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How to pick wedges?

Posted on 6/10/24 at 10:32 am
Posted by jlovel7
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2014
21599 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 10:32 am
So going to test out putters soon and after that I’ll be upgrading my wedges. I currently use a 52 GW that I really enjoy using around the green, especially for chips and pitches. I practice with this one the most and have gotten much more consistent with it. I also have a 60 LW that I use more sparingly mostly because I haven’t practiced near as much with it. I did use it this past weekend to stick the green on a 3/4 swing shot from about 50 yards out. I have a 56 sand wedge that I can never hit well with and never use.

I’m still learning my game and am curious how to pick out wedges as there seem to be so many options. I’d either want an MG4 or a Vokey. Probably stick with the 52, 56, 60 spread which is really all that’s available in lefties for the MG4. But if I go with the Vokey it looks like I have basically every option they have available, which is a lot. How do I know what bounce or grind would work for me?
Posted by AlxTgr
Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
82059 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 10:36 am to
Given what you said about the 56 and 60, I'd just get a low bounce 58. For me, they are easier to hit clean than a 60. Do you not have a big gap between your PW and 52? 50/54/58 has worked great for me for a long time.
Posted by LSUfan4444
Member since Mar 2004
54454 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 10:57 am to
If you don't know what bounce you should by playing why do you want Vokey?

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How do I know what bounce or grind would work for me?


Call the pros at the courses you play the most and ask them.
Posted by BenDover
Member since Jul 2010
5443 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 11:02 am to
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How do I know what bounce or grind would work for me?


Bounce/grind has a lot to do with if you're someone who pushes their hands forward/back to play a shot, manipulate the face open/closed, if your swing is shallow vs. steep, etc.For Vokeys you can read the description of each grind on their website LINK . I'd still recommend getting fitted or at least hitting some balls on a simulator somewhere to confirm what you feel is the right fit.
Posted by SDwhodat
Member since Apr 2007
2556 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 11:12 am to
Titleist has so many options to get fitted into Vokeys. Granted I don't live in Louisiana, but I have always been fitted by Titleist employees who have done a great job fitting me into the correct bounce and grind. I would suggest going onto the Titleist website and seeing where the nearest fitting is to you and book a time.
Posted by notsince98
KC, MO
Member since Oct 2012
18296 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 12:18 pm to
I personally dont see why any amateur golfer should be focused on a 60W. I personally like 50/54/58 for my wedges but just as big of a factor as loft on wedges is the grind. You want to match the grind to the types of shots you want to hit with each wedge.
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 12:20 pm to
Take a look at Edison.

It’s a simpler system.
Posted by jlovel7
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2014
21599 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 12:37 pm to
quote:

Given what you said about the 56 and 60, I'd just get a low bounce 58. For me, they are easier to hit clean than a 60. Do you not have a big gap between your PW and 52? 50/54/58 has worked great for me for a long time.


Well now is the time to switch to that so I may do that. Probably will do a fitting.
Posted by LSUHeights
Member since Jan 2010
461 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 1:01 pm to
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I'd just get a low bounce 58. For me, they are easier to hit clean than a 60. 


I'll get down voted but I'll take it a step further and say most golfers do not need a higher loft than their sand wedge.

With the jacked PW lofts, a 48, 52, 56 works well for a three additional wedge set up.

You can hit a 56 plenty high if you are semi comfortable opening a face.

Lob wedges are not worth the risk for most average golfers. Most golfers try to flop shots way too often anyways.
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 1:12 pm to
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With the jacked PW lofts, a 48, 52, 56 works well for a three additional wedge set up


It is getting crazy.

I think Cobra’s last set had a 43 degree pitching wedge.

Many are 44.

My Sub70 is 45.

Have you lofts measured at the fitting.

I had a PXG that was supposed 45 degrees, but measured 43 degrees
This post was edited on 6/10/24 at 3:39 pm
Posted by notsince98
KC, MO
Member since Oct 2012
18296 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 1:14 pm to
quote:

I'll get down voted but I'll take it a step further and say most golfers do not need a higher loft than their sand wedge.


I would agree with you. I dont go past my 54W unless i'm just in a stupid short-sided situation. I prefer to use my 50W for everything I can. I use a 58 maybe 1 to 2x per round and i'm sure my 54 would do just fine if I didn't have the 58.
Posted by bopper50
Sugarland Texas
Member since Mar 2009
9359 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 2:10 pm to
quote:

Take a look at Edison.

It’s a simpler system.


I second this.

Best wedge that I have used out of a bunker, hardpan, etc...
Posted by DarkDrifter
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2011
2972 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 3:37 pm to
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It is getting crazy.

I think Cobra’s last set had a 43 degree pitching wedge.



It is . My daughters Paradym X PW is 41° .. its stupid..

She got fitted for wedges recently and went with the SM10's and had to go 46, 51,56..

So now looking at possibly getting her T100's or 150's in 6-9 irons to match up.. too the wedges mainly because she's hitting those wedges so well.
This post was edited on 6/10/24 at 4:02 pm
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 4:57 pm to
I wish they would just stamp the loft on head of each club.

It’s happening in fairway woods as well.

My 5 wood is 21 degrees.

Most 5 woods are 18 degrees now.

Posted by DarkDrifter
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2011
2972 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 5:48 pm to
quote:

My 5 wood is 21 degrees.



Which is essentially modern 7 wood from most manufacturers

quote:

Most 5 woods are 18 degrees now.



Yeah last three 5 woods I've purchased have been 18 degrees and the one I carry is turned down to 16.5° .. works though because I like the length of a 5w vs 3w..
Posted by jlovel7
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2014
21599 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 7:39 pm to
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Yeah last three 5 woods I've purchased have been 18 degrees and the one I carry is turned down to 16.5° .. works though because I like the length of a 5w vs 3w..


Not to sidetrack my own thread but I bought a Stealth2 driver, 4H and 5 wood and the 5W is 18 degrees. I expected it to be my least favorite of the 3 but it is quickly becoming my favorite. It’s making the green far more reachable on a second shot on a lot of holes. I made a couple of shots this past weekend I’ve never been able to make before on my approach in terms of distance. Now need to work on a little more accuracy
This post was edited on 6/10/24 at 7:41 pm
Posted by DarkDrifter
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2011
2972 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 8:03 pm to
Stealth 5 wood is a fantastic club.. honestly one of the best off the shelf clubs I've ever bought.. kick myself for selling it and getting a Qi10 5 wood.. but I needed adjustability and bit more separation from the 7w which is also a stealth 2 ..

To put this back on track.. definitely recommend the vokeys.. find a Titleist fitting at a course that way you can get real world numbers on grass.. My daughter has been pretty dialed in 100yards and in since getting fitted for hers.. And I frickin love my SM9's ..

That's said I have zero experience hitting the MG's. But definitely get a fitting on grass if possible

Posted by bopper50
Sugarland Texas
Member since Mar 2009
9359 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 9:14 pm to
I have the Ai Smoke Heavenwood.

It has 20* loft and a 4 wood length shaft. The ball flight is great.
Posted by Doug_H
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Sep 2013
2305 posts
Posted on 6/11/24 at 6:22 am to
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How to pick wedges?


Absolutely get fitted. I can't recommend this enough for anyone looking to buy any new clubs! I've gotten fitted in the past for driver, irons, & wedges and each of those notice an immediate positive impact on my game. Now keeping it happening frequently and putting it all together for consecutive rounds is a whole other story lol

As others said the grind & bounce have a lot to do with wedges which is why you need to get fitted at a club or wherever you can hit off of grass. Preferably your main course if you have one or a course with comparable grass/turf feel. I don't even like the feel of hitting irons off of a mat, but maybe that's just me.

Recently our club had Titleist, Taylormade & Callaway all come out in one weekend so I went to all 3. Going in I figured I'd probably get Callaway since my driver is Callaway & I know more people that have the Jaws wedges, no other reason. Titleist Vokey's is what I had my eye on, but in my head I'm thinking they are probably a more advanced club than what I need, and really no thoughts on Taylormade because I don't play with anybody who uses their wedges other than 1 buddy with a Hi-Toe.
Hit Titleist first and fell in love, good check on close chip shots and had a good bounce to where my amateur swing was not digging into the ground every time.
Next day hit Taylormade and the performance was even better than the Vokey's. More consistent for me with the correct bounce/grinds from 110 yards out to 5' out.
Callaway Jaws was next and those just never felt right. Could have just been me but I kept pulling them left, and scooping on them too much. Didn't find much check around greens, and again just my consistency was off.
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