How Far Should a 60 Degree Wedge Go?

If you’re wondering how far you should hit a 60 degree wedge, then you’re in the right place. In this guide I’ll share everything you need to know about a 60 degree wedge to help you decide if you should have one in your golf bag as part of your 14 golf clubs.

I also have a golf practice plan that you can follow that will work on your wedge game and approach shots inside 100 yards so you can lower your golf scores. I’ll share more about this practice plan at the end!

What is a 60 Degree Wedge?

A 60 degree wedge in golf is a lob wedge that has 60 degrees of loft.

This higher loft allows the wedge to hit a higher spin, higher flighted golf shot. The 60 wedge gets shots to stop quickly on the green from the high backspin. But this also makes it a high risk, high reward golf wedge to use.

When Do You Use a 60 Degree Wedge?

Golfers use a 60 degree wedge to hit golf shots inside of 100 yards on the golf course. Most of those shots come around the green as a chipping club for various chip shots, like a flop shot.

But it’s also a great option when you face approach shots from 30-80 yards and need to hit the green in regulation for a birdie chance, like on a par 5.

How Far Should You Hit a 60 Degree Wedge?

Most golfers will hit the 60 degree wedge between 50 to 80 yards. The actual total distance you hit a 60 degree wedge will vary compared to other golfers since every golfer has a different swing speed.

Some golfers can swing all of their clubs really fast, creating more ball speed and this creates longer distances with their golf clubs. Professional golfers with fast swing speeds might hit a 60 degree wedge closer to 100 yards.

But for most golfers, an easy going, controlled golf swing will hit the 60 degree wedge around 50 yards. If you try to give it a full power swing, you might hit it around 70 yards.

The loft never changes. It always has 60 degrees of loft

Resource: How to Score in the 70’s Golf Training Plan

Learn to Hit Your 60 Degree Multiple Distances

Unlike irons where you try to hit each one a certain distance, golf wedges are more versatile golf clubs that can be used to hit a golf ball multiple distances.

For example, you should learn how to make a 1/2 swing, a 3/4 swing, and a full swing with your 60 degree wedge to hit it 3 different distances.

Since you are only allowed 14 golf clubs in your golf bag, you’ll likely choose to carry 1 to 4 wedges in your bag to help you cover the distance gaps from 10 yards to 140 yards.

Example bag setup: (1) PW, (1) GW, (1) 54W, (1) 60W

A pitching wedge might go 135 yards, a gap wedge 125 yards, and then you’ll have to cover from 10 yards to 115 yards with two more wedges if you’re using 4 wedges in your bag.

Usually, a 54 degree and a 60 degree wedge are great together to help you fill that distance gap in your golf bag.

The 54 degree wedge can be used to hit the 80 to 115 yard shots, while the 60 degree wedge can hit shots between 10 to 70 yards.

Use a Golf Swing Launch Monitor or Simulator

You can learn your distances you hit different wedges, including your 60 degree wedge, by using a golf swing launch monitor or simulator device.

These devices will give you the carry distance and total distance, plus a lot of other statistics such as:

  • Spin Rate – usually 10,000+ RPMs
  • Apex (height) – usually around 90-100 feet on approach shots
  • Launch angle – what angle the balls launching off the club
  • Attack Angle – shows if you’re hitting down on the ball

I recommend hitting 20-50 shots with your 60 degree wedge so you can find the average total carry distance you hit your wedge. This will give you the most accurate answer to how far should someone hit a 60 degree wedge.

I also recommend learning how to hit the 60 degree wedge to 20 yards, 30 yards, 40 yards, 50 yards, 60 yards, and 70 yards.

Make different power swings back taking different backswing lengths to learn how to hit the 60 degree multiple distances. The golf simulator will give you feedback on how far you hit each wedge shot, so you can make adjustments to get it flying a certain distance.

Your short game will get much better when you improve your distance control with the 60 wedge and learn to hit specific distances that you’ll face frequently on the golf course during a round of golf.

Practice 100-200 wedge shots a day to quickly build skill and control. Check out our golf practice plans that also share structure on how to lower your golf score faster!

Golf Practice Plans to Follow

Thanks for reading today’s article!

Nick Foy – Golf Instructor

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