Inspiration Golf A-Wedge: A Golf Club of Many Names By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 04/26/19 Share Pin Email Cleveland Golf The A-wedge is a golf club that is another name for a gap wedge, which is used for shorter and softer shots, and one of the four main types of wedges, which include (from least loft to most loft) the pitching wedge, A-wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge. A golf club manufacturer might identify an A-wedge by stamping an "A" or "AW" on the sole near the toe of the club, but it's becoming more common all the time to stamp the wedge's degrees of loft there. The "a" in A-wedge stands for either "approach" or (less commonly) "attack," and you might see a manufacturer use one of those names (approach wedge or attack wedge) instead of A-wedge. As already noted, A-wedge itself is just another name for the gap wedge, a club known by more different names than any other modern club in golf: gap wedge, a-wedge, attack wedge, approach wedge. The reason for the A-wedge's versatility and variety of names is because of the history of golf clubs evolving to include more specific clubs for different situations. In traditional, 8-club golf sets, the pitching wedge was the last club. If a golfer added a sand wedge to her bag, she was left with a large gap in loft between the pitching wedge and sand wedge. The A-wedge filled that gap (hence its more common name: gap wedge). What Is the Purpose and Loft of an A-Wedge? In earlier times, golf wedges were fewer: You had your pitching wedge and you had your sand wedge. For much of golf history — at least after the 14-club limit went into effect — those were the only wedges found in the bags of golfers, even in pros' bags. Beginning in the latter stages of the 20th century, lob wedges (sometimes called X-wedges) came along as the highest-lofted clubs in the bag, but that still left a fairly large gap — with typically eight to 14 degrees of loft difference — between a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. So the gap wedge was created to, literally, fill that gap, to serve as a club with a loft that fell in-between the PW and SW, allowing a golfer to more precisely control both the distance of shots and their trajectory into the green. And the gap wedge, or A-wedge, is typically lofted in the low-to-mid-50-degree range but can range anywhere from about 46 degrees to 54 degrees. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The 10 Best Golf Wedges of 2021 The 7 Best Women’s Golf Clubs of 2021 Understanding Your Golf Clubs: What Are Wedges? The 8 Best Golf Club Sets for Kids of 2021 What Are The Various Types of Golf Clubs and How Are They Used? The 9 Best Mid-Handicap Golf Irons of 2021 Meet the Irons: An Intro for Golf Beginners The 7 Best Golf Clubs for Beginners in 2021 The 10 Best Golf Training Aids of 2021 The 9 Best Golf Grips of 2021 The 8 Best Golf GPS Apps of 2021 The 8 Best Golf Putters of 2021 The 8 Best Disc Golf Discs of 2021 The 10 Best Men's Golf Shoes of 2021 The 9 Best Golf GPS Watches of 2021 Do You Know Which Clubs You Need to Have in Your Golf Bag?