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Wedge set makeup

Discussion in 'Golf Equipment Talk' started by azgreg, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    I have an idea, let's talk golf shit for a minute. As I've posted recently, I've been working on my short game (125 yards and in). I'm pretty happy with the results. I'm at the point where I'm trying to finalize the makeup of my wedges. I've played 48/52/56/60, 48/54/60, 48/53/58, and currently 47/51/56/60. For the most part I've tried to keep constant lofts, but I'm beginning to question that. I'm thinking to start at the lowest loft I'm comfortable in full swing. Right now that's the GW (47°). I've been successful full swinging my SW (somewhat), but not to the point I can count on it. So now I'm looking at PW (47) and GW (51)(same clubs I played at 48/52 just with the lofts bent back to factory specs), and 2 more slots. 56 and 60 are the natural lofts, but there are players here who only go one more at 58°. What made you guys decide on your makeup?
     
  2. Rockford35

    Rockford35 Shark skin shoes Staff Member Admin

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    I was a 48/53/56/60 guy forever, but I have fallen to a 48/54/58 guy now. I just found with the new grinds on wedges that it was much easier to have the same "shots" in the bag with less clubs.

    I'm also of the school that I never, ever go 100% at a wedge. If I am approaching the limits, I play a different shot with a stronger wedge. The new balls and grooves help with the spin, so it's never been an issue.

    Opened up a spot for a 2 iron/5 wood too. Bonus.

    R35
     
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  3. MattyB

    MattyB Not a sheep shagger. Supporting Member

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    My current set up.
    An ugly lot but helps in most situations.
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    MattyB Not a sheep shagger. Supporting Member

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    On a more serious note...
    I started with a 52/56/60 set as I loved my 60* Vokey and worked back from there.
    But have since settle for 50/54/58 as my PW is 45* and GW 50*.
    However I am slowly taking a likening to my vokey rustic 52* as it's perfect for my 100m shots which I'm more often hitting from now on par 4s.
     
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    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I used to have 47/51/56/60. That's just plain to many wedges. THe more i played the more i found myself wondering if I should hit a hard PW, or a soft GW. Led to way to much indecision on my part. I dropped a club. Went 47-54-60. Loved that set up. I practiced more so I was confident from a number of different distances. I now have a 47-52-58 and am equally happy. 4 wedges for me is just to much.
     
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    MattyB Not a sheep shagger. Supporting Member

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    What about distances for each wedge too?
    I currently do (carry dist)
    PW - 115m
    GW - 105m
    54* - 90m
    58* - 70m

    Haven't mastered the backspin shit yet so normally have 4-5m bounce and roll on PW and GW lol.
     
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    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    47(PW from iron set), 52, 56

    I've never truly needed a 60º on course and I've only needed it once off course. It cost me so many shots while it was in the bag I simply left it on the course...could I have put the time in and gotten better with it? Sure...my 52 just came much more naturally for me.

    PW is used pretty much as an iron...or for chips that I need to roll a ways.

    My 52 is my go to club from 100 and in. 56 is rarely used from anywhere but greenside or in bunkers. For me...having one wedge as my go to and knowing that club inside and out has been much more useful than having 4 wedges that I sorta kinda know how to use.
     
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    I let the lofts in my set determine mine. My PW is 45 and the GW is 50. So I went with a 55 SW and 60 LW. I like the distances I'm getting so I'm going to stick with it. That being said there were some wonky yardage gaps through the rest of my set the last time I got to play. As soon as I get back to work I'm going to have the lofts and lies checked on the whole set. I think the 5 iron is a little too upright as well.
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Do you guys full swing the 52, 55, 56, and 60?
     
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    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    I full swing my 52. I don't think I have ever done a fully with the 56 because I'm much more comfortable with my 52 from pretty much everywhere.
     
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    I found myself doing the same with my middle wedge. I got really good with first my 54 and now my 62, the only time I go to the higher loft is green side or bunker.

    Good point too, what good is 4 wedges that you have zero confidence in? I played competitive high school golf and my only wedge was a PW. Granted it was probably 49-50*, but still.
     
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    I don't take a full swipe with the 60 but the gap wedge and sand wedge are fair game. I never step on them though. Just a smooth full swing. If I try to squeeze a little more out of them they just balloon up and don't go any farther. If I played tem atthe same length as my PW with the same shaft I might.
     
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    48/52/56/60

    Does the trick!
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    If I carry too many wedges, that leads to too many swing thoughts and decision variables for me - us geezers get confused easily. When I'm carrying 7 clubs, I have a 9i and a SW, when I'm carrying 9 clubs, I add the 8i and a PW. I just vary the distance and trajectory with stance, ball position, swing length, etc. Simpler.............
     
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    When I am riding 18 I usually carry a PW, GW SW and LW.

    When I walk I usually carry the PW and SW.

    The number of wedges I carry usually has little to no effect on my score.
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    Lofts of each, please?
     
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    If I'm walking I do the same. Drop any clubs I don't use a lot, usually the 2 & 3 iron and maybe the lob.
     
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    I hear ya, I like that if I execute a full shot I know how far each will go. After that it's a feel thing.
     
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    From my Pw (48) 52,56,60,just added 64
     

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    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    To the OP, a teaching pro recommended my GW and SW lofts about 10 years ago. I've changed teaching pros since then but I've kept those lofts. But my current teaching pro emphasises the versatility of the 52 degree. It's become the go to club.
     
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