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I don’t know if stock wedge shaft quality is sub par, but I recently got fit for wedges and was fit into the same shafts as my irons. It has made a world of difference for me in terms of keeping a consistent feel throughout the bag. Not everyone does this, but I am happy I did.

Driver: Taylormade SIM Max 10.5 - Diamana D+ 70x

3 wood: Taylormade SIM Max 15 - GD ADVR 7x

hybrid: Taylormade M3 Hybrid 19 - Tensei Blue 7x

irons (4-pw): Ping iBlade - Project X rifle 6.5 +1"

wedges (50,55,60): Vokey Sm7 - Project X rifle 6.5 +1"

Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 36"

Ball: Z star XV

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Test gapping and accuracy too the pic for a start.I have reshafted many wedges but std wedge flex or dgs200 etc works well for me.Just got a ti dgs400 in a trade so will try that soon

I know i like 120ish gram shafts.Too lite eg 90 to 105 grams not for me.

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upgrade might be the wrong word but proper wedge shafts definitely make a big difference. These are you scoring clubs and you want to be the most comfortable with these in your hands

PXG Proto 0811x 9*.... Tensei Pro Orange 60tx or TM SIM Max 9* ... KBS TD 60 cat4

PXG 0211 3w 15*.... Tensei Pro Blue 70tx or TM SIM 15* ... KBS TD 70 cat4

TM SIM DHY 18* ...KBS Prototype 95x

TM SIM Rescue 22* ... Diamana Thump 105x
Srixon Z Forged 5 - P ... Project X PXI 115 6.5

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Stock wedge shafts aren't sub-par they may just not fit an individual golfer and most people don't consider looking at anything different. It may benefit you to try a different shaft it may not.

Ping G410 LST Ventus Black 6x (TSi3 incoming)
Ping G410 14.5 Ventus Blue 7x
Ping G410 19H Tensei Blue TX
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Cleveland Zipcore 52MID/56LOW/60MID

Ping Sigma 2 Tyne Steath, Stealth shaft. PP58 Black Cord
Snell MTB-X
Jones Trouper 2.0

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That is a really dumb comment. Wedge shafts being sub par. What does that even mean? Pretty much all steel shafts are very consistent so it really just comes down to having the correct weight (either the same as your irons or slightly heavier). Unless you are talking about some random graphite shaft that comes with an infomercial wedge, that is just someone trying to sell you more stuff!

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I am less picky with wedge shafts.

Got fitted and never felt drastic difference with stock offerings.

Cobra                      F9 Driver w/HZRDUS Smoke 60 6.5
Titleist                     TS2 16.5 Wood w/HZRDUS Smoke 70 6.5
Ping                         G410 19 Hybrid w/KBS Proto 95 X
Titleist                     818 H2 23 Hybrid w/Accra M5 95 X

Honma                     TW-U 4 Iron w/Steelfiber i110cw X
Honma                     Rose Proto TW MB Iron set 4-10 w/Modus3 120X
Honma                     TW W4 Wedge 52/58 w/Modus 125
SIK                     Pro|C-Series|Armlock Putter

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I soft step my wedges with same iron shafts. It's really up to the individual.

I thought most manufacturers were going away from wedge flex stock? I know at least Cleveland and Callaway have.

Srixon Z 785 9.5 Atmos Tour Spec Black 60X
Srixon Z F85 15 Atmos Tour Spec Black 60X
Srixon Z U85 18 Steelfiber i110 S
Srixon Z FORGED 3-9 Steelfiber i110 S
Cleveland RTX4 46 Steelfiber i110 S
Cleveland RTX4 Forged 50 Steelfiber i125 S
Cleveland RTX4 58 Steelfiber i125 S
Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft Premier 11S

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Wedge shaft matters but I wouldn't call stock wedge shafts bad. You need to be fit for the right weight and profile.

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Cobra Speedzone Big 3 Tour - Accra FX 2.0 370 M5

Cobra Speedzone - Accra FX 2.0 380 M5 (Testing SIM Max 19* - HZRDUS SMOKE BLACK 95 6.5)

Titleist 818H1 - Ventus Blue 10x

Cobra Forged Tec Black 6i, Forged CB 6-GW - AMT X100 Onyx

Titleist SM8 54.12D, 58.8M - S400 Tour Issue Onyx

Custom Atwood

TP5 (testing Vice Pro)

 

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I've played X100's for the past 20+ years and recently switched to MTS 125's allegedly built on the X100 profile. Around 2006 I was able to hit a tour pro's SW and PW and noticed two significant things. The heavier shaft and overall weight greatly assisted me in my tempo and secondly, noticeably lowered the ball flight. These two issues prompted me to go to S400 9-iron shafts in my wedges ever since. I credit this shaft weight change for allowing me to go from an average wedge player to better than most. YMMV.

JBeam Bullet 10*                           Fujikura Ventus Black 6X

Exotics CBX119 3 & 5WD              Accra Tour Z RPG 382 M5

Exotics CB2 7WD                          Accra TZ5-85 M5
MIURA CB57 5-7                           MCI MMT-125TX

MIURA Tourney Blade 8-P            MCI MMT-125TX
Chikara V1 Proto 52, 57, 61           MCI MMT-125TX (8-iron)

Cameron 009 33/350gr. 1.5 Beach Prototype (A010656)

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So, are the stock wedge shafts substandard? Not from one of the major OEMs. That said, the stock shaft may be too heavy for you or not fit your swing. But, that has nothing to do with poor quality.

I once played CG14 wedges with Cle TRAction wedge shaft. TRAction was 125-gram shaft with a softer tip for more spin on partial shots and a stiff butt to keep launch lower. It had similar dynamics to TT's ensuing "spinner" shafts, but without the mid-shaft flex joint.

TRActions worked well with 115-gr. PX 5.0 iron shafts on my X20 Tour irons. But, when I dropped the PX in favor of 97-gr. NS Pro 8950s, I started having trouble with wedge shots. The iron-wedge shaft weights were too different, and it hurt distance control on partial wedges.

So, I reshafted wedges to KBS Tour R-flex (110 grams). This gave much smoother feel, better control.

When I shifted to Callaway wedges, I had the same KBS Tours put into them. It was only a $10 upcharge for each. My new MD4 58* still has the 115-gram wedge flex that has become stock shaft in several Callaway wedge models. It works fine.

Advice from a Titleist rep: He said Roger Vokey (the wedge guy) recommends putting the same shafts in your wedges as in your irons - unless you think some wedge specific will do wonder for your game.

Search around this Equipment blog, and you'll find lots (and LOTS!) of discussion on what shafts to put into wedges.

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Driver:  Tour Edge EXS 10.5°, weights neutral   ||  FWs:  Calla Rogue 4W + 7W

Hybrid:  Calla Big Bertha OS 4H at 22°  ||  Irons:  Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i-9i

Wedges:  Calla MD3: 48°, 54°... MD4: 58° ||  Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced)

Ball: Calla SuperHot (Orange preferred)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

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What a clown of a club fitter, the most common standard Wedge shaft is Dynamic Gold S200, S300 or S400 and S400 is by far the most played wedge shaft on the tour in the history of Golf...

The question is, do this shaft fit you and your game? They dont if you play 95 grams shafts, so it all starts with a shaft weight thats a good match compared to your irons, then flex and profile.

So, what iron shafts are you playing, and what standard options is there for the wedges you been looking at? and what "upgrade" was suggested and why?

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