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Multiple wedges for juniors?


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#1 hangontight

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 08:36 PM

One wedge or multiple best for their development?  I am talking gap, sand , Lob.  As my boy grows nearer his next set of irons and wedges, we now have more options besides the old 56.  He is very handy with the 48"UL 56 deg- high, low, very creative....def strength of his game.  I hate to complicate what doesn't seem broken, or is it better for development to introduce 52 and 60 .... What do y'all think?

Edited by hangontight, 01 February 2018 - 08:39 PM.


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#2 leezer99

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 08:54 PM

When we went for my son's fitting he was fit into an AP1 gap wedge, 54 and 58 Vokey.  The AP1 is pretty straight forward... he hits it anywhere from 70 to 85 yards.  The two Vokey's have different grinds that allow him to hit different shots around the greens.  Today we actually specifically worked on high, medium and low wedge shots into greens.  Time well spent in my opinion since he finds himself under trees pretty often.

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 09:36 PM

It's probably good development to learn to hit the varying wedges. I'll be interested to hear what others with older juniors have done.

Alternatively, when Seve Ballesteros was growing up he played golf with one club for two years and he turned out pretty good.  I've had my 7YO kid practice chipping around the green with 6i and 7i at times. I keep forgetting, but one day I want to take him out and tell him he can only play Driver, 7i and putter all day no matter the shot.

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 09:45 PM

My kid always has chipping comps with me playing horse with hybrid, 9i, and SW around the green. We don’t have a GW or LW. He seems to have plenty of choices.
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Posted 01 February 2018 - 09:56 PM

View Postwildcatden, on 01 February 2018 - 09:36 PM, said:

It's probably good development to learn to hit the varying wedges. I'll be interested to hear what others with older juniors have done.

Alternatively, when Seve Ballesteros was growing up he played golf with one club for two years and he turned out pretty good.  I've had my 7YO kid practice chipping around the green with 6i and 7i at times. I keep forgetting, but one day I want to take him out and tell him he can only play Driver, 7i and putter all day no matter the shot.

I think I've heard the same story about Phil - chipped in his back yard with one club- look at him now.... it makes total sense to me.  Wonder what the guys with older high level juniors have to say. There is probably no right answer - there seems to be two camps , both with good reasoning.  I guess it wouldn't hurt to throw another wedge in and see what happens , probably a 60 as we dont seem to have any gapping need for a 52.


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 10:38 PM

I grew up with a 50 X 15 yard wide "driving range" for a back yard. Only had a 48 pitching wedge to play with. Learned to hit a lot of different shots, and my wedge game is strong today because of it.
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Posted 01 February 2018 - 10:41 PM

I prefer kids learn to be more creative and learn to manipulate one club.  Its a very valuable skill that can always be applied to more clubs down the road.  Kids dont need 3-4 wedges until they can swing driver 90+ mph.  Id argue they dont need 4 until swinging much faster than that.

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 11:20 PM

I learned with only having a PW and a Tommy armour 56. From about 100 yards in I would only use the 56 100% of the time. Now that I think about it, I was probably better around the greens back then with the one wedge then I am now with three ... aha

Edited by KING246, 01 February 2018 - 11:21 PM.


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 09:29 AM

She carries a GW, SW, LW but don't use most of them very often. To me it was about giving her different yardages inside of 40 yards for full swings or what I call a smooth swing for her.  For chipping we primary use the 8I or SW/PW.

Edited by darter79, 02 February 2018 - 09:31 AM.


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 09:46 AM

I agree with iTeach.  Until 10-12 there is really no reason for a kid to have 3 wedges.  Specifically, no reason to have a 60.  Learn to manipulate what you have and you will be better off using all wedges in the future.  It develops thought and creativity in how to hit a shot.  My 12 year old has a 60 in a bag and I try to get him to take it out.  He doesn't because he uses it in the sand trap.  Like Leezer, mine has 52, 56, 60 with different grinds for different shots.


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#11 leezer99

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 11:26 AM

Apropos that this article popped up on GWX today: The Lost Art of Chipping

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 01:01 PM

View Postleezer99, on 02 February 2018 - 11:26 AM, said:

Apropos that this article popped up on GWX today: The Lost Art of Chipping

Man, this is what I try to covey to my kid!  
He had a lesson the other day, and his instructor went over the exact same info. 👍. Ill print this out, let my kid read it, and see if visual learning sinks in😝

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 01:42 PM

We just bought my daughter AP3's.  She is 12.  The pitching wedge is lofted at 43 degrees on those clubs, so they offer a gap wedge that we did get at 48 degrees.  We are going Sunday to let her hit a few wedges.  We'll start at 56 for her sand wedge, and I would bet the next club we add will be a 52 gap wedge very soon after.  I'm not 100% sure on the 60 degree yet, but I know she wants one.

Edited by TimberBeast, 02 February 2018 - 01:42 PM.


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Posted 04 February 2018 - 09:12 PM

I agree with the one wedge approach when there younger most kids do not need more then one wedge.

Having said that if you play certain courses with say steep sand bunkers it may be handy to have a higher lofts. I also seen them help on hard greens where it is hard to stick a ball to the green.

Even with the above exception they should be able tot do 95% of what they need to do with one wedge.

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Posted Yesterday, 08:27 AM

My son uses Mizuno T7s now, originally went from Vokeys at 54/58  to T7 51/55/59  and now settle on 49/55/59 because the 51 and 55 were too similar on full shots.  The 59 felt better to him than going full 60 and its more useful as he's 80 yards and in with it using it for everything within that distance.

When you hit over 290 yards you tend to have a lot of wedge shots into greens with par 4s.  He likes to high flop it into pins vs running to the pin.

Edited by jollysammy, Yesterday, 12:04 PM.


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Posted Yesterday, 11:53 AM

Thus far, my son has been using a 52* and 56* and it has been working great.  I've recently ordered new wedges to match his iron set and may get a 60* that will go in and out of the bag depending on the course.

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