Our Putter is nominally seen as a ‘Zero-Lofted’ tool but it usually defaults from a factory 3 to 6 degrees loft angle in order to achieve a slightly-elevated ‘Launch Angle’ and some ‘Over-Spin’. Thus, when we talk about how a Putter performs, we see it as ‘Rolling End Over End All The Way To The Bottom Of The Cup. It is worthy of note that, you can change the ‘Net Effective Loft & Roll’ by moving your ‘Ball Location back to more to the front. This modifies the ‘Launch Sweet-Spot Angle Of Attack’ as well as ‘Initial Ball Flight’.
Let us assume that we have four Wedges in our bag … Lob Wedge (60 Degrees), Sand Wedge (56 Degrees), Gap or Approach Wedge (52 Degrees) and the Pitching Wedge which is nominally 48 degrees. I would like to know what my Ball Flight might be with a properly Set-Up and struck Pitching Wedge. Simple and fun task! Lay the #PW Clubhead on its back, face looking up. Step on the clubface until it becomes parallel to the ground. This action will elevate the Grip and shaft up about 48 degrees. Thus, the butt or grip end of the shaft will point up about 48 degrees. Initially, do not fiddle with the ‘Set-Up’ as you directly alter performance.
Let us pull our #8 Iron and perform the same process. The Shaft and Grip will point up about 40 degrees which is the #8 Iron Loft.
Is this a Chip, Bump & Run of a Pitch? With all the Delivered Loft with a moderate ‘Run’ after landing, this would be a ‘Pitch’ … quite a bit of ‘Air Time’ as well as a commensurate amount of ‘Run or Roll Time’. (see ‘Air to Ground Ratio’)
Again, avoid fiddling with your ‘Set-Up Conditions’. as mentioned above, Ball Location’ directly affects ‘Ball Flight’. In the same vane, forward or aft pressing the golf club handle will also alter the ‘Net Delivered Loft and ‘Initial Ball Flight Characteristics’.
Keep It Stupid Simple and predictable! Tinker Time’!