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I'm certain this has come up elsewhere, but I was wondering what all of you are playing with. Please respond to any/all of the questions below:

How many wedges do you carry?What are their lofts and bounces?Which one gets the most duty and why?What types of wedges do you use (finish, maker, etc.)?

Driver: TaylorMade 2016 M2 9.5° at 8°

3W: TaylorMade V-Steel 15°

3H: Taylormade M3 19°

Irons (4-W): Titleist 718 AP1 (21°-48°)

SW: Titleist Vokey SM7 54° S grind (brushed steel)

LW: Titleist Vokey SM7 60° S grind (slate blue)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 2

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Ooh, I'll be following this thread.

I play -

--Cleveland RTX-3 52/10, satin

--Cleveland RTX-3 56/11, satin

--Callaway PM Grind 19, 60/12, satin

I primarily use the 56 for shots from 40-105, and most standard greenside chipping and pitching. I realized I never hit 60 before I got my PM Grind 60, as I was comfortable with my 56 and only used the additional loft when needed - so, I got the specialty 60 for help elevating the ball around the greens and out of the bunkers. I'm finding I can hit the low spinner with it too, a shot I didn't really have before. That was a nice bonus.

I only use my 52 if I'm between 106-115. It's basically just another iron. My 9/PW/AW are 38/43/48 so my wedge yardages are pretty tight. If I switch irons, which I'm looking to do soon, I'm hoping the PW/AW will be around 45/50 (or I'll just get them bent to near that, lol) so I can drop a wedge and have a 54 or 55 instead of the 52/56. I just don't use the 52 enough, but with my AW going ~125 I can't justify dropping it and having a 20 yard gap.

Ping G410LST, 9, Ventus Blue 6S

Titleist TS2, 15, Hzrdus Smoke Black 70, 6.0

Titleist 818H1, 21 (set to 20), Tensei White Pro 90, S

Callaway Apex Forged 19, 5-AW, Nippon Modus 120 X

Ping Glide 2.0, 52.12 & 56.12

Callaway Jaws MD5, 60.8

Odyssey Triple Track 10 S, 34" / Odyssey SL1, 33.5"

ProV1 / Z Star XV

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I ended up with Titleist Vokeys after happily playing many other popular brands like Nike, Mizuno and Cleveland. All brands are great. I go for max bounce due to the soft & lush conditions where I live (Southeast).

52.12 (F) / 56.14 (F) / 60.10 (S)

 

I believe an extra wedge is more useful than an extra long club. I'd rather ditch a long club that's never hit than pull a wedge I'm much more likely to need and much more likely to stick close. Common sense says to favor the wedge in that case.

 

I use my 60 the most. A full shot goes about 100-yds with shorter shots being quite easy to manufacture. My 60 is also my primary club for chipping, pitching and bunker play.

 

For what it's worth, I don't know many low-handicap golfers who don't do the 4-wedge thing. It's pretty common these days considering how much technology and versatility can be found in long irons, driving irons, hybrids and fairways. Almost everyone seems to agree that 4 wedges is better for scoring. However, it's worth saying that simply putting more wedges in the bag will not make you an effective user of those clubs. You have to dedicate some time to figuring out when and where each one will offer you some benefit.

But most likely, you'll find short irons and wedges to justify their presence much more than having the full complement of long clubs. Usually you get long clubs that are either redundant or rarely used. So they can be be combined (or pulled out entirely). Since I have a 2i, 3i, and 4i, I'll usually pull one of those out based on what tees I'm going to play. Those irons won't all be needed on the same day. Experience tells me which one is most useless on a given day.

But to me, wedges are as valuable as short irons, probably even more so. Would you consider pulling a short iron? Heck no! So why would you pull a wedge, especially when a good wedge shot can turn a 3 into a 2! You ain't making a lot of birdies off those long irons!

SIM (10.5o) (Tensei Pro Org.)
TS2 4w (17o)

M6 7w (21o)

z785 (4-Pw)
SM8 52-F / 56-F / 60-S
Newport 2 Select

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I used to have a Cleveland 60* and now have a Hi-Toe and I really like it. So much online says to stay away from 60* wedges, that they can get you in trouble and they’re hard to hit... I actually think they’re easier to hit nice and full rather than checking up on a 56*.

Driver: TaylorMade 2016 M2 9.5° at 8°

3W: TaylorMade V-Steel 15°

3H: Taylormade M3 19°

Irons (4-W): Titleist 718 AP1 (21°-48°)

SW: Titleist Vokey SM7 54° S grind (brushed steel)

LW: Titleist Vokey SM7 60° S grind (slate blue)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 2

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Vokey 46.10 F

Vokey 50.08 F

Vokey 54.12 S

Vokey 60.08 M

 

All Raw, s400 and the same length.

46 - was an experiment that I'm not entirely sold on yet... I like it more for 3/4 shots, but I'm still getting it dialed in. It doesn't seem to go as far as my set PW and I have a 9i to PW gap. I'm probably going to bend it to 45* tbh.

50 - use it much like the 46. Full and 3/4 shots. I use this for a more bump and run style chip from around the greens.

54 - this is the heavy lifter for shots from 100 in, I will try my best to never hit a full swing with this club which comes in around 110. This hands most of the bunker duty.

60 - pitch shots from 60/65 yrds in where I don't have the runway for the 54. Bunker shots when I need to get it up and the 54 won't do. Basically whatever the 54 does, but when I have less green to work with.

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Two years ago I went from four to three wedges.

First season, I played:

MD3 in 48°/8 full shot 95 yards.MD3 in 54*/12 full shot 82 yards.MD-PM in 60*/10, about 40 yards on 1/2 shot. // This year 60* out in favor of more stable MD4 58*/8 C-grind, flies 54 on 3/4 shot.Inside 20 yards, I go on feel with either 7i chip-and-run or 58* cut shot (I avoid lobs).

For partial shots the distance determines which wedge I choose. Also... I include the 9i for 3/4 and half shots in my wedge matrix to cover a couple of yardage boxes.

Right now I have three Callaway. From about 2012 to 2016 I had Callaway set 46° PW and 50/54/58 in Cleveland CG14. I also like the Ping Glide wedges, would probably switch to them if I went with Ping irons.

As far as Vokey, I greatly admire the technology and range of head options. That said, the Vs have always felt strange to me.

What's In The Bag (Summary as of October 2020)

 

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

For details see:  Pending (need protocol to embed file list).

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d6628f59-9287-4ac5-8b27-0fd5f3421934.jpegI’ve always preferred a PW, SW and LW system.

This year, I jumped on the trend on going to 120 grams shaft wedges and it worked out well. My iron shafts are 114 grams.

I prefer 10–12 degrees of bounce in my lofted wedges and open them up around the greens to expose the effective bounce out of the rough and bunkers.

Im not a fan of the GW because I find it redundant. I normally go to a SW, LW and PW in that order for around the greens. I practice a lot of 3/4 PW with control so a GW is pointless in my game.

I use to be OCD on the proper “loft spacing” but now I go by carry yardage. Today’s technology is experimental on the short and long iron side.

Hence for me:

PW 45*-13*SW 54*-11*

LW-58*-10*

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I have three SM5s: 50/12 (F grind), 54/14 (F grind), and 58/8 (M grind) ... my 54 is when there is lots of soft sand, as well as, soft or fluffly lies - whereas my 58 is for less sand (or when the conditions of the bunker are iffy) and hardpan conditions.

Wilson Deep Red II Tour (9.0)
King Cobra SZ (15.5), G10 HY (18, 21, 24)
MP-32 5i - 9i, Vokey SM5 50, 54 (F), 58 (M)
Rife Aussie

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I basically play with 6 wedges, I just got a new to me set of Cleveland 588 mts that has a pw and dw. I also have a 52°, 56°, and 60° set of wedges from warrior custom golf that my dad gave me, and I purchased a Cleveland 588 rtx cb 2.0 56° off of the bay at the beginning of the season. The Cleveland rtx is the heavy lifter, I would say 85% of my chips. I got the black finish and it's only been a couple months and the bottom is quite worn. I really should clean up my bag, I rarely use the 52° and 56° from warrior.

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I play 4 wedges.

46* Ping s55 - KBS tour 120 (used mostly for full shots, but also for running the ball up to the green)

50* Ping Glide SS (52* bent two strong), 10* bounce. - KBS tour 120 (Primarily for full shots, some short chipping closer to the green)

54* Ping Glide SS 12* bounce. KBS tour 130 soft stepped. (This club does the bulk of the work in basic chipping and pitching)

58* Ping Glide ES 8* bounce. KBS tour 130 soft stepped. (This is my go to sand club and generally what I use to get out of trouble.)

 

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Driver: TaylorMade 2016 M2 9.5° at 8°

3W: TaylorMade V-Steel 15°

3H: Taylormade M3 19°

Irons (4-W): Titleist 718 AP1 (21°-48°)

SW: Titleist Vokey SM7 54° S grind (brushed steel)

LW: Titleist Vokey SM7 60° S grind (slate blue)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 2

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PW: Z-Forged stock PW

50º: RTX4 Black Satin, 10º/Mid

54º: RTX4 Black Satin, 10º/Mid

60º: RTX4 Black Satin, 9º/Mid

The 60º is my club inside of 50 yards, most chips and bunker shots. 54º covers mostly 60-115 (some overlap depending on shot needs) with some chipping and bunker shots where I don't want to hit the 60º. 50º is 100-130ish.

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S56 PW-47 degrees

Gorge GW-51 degrees, 13 bounce, SS Grind

Gorge SW-56 degrees, 13 bounce, SS Grind

Gorge LW-60 degrees, 6 bounce (more from leading edge to center), TS Grind

 

Lob wedge gets the most play because most greenside shots require it.

M5 9.0, Tensei CK Pro White 70TX, Tour Velvet (2 Wraps)

M5 15.0, Tensei CK Pro White 70TX, Tour Velvet (2 Wraps)

TSi2 21, Tensei AV Raw White 85TX, Tour Velvet (2 Wraps)    //     DHY Proto 18, Diamana D+ 90X, Z-Cord (2 Wraps)

i200 4i, Project X 7.0, 1 Degree Flat, Z-Cord (2 Wraps)

S56 5-W, Project X 7.0, 1 Degree Flat Z-Cord (2 Wraps)

Glide 3.0, 51.13SS and 55.13SS, Project X 6.5 Blackout, 1 Degree Flat, Z-Cord (2 Wraps)

Vokey V-Grind 60.12, S400, 1 Degree Flat, Z-Cord (2 Wraps)

Odyssey R-Line Armlock (DIY-specs unknown, made for comfort)

ProV1X 

Ping Hoofer 

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I play with a 4-wedge setup:

Mizuno JPX 919 tour: 48º, 6º, 1º flat, standard length

Mizuno T20 raw: 52º, 9º, 0.5º flat, standard length

Mizuno T20 raw: 56, 14º, 0,5º flat, standard length

Mizuno T20 raw: 60º, 6º, 0,5 flat, standard length

I've chosen the Mizuno T20 as they give me a little more spin and lower flight than any other wedge I tried.

The 56º is the one I use most as I like chipping with it.

TaylorMade SIM 9º | HZRDUS Smoke Green 6.0
TaylorMade SIM Max 3-15º | HZRDUS Smoke Green 6.5
TaylorMade SIM Max 5-18º | HZRDUS Smoke Green 6.5
Mizuno 919 Forged 4-6 (2º weak) | PX 6.0
Mizuno 919 Tour 7-P (2º weak) | PX 6.0
Mizuno T20 52º/4º, 56º/14º, 60º/6º | PX 6.0
Scotty Cameron Futura X5w with SuperStroke PistolGT 2.0 CB
Titleist ProV1x 2020
Arccos 360
Titleist StaDry Black/Grey/Orange (2016) / Titleist Midsize Staff jet-black (2020)

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PW: Mizuno MP-54 48*

GW: Mizuno S18 50* 8 bounce

SW: Mizuno S18 54* 12 bounce

LW: Mizuno S18 58* 10 bounce

Lately my PW and SW get the most activity around the greens. Courses here in FL are now wet due to rain season, and my PW gets through the crap (especially tight/wet lies) best.

SW is the most versatile, so when things dry up that will likely be my go-to club.

GW tends to be in my hands for the partial shots from 50-100yds, its becoming a real scoring weapon.

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AP2 PW at 47

Vokey SM7 52.08F

Vokey SM7 56.10S

Vokey SM8 60.10S

Titleist TSi3 9.0 HZRDUS RDX 60 6.5

Srixon F85 15 HZRDUS Smoke Black 70 6.5 

Callaway Apex 18 Catalyst 80 6.5

Srixon Z785 4-PW True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Cleveland RTX Zipcore 50 True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Cleveland RTX Zipcore 56 True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Cleveland RTX Zipcore 60 True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 

 

 

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I picked up new SM6s this year on the cheap, and have been using them... I have a 50 degree SM7, and then 54 and 58 in SM6.

50 - SM7, Silver finish, S300 shaft. Standard grind and bounce (I think F and 8?). This is more an approach shot club than it is an around the green club, though I will use it for long runners.

54 - SM6 Steel Gray Finish, regular shaft. 12 degrees of bounce, F grind... this was bought to be my workhorse... but it's been replaced. I use this for 100-50 yard shots primarily, with the occasional chip around the green. Mostly when I want some roll but need to carry something.

58 - SM6 K grind 12 degrees of bounce. I don't know what happened, but I love this wedge around the green... It was supposed to be a specialty club for tight pins and when I need to moonball something, but I get along great with the grind and the bounce for whatever reason, and it's just a straight up workhorse around the green. It's become my default for sand shots, chips out of the rough and pitches under 20 yards... It's probably my favorite wedge I've ever owned (yet I've left it on the course twice now)

As of 6/5/20

9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110

13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha 

18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce V2

4 Utility Sub70 699u 22 degree Proforce V2

5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400

6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0

50, 54, 60 Vokeys

Tank Counter Balance #7 

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Still my fav wedges I ever played. Best feeling too. Just wish they had more grind options. The newest ones, biting rail tech, look awesome at address just too much branding in the cavity and sole.

Titleist TS3 8.5* Fujikura Motore Speeder vc 6.2

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*

Bridgestone Tour B XS

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46°/6° Mizuno S18, dg s300. It's my pitching wedge as I didn't care for the 919 forged set wedge. Full shot club.

52°/9° Mizuno S18, dg s300. It's a Gap wedge, nothing fancy. Typically used for full shots. Good on partial and knockdown shots, sometimes out of bunkers.

58°/11° Vokey SM5 K grind, dg s200. Great bunker wedge, my home course has soft sand. Also great in heavy wet soils. I use anywhere inside of 80 yards or around the green. I love the weight and shorter stock length of this club.

62°/8° Vokey SM5 T grind, dg s200. Used primarily around the green, but never more than 50 yds out. Excellent on bare lies. Can open up for flop shots. Good out of bunkers. Probably my favorite wedge, I bought a back up.

Callaway B21 10.5° - Fuji Speeder 569 IV

Mizuno ST190 3W - GD AD DI 6

Mizuno JPX 900 5W - Fuji Speeder 661 II

Mizuno MP20 SEL(4) - DG120 S300

Mizuno JPX 919F(5-PW) - DG120 S300

Titleist Vokey SM5 52°/12° F Grind 

Titleist Vokey SM5 58°/11° K Grind 

Titleist Vokey SM5 62°/8° T Grind 

Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2

 

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PW - Cobra Forged Tour (45*)

GW - Cobra Forged Tour (50*)

SW - Cobra King (56*, 7* Bounce, WideLow Grind)

LW - Cobra King Pur (60*, 4* Bounce, WideLow Grind)

Cobra F9 (9)

Cobra F8+ (14.5, 19)

Cobra Forged Tour (4-PW)

Cobra King Black (50, 54, 58)

PING Heppler Fetch

Snell MTB Black

 

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