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Gap Wedge

Posted on 6/12/24 at 1:31 pm
Posted by FieldEngineer
Member since Jan 2015
2163 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 1:31 pm
Would you typically prefer your gap wedge (50ish) to be a part of your iron set or would you buy it separately? I have Callaway Jaws Raw 58 and 54, and plan to replace my 50 next. Just not sure if I should get another jaws raw, or maybe plan to get an iron for that club.
Posted by CoachChappy
Member since May 2013
32735 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 1:42 pm to
It’s part of my set, but I ordered them that way.

If I had an older/used set, I would get a single wedge instead of ordering it to match the set. Then, next set, have it match the irons.
Posted by SECSolomonGrundy
Slaughter Swamp
Member since Jun 2012
16171 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 2:00 pm to
I like to have a lot of workability with my gap wedge. If you have some bigger more forgiving irons, it may limit some of the things you can do.

Its really about your individual swing strength and weaknesses and what type of shots you want to hit.
Posted by DarkDrifter
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2011
2970 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 2:05 pm to
Personally my gap wedge has always been a regular wedge and not part of my set.. I also do hit my gap which is a 50° quite often.. I typically hit it around 125 and it drops and stops... Hard for me to change what I'm comfortable with.
This post was edited on 6/12/24 at 2:07 pm
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 2:15 pm to
I have both.

I’m trying to see which one I play best with, but getting data takes time.

I’m not a big hitter so matching the set may be what I should do.
Posted by Floyd Dawg
Silver Creek, GA
Member since Jul 2018
4160 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 2:20 pm to
My irons and wedges are separate sets. Cleveland irons and Vokey wedges.
Posted by FieldEngineer
Member since Jan 2015
2163 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 2:34 pm to
quote:

I like to have a lot of workability with my gap wedge. If you have some bigger more forgiving irons, it may limit some of the things you can do.


Good feedback. I don’t know that I’m good enough for workability to be a factor. I’m hoping for increased backspin to help me hold greens when I hit. For now, the ball will fly off the back when I hit a green with that club.
This post was edited on 6/12/24 at 2:35 pm
Posted by BMoney
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2005
16317 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 2:50 pm to
I kinda have both. Titleist T150 irons and PW is 44°. I carry a 48° T150 then a 52° Vokey wedge. I could potentially replace them both with a 50° Vokey wedge, but don't have the need to add anything else at the top of the bag.
Posted by CoachChappy
Member since May 2013
32735 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 2:58 pm to
quote:

Its really about your individual swing strength and weaknesses

This is a great point. Irons are the weakest part of my game, but I’m hitting them well right now.

I’m a low handicapped but want forgiveness and to hit them straight.
Posted by Barrister
Member since Jul 2012
4671 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 3:04 pm to
Jaws 48 is my gap and I love it. Probably most accurate club in my bag
Posted by MudIslandTiger
Germantown, TN
Member since Dec 2016
130 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 3:28 pm to
quote:


Would you typically prefer your gap wedge (50ish) to be a part of your iron set or would you buy it separately? I have Callaway Jaws Raw 58 and 54, and plan to replace my 50 next. Just not sure if I should get another jaws raw, or maybe plan to get an iron for that club.


I have the T-100-S irons in 4-9. Bought a 46 (1 strong to 45) Vokey to go with my 50, 54, and 58. Don't regret that at all. Much prefer the look and feel of that Vokey PW than the set wedge.
Posted by TaderSalad
mudbug territory
Member since Jul 2014
24785 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 4:06 pm to
I’ve done both. I prefer part of the set due to gapping, feel, and confidence.

Gap is probably a full swing for most a majority of the time, so match the rest of the set that you’re swinging fully.
Posted by AlxTgr
Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
82059 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 4:11 pm to
quote:

a part of your iron set
This by a long shot since the strong loft trend has made that club just another iron for me. I almost never chip or pitch with a 50*. If the situation calls for it, I really don't mind it being part of the set.
Posted by dek81572
Bossier City
Member since Apr 2012
933 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 4:29 pm to
I have the Taylor Made 790's 4-AW. I bought the A wedge a few months ago, PW is 45 and AW is 50. I use Cleveland RTX 6 Zipcore wedges 54 and 58. Before I had the AW I used a 50 Cleveland wedge, I did not like the look of it behind the ball for 125 yard shots, the leading edge appeared too sharp and I had no confidence that I could hit it well consistently which I didn't. I don't use the AW around the greens so I bought the 790 AW, it's a little more forgiving and looks better behind the ball to me on those longer wedge shots. I hit my Cleveland wedges fine and can flight them well from different distances. I think it was just a me thing with how the club looked behind the ball but everyone is different.
Posted by LSwho84
Prairieville
Member since Nov 2015
166 posts
Posted on 6/12/24 at 4:58 pm to
For me it’s all about what gives me more confidence in the shot. I’ve had sets with a GW as part of the set, but I’ve always circled back to having my GW separate along with my wedges. I mostly use mine for 115-120 in and also chip around the greens with it. I currently keep an older 588 RTX 50deg because I learned early on with it; chipping, pitching, even awkward lies etc. as well as full shots with it. Use what is most comfortable for your swing and setup, that can change with time.
Posted by Eye dentist
Member since Oct 2013
593 posts
Posted on 6/15/24 at 7:51 am to
I have 5 wedges:
Edison 60,57,53
Reg set: 49, Pitch

I like the 49 as part of the set since I’m usually hitting it with a full swing. I love chipping with the Edisons, but I find the distance with a full swing with them to be inconsistent, and shorter than the loft would suggest. Does anyone else have this problem?
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/15/24 at 9:01 am to
I rarely swing full with a wedge, but the Edison’s have design elements that make the mishits (especially) higher on the face better. There is more mass behind grooves 4/5 than standard Vokey type wedge.

If you are tour level with your strike, Vokey or some other wedge system may perform better. Edison’s are really good for the workaday player who does not want to sort out which bounce they need for which course condition.
Posted by Eye dentist
Member since Oct 2013
593 posts
Posted on 6/15/24 at 10:50 am to
I think you’re right. I liked Terry Koehler’s wedges better when they weren’t perimeter weighted (Scor, Hogan TK’s). With these new Edisons, I have to hit them higher in the club face than I used to with the older versions. Unfortunately, I bought 2 sets of wedges, so that’ll be a lot of groove wearing before I get anything else. Right now, I’m just adjusting my yardages accordingly.
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