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TBX: The PGA Tour’s wedge wizards

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

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 that are 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.

1. Adam Scott: 11 feet, 2 inches (pictured above)

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

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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

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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), with Nippon N.S. Pro WV 125 S shafts

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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

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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

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6. Jimmy Walker: 12 feet, 4 inches

Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (48, 54, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

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7. Byeong-Hun An: 13 feet

Titleist Vokey Design SM6 Raw (48, 54, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

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8. Zach Johnson: 13 feet, 1 inch

PXG 0311 (48, 54, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

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9. Cameron Smith: 13 feet, 5 inches

Titleist 716 T-MB (48 degrees), with KBS Tour 130 shaft; Vokey Design SM6 (52, 56, 60 degrees), with KBS Tour 130 X shafts

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10. Justin Hicks: 13 feet, 7 inches

Titleist 716 CB (47 degrees), with Project X 6.0 shaft; Vokey Design SM6 Raw (54, 60 bent to 59 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

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