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Which is the most important factor in your using 2 or 3 wedges (excluding your pitching wedge)


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Not getting into swapping out for certain courses -- but your NORMAL WITB.

With stronger pitching wedge, seems like a 52-56-60 set of wedges is used more frequently (compared to 53/4 with a 58/59/60.

I THINK it's a bigger issue for pro's (and strong amateurs) as the wedges cover a much larder spread than the "average" golfer.

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My vote for three does not include the 41 degree in my set. It’s not a pitching wedge in my book.

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I only carry 1 now (56) but prior to that I was at 2 with PW(46), 52, 58.

 

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I've always carried 3 wedges, my PW is 46*, always played 50, 54, 58, rather have more wedges, just me...

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Ping G410 14.5*, Stock Alta S Flex, 43"
Callaway Apex Hybrid 18*, GD Tour AD-DI 85S
Callaway Apex X Muscleback 4-P, DG Tour Issue shafts
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46° PW. 50,56,60 is my wedge setup. For me it’s ideal for gapping full shots as well as around the greens

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Srixon z585 5 Iron x Nippon Modus 120S

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Hehe, I currently have 4 wedges in addition to my Pw. I’m not sure what option to vote on!

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Apex Pro '19 5-A w/PX
X Forged Jaws 53 & 59 w/PX
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I think a lot of it is whether you really need the lob wedge. If greens are very fast and/or the lies around the green are really tight, the 58-60 can help make the difference in getting the ball to stop where you want. Otherwise I use my 54/56* for most pitches & chips.

 

I take an approach where I rarely hit a full shot with a 50/54/58 unless I really need the extra spin or height. A 120 yard shot is 3/4 46*, a 100-105 is a 3/4 50*, a 80 yard shot is 3/4 54*.

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No choices I really love, but variety of shots makes the most sense. Bounce actually plays a big role in my wedge setup as the course I play has inconsistent bunkers and shifts from very soft conditions to hard conditions depending on the time of year. For instance is is nice to have a high bounce wedge for fluffy bunkers and a low bounce wedge for harder more packed bunkers. All wedges have different lofts so they also offer different yardages on full swings.

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I seem to be able to make a fairly reliable (for my level) 9:00 and 11:00 swing with my wedges so having more wedges gives me more yardages covered:

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I actually use all the clubs through the 8 iron quite often for 9:00 approach shots depending on the wind and pin location and so on. So it seems that I really have 6 'wedges' that I use regularly...

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Wedge: 50 deg 10 deg bounce MacDaddy 4 S Grind
Wedge: 56 deg 10 deg bounce Jaws S Grind
Wedge: 62 deg 10 deg bounce MacDaddy 4 C Grind (bent to 62 degrees from 60 degrees)
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3 wedges is too many for me. Makes me second guess the right play, and having confidence in my shot is critical for my short game. Much easier decision making and much more confidence with two

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Hmm, I’m carrying 5 at the moment, plus my PW. I’ll knock it down to 4 though when I’ve done a bit of work with my new SM8s.

Nothing with higher loft than my 50* is ever used for a full shot. The 54* to 64* range are various lofts and bounces for different shots and different situations and are all there simply to give me choice, for instance a 50y shot could be any of my 54*, 58* or 60* depending on lie, season, hazards, room near pin, green hardness etc.

I don’t understand how anyone can only carry two wedges, it’s 120y for me below the PW. It seems crazy to just have two clubs to cover this vast distance where all the gaps between PW and 3H are about 15y. The additional wedges are used far more than a 3W.

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My PW and UW are for full shots while my 54 and 58 are for 3/4 shots, green side bunkers, and touch shots around the green...

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PING ie1 (5-UW)

PING Eye2 XG (SW/LW)

PING Vault 2.0 Piper

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Would love to know which grind combination you settle on and why.

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52/58 for me. I used to do 52/56/60, but that mostly resulted in a lot of bad shots with the 56 and 60 because they were different and I'm not good enough to have that many wedge swings, and I'd be second-guessing club choice from the moment I picked a club to the moment the club hit the ball. The reduction in number of club decisions from 100 yards in has made my short game improve drastically- I credit this mostly to being able to commit to a club and shot and being able to have the confidence to execute said shot.

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50/54/58 here..

The gap between 150 - 120 is why the 50 is in the bag.

54 is what I used 90% of the time around the green

58 is short sided and bunker only

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Taylormade M3 4HL Hzrdus Yellow 63g

New Level 18* KBS Tour Prototype 95X

Mizuno JPX 919 Tours 3-PW Project X 6.0's

Cleveland RTX4 Raw 50/54/58 Project X 7.0's

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I carry 3 wedges. 50,54,58 and it fits my yardages perfect! Use to carry 2 wedges and found myself over swinging. Learned to control my ball flight for a variety of shots at different yardages using my 3 wedges. 130 yards and in use to be my weakness and now carrying 3 wedges had made it my strength and brought my scores and handicap way down!

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It's all about the course I am playing. Most of the time, I prefer to have more options at the bottom of the bag. Sometimes I want more at the top of the bag. I'm happy to switch out a wedge for a 5-wood when necessary.

 

I guess this option in the list of choices fits my preference?

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or
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Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid 21* - Aldila NV 85 Stiff
Callaway RAZR Tour Hybrid 24* - Stock XStiff
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My pitching wedges have generally been 44-46 degrees of loft. About the most loft I can effectively use in a wedge is 60 or 61 degrees. So it's a question of how many clubs I want to carry to cover the range from 45-60 or thereabouts.

Trying to do that with just two wedges would leave me having to manufacture too many shots, both full swings and in the short game. That would be probably 52 and 60, 52 and 58, 50 and 58 or something like that. Just too gappy for me. So I do 50/54/58 or 50/55/60 which requires less creativity. If it were like in 1998 and my pitching wedge had 48 or 49 degrees I'd probably just have a 54-degree SW and a 60-degree LW.

P.S. At the moment I only have 13 clubs in my bag with including a 44 PW, 50 GW, 54 SW and 58LW. I have a 60-degree LW in the closet that I really like so I'm thinking about sticking it in the bag, too. What the heck.

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Currently, w/ my Hot Metal Pro set I carry PW - 45, GW - 50, a 55* and 60* wedge. With my next set the PW is 46* and I'm considering going with 52/58 wedges to consolidate. Options are nice, but I'd like to be more skilled w/ less options than unsure w/ too many.

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Well I think this is also a question if you are a feel player or with a system. If you have a swing system for shorter shots then you clearly benefit from being able to hit the same shot with three different clubs with different lengths. But If you are a feel player and mostly use one club either way then club space is maybe wasted on having three.

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I have three Cleveland RTG wedges currently, 49, 53, 57. As many here i use two swings of different length to get two 'stock' yardages out of each and I can open the 57 easily for flop shots if necessary. As I get used to the 45* PW in my new to me set i may swap out the 49 for something between my 17* (215) and 23* (190). I have been running into a few par 3's that are at that in between 205 yardage.

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