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How to hit a 60 degree wedge

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how to hit a 60 degree wedge

For most amateur golfers, learning how to hit a 60 degree wedge will definitely lead to better scores. The 60 degree wedge or “lob wedge” will usually be the golf club with the most loft in your bag. It’s this extra loft that will help you get onto the greens safely and get you more birdie opportunities. 

I remember when I first used a lob wedge on the course. I was on a par 4 and hit my second shot short and roughly 30 yards from the hole. My ball was hiding in some thick rough. I also had the added distraction of a small water feature between my ball and the green. The bunker on the other side of the green had also caught my attention. 

I had never used my 60 degree wedge on a course at that point.  But, as I didn’t have any other options for getting onto and staying on the green, I decided I had to give it a bash. I hacked at the ball and it flew up into the air and plopped straight into the water! I dropped another ball down, composed myself, and hit a much smoother shot. This time, the ball landed about 10 feet from the hole and rolled another 5. I then putted out for a double bogey. I’ve been in love with the 60 degree wedge ever since that shot. It has saved me from a double bogey on many occasions.

Let’s take a look at how to hit a 60 degree wedge.

What is a 60 degree wedge?

A 60 degree wedge is a specialist golf club with a loft of 60 degrees and is very popular amongst professionals. Often referred to as a “Lob Wedge”, it is usually the highest-lofted wedge in a golfer’s bag. Lob wedges are generally available in lofts of 58 to 64 degrees. 60 tends to be the most common loft.

Most professional golf players will have a 60 degree wedge in their bag. Amateurs/beginners tend to not carry one. A lob wedge is a high-risk club to use due to the tricky nature of hitting one. If you’re an amateur looking to take your golf game to the next level, do consider a 60 degree wedge.

What is a 60 degree wedge used for?

The 60 degree wedge is generally used for its ability to produce a high, soft shot. Unless your name is Phil Mickelson, it is not normally used for full swings. 60 degree wedges are better used for pitch shots and getting the golf ball as close to the hole as possible.

Most shots that need a lob wedge usually have less than 100 yards to the green. The high loft of the club allows the golfer to create a high trajectory and a lot of spin on the golf ball. This is ideal for shots that need to stop quickly on the green. The ball will have a higher launch angle. Which makes it good for hitting out of bunkers and rough or for creating a soft landing on the green. It’s also very useful for hitting overwater or a bunker that is close to the green.

How to hit a 60 degree wedge?

Setup and stance

Take a narrow stance with your feet close together to create a stable base for your swing. Place the ball back in your stance. For example, just right of center

Grip

Make sure your grip is firm but relaxed. A good grip will allow you to control the clubface and hit the ball with precision.

Alignment

Stand close to the ball and align your feet, hips, and shoulders parallel to your target line.

Don’t hit it too hard

This might be obvious, but you don’t want to pulverize the ball with a lob wedge. Save that for your driver. Take nice, easy swings. Remember to hit down on the ball with a square club face. The increased loft on a 60 degree wedge will mean that the ball will pop up in the air.

Scenarios where you can use a 60 degree wedge

Chip shot onto a fast green

how to chip with a 60 degree wedge onto a fast green can be difficult to judge. Hit it too soft and you might not even make it onto the green. Too hard, and you’ll likely roll off the back of the green. Hitting a low chip with a 60 degree wedge could be your savior. The extra loft means it will go high but come down softly and not roll too far. Place keep the ball back in your stance and keep your weight forward. Make sure your swing speed is constant throughout and commit to the shot.

Flop shot

Ever found yourself short-sided with no green to work with on a par 3? It’s a common scenario but one where a lob wedge will help you out. To execute, pen up the face of the club and to have the ball forward in your stance. Commit to the shot and don’t let your trail hand take over and cause you to try and scoop the ball.

Bunker shots

Getting out of the sand is usually covered by a sand wedge. But if you’re trying to get out of a deep bunker, the extra loft on a 60 degree wedge will help. With the additional loft, the ball will get higher quicker. This will allow you to clear the lip of the bunker and land softly on the green without too much extra run. Yet, if the bunker you’re in is not greenside, then a 54 degree sand wedge might be better. Remember to open your clubface and commit to the shot. Hitting the sand behind the ball will allow the ball to pop out nicely.

Shots out of the rough

If you’re faced with a tricky shot out of some thick rough, you’ll be able to get the ball into the air quickly with a lob wedge. Some golf courses pride themselves on nasty, thick, and deep rough. Using an iron or pitching wedge could be risky as they have the potential to get caught in the grass. The 60 degree wedge with its low bounce will allow you to get underneath the ball and pop it up quickly.

Getting over high obstacles and hazards close to the green

The lob wedge is perfect for getting over high obstacles. The extra 6-8 degrees of loft mean you don’t have to work too hard to get the ball high into the air and quickly. Just remember to not scoop the ball and commit to the shot to allow the club to do its job.

How far should you hit a 60 degree wedge?

Most professionals using a full swing can hit a 60 degree wedge shot between 110 and 125 yards. Amateur golfers can usually hit their 60 degree wedge about 70 yards. Beginners can struggle at first and their 60 degree wedge distance only goes 30 to 50 yards.

Remember though, there is no right or wrong answer here. A lob wedge should not be used to gain as much distance as possible. It should be used for accuracy. And as with all golf clubs, your skill level significantly influences how far you can hit a 60 degree wedge. See here for a thorough guide on what distances each club should go

Is a 60 degree wedge hard to hit?

A 60 degree wedge can be more challenging to hit than lower-lofted wedges such as a pitching wedge or sand wedge. This is because it has a higher loft and a smaller sweet spot. The smaller sweet spot requires greater accuracy to make solid contact with the ball. A 60 degree wedge will have a bigger club face to make contact with the ball. But, because of the small sweet spot, it is harder to make good, solid contact and transfer energy to the ball. In less-than-perfect conditions, it can be extremely difficult to control a 60 degree wedge. This means that it is harder to control the trajectory and spin, leading to shots that don’t stop close to the hole. However, with proper technique and dedicated practice, it is possible to hit a 60 degree wedge well.

Should a high handicapper use a 60 degree wedge?

That depends! High handicappers don’t tend to need a 60 degree wedge.  It is not a legal requirement to own one in to play on a golf course. Also, if you learn how to use a sand wedge properly and are comfortable opening the face to hit soft high shots, then you probably don’t need a 60 degree wedge either.

However, does opening the face on your sand wedge more often than not lead to a skulled shot? If yes, then spending some time learning how to hit a lob wedge could be beneficial to your game. Just remember that the sweet spot on a 60 degree wedge is a lot smaller meaning a larger opportunity for hitting a bad shot. But with plenty of practice, you should be able to find the sweet spot more often. It is also important to consider that modern 60 degree wedges are much more forgiving than older 60 degree wedges.

Can you chip with a 60 degree wedge?

Definitely! It is more common to chip with a sand wedge, especially around the greens. But if you’ve only got a small amount of green between the hole and your ball, then using a 60 degree wedge can be a good choice. There are usually 3 things to consider when deciding whether to chip with a 60 degree wedge:

  • What is the lie of the golf ball? If it is buried in the grass or rough, then you will need more loft to get it out and airborne quicker
  • What is between the golf ball and the green? If you have a bunker between your ball and the green, then you will need more loft to chip the ball high enough to get over it.
  • Where is the hole location on the green? The closer the flag is to your ball, the more loft you are going to need so that the ball lands softer and rolls less.

Can you use a 60 degree wedge from bunkers?

Yes! Using a 60 degree wedge out of sand is a good option. The bounce on a 60 degree wedge is low enough to help keep the club driving through the sand and stop it from decelerating. Deceleration through the sand is usually what causes bunker shots to come up short. A 60 degree wedge is particularly useful if you need to get the ball up and out of the bunker quickly and land on the green softly.

Bonus Tip – For the most comprehensive guide on chipping, including flop shots, bump and runs, and bunker shots, see our golf chipping page and types of chip shots page.

The Cut line

If you ever need to hit a high flop shot or get out of a particularly deep bunker, the 60 degree wedge is your friend. It is designed to get your ball into the air quickly. It will help you get over a short-sided bunker or out of thick and nasty rough. And now that you know how to hit a 60 degree wedge, go out to the course or range and practice those shots!

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Tommy is a confirmed golf fanatic. He's been playing golf for 20 years and just loves everything about the game. His dad used to play golf a lot and watch the PGA and European Tours, so Tommy started watching too. Now he knows a lot about golf and loves to coach people and help them play better.

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