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I go with my set 45 (133) and set 50 (120).

From there it's 54 and 60 "specialty" wedges.

Got 3 swings for each of my specialty wedges: full, 3/4, 1/2- for those pesky intermediate greenside pitches.

54: 100, 80, 40

60: 70, 50, 30

 

The 3 swings are the same for the 54 as the 60 which cuts down on practice time. Taking the guess work out of how to hit a shot adds confidence. Because I have reference points it's pretty easy to take off ~10 yards when I need to.

 

IMO a lot of pro's do something similar except instead of 2 wedges they'll do it with 3 or even all 4. The number of shots or the number of options they have inside 100 increases significantly which is what they want and why they play something like 52-56-60. 

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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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It is probably as simple as that is what they have always played. Especially the older guard where 52/56/60 was basically the only option.  

 

They have spent thousands of hours and tens of thousands of shots getting used to those lofts growing up, why change? Because on paper different lofts work better? Tough to recalibrate 15+ years of practice.  

 

 

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On 2/23/2021 at 12:48 AM, NotThatGuyorAmI? said:

The 56 and 60 are what they are for functional reasons other than distance.  The (nominal) 46 comes with the set.

 

Has anybody checked those 52’s to see if they are really 52’s?  I heard a rumor clubs can be bent.

 

Yeah, another way to look at this entire question is:

What is your PW loft? 46

What loft do you want on your most lofted wedge? Checks list... almost everyone has a 60

 

So if you play 46 and 60 do you want to only have one club in the middle? Seems pretty reasonable to stick two in there with the variety of shots that pros play from inside 100 yards (low ones that skip and run out, low ones that skip and check, medium ones that drive through the wind, high floaters, high spinners, etc.). I think pro's want options. I just try to hit everything "medium" while favoring the center of the green - LOL. 

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