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Wedges - are 50 and 56 enough?


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For me no....I have a strong low hand, have a lot of difficulty opening the club face, basically can't hit flop shots. 

 

I actually got a short wedge lesson from Roger Cleveland when i was in San Diego a few years back, and he showed me how to do it.... and i told him like the Seinfeld soup nazi  "please you're wasting everyone's time" LOL

 

So i need as much loft as i can get

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I am learning to live with a 50* and 56*. At least for me, anything more than 58* is probably a waste and will just get me in trouble. So I'll stick with the 2 plus my 45* pw.

PXG Gen1 0811X 12° driver w/Project X Evenflow Blue 55g shaft
Maltby KE4 TC 16° 4 wood w/Kuro Kage Black 60g shaft
Srixon Z355 22° 7 wood w/Miyazaki Jinsoku shaft
Maltby KE4 TC 19° and 22° 3 and 4 hybrids w/UST Proforce V2 Black shaft

Tour Edge HL E521 25° 5 hybrid w/Mitsubishi Fubuki graphite shaft

Maltby Sti2 6i  w/UST Recoil 660 graphite shaft
Maltby KE4 Tour+ irons 7-PW w/UST Competition Series graphite shafts

Cleveland CBX2 50° GW w/Rotex wedge flex shaft
Maltby M-Series+ 56° wedge w/UST Recoil 660 graphite shaft
Cleveland  Huntington Beach Soft Premier 10.5

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I play 50* and 56*. I find I'm better with fewer options. It forces me to familiarize myself with my options (but honestly, have gotten comfortable and quite good with 'chipping' with my 4 hybrid)

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Driver: Titleist TS3

FW: Titleist TS2 - 18* and 21*

Hybrid: Taylormade Sim Max 25*

Irons: PXG 0311 XF (Gen 2)

Wedges: PXG 0311 Forged (50* 56*)

Putter: Piretti Elite

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You can absolutely make this work.

 

I went to this setup two seasons ago to free up a spot in the bag to put a 3 iron back in.  For my short game it has been beneficial. Like many others in this thread, my 50 degree is usually a 80% swing club to hit that gap around 100-110 yards in my bag, while the 56 has long been my preferred short game club. I've worked hard to incorporate some more bump and run type shots recently but if I'm hones I'm just more comfortable with the 56 around the green.  I previously had a 52/56/60 setup and the 52/60 sat generally unused most of the time.  Do I encounter shots where a 60 would be the perfect club? Yes, but only rarely.

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Titleist TS3 16.5* Evenflow T1100 6.5X
Titleist 816 H1 19* Speeder S
Mizuno MP-64 3i-P DG X100 AMT tour issue
Mizuno S18 50*

Mizuno T20 56*
Scotty Cameron Newport Special Select

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50/54/58 here -- other than going away from 52/56/58 I'd used for years, still committed to that basic number.

 

However, thinking about some irons and the fact I mostly use my 50 degree for shots of around 100 yards or in, depending, but mostly a longer distance, has me strongly considering going with a set AW.  I like my current set PW a lot and don't really see the advantages to a separate or even custom wedge for the few times I use a 50 closer to the green when I could just as easily, or more easily, hit an AW.  

 

 

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