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Set Gap wedge. I can do anything with it that I can a specialty wedge plus it flows with the set and is more forgiving on full shots.

The Cleveland CBX 50* is a great hybrid between the set gap wedge (cavity back and forgiveness for full shots) and specialty gap wedge (full face milling and better grooves). I will say it's a little

Dedicated. If you're hitting it 115-125 you'll find better response and feedback than a set wedge.

I’ve found a GW redundant around the greens and can upshoot from the fairway on full shots.

 

Got my 46* PW bent to 48* and choke down for a GW distance; I’m very confident the ball will reach all the way to the hole.

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> @kooch1221 said:

> > @Mrgreen36 said:

> > Well, my pw is 49 so that's my gap wedge.

> How long ago was it that a PW used to be 50*?

 

About the time someone wanted to sell more wedges and make you think you were hitting the ball further?

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It varies by model of iron.

 

Several years back, I played the Callaway X20 irons. The set GW (or AW) was hard to handle, and I had problems with distance control. More recently, the Apex AW proved to be a crisp, accurate club. The AW for the TM SLDRs (in my backup bag) also proved to be an excellent club.

 

Also, OEM marketing has had an effect on the availability of the specialty GW/AW. Many GI iron models now have the AW as their highest lofted club. This means that the specialty GW/AW can be a hard sell for smaller golf shops. At a Thanksgiving PGA sectional clearance sale, I noticed a newly released Callaway 50° on sale for $80. The pro shop rep told me no members at his club had touched the wedge the entire summer. He said everyone was just playing the AW that came with their iron set.

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> @kooch1221 said:

> > @Mrgreen36 said:

> > Well, my pw is 49 so that's my gap wedge.

> How long ago was it that a PW used to be 50*?

 

That's why the set "GW" is the way to go for me. It's essentially a pitching wedge....

 

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Older iron set here, Maxfli Revolution black dots with a 48* PW, which I love, so I use the set iron as my "GW."

In my parlance, my gap wedge is a 52-08F SM4,

thinking of trying a 52-12F SM5 for the softer conditions we have in the midwest.

Might also bend a 50-08F SM6 to 52 for an inbetween-er.

Goldilocks syndrome.

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TEE XCG7 Beta 22*H - 2020 Aldila Rogue Black 85H TS
TEE XCG7 Beta 25*H - Diamana Thump i465ct 4i shaft stiff 
Wishon 560MC's 5-PW (27,31,35,39,43.5,48) at -1/2" length KBS Tour C-Taper Lite R
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> @pusb365 said:

> Absolutely love my Mack Daddy 3 50deg. I put the same shaft I have in my irons in, and it's one of my favourite clubs in the bag.

 

I have a MD3 in 52. I might try bending it down a degree or two. I feel like I usually need just a few more yards then it can give

 

 

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I need new wedges and I'm really scratching my head. I like my GLIDE SS 50* around the green but the more I realize it I'm having trouble with full shots not going far enough. It seems I can't event hit this wedge 100 yards it goes way to high. Feels a little light I'm not sure whats going on. I busted out my old SCOR 51* with KBS Genius shaft I think its 120g and was hitting it 5-7 yards further then the glide. Seemed to not lose distance. I think it is more forgiving despite being a tiny compact shape.

 

I might game it for a while or try the new Hogan Equalizers if they are similar. Anyone hit these?

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Cobra FLY Z+ 3 wood, orange, aldila tour blue stiff, 14.5*
Taylormade V-Steel 5 wood, stock stiff
Sub 70 939x, 4H(21*), Proforce V2 85 stiff
Sub 70 699 Pros, 5-AW, Modus 120 stiff
PING glide 2.0, 54* and 58*, SS, Modus 120 stiff
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I prefer the specialized gap wedge (50*).  Set gap wedges are marginally better on full shots, but specialized wedges are significantly better around the greens.

TaylorMade SIM 10.5*, HZRDUS Smoke Green 70g 6.5
TaylorMade SIM Max 3W 15*, HZRDUS Smoke Green 70g 6.5
Titleist 818H1 21*, Tensei Pro White 90S
Taylormade P770 4-PW, KBS Tour 120 S
Titleist Vokey SM8 50F, 54S, 58M

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Ping G400 @ 10.5° (Ping Tour 65S)

Ping G400 5 wood @ 16.5° (Ping Alta CB 65S)

Ping G410 7 wood @ 20° (Ping Tour 75X)

Titleist 818H2 @ 22° (PX 6.0)

Ping i210 PowerSpec 5-U (DG S300)

Titleist SM7 54° F / 60° K (DG S200)

Ping Heppler Floki

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Adams CMB Gap wedge.

 

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Mizuno S18 to T20 50* and could be more pleased. 

TALORMADE SIM MAX D 10*/ FUJIKURA Speeder TR 661S/ GP TW WHT

MIZUNO CLK 16*/ Modus Tour 130S PL TIP/ GP TW WHT

MIZUNO CLK 19*/ Modus Tour 130S PL TIP/ GP TW WHT

MIZUNO JPX921 Forged 4-PW/ PXLZ Blackout 5.5/ PURE Wrap WHT

MIZUNO T20 Satin Wedge 50/07/ PXLZ Blackout 5.5/ PURE Wrap WHT 

MIZUNO T20 Raw Wedge 56/06/ PXLZ Blackout 5.5/ PURE Wrap WHT

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My very favorite gap wedge is Wishon 575MMC (50*) set wedge. I am confident with both the MB and CB from 100-120, high or flighted down. Ironically, I never really used it for pitching or chipping.

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Wishon 525F/D  13* S2S Black 65 S
Wishon 775HS   21* S2S Black Hybrids S
PXG 0211  5-GW  Elevate 95 S
PING Glide 3.0  54*SS

PXG 0311 Forged 60*
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Vokey 50 deg with 12 deg bounce. 8 deg bounce digs too much. PW is 46 deg so GW is always based on that.

Titleist TS3 8.5 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70TX

Titleist TS3 15 deg - Project X Even Flow T1100 White 85 6.5

Titleist 816 H2 19 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 90X

Titleist T200 4 - Project X 6.5

Titleist T100 5-PW - Project X 6.5

Vokey SM8 Jet Black 50.12 F, 54.10 S, 58.08 M - TT DG TI Black Onyx S400

Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

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JPX-900F gap wedge has been money for me. I use it for full shots and any green side chips. It has a ground leading edge that prevents digging.  

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Titleist TS3 10.5 with Evenflow T1100 White 65

Titleist TS2 16.5 with Accra Tour Z x275

Titleist TS2 19* hybrid with Evenflow White 90

Titleist TS2 23* hybrid with HZRDUS Smoke 65

Mizuno MP-18 MMC 5-PW with Steelfiber i110cw

Mizuno JPX-900F 50* with Steelfiber i110cw

Cleveland RTX 54* & 58* Mid with Steelfiber i110cw

Platinum M7 Tour with SS Pistol Grip

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47* pw

54

60

 

never liked carrying 3 wedges plus a PW. Easier to use old school lofts with only 2 specialty wedges. 
 

always liked Tigers loft gapping but with more modern PW lofts in the 46-47 range, a 54/60 combo blends well for me gapping wise. 

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My set pw is 48.  From there I go 53, 58.  Love flighting my pw between 115-130

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Titleist TS3 15* Diamana S+ ltd Blueboard 70s tipped 1"

Titleist U500 2i Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 9.8 hb

Callaway Apex Pro Double Dot 4-pw Accra i steel 125

Vokey Raw SM8 50F, 54S, 58S (custom grind) Nippon Modus 125 wedge

Cushman Custom C&C 1.0 Raw Carbon KBS CT Tour Matte Black, Golf Pride Pro Only Red * or

Mizuno M Craft Type 1 Satin  Stability Tour Shaft, Golf Pride Pro Only Green*

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PW:  46* Mizuno MP54

GW: 50* Mizuno S18

SW: 54* Mizuno S18

LW: 60* Titleist WedgeWorks SM7

 

I only use the GW for approach shots.  Full shots = 110yds, 3/4 shots = 90yds.   Very happy with the S18s, great feel and consistent distance.  

 

Before the MP54s I had Mizuno JPX 825 Pros.  That set came with a 50* gap wedge that I never used (replaced it with an MP-T4).

 

Eventually I sent the JPX 825 Pro gap wedge up north with an old set of Mizunos to reside at my buddy's house (so i wouldn't have to travel with my sticks).  Have played a few rounds with them, and that gap wedge has been a solid flag hunter.  Go figure.  

 

 

 

 

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On 5/27/2019 at 3:03 PM, kooch1221 said:

At my home course I'm faced with a lot of 115 to 125 yard shots which is a gap wedge distance for me. Just wondering what everyone prefers? A set gap wedge or a dedicated gap wedge for these shots?

IMO it depends on what you like to chip with.  I prefer chipping with a "blade" style wedge so I carry a 52* callaway forged. I also have a 48* wedge from my AP3 set for full shots, but I rarely use it green-side.

 

Thats my approach.

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