We all know that sharpening your short game is the smartest way to improve. Heck, you can even practise 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 America’s 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 America, 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:
BEN HOGAN EQUALIZER
This forged clubhead’s central mass is positioned higher in the lower lofts to prevent full shots from ballooning, and it’s lower on the highest lofts to help shots launch higher and land softer.
CLEVELAND RTX 4
Tour-player input influenced the compact shape and extra sole grinds. But it’s the new milling process that yields sharper grooves and more surface friction for better spin.
EPON TOUR TYPE S
On this forged design with milled grooves, a thicker top section of the face helps flatten trajectory. The slightly oversize shape has extra offset for forgiveness.
PING GLIDE FORGED
This tour-inspired design’s compact shape is forged from soft carbon steel and has milled grooves with sharper edges for more spin. A gooseneck hosel and rounded leading edge help ease turf interaction.
ODYSSEY RED BALL
It can be difficult to know when your putter is properly soled and aimed correctly. The scope and red ball on top help you recognise when you’ve got your putter in the wrong position – and when you get it right.
PING VAULT 2.0 CRAZ-E H
Ping’s familiar mallet joins this fully milled lineup, which offers two finishes and three sets of sole-weight options. The face pattern varies to match mis-hits with on-centre rolls.
PXG THE OPERATOR
The extended heel and toe wings make this PXG’s most stable putter. Adjustable sole weights and three hosels provide options. An internal thermoplastic elastomer controls vibration.
TAYLORMADE SPIDER MINI
The popular Spider Tour line adds a truncated model made to feel blade-like with a more forward centre of gravity. But with its mallet shape, there’s still stability on off-centre hits.