The terms and jargon in golf can be confusing for a first-timer and even those who have been playing for some time.
Clubs like the ?utility wedge? may seem foreign to newbie golfers. Some may even ask what a utility wedge is used for in golf. This article explains what a utility wedge is, and how it is important to your golf game.
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The utility wedge, also called as a gap wedge or an all wedge, is a wedge used to hit a golf shot with a higher but shorter trajectory versus other wedges that help with lower but longer trajectories.
This type of wedge is supposed to be in between the sand and pitching wedges, and originated in the early to mid 1990s. The loft of the utility wedge is usually between 50 to 54 degrees; the design is usually defined in such a way to sit between the lofts of the pitching wedge, normally at 48 degrees, and a sand wedge, normally at 56 degrees.
Golfers often times debate on whether a utility wedge is necessary, as clubmakers intentionally de-lofted golf clubs as a marketing move to attract newbies to hit better with these wedges.
It is also worth noting that most matched sets do not have these wedges. Manufacturers say that modern day golfing entails a large amount of customization, depending on the type of style and golfer. Various combinations of bounce and loft angles are considered, which can make it a bit complex and also quite costly.
Normally, utility wedges can be distinguished with their labeled loft. Some are also marked according to low, medium or high bounce, with one to three dots marked. All of these depend on the brand you are using.
Some manufacturers also label this with an ?A? to mark is an attack wedge, but others simply mark it as a ?U? for utility wedge. Other manufacturers, specifically Adams Golf, Cobra, Mizuno, and Wilson, label these as ?G?, but they are mostly the only brands that do so.
In short, the utility wedge is just another name given by the manufacturer PING, in particular, to a gap wedge.