manima1, on 18 December 2017 - 10:08 AM, said:
46-52-60 here and no issues. I don't hit full shots with the lob wedge anyways, so gapping is not a problem from 52-60. From 90-100, I'm not hitting a full lob wedge, I'm hitting a 10 o'clock backswing 52 and it will flight with plenty of trajectory and bite for almost any pin. I find it much easier to control distance with less loft than with a lob wedge in that 80-115 range.
I don't understand how gapping issues can be a problem for some. Anyone that employs a 9 o'clock / 10 o'clock / Full swing method of pitching should have plenty of overlap in distances with a 3 wedge setup that will give you a variety of flight options for any shot. My 52 is my go-to pitching machine, but I have options with the 46 and 60 depending on the shot and conditions.
I don't understand why anyone needs a sand wedge, I mean I can hit my 6 iron nice and soft out of the bunker so why bother, for that matter I can 10' o'clock my 6 iron for 175 so why do I need a 7 iron? a 6 to 8 iron gap should work great... You can't understand why I want more wedges, but I bet you would never think of jumping from 8i to 6 or even 5 in the middle of you're set would you?
It's about options for the scoring clubs, I can understand if someone wants to keep it simple but for a person to say they don't understand why someone would want more options in the scoring part of their set is silly to me. I guarantee you gain more strokes with the wedge than you will with a 200+ yard club. Also you don't take into account different bounce or grind options. My 54 for example is a high bounce full sole grind, it makes it forgiving for chips and pitches, lowers the flight on approach and makes longer fluffy bunker shots easy, my 58 is a low bounce grind..more demanding but much more precise and versatile and gives me higher flight with as much or as little spin as I want to put on it..
Full distances (where the ball will finish with backspin): 58: 95y, 54: 112y, 50: 125y, 46: 135y and sometimes I'll pull the 4i and add a 64 PM grind if I'm playing a track with bad bunkers and tough or steep/elevated green side lies. Front pin 90 yds I can hit a LW the will back up a bit and not worry about going too long... 90 yards back of green I can take something off the 54 and let it release back to the pin taking way short out of play. From 90 yards, I want to get down in 2, which means I want that ball as close to the hole as possible.
Casual play, hell I can do that with only a few clubs and a putter, it's fun to manufacture shots. But for tourneys or competitive play more options = well, more options, and for me (Someone who likes options), that's a good thing.