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I switched to 46 50 54 58 to keep the 4* gap between clubs throughout the set, but I really miss having a 56* and 60*. So this year I'm going to add them back plus a 50 or 52 gap wedge, but can't decide where I want that 6 degree gap. Any particular reason so many guys on tour prefer the 6 degree gap where they do, instead of between the gap and sand wedge?

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Why? Because those hacks on the PGA Tour ain’t good enough to keep up with Wrxer’s spacing of wedges.  That’s why.  I ain’t lyin..

46, 50, 56 and 60 for me.   I rarely hit anything like a full shot with the 56 and 60, they are clubs for around the green. I am really comfortable with 3/4 swings with the 50 and if I am an

A couple of things to consider. First, the 46-52-56-60 of @Nachosgrande seems fairly standard now, but may be a shift from five years ago.   In 2016, GolfWRX’s Nick Maybin took a look at the

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I would assume its because they are really good at partial shots with their wedge. One thing to consider, which has worked well for me is 5* gaps through your wedges. I have a 45* pw then 50, 55 and 60. My gaps are perfect at about 10 to 12 yds per club on full swings.

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I'm also a fan of 5 degree spacing.  I'm not good enough to worry about controlling distance with narrower gap spacing.  For example, my 55 is a perfect 100 yard club for me.  But I hit it anywhere between 90 and 110 depending on how hard I swing.  And distance control related to loft is far less important than making a clean strike with the ball on-line with the target.😬

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I switched to 46 for pw given loft difference to 9 irons these days. However I kept the 60 because you always need at least the option of the softest flop/bunker shot possible in your bag or else I think you’re at a disadvantage by only having as high as a 58. Where it gets tricky is what you do with gap and sand. Personally I’ll take full swinging a 50 over 52 anyday. Lastly 54,55,or 56? 🤷‍♂️

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46* is close to a stock PW. They can take off 5 yards with relative ease. Also it may be bent to 47.  52,56,60 is a common 4 wedge set.

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Go with a 5* gap in wedges. I'm with you, 4* gap between full swing irons makes sense. Wedges can be spaced a little further without any issue. I have 4* between all irons. Play 50*, 55*, 60* with wedges. 

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Don’t we have 47-53-59 as super popular as well?

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3 hours ago, cardoustie said:

Don’t we have 47-53-59 as super popular as well?

10 or 15 years ago I always thought 47/54/60 was the most common setup in pros and a lot of amateurs bags. That was before 62-64 wedges were in vogue. 

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5 hours ago, DArnie said:

I used to have 53 and 57 Clevelands no one would believe it til they saw them.

The Cleveland 53 Diadic (sp?), was a great wedge.

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You see plenty of guys playing 50, 54, 60. It depends on that person's game. A lot of time, the guys with 56 use it as their primary club from 35 yards out. Most guys generate more spin from 50 yards with a 56 than a 60.

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Gaping of irons is determined by the golfer's ability to adjust his swing mechanics to cover yardage gaps.  Gap in irons is talked about a great deal on Golfwrx.  Seems as if it's a discussion based on static logic as opposed to creative ability to adjust how far you can hit said club.  Six degrees is easy to cover.

 

Pro's look at clubs differently than most amateurs.  Pros create shots using clubs you wouldn't expect them to use, lets call it double-vision.  Most amateurs see in single vision with one club.  Reason some people might have five wedges, yet don't benefit from the diversity.

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Because they are more worried about what clubs they have in the bag for short game shots than perfect yardage gaps for full swing wedges.  Plus they know how to hit partial wedges and control distance, trajectory and spin.  

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18 minutes ago, ChipNRun said:

As to why so many pros make the 46-52-56-60 mix?

  • First, a majority use an iron set PW. With the specialties going 52-56-60, the pros have a long-term  plan to work from.
  • They have a lot of time to practice, so they just have to know where the 6° gap it... they can handle it. Also:
  • Some use the PW as more of a 10i than a wedge. So, 52-56-60 becomes its own wedge sub-package.

I think this is a good conclusion... it's also something I've done in my bag, and taken a step further and gone back to the set GW to have more full swing options on the course... I wasn't using my Vokey GW as a full swing club or an around the green club, so I ditched it... Now I have a set GW that I will hopefully use for a number of stock yardage shots over 100 yards...

 

As for 54 and 58 vs 56 and 60... I was dead set on the 56 / 60 setup,but moved to the 54/58 setup last season (I bought new SM6s cheap) and didn't notice a difference... I'm not good enough to need those extra 2 degrees. I also haven't put in the thousands of hours pros have with their wedges, so it was not much of a challenge for me to switch. Honestly, if you are good enough to notice a difference in 2 degrees, you are good enough to adjust to it... the pros don't really have to make that choice, so I assume they stick with what's comfortable. 

 

I just checked Max's bag from his 2019 win and he was carrying a 50, 54 and 60... which actually surprises me, I had assumed they would play consistent lofts over time in the wedges, though he only changed his sand wedge from 54 to 56. I'd harass him on Twitter, but his probably busy. 

 

Obviously both setups worked for him... I'd also be curious to get my wedges on a loft and lie machine and see if they are actually what's printed on the sole... 

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On 2/21/2021 at 11:47 AM, Nachosgrande said:

I switched to 46 50 54 58 to keep the 4* gap between clubs throughout the set, but I really miss having a 56* and 60*. So this year I'm going to add them back plus a 50 or 52 gap wedge, but can't decide where I want that 6 degree gap. Any particular reason so many guys on tour prefer the 6 degree gap where they do, instead of between the gap and sand wedge?

 

You could go 50, 55, 60 - take a 56, bend it to 55. I've been doing that for years. I like the GW a little Closer to the PW.

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I think one of the reason you see so many 60's is because tour greens are faster and they want more loft around the green.  After that it's a choice between 3 and 4 wedges and how they want to fill their gaps.  A lot of guys like the 56 for shots around the green as well as a higher bounce option.  Some guys like a low and high bounce option which is why you see more 56/60 setups.  

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39 minutes ago, SwingMan said:

 

You could go 50, 55, 60 - take a 56, bend it to 55. I've been doing that for years. I like the GW a little Closer to the PW.

 

same here.  I bend the 56 a degree strong.  5* gaps give me 15 yard gaps between gw/sw/lw on a stock swing.  4* between my pw and gw.  I don't understand the 52/56/60 thing, that would make me too indecisive about which wedge to use far too often and leave me a 20+ yard gap between my pw and gw.  

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45-50-55-60 is my favourite wedge spacing right now

 

 

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