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We are always told to make sure we get custom fit for irons, even if it’s just a simple loft and lie adjustment. But what about wedges? Do they need to be custom fit, or is it OK to buy them off the rack?

Golfers hit such a great variety of shots around the green that it’s just as important that they be fit for their wedges, particularly the lie angle of their wedges. This video demonstrates the importance of lie angle for the most lofted clubs in the bag and how having the incorrect fit can cause offline shots.

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Ryan Barath is a club fitter and master club builder who has more than 15 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf located in Toronto. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Deadeye

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I have read that tour pros, even though their irons may be 2 degrees up, they like their wedges a little flat. As a 20 handicap, should I do the same? My irons are 2 degrees upright.

  2. geoh

    Jun 27, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Many of us miss on the low side on those types of shots, just as Ryan did on his first pitch.

    Maybe bending wedge more upright would be a good compensation?
    Does the same apply to putters? ie more upright the putter lie angle, the more the tendency for putt to start left of our aim line? How many of us miss putts on the low side when left to right breakers?

  3. STEVE

    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Ryan: I notice with my wedges (Ping Glide series) that my grass stains are out consistently toward the toe of the club on chips and even moderate length pitches. Assuming that I am not standing too far from the ball, is the toe strike tendency a sign of a lie angle that is too upright, too flat, or something else like bounce? Thanks.

    • Ryan Barath

      Jun 28, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      Great question!

      Toe strikes especially on shorter clubs can mean a few things. Obviously it would be the most beneficial to see shots but in general they indicate:
      – A club that is possibly too short
      – A club that is to flat

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