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#1 willboyrd

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 03:44 PM

Really unsure which SM7 to pull the trigger on. Looking for some positive, encouraging direction from the WRXer community (lolz)

Have had a 60.04 L grind SM5 for a few years. I used to play mostly firm/fast courses in my college playing days but have transitioned to muni's and other public courses that tend to be a little plush that do not provide near as many tight lies.

I still like the wedge from the few tight lie, short-sided lobs that I really need to get aggressive with opening the face with a hard cut across the ball, but for the standard lean-on and clip-type chip shot, this wedge demands extreme precision. On full shots, thought it isn't a problem, this thing digs and produces massive divots. Again, not really a problem to performance as long as the club is hitting the ground after the ball.

I've demoed both the 60.14K and 60.12D. Really like both, D grind is much more versatile, but K feels beautifully balanced on full swings as well as a breeze from the bunker. I tend to try to get the ball rolling  as soon as possible on shots close around the green since I don't really have enough time to develop a great touch with a high lofted wedge.

Leaning towards K grind but would love to hear some other input!

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 03:51 PM

What’s you next wedge?

I run the k grind on the 60 and then a M on the 56. If I get a tight lie I can use my M and open it up. Then I still have K grind to use in the bunkers and out of the rough
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Posted 14 May 2018 - 04:01 PM

52 and 56 are both in F grind.
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Posted 14 May 2018 - 04:33 PM

If you have a 56F I wouldn't get the K too. I would suggest more versatility. Especially if you are coming from the L, you are going to miss having a 60 that you can open up with confidence. The D is the best grind I have ever played (coming from the TVD-K).

The K is easier out of the bunker than the D, but the D is no slouch and miles easier than the M, but if you have a 56F, that can be opened way up and used much like a K if you are greenside and need a sure out. (I use my 54F like this in rare circumstances)

In my opinion the D can do everything the K can do (outside of the bunker), plus more. Opening the face is a breeze, and the amount of bounce is plenty on square shots. I swear I sometimes hit several inches behind the ball on a tight lie and still walk away with a serviceable chip due to the bounce. To me I also like the rounded camber of the D vs the more angular bounce of the K, but that is mostly just a feel thing as to how the bounce reacts with the turf. I guess I am sort of anti-K because to me it is such a one-trick-pony for greenside bunkers and for my game I require my 60 to be jack of all trades.
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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:11 PM

Why not split the difference and get an M grind?


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 06:10 PM

 cane700, on 14 May 2018 - 05:11 PM, said:

Why not split the difference and get an M grind?

I’ve looked at the M and tried a few shots around the green. I think what I really would love is a 56.12D and a 60.14K

I’ve learned that I just prefer wedges with more bounce. I never feel like I’m going to ‘skull’ it when I’m forced to open it up on a tight lie and, honestly, I RARELY play that shot. I do everything in my power to avoid the short side so I’m rarely hitting mega lobs that require laying a 60 wide open.
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Posted 14 May 2018 - 06:21 PM

 DaRiz, on 14 May 2018 - 04:33 PM, said:

If you have a 56F I wouldn't get the K too. I would suggest more versatility. Especially if you are coming from the L, you are going to miss having a 60 that you can open up with confidence. The D is the best grind I have ever played (coming from the TVD-K).

The K is easier out of the bunker than the D, but the D is no slouch and miles easier than the M, but if you have a 56F, that can be opened way up and used much like a K if you are greenside and need a sure out. (I use my 54F like this in rare circumstances)

In my opinion the D can do everything the K can do (outside of the bunker), plus more. Opening the face is a breeze, and the amount of bounce is plenty on square shots. I swear I sometimes hit several inches behind the ball on a tight lie and still walk away with a serviceable chip due to the bounce. To me I also like the rounded camber of the D vs the more angular bounce of the K, but that is mostly just a feel thing as to how the bounce reacts with the turf. I guess I am sort of anti-K because to me it is such a one-trick-pony for greenside bunkers and for my game I require my 60 to be jack of all trades.

love them both but i think the D is better....  just need to try them both out.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:10 PM

Another vote for D grind here.  I had tried the K in the past, and didn’t find it as versatile as I do the D grind.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 04:01 PM

I just got fit (by a very good fitter) for a new SM7 58 with the D grind and 12 (I think) degrees of bounce. My current lob wedge is a 60 M grind that I cannot hit at all.

At the fitting I hit the D, L, and K in both lofts and various bounce options. The D worked so much better for me.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:25 PM

K is a 10 from sand. D is a 8.5. D is way better everywhere else. D grind is the winner

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:22 AM

 Chunk777, on 15 May 2018 - 05:25 PM, said:

K is a 10 from sand. D is a 8.5. D is way better everywhere else. D grind is the winner

If the D could just get a tan and maybe lose a little weight i'm sure it would be at least a 9 on the beach...

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:53 AM

If i were to switch from my current 54M,58M set up, I would go D. I have the K gring and it just lacks the versatility that the M and D offer
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:48 AM

I go 54F and 58K.

I am steep and prefer maximum bounce but I have been surprised how good the K is even from tight lies. The sales guy told me it was even with 14* of bounce. It was hard to believe but I decided to trust him and I've been really pleased.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:49 PM

D grind

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:58 PM

k grind is the best I think


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