The goal of a wedge fitting is to provide the best combination of wedges to optimize short game performance and yardage gaps necessary for lowering scores. A Titleist FittingWorks Wedge Fitting will guide the player through the process of selecting wedge model, bounce, and spin characteristics.
STEP 1: EVALUTATE THE PLAYER'S CURRENT WEDGES
The player's wedge lofts and bounce in their current set are evaluated and the player will hit shots with each club. The fitter observes turf contact, carry distances, spin rates, and trajectory.
STEP 2: TEST SOLE PERFORMANCE AND SHORT GAME TECHNIQUE
The fitter will identify the proper sole profile that best suits the player's short game technique. Bounce and sole width work hand-in-hand to provide the golfer with ideal turf interaction that compliments their swing style.
There are two primary swing styles that will determine which wedge variables are best for the player's short game technique.
This player has a shallow angle of attack and slides the leading edge of the club under the ball. They will play their best with a wedge that has a narrow sole, less bounce and more camber.
This player type uses less hand action, a stronger grip, and steeper angle of attack. This player may position the ball back in their stance and trap the ball at impact. This player will play their best with a wedge that has wider sole, more bounce and less camber.
In order to identify each golfer's swing style the fitter will apply lie tape to Vokey wedges with different bounce and sole characteristics and have the player hit shots from a lie board. The impact marks are evaluated to determine the player's wedge swing style.
In addition, the impact tape identifies if the player's lie angle should be adjusted with their wedges. Many better players use wedges that have a flatter lie angle than their set of irons.
STEP 3: FIT FOR SAND WEDGE LOFT AND SPIN
The player will be fit for a sand wedge (54° or 56°) and lob wedge (58° or 60°) that will be their preferred clubs from the sand and for recovery shots around the green. By hitting shots from sand, rough, and fairway conditions the golfer will select the wedges that provides the best all-around performance.
STEP 4: FILL GAPS BETWEEN SAND WEDGE AND PITCHING WEDGE
Next the fitter and player will determine the number of wedges a player needs between their sand wedge and pitching wedge. It is important that a player’s wedges produce predictable yardages and preferred ball stopping performance.
The player’s full-swing pitching and sand wedge distances will be measured to calculate the difference in yardage, typically between 30 and 50 yards. The player will then hit wedges with lofts between their pitching and sand wedge in order to determine the specific loft of a gap wedge to fill that yardage gap.
STEP 5: SUMMARIZE
After completion of the Wedge Fitting, the golfer has selected their desired wedge specifications and a loft progression that provides consistent and predictable distances.