How Many Wedges Should You Carry?

Learn how to determine how many wedges you should have in your bag.

How many wedges should you carry?

The most common number of wedges for a player to carry is three. A pitching wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. Many players choose to carry four wedges and add a gap wedge to the mix.

Determining based on your play style

It's important to figure out how many wedges to carry given that you can only legally carry 14 clubs. Like most things in life, there are trade-offs and the answer to "what wedges do I need" is it depends.

Here are a couple rules of thumb:

  • If you don't drive the ball a long ways, carrying three wedges gives you room for two fairway woods.
  • Conversely, if you're a master of the long ball then you will be hitting more short shots. Four wedges make sense for longer hitters.

As your game improves you'll learn your preferences in more detail. Your preferences will evolve as will your ability to choose the right number of wedges to carry.

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