Launch Gate by Ted Sheftic (Wedge Gate)

Launch Gate by Ted Sheftic (Wedge Gate)

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Launch Gate Information

The original name for the product was Wedge Gate, but because it applies to other clubs, we are now calling it the Launch Gate System.  The Launch Gate is a personal training aid designed to give you feedback on your launch angle. If you use it correctly, it will give you information about your impact (shaft lean and face angle) as well as how you launch the ball.

While it was designed for wedge play, it can also be used for other clubs (you just need to know the correct launch angle for you other clubs!).
Extensive research by Ted Sheftic and Dr. Rob Neal on pitching has revealed that the BEST players in the world when hitting standard distance and finesse wedges, launch the ball under 30 degrees. These launch conditions allow them to generate high spin and great stopping power. There are two basic ways to use the gate to get feedback:

  1. Hitting below (or above) the Noodle
  2. Hitting through a window; you can determine if you are launching correctly, too low or too high. This application is more advanced than the first one.



To set up the gate for a 30-degree launch, you must go through the following steps

  1. Determine the length of the shot you are going to hit.
  • If it is less then 40 yards, use a gate of 4 feet. The launch should be between 30 to 34 degrees.
  • In the 40 to 50 Yard distance, use a gate height of 4 or 5 feet.
  • If the shot length is greater then 50 yards we suggest using a gate height of 5 feet.
  • We believe hitting wedges under 3 feet is a great way to practice to launch it under 30 degrees.
  • Use the table below to determine the distance from the gate to where you must hit shots from. Hit shots under the noodle for launch angles under 30 degrees, and above for over 30 degrees of launch


Table 1: Distance from gate heights for a 30-degree launch. 

Launch gate crossbar height Distance from ball to gate
Crossbar at 3-feet high 62 inches  (about 5-feet away)
Crossbar at 4-feet high 84 inches (exactly 7-feet away)
Crossbar at 5-feet high 104 inches (about 7.7 feet away)
Crossbar at 6-feet high 125 inches (about 10.4 feet away)
Crossbar at 7-feet high 145 inches (about 12.1 feet away)

Pro tip for figuring out how high to put the gate or where to stand. Take the distance from the gate to the ball and multiply it by 0.58 to determine the height the crossbar should be.  Example 62" x .58 = ~ 36" or 3' high for the bar. Anything lower than the bar is less than a 30-degree launch angle from 62 inches away.

Conversely, if you know the height of the bar, multiply by 1.725 to figure out how far away you should be hitting from. For example, if you had a fixed bar at 4-feet high x 1.725 = 6.9 feet. You should be hitting the ball from about 7-feet away.