Everything about Wedges Washington DC

Wedges are a subset of irons that players use for difficult shots, including those from the rough or sand bunkers. The information that follows will help you make sure that you're using your wedges properly and your wedge use is enhancing your game, not holding it back.

Modell's Sporting Goods
(202) 399-6583
1518 Benning Road
Washington, DC
Hours
9:30AM - 8:30PM MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00AM - 9:00PM FRIDAY - SATURDAY
11:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

RJM Associates
(301) 588-9340
9710 Sutherland Road
Silver Spring, MD
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(301) 345-4401
7409 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD
Hours
9:30AM - 9:30PM MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00AM - 9:30PM FRIDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

Sports Authority
(301) 231-8650
12055 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Sports Authority
(703) 827-2206
8355 Leesburg Pike, Route 7
Vienna, VA
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Sports Authority
(703) 684-3204
3701 Jefferson Davis Highway, Unit 3
Alexandria, VA
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Modell's Sporting Goods
(301) 215-4670
7201 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD
Hours
9:30AM - 9:00PM MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00AM - 9:30PM FRIDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

Alternative Golf Equipment
(301) 468-5880
5050-D Nicholson Lane
Rockville, MD
 
Rockville Golf Galaxy
(240) 833-4102
12087 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
Services
Custom Club Fitting,Full Service Club Repair,Book a Tee Time,Book a PGA Lesson,Pre-Owned Club Program,Club-Trade In Program
Store Hours
Mon - Fri: 10:00am - 9:00pm,Sat: 9:00am - 9:00pm,Sun: 9:00am - 7:00pm

Sports Authority
(301) 333-3737
1000 Shoppers Way
Largo, MD
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Wedge Secrets

Wedge Secrets

Wear Marks Revealed

Wedge SecretsRecently, one of my students came to me with a curious question. “Doc,” he said, “why do I hit it off the toe with my wedges, but not with other clubs?” We were on the practice tee, so I had him take out his wedge (pictured) and show it to me. He was right. He’d been hitting it off the toe so much that the clubface had started to wear down.

I asked him to set up to the ball. Without his even taking a swing, I immediately recognized the problem. The lie angle (the angle at which the sole of the club rests on the ground) was too flat, a characteristic that causes the club’s toe to dig into the ground at impact. When the toe digs down, the club’s heel comes up, and, as a result, shots are hit off the toe. (That’s a natural result, as the heel isn’t making contact with the ground.) Luckily for my student, wedges tend to be fairly forgiving when hit off the toe, so his shots stayed close to on-line; however, he wouldn’t be so fortunate if he were hitting a longer iron. They’re less forgiving and, when hit on the toe, result in low shots that tend to veer right.

You may be asking yourself why my student didn’t have this problem with his other clubs. Well, for the simple reason that his wedge wasn’t part of his 3-9-iron set. Those clubs were properly fitted, but his wedge was “bought off the rack.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t the right fit, and now he’s paying the price.

While lie angle was the culprit for my student’s mis-hits, you can’t always attribute these kinds of wear marks to how clubs sit on the ground. If, or when, you notice a similar abrasion developing on one of your clubs, the root cause can be traced back to one of the following: lie angle, posture or your grip.

Lie Angle
The club’s lie angle is too flat for your swing. As a result, the toe digs into the ground at impact and the heel comes up. What results are shots hit off the club’s toe. For longer clubs, a lower ball flight is produced. There’s also a greater chance for the ball to veer right.

The Fix: Either change your wedge or have it bent so it’s more upright. If you suspect your club is too flat (or too upright, for that matter), use a “lie board” to determine where the club is bottoming out. All club companies and clubfitters have them.

Bad Posture
You have bad posture. Check your distance from the ball at address. Your hands should hang under your shoulders in a neutral hanging position (not too close or far away from you). If, however, your arms are extended and your hands are away from your body, you’re standing too far from the ball.

When you swing, your arms and hands tend to return to their neutral position under the shoulders. It’s important to keep in mind that bodies strive for balance during the golf swing, so they’ll try to get into a neutral position through impact. Start in neutral, and your chances of solid contact improve dramatically.

The Fix: Adopt a proper posture.

Faulty Grip
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