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Who are the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour?

Who are the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour?

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How do you become one of the best players in the world?  By hitting your wedges close!  

Some mediocre ball strikers on the PGA Tour have made a very nice living with this one club!  And I must say good wedge players are also usually good putters.  A really lethal combination.  It did surprise me that Zach Johnson, who I thought would be in the top 2 along with Luke Donald, was only 8th, and Luke did not make the top 10!  Maybe Luke needs to go and work on that wedge game that took him to the #1 spot in the world.  Thanks to David Dusek of Golfweek for putting together this informative list!

Adam Scott leads the PGA Tour in proximity to the hole on shots hit from within 100 yards. (Getty Images)

 1. Adam Scott: 11 feet, 2 inches 

Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (48 degrees bent to 49, 54, 60 degrees), all with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT X100 shafts

The bomb part of the “bomb-and-gouge” strategy makes people’s jaws drop and eyeballs strain. Drives that fly 320 yards do that.

But the other part of “bomb-and-gouge” – stuffing a wedge shot close to the hole after hitting the aforementioned mentioned blast – is just as impressive. And modern wedges are designed to help players lock in on the flag.

Until fairly recently, most manufacturers designed wedges with the same grooves in each club, regardless of the club’s loft or where golfers were most likely to use the club. Now, several companies give pitching wedges and gap wedges grooves similar to those found in irons because the lower-lofted wedges basically are approach-shot clubs. Designers then use different, wider grooves for sand and lob wedges. Clubs used more in rough around the green and sand.

And there are several high-toe wedges available that give players more hitting area when the face is open wide. There are more sole grinds and bounce options available, too. Several wedges have material taken out of the heel and toe to make it easier to slide the leading edge under the ball on tight lies.

When a player has a shot from within 100 yards of the hole, he or she almost always reaches for a wedge of some kind. Below are the 10 players who lead the PGA Tour in proximity to the hole on shots hit from the fairway within 100 yards from the hole, along with their average distance to the hole and their wedges. When it comes to getting it close, they’re the best in the business.

Who are the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour?

2. Rickie Fowler: 11 feet, 4 inches.

Cobra King Pro Muscleback (47 degrees), with KBS C-Taper 125 S+ shaft; Tour Trusty (53, 57, 62 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Who are the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour?

3. Stewart Cink: 12 feet

Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (48, 52 degrees), with Nippon Modus 3 120 TX shafts; (56 degrees bent to 57, 60 degrees bent to 62), Nippon N.S. Pro WV 125 S shafts

Who are the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour?

T4. Chad Collins: 12 feet, 3 inches.

Fourteen RM-22 (47 degrees), MT-28 V5 (52, 56 degrees), RM-22 (60 degrees), all with Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts

T4. Hideki Matsuyama: 12 feet, 3 inches.

Srixon Z 945 (46), Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 (52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts

To see the rest of the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour, go here!

Source :  David Dusek  Golfweek

Pictures: Getty Images

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