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#1 BankerGolfer

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 02:21 PM

I know Ochoa has a gap wedge in her bag at the expense of a lob wedge. Anthony Kim and Tiger Woods have have a lob wedge in their bags at the expense of a gap wedge.

Which one would you put in your bag IF you had to choose between them?


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Posted 08 May 2008 - 02:28 PM

Definitely the lobber as I don't use a gap wedge but the lobber is money from greenside bunkers.
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 02:34 PM

Lob more important....... however I went 58* with 53* for kinda of hybrid wedges :lol:

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 02:40 PM

Lob wedge, I agree.  I can drop my PW distance if required but there are too many short shots that I would have difficulty executing with a SW.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 02:47 PM

Since I just finally broke down and bought a gap wedge I'll say I'd pick it over a lob wedge. It's not that I don't like mine, but it's so tempting to try and get too cute with it that I would guess that in the long run it probably costs me as many strokes as it saves. If I spent more time working on a greater variety of shots with my SW I could probably drop it for good, but since I don't need the space yet I'll continue to carry one. I'd have too much difficulty reliably taking 10-15 yards off of my PW to drop the gap, but some people have an easier time varying the distance and trajectory with their PW than with their SW.


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Posted 08 May 2008 - 02:47 PM

LOB,

I can make a PW be a Gap I cant make a SW be a LOB

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 02:59 PM

Keep the lob wedge. Easier to hit a club shorter than normal (choke up, 3/4 swing) then it is to hit one farther

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:06 PM

Definitely the sand/lob.  I use my 58 for everything 75 yds and in.
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:12 PM

My 52 degr gap wedge is my "go to" club around the green unless I really need to stop a shot quickly.  It is versatile and I am pretty consistent with it.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:18 PM

View Postrogerhuang, on May 8 2008, 12:21 PM, said:

I know Ochoa has a gap wedge in her bag at the expense of a lob wedge. Anthony Kim and Tiger Woods have have a lob wedge in their bags at the expense of a gap wedge.

Which one would you put in your bag IF you had to choose between them?

Hello - I don't see the need for a gap wedge at this stage of my game, 54* and 60* serve all purposes even though I have a 52 collecting dust in the garage.  
I believe choosing to cary a GW has a great deal to do with wedge control issues, carry length of other clubs and wedges and how long the courses or tees are you play regularly.

And, by comparison to your examples, my 14-15 index wife carries a 52* and I do NOT because I see  :man_in_love: no value in one.  For that matter I seldom use my PW and my 9i even less.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:29 PM

i'm assuming that you are making the assumption everyone has a sand wedge.  i play a 52*/53* and 58* setup with the 58* being a sand wedge and a lob wedge.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:34 PM

Cleveland CG-14 Lob wedge. Can use my PW to cover the Gap distance.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:49 PM

I guess I'd keep the LW. It's been working great for me so far this season, and I could always choke up/swing easy with a PW to cover the GW distance.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 04:42 PM

I just bent my 54 degree wedge (that was bent to 55) down to 56 and kept the 60.  I'm close to banking enough $ for a set of scratch irons and wedges....there will be a 60* LW involved.

I hit PW 128, SW 97 and LW 75.

I can easily go down the shaft on the PW and hit it 100 yards or 110 if I need to.  It's not a big deal.  If the pin is up front, I can even jump on a SW and hit it 110 if I wanted to...it's just going to spin a lot, so I better be hitting to a front pin ~105 away.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 04:50 PM

Definitely the gap.  Because you can get a 56 or 58 degree sand wedge with only a moderate amount of bounce and the right grinds and can use it as a lob wedge off almost any lie except one that is extremely tight.


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Posted 08 May 2008 - 08:37 PM

I'd have to go with the Lob wedge.

A gap wedge can be accomplished by opening the face of your PW slightly.. still a full swing.. gets up nice & high and drops straight from the sky..

I get about 120 out of my PW.. open the face up slightly.. and its a nice & very high 90-100 yard flopper  :man_in_love:

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 08:47 PM

I'd ditch a long iron before I ditched a wedge but I digress.

I'd definitely toss the GW before losing the LW.  Like others have said, I can cover the GW shots with my PW.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 09:25 PM

I would keep the lob wedge on the bag. I feel that I can cover the gap wedge's distance with a shorter swing off from the PW. I don't hit the lob wedge consistently well, but, it's a matter of working on it. My sand wedge has way too much bounce to be used reliably all the time as a lob (even though, I do overuse it (the SW) for lob shots off from the rough!).

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 09:34 PM

While I have 4 wedges, I usually drop the Lob from the bag.  I hit my PW (45*) 134 and my SW (57*) 102.  My GW(51*) is perfect for 115.  I guess it really all depends on your style of play.  I use my SW from 102 all the way to a green side chip.  I've played this way for some time now so i've grooved myself for this style of play.  Others have different styles.  It is certainly possible to add and subtract yardages from any club.  We do this all the time when we play a 5 club match.  When it comes down to hitting proper yardages and something is at stake, I would rather not try getting cute or too aggressive but this is just me.

Edited by rge, 08 May 2008 - 09:38 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2008 - 09:37 PM

Gap wedge. My Bobby Jones 56* with the 10* bounce has just arrived and it will be kicking out the 588 RTG Sandwedge. I can open up the BJ if I have to so I got my lob covered, including over hard pan stuff in the munis :man_in_love:


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Posted 08 May 2008 - 09:53 PM

I'd keep the gap and kick the lob.  The lob is good but my SW is equally good.  The gap wedge is my preferred chipping club and it's my goto club for 70-115yds  I can even open the face and lob the ball.  The SW opens nicely and can spit the ball up just as high as my lob.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 10:21 PM

Keep the gap, then get a dual sand/lob wedge.  I have a 52/58 combo.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 10:38 PM

Well  I can sacrifice my PW (140yds) and can choke down 1" and swing 3/4" and handle 125 yds. I really practice this shot with all of my clubs. With the lob I can easily navigate a flop.

The lob is invaluable with short bunker shots and flops. For me the lob is more important.

If you want to develop distance control practice with irons like odd or even set. Did wonders for my control.
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 11:19 PM

i really like my lob, but I'm in love with my gap wedge.

My gap wedge works great for chipping as well for me and I use it a lot.

I feel I can use my SW just about the same as my ole L-wedge.

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 12:08 AM

Lob, it's my 'go to' chipping/pitching/and sometimes putting club. :man_in_love:


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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:14 AM

The lob wedge is the only example of being able to "buy a shot" .  The only way to hit higher softer chips and pitchs without changing anything else you do is to buy a lob wedge. For mid handicappers and above this club is priceless.

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:56 AM

I would go with a 56* or a 58*, maybe get my PW bent a little weak.  My 58* is my workhorse around the green, my 56* used to be when I went with a 56* 60* set up, but I switched to a 52*, 58*, I prolly use the 58* twice as much as the 52*.
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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:04 AM

So far, it looks like 60% of the posters favor the lob wedge. Not a decisive margin, but pretty clear cut.

As for me, I chip the best with my gap wedge. But yesterday, i found my self with a pitch shot over a bunker to a shallow green. Happened to have both lob and gap wedge in my bag that day. The lob wedge allowed me to hit the perfect pitch shot to the pin (about 3 ft away). Without it, I would have had to hit a soft sand wedge to the green (a shot that takes a bit of practice for me).

I also found myself hitting quite a few nice chips to save par with the gap wedge as well. i wish i could take out a  
club to allow me to carry both. However, I like all the other clubs in the bag as well for the consistent yardages that they provide: driver, 3 wood, 2i hybrid, 3i hybrid, 4 iron hybrid, 5-PW irons, SW, and putter.

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:10 AM

View Postrogerhuang, on May 9 2008, 09:04 AM, said:

So far, it looks like 60% of the posters favor the lob wedge. Not a decisive margin, but pretty clear cut.

As for me, I chip the best with my gap wedge. But yesterday, i found my self with a pitch shot over a bunker to a shallow green. Happened to have both lob and gap wedge in my bag that day. The lob wedge allowed me to hit the perfect pitch shot to the pin (about 3 ft away). Without it, I would have had to hit a soft sand wedge to the green (a shot that takes a bit of practice for me).

I also found myself hitting quite a few nice chips to save par with the gap wedge as well. i wish i could take out a
club to allow me to carry both. However, I like all the other clubs in the bag as well for the consistent yardages that they provide: driver, 3 wood, 2i hybrid, 3i hybrid, 4 iron hybrid, 5-PW irons, SW, and putter.

Might want to consider getting rid of the SW, or go with a 52* gap and a 58* SW/LW combo club.  That is what I did when I was in your situation and I dont regret it for a second.
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Posted 09 May 2008 - 10:05 AM

Gap, for sure.  Anything below sand wedge then requires partial swings.  I like idea of having progressive distances all the way through the set.


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