With no grooves on the face, pace was difficult to control, especially from fluffy grass.
Using the putting wedge with putting grip from the fringe
At longer distances, upto 30 yards back on the fairway, there didn't seem enough weight in the head - the sand or pitching wedges are normally the heaviest club the the bag - to develop a smooth pendulum swing. The result tended to be a thinned or topped approach.
However, the club proved most appropriate with 15-20 yard approach putts from the extreme perimeters of the green. The wide sole caused no damage to the putting surface and the loft of the club tended to take out some early undulations.
I also put it in the hands of some serious scratch and single-figure golfers during a visit last week to play the Monte Rei and Millennium courses at Tavira and Vilamoura on the Algarve.
Though having sympathy for the plight of the higher handicapper who finds chipping an art hard to master, none were convinced it could replace the traditional, versatile lofted irons and fairway metals we tend to use around the green in the modern game.
I detected, too, that part of the problem was the less than macho sight of a 'real golfer' using a club mostly favoured by, with respect, the less talented female golfer.
Summary:|| With more practice I would seriously be prepared to swallow my pride and keep the putting wedge in my bag for a little while longer until Odyssey demand its return. I fear, however, that I would come to rely on it too heavily and start considering its use from 100 yards out on seaside links or even from low-lipped greenside bunkers! If you're prepared to shell out £80 for this versatile club it could well be an excellent investment, especially when your confidence around the green is low.
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