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The Dual Wedge is Back

When I started playing golf back in the dark ages there were dual wedges available.

Robert Streb putts with his 56 degree wedge at the Greenbrier

This cross between a pitching wedge and sand wedge was often seen in partial sets and also sold separately.

As club making became more sophisticated and wedge gurus like Bob Vokey and Roger Cleveland came on

the scene this club was replaced with gap wedges and many other types of specialty wedges.

Roger Cleveland (photo courtesy Callaway Golf)

Now, players carry at least 3 wedges and some carry 4. The idea of having just 1 wedge seems crazy.

But, after watching Robert Streb at The Greenbrier yesterday putting with his 56 degree wedge, maybe the term dual wedge has a new meaning. Players practice putting with their wedges, called bellying, but that’s for the purpose of using it when their ball is up against a green collar or perhaps a horrible lie near the green.

Using it on the green as a putter is not often seen unless your putter breaks during a round like happen to Streb. Ironically, he putted  pretty well with his wedge and even ended up tied for first in the tournament.

He eventually lost in a playoff but he makes one wonder. If I’m having an off day with my putter do I pull out a
wedge and try it on the greens?

Bob Vokey works on a wedge (photo courtesy PGA.com)

I’m headed to the putting green today with my 56 degree wedge to see if it can be my new dual wedge.

I bet Scotty Cameron never thought Bob Vokey would be a competitor.