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Forum Thread of the Day: “58 or 60-degree wedge?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from DFDLT who is looking to add either a 58 or 60-degree wedge to his 50 and 54-degree wedges already in his bag. Our members suggest the strategy they think DFDLT should take and discuss the advantages of both.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • spoonhead: “Well, for me, I find that the 58 is a little easier to hit full to 1/2 swings. I find that the difficulty level goes up just a little with the 60. I am sure that it is all up to skill level, but I find it easy to open the 58 wedge to get some more loft than to do the opposite with the 60.”
  • Chuck905: “I’ve experimented with 54, 56, 58, 60, 64 and learned what works for me is not full shot gaps from the fairway but greenside options. Hence, my LW is 60* with high bounce and my SW is 56* with medium bounce, helps me out of the rough and bunkers under any scenario. Partial shots from the fairway I am able to hit with my PW at 48*.”
  • dubbelbogey: “From a pure loft perspective, it wouldn’t matter much at all to me between 58 or 60. More importantly, for me is to also have some options in bounce. E.g. I carry three wedges – 52 is a “mid” bounce, 56 is high/aggressive bounce, 60 is low bounce.”
  • GolfChannel: “More than anything, keep your gaps the same. Whether you go 50/54/58 or 50/55/60 just make sure you keep the gaps in order to get the best variation of shot abilities and distance gaping with your wedges. I never understood why they even make a 56-degree sand wedge, but I digress…”

Entire Thread: “58 or 60-degree wedge?”

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  1. Wedge Expert

    Apr 22, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I use to be a 52-58-64 guy and loved the options around the green. However, I didn’t feel I had enough reliable distances inside 120 yards. I’ve since gone to a 46-50-54-58 set up and feel like its the best of both worlds.

  2. Alex

    Apr 11, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    The only time I’d carry a 58 is if I was a 52/58 guy.

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Driver: TaylorMade M6 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 80 X

Driving iron: TaylorMade P790
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD HY 85 X

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4), TaylorMade P730 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour 125 S+

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (50, 54, 60)
Shafts: KBS Tour 610 Wedge 120

Putter: Scotty Cameron XPerimental Rev10

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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WRX Spotted at U.S. Open: Justin playing just Rosey with new TPT

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We are a little more than halfway through the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and so far the course is giving and taking as much as you would expect from a perfect setup by the USGA.

Taking the lead on Thursday and continuing to lurk into the weekend is Justin Rose. Since we have been paying close attention to his Honma golf bag all year, we noticed a shaft change in his Tour World driver.

We reached out to TPT to see if we could get an update on what Rose has put in play for what is often referred to as one of the toughest driving weeks of the year. Here’s the inside info

“Justin has put into play a TPT Golf 14 MKP-LT-SW shaft in his Honma driver. This shaft is a full 10 CPM ( Cycles per Minute ) stiffer than the 15 LKP-LT-SW shaft that he put in play at The Memorial after testing it that week. It’s also different in that it has a Mid Kick Point (MKP), where as the 15 LKP-LT-SW has a Low-Kick-Point (LKP) design.”

From a technical and fitting perspective (generally speaking) a lower kick point shaft will hit the ball higher with more spin compared to a mid or high kick point shaft if all other factors are equal. We don’t have access to his driver numbers but with the U.S. Open being played on what can always end up as a windy venue the theory would be that this change to the MKP is to help keep ball flight lower and more controlled — which will also be a benefit next month at the Open Championship.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best budget driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Ivyguy who is on the lookout for the best driver to be had at an affordable price ($300 or less). Our members give their suggestions, with plenty of different drivers getting a mention.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • tbsbama: “Cobra King LTD is a wonderful driver. The pro model has lofts from 7 to 10 with fade settings. The regular from 9 to 12 with draw settings. Both heads are absolute bombers and can be found pretty cheap. Best driver I have hit in several years.”
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  • AG12: “I would say the regular PING G400…you can get new for $300 on PGA SS website, ’17 M2 is a good choice, and the M4 can be had at under $300 used in most shops.”
  • Badshaft: “I have the F8+ and bought the extra weights off of eBay (inexpensive, shipped from China)- 12g front 7g back- Blue Tensei 70g stiff. Longest for me – straight and as accurate as anything. Nice well-balanced combo. Looks to me it has the same moveable weight strategy as the F9.”

Entire Thread: “Best budget driver?”

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