How to Use a Lob Wedge

By Teresa Justine Kelly

Every golfer faces a position in which he has little turf to work with in order to get his ball onto the green. Or he has to chip his ball over a bunker with little landing area. The lob wedge is a perfect tool for these difficult shots. Its 60-degree loft is ideal for a 60-yard distance or less.

Position the ball close to your feet and not far back in your stance.

Open your stance so that your feet and body are aligned slightly left of the target.

Grip down on the club for more control.

Make your back swing steeper than you would for a normal chip or pitch shot. Keep your wrists cocked just before impact and pull the club down to the ball with your arms and body weight.

Transfer your weight smoothly to your left side with your feet, legs and hips, keeping your head steady. The club head should still be extended from the shoulders.

Follow through with your right shoulder lower than your left. Your head should naturally turn to face the target. Stay balanced in the completion of your follow-through.

About the Author

Teresa Kelly graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She was an editor for seven years for several magazines and publishing houses. Kelly is an avid golfer, a well-known children's book and golf author, and is currently the president of Highview Press/Golfing Lady that produces all occasion golf greeting cards.

Photo Credits

  • Santy Gibson/Demand Media
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