Obee, on 01 December 2018 - 12:48 PM, said:
FourTops, on 01 December 2018 - 12:08 PM, said:
jslane57, on 30 November 2018 - 05:34 PM, said:
sleezyt, on 30 November 2018 - 05:18 PM, said:
My capp is a 0.6 and im terrible from 95 and in. Anything inside a full lob wedge im very bad in relation to my capp. Doesnt mean i dont ever stiff wedges but im very inconsistent. I can hit a 50 yard shot to 3 ft or 30 would like to tighten that up. I prefer the feel approach or trying to judge shots like i was throwing a ball. Instinctive.
I've always preferred to be instinctive at the close yardages. I do have a friend who would consistently miss long or short, to the point that after hitting the 3/4 wedge he sometimes wouldn't know if it was 30 feet long or 10 feet short till it landed. So he got a ton better by using a rangefinder for inside 100 yards. Knowing the exact yardage to the pin (68 yards instead of a guess of 75 yards) makes a bid difference, especially these days of 4 or 5 wedges. I've been a PW/56 only guy for a long time, but if I decide to dive into 4 wedges I will certainly start breaking out the range finder at much closer yardages as LW distance control is just not instinctual to me...
Interesting how we all approach the short game. I went from a bunch of wedges to using the PW all the way to 80 yards, then 60* thereafter. What I found was I "got to know" my PW very well for feel shots vs. thinking should I hit a 52, 56, etc. I kinda follow Hogan's logic of using one club which is why the Hogan PW had an "E" instead of "PW". The "Equalizer". Laser? I guess why not, but I find I get too jiggy trying to hit 43.7 yards vs. an area.
I agree that using a pitching wedge for shots of all sorts will make you a better player in the long run. However that strategy is severely limited when you play a tough, tournament set up golf course with tucked pins and firm, fast greens.
There will be pins you simply cannot go at with PW from 90 yards, especially to elevated greens if they are firm.
And to echo Obee in a slightly different way, many of us who can't manufacture all the shots we need with one club and don't play tournament setups find it a lot easier to find the wedge shots we need in a combination of different lofts and bounces.
I don't think because someone uses a 60 degree for everything inside 80 yards and finds success means an argument against what works for others.
Way too much chance of too much spin, other errors for me trying to hit a 60 degree 80 yards and I tossed mine out in favor of a 58 degree a couple of years ago and haven't missed it at all, but it's rare I'm taking a "full cut" (not meaning "full" swing) with a 58 degree wedge. 75-80 yards is a perfect, controlled 54 for me, why would I swing harder and spin more and come in higher or lefter or shorter with a 60? That's what the 60 introduces into that equation for me.
So many variables, and for me a combination of wedges helps me sort through them easier, if that means I'm lacking talent, lol, so be it, but sometimes I get my ball around pretty good.
Edited by Hawkeye77, 02 December 2018 - 10:25 AM.