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#1 Charlotte Golfer

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 02:39 PM

I have a question for anyone out there who plays a 54 degree gap wedge and that's how far can you max it out; i.e., can you hit it 105 yards, 110 yards, 100 yards, etc.?  I currently use a 52 degree gap wedge and also carry a 58 degree wedge.  My chipping lately has been nothing short of horendous, and I"m contemplating swapping those clubs for a 54 degree and 60 degree wedge (I might also sit the three iron and go with a 52 degree, 56 degree, and 60 degree wedge, but I'd prefer not to).  It stands to reason that I'd hit the 54 degree wedge  5-10 yards shorter than I do my 52 degree wedge, but I'm curious as to other golfers' distance with a 54 degree wedge.  Thanks.


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Posted 17 January 2009 - 02:41 PM

54 player here.. normal 110-105 yard club.
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Posted 17 January 2009 - 02:44 PM

i go with the 52 56 60 combo works best for me
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Posted 17 January 2009 - 02:51 PM

I hit my 54 115-120.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 02:54 PM

View PostJohnny, on Jan 17 2009, 02:41 PM, said:

54 player here.. normal 110-105 yard club.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 03:10 PM

I like the 52* and 58* combination. I usually only chip with the 52*. Its a club that runs slightly more than the distance it remains in the air. I'd say check where you are aiming rather than buying more clubs. As a rule, at 56* is 1:1 with carry versus roll on chips. Knowing this, you can make power adjustments in your swing for distance being mindful of slopes of course.

The 58* will carry more than roll.

FYI, the 52* is my 105-75yd club.

Edited by sshadow2, 17 January 2009 - 03:14 PM.


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Posted 17 January 2009 - 03:15 PM

46, 50, 54, 60

135, 125, 115, 100

Use the 54 for almost all my chipping.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 03:16 PM

I carry 52* and a 58* and I use the 52 for fairway and sand shots, and I use the 58 for very short fairway shots, and chips. but I do change it up sometimes based on the shot I need to hit

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 03:24 PM

View Postsshadow2, on Jan 17 2009, 03:10 PM, said:

I like the 52* and 58* combination. I usually only chip with the 52*. Its a club that runs slightly more than the distance it remains in the air. I'd say check where you are aiming rather than buying more clubs. As a rule, at 56* is 1:1 with carry versus roll on chips. Knowing this, you can make power adjustments in your swing for distance being mindful of slopes of course.

The 58* will carry more than roll.

FYI, the 52* is my 105-75yd club.


Yep this is my setup around the greens i use the 58 & from 105 to 60 i use the 52, i experimented with a 54 a year ago and just could not get the 54 to release for my likings.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 03:41 PM

me too on the 52/58 combo.
my issues tho - i chip with the 58 and if feel is not spot on my chipping suffers. I just bought a 54 ycutter to give me more options around the green; more bite than the 52 and more roll out than the 58 so I can hit than when theres more real estate to the hole. I think its a win/win and is Ernies philosophy so Ill try it hopefully with success. I might bend the 58 to 59 tho


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Posted 17 January 2009 - 05:15 PM

54 58 64. Just got the 64 and have saved par many times already I would get one if I were you.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 05:25 PM

54 player here.  I hit it about 105-110.

Sit the 3-iron and carry 4-wedges.  All you're trying to do with a 3-iron is hit the middle of the green anyway.  You can dial a hybrid down or stand on your 4-iron if you have to.  If you play forged irons, you can bend your 3-iron or your 4-iron to be stronger and make up half of the difference that way also.  That's was Furyk does, he doesn't carry 4-iron, and instead bends his 5-iron a bit stronger (if I'm remembering correctly).

With 4 wedges, you'll be able to hit attacking shots into greens from 85-115 yds, no in-between yardages to deal with.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 07:11 PM

Here's the issue I have:

Carry a 58 degree wedge with 8 degrees of bounce.  Love it around the greens and from inside 100 yards, but no good out of dry sand, not enough bounce for me.  It's fine out of wet sand.

So I also carry a 56 (see sig) but it seems silly to have a 56 and a 58.  I'm thinking I ought to ditch the 56 and go w/ a 54 to tighten the gap between my 56 (comfortable 100 to 105, maxed at 112) and my PW which is a comfortable 130.

52 doesn't do much for me since my Eye 2s are old enough that the PW isn't an 8i loft.   :D
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Posted 17 January 2009 - 07:22 PM

i play a 54 wedge and hit it full out 115 yds. but you can hit knockdowns with this wedge from 80 yards and 90 yards 100 yards. its easier to hit low flighted shots then say with a 56 or 58...you can hood it and hit skidders, it comes in awfully handy also in bunker shots over 20 yards and no more than 80 yards i hit this club. you can hit this club on bunker shots where you have lots of green between you and the pin, the ball rolls out nice. the main reason why i choose this wedge over the 52 which is what i use to play is the knockdowns. the 52 is harder to manipulate  and you ca nver reaslly use this club in greenside bunkers.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 08:00 PM

I play a 47 degree PW and then my wedges are 51, 54 (SW), and 58 (which I use for chipping).

Club... Yards
51... 120
54... 112
58... 100


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Posted 17 January 2009 - 11:23 PM

My 54 maxs 105-110 yards. It has 12 degrees of bounce for soft lies and I go with lower bounce on the 60.

I've been playing 54 and 60 for many years now and it has simplified my decision making quite a bit. I found that if I have too many options (52-56-60) then I would get caught up thinking and not hitting shots. I'm a feel player and like to work the ball so I enjoy getting creative with my wedges. The less time I stare into may bag and the more I spend staring down pins the lower my scores get.

But I can see where a more mechanical player (Pelz theory) would benefit from more wedges. Each to their own.

Good Luck and play well.




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