62-degree Wedge: The What’s And When’s

The short game is responsible for more than half the shots we play.

What does this mean for golf players?

More than 50% of the shots depend on our wedge play.

The 62-degree wedge is a lob wedge, the most lofted out of the wedge types. It is meant for short approach hits

Read on to learn more about 62-degree wedges and when to use them in a game!

The Straight-To-The-Point Answer

Here’s the shortest, simplest answer.

The 62-degree wedge is a lob wedge. It is more lofted which allows the golfers to prop the ball in the air through a more massive swing.

As a lob wedge, it’s meant to halt the ball AS FAST AS POSSIBLE on the green.

When should you use them?

  • The steep ascent and descent angles are perfect for short approach shots. 
  • If you’re trying to reach through a difficult placement, this one might be a good choice. 
  • The risk of a bladed shot can increase though.

For a more comprehensive explanation, read on to the next few sections.

The What’s

Before knowing what a 62-degree wedge is or when to use it, it might be helpful to ground it down on a more basic level.

What Are Wedges? 

Wedges are used by most golfers when they’re around 100 yards of the green area. These are lofted irons made for a specific purpose.

Depending on the specific distance, there are different types of wedges one may opt to pick up depending on the game situation.

In general, wedges are picked up for short approach shots. The shot can change DRAMATICALLY depending on the loft degree of your club.

Here’s a short guide on the WEDGE TYPES based on the different loft degrees.

Pitching Wedge: 45-48 Degrees 

The pitching wedge is made for the longest (out of the short) shots

  • It’s great for pitch shots when there is still room for the ball to roll.
  • It is also perfect for chip shots around the green.

For beginners, you might be better opting for this wedge first.

Gap Wedge: 50-54 Degrees 

The gap wedge is a rightful middle ground for most.

For most players, it is great for when the pitching wedge nor the sand wedge can do the perfect shot. This wedge type is also just recently developed.

The gap wedge has a bit more loft than the pitching wedge. But, its reach is still longer than the sand wedge can ascertain.

Sand Wedge: 54-48 Degrees 

If you’re following right, the sand wedge is more often than both pitching wedge and gap wedge. Fairly simple, right?

Compared to when swinging with the gap wedge, your shots will probably NOT stay on the air that much

Its rounded base is made for sliding through the sand.

It’s really helpful when a player is doing bunker shots where a little bit of bounce is needed.

Lob Wedge: 58-62-degrees

Again, the lob wedges are the most lofted ones. They’re best for the shortest shots.

The 62-degree Wedge

The 62-degree wedge is the most lofted wedge. With lob wedges, a player can get to a distance of around 50-90 yards.

Best for short shots on the green, it is used to launch the ball high on the air whilst letting it land softly on the green through a swift stop.

It’s a real game-changer on your short games!

The When’s 

There are a PLETHORA of wedge types. How should you decide when to use which?

The when’s of which to use what, is, VERY complicated. You have to assess the game first!

Thankfully, we’ve got the experience of numerous players to shed light on some tips.

When Should You Use It

The 62-degree wedge has a heavy, thick, and rough feel. This allows it to dig the ball out.

  • It’s VERY USEFUL for when you’re around the green.
  • Most players use it out of the deep bunkers. When the pin is very close to the front of the green, it plays really well.
  • It’s also a great wedge of choice in the hard sand.

If you’ve had plenty of experience in the game, a 62 can help you hit delicate and complicated shots.

When NOT to Use It

Here’s the thing: The 62-degree wedge is NOT for beginners.

Only very accomplished (and decorated) players usually get THE MOST out of a 62. Short shots require a lot of face manipulation.

If you don’t have the skill or the years of practice, the 62 won’t help you nail your short approach shots. As a beginner, you’re better off picking up a pitching wedge first.

The lob wedge is ONLY used for a HIGH TRAJECTORY and SOFT LANDING SHOT

If the shot you need does not fit that description, don’t make the mistake of using a 62.

You MIGHT not need to use a 62 if you already are using the sand wedge. The sand wedge will definitely do the trick as long as you become comfortable opening your sand wedge for that high and soft shot.

For the final tip: If you already have the 64, it is almost just the same profile as the 62. You don’t need to switch if versatility is all you’re looking for.

Conclusion

The 62-degree wedge is the perfect go-to wedge for an accomplished player.

The loft degree gives you versatility, consistency, and high maneuverability.

Just a reminder that all these can only be achieved with A TON OF PRACTICE. Higher lofted clubs are great at short shots, BUT they are also MORE DIFFICULT to nail.

If you’re a beginner, you might be better off getting more experience first before rushing to nail this wedge. Patience and resiliency is your best friend in EVERY SPORT!

Trying going thru the different loft degrees first before going straight to using the 62-degree wedge.

We hope we helped you determine if a 62-degree wedge is for you. At the end of the day, the secret to successful shots is practice, practice, practice. 

Hit away!

Barry