The Texas wedge is one of the most effective shots in links golf and it’s a lot easier than chipping. The term “Texas Wedge” is a slang for the putter which was popularised by Ben Hogan. Texas golf courses are famous for their firm and fast fairways. Unlike most American courses which demand target golf, Texas courses play more like Scottish links courses where players have the option to run the ball up the green if they so wish.
Due to the firmness of the ground, Hogan would often take his putter rather than his wedge and play the shot like a long putt – even though the ball was travelling over fairway before it reached the green.