck, you can even prac­tice in your of­fice. But even though the wedge and put­ter are the eas­i­est clubs to swing, fit­tings are a rar­ity. Con­sider this: “More than 90 per­cent of golfers don’t have the right wedge lofts,” says Nick Sher­burne, founder and mas­ter fit­ter at Club Cham­pion, one of our 100 Best Club­fit­ters. He sug­gests know­ing the loft of your pitch­ing wedge and build­ing the rest of your wedge set with 4- or 5- de­gree gaps be­tween each wedge. It’s not much bet­ter with put­ters. Todd Sones, one of Golf Di­gest’s Best Teach­ers in Illi­nois, be­lieves at least 60 per­cent of play­ers who come to his short-game school are us­ing an ill-fit­ting put­ter: “Very rarely do we see a player come in set up cor­rectly, and of­ten play­ers are adapt­ing to the put­ter in­stead of the other way around.” He says the right length is crit­i­cal. “Length af­fects setup, setup af­fects stroke, and weight matches with the right length for bet­ter feel and con­trol.” If you want a lower hand­i­cap, get bet­ter with your wedges and put­ter—like some of the lat­est here:

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