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I've always had graduated lengths with my wedges of a quarter inch from PW thru 60 (i used 4 wedge). I find i hit the 46 and 50 much better than the 54 and especially the 60, and i'm wondering if the 54 and 60 might actually be too short. Usually the miss with the sand and lob is a flippy push that doesnt really get into the turf.

 

I've heard mixed approaches to wedge shaft length - can anyone elaborate the pros and cons of each ?

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During the 2000's and early 2010's I used to get a fresh set of Vokeys every third year (50, 54 and 60) and one year I spec'd them to all three have the same length as the 50-degree. I'm here to tell you, I could not tell the slightest bit of difference. Not better, not worse, just not different at all. 

 

I guess I'm almost always choking down to some extent on wedges (especially given then even my irons I don't grip all the way to the end of the grip) so it just seemed much ado about nothing for me. 

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^^^ Me too

Even moreso, I'm SL from LW up to 8i these days.

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I don’t go shorter than 35.5” on any of my wedges. If a set GW happens to be 35.75”, fine. 
 

But SW and LW will always be 35.5” for me. Anything shorter and that forces me into a posture that I don’t care for. 

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PW and GW are 35.5”. SW and LW are 35.0”. This keeps my preferred 1/2” length progression LW to 4i.  

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I find my gapping to be way too bunched up if my wedges are all the same length, so that's why I step them down. It's only a few yards difference but that's a lot at the bottom end of the bag. 

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Trying same length on g,s,l wedges this season.

since I don’t really full shot the lw I’m guessing it wont

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I've increased the length on my SW about 1/4 and about 1/2 on my LW to match the gap. My reasoning was for those awkward lies around the green, ball in the bunker and your feet out, it's nice to have a little extra length (that's what she said). 

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I've tried them both ways and had the same results as @North Butte. You spend so much time gripping up and down on your wedges (or at least you should), a quarter-inch or two is mostly irrelevant.

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My PW, SW and LW are all the same length for me, not planning on ever going back.

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My wedges have been at 9i length since taking up golf.  My 620 MB PW, SM6 Gap & LW each used to be 36", 9i length.  When I bought SM9s, had the Gap & LW set to 35.75", PW length.  

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23 minutes ago, howeber said:

I’ve tried this experiment a few times, making my lob and sand match my 50* at 35.5”. The logic makes sense. 

 

I always end up cutting them back down to 35.25” and 35” 

I NEVER made a set with all wedges to the same length, i simply cant see the benefit of it at all, and it takes more than a few mods to make head wgt and PL to work together here....

My bag has a PW/47.50* of 35.75" (std), my GW/53* is 35.25" (like a std Sand W)  and my LOB/59* is 34.75" who i 0.25 below std (irons is STD)
 

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I have to agree with Howard here. I believe lots 46-52 are used for full shots by most golfers...maybe many golfers.  54-60 begins the sand wedge, around the green, tight lies, etc wedge.  I always prefer a heavier head and slightly shorter club for these shots.

 

To each their own, but I progress my set all the way to the 52, then usually keep the SW and LW the same length. 

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22 hours ago, Howard_Jones said:

I NEVER made a set with all wedges to the same length, i simply cant see the benefit of it at all, and it takes more than a few mods to make head wgt and PL to work together here....

My bag has a PW/47.50* of 35.75" (std), my GW/53* is 35.25" (like a std Sand W)  and my LOB/59* is 34.75" who i 0.25 below std (irons is STD)
 

 

Howard, what's your progression from 9 to PW? Do you do 1/4" or do you keep a consistent 1/2" gap all the way through?

 

I go 1/2" all 4 to "10 iron", and then 1/4" from 50 on down. But my "10 iron" is 45*, close enough to what my old 9 iron used to be. Essentially I still play classic 3 to P lofts + 2 wedges, but in the modern day that's 4-GW headweights.

 

 

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3 hours ago, howeber said:

 

Howard, what's your progression from 9 to PW? Do you do 1/4" or do you keep a consistent 1/2" gap all the way through?

 

I go 1/2" all 4 to "10 iron", and then 1/4" from 50 on down. But my "10 iron" is 45*, close enough to what my old 9 iron used to be. Essentially I still play classic 3 to P lofts + 2 wedges, but in the modern day that's 4-GW headweights.

 

 

With irons as "standard", my PW is 0.25" shorter than the #9

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