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#1 BT_Playa80

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 12:55 PM

I'm a fairly new golfer, only been golfing for about 3 years. This year I finally went out and got clubs fitted for me. (Was playing with Handy-me downs) I replaced my whole bag from Driver to Putter. I currently have Taylormade Burner pluses irons 4-AW, Burner Driver and 5-wood and a rescue 21* Hybrid. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a 56*-60* wedge that is good for a high handicapper like myself to help my short game around the green.


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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:00 PM

Although low handicappers use them as well, I would recommend Titleist Vokey wedges.  Especially the Spin-Milled line, they help high cappers like us get the zip we have a hard time generating around the greens.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:07 PM

Nanito?

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:14 PM

I'll put up another vote for the Titleist Vokeys.  Aside from the Vokeys I'd say look at the Cleveland CG 15, or if you can find them anywhere, the old Cleveland 588 RTG and 900 RTG wedges.
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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:19 PM

Honestly, I would point towards the Cleveland CG16 or the Ping XG wedges.  They are a little larger on the face.  From my experience, the Cleveland is easy to launch, and the Pings are going back to probably the easiest wedge they ever made.  Crazy easy to use.  I have a buddy that has a half dozen of them in his basement for when he wears out the grooves.


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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:28 PM

I'm fairly certain I have every set of wedges imaginable:
Retail Vokeys, Vokey TVDs, CG 588 Forged, CG 14s, CG 16s, Scratch 1018, Scratch Tour Customs, Miura Y and C set, Chikara V2, Fourteen V4, TM Y and Z cutters.

Of all these the only set with an appreciable amount of noticeable forgiveness are the Cleveland CG16s.  So much so that after I play tested them I donated the set and ordered myself ones bent to my actual loft specifications.  On bad days they are great.  These are the only GI/SGI wedges that I have come across that are long, forgiving, and versatile to play from scratch to a 50.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:06 PM

My dad is a about a 25 handicap and has always struggled with wedge shots.   Up until 2 years ago, he would only use a SW in the sand.  Anything within 50 yards he would pull out the 7 iron and try to run it up, something he has done for the last 45 years.  He bought a callaway 60* a few years back and will get one up and down every now and then, mostly just chunks the ball about 10 ft.  I finally convinced him that a 60* is too much loft, so he got a CG16 52* and has had really good results with it.  

I also have 3 CG16's (48, 52, 58) and really like the weight and feel of them.   Being that your AW is 50*, you may want to consider a 54, 58 set instead of 56, 60



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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:43 PM

 Mobile06, on 14 June 2011 - 02:06 PM, said:

My dad is a about a 25 handicap and has always struggled with wedge shots.   Up until 2 years ago, he would only use a SW in the sand.  Anything within 50 yards he would pull out the 7 iron and try to run it up, something he has done for the last 45 years.  He bought a callaway 60* a few years back and will get one up and down every now and then, mostly just chunks the ball about 10 ft.  I finally convinced him that a 60* is too much loft, so he got a CG16 52* and has had really good results with it.  

I also have 3 CG16's (48, 52, 58) and really like the weight and feel of them.   Being that your AW is 50*, you may want to consider a 54, 58 set instead of 56, 60
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Absolutely!  Drop the 60 degree.  I just went to it after golfing for 8 years and it's giving me fits at times!

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:43 PM

Vokeys, Callaway Jaws, and Cleveland CG15's are all very good,
try them out and see what you like

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:59 PM

 tbowles411, on 14 June 2011 - 01:19 PM, said:

Honestly, I would point towards the Cleveland CG16 or the Ping XG wedges.  They are a little larger on the face.  From my experience, the Cleveland is easy to launch, and the Pings are going back to probably the easiest wedge they ever made.  Crazy easy to use.  I have a buddy that has a half dozen of them in his basement for when he wears out the grooves.

Agree with tbowles, bigger is better for beginning wedges. Also the Ping iwedge is a great beginner wedge (maybe the best) check ebay they are fairly inexpensive and don't wear out.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:03 PM

Dont let a handicap narrow down your options...if it fits your eye, you like the way it feels and is within your budget go for it!!

Its way more important to be confident and practice with your wedges than wonder if you are "good enough" to play this/that wedge.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:11 PM

Another vote for CG16s

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:12 PM

Regardless of handicap, how good is your short game?  I would not recommend Vokeys to an inconsistent ball striker due to the small heads and little offset.  CG14 (the model with the yellow plastic in the back), the newer CG16, or any Ping including Tour models provide ample forgiveness.  As mentioned before, Cally Jaws is also user friendly.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:15 PM

iWedge.  No doubt.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:38 PM

AIRWEDGE!

I've only used Nike and Titleist forged wedges the entire time I've been playing, and I figure if they're good enough for the pros and hackers like me, then they're good enough for anyone. My recommendations.


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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:40 PM

Just get enough bounce and you'll be fine.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:41 PM

20 handicap and been using Cleveland CG14 56* wedge. Silly forgiving. As others have mentioned, the Ping iwedge is excellent along with the Ping eye2 wedges.
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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:42 PM

Get the matching burner sand wedge. You won't be sorry. Pick up a 60 degree I-wedge if you think you need it. Those are really fun clubs. I am a single digit and I still play a 52, 56, and 60 degree I-wedge.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:50 PM

I currently play CG14's, which are amazing (forgiving and versatile), but I have a full set of iWedges, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60*, that I'll never get rid of.  Durable, forgiving, and fun to use.
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Posted 14 June 2011 - 06:53 PM

I'll throw out a cheaper alternative -- Adams Watson 3-wedge set. 52-8*, 56-12*, 60-8*.  All three for $99.  For a beginner or intermediate player looking to fill out a set with wedges and practice your short game, they are great.  They don't spin like a $120 wedge, but they certainly check up nicely and they don't break the bank.


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Posted 14 June 2011 - 07:37 PM

+1 on the Watsons. Very good inexpensive wedge. Cleveland 14's as well. Still some pros playing them.
Most importantly get the correct bounce for your playing conditions and swing.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 08:24 PM

I hear the G15 wedges are great for the higher capper. Don't get caught up on the fancy wedges. I happen to love my set matching gap wedge.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 08:34 PM

You can get brand new Nike SV Tour wedges for $40-$60 now.

I picked up a 56* recently and really like it.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 08:50 PM

Get the matching Burner SW and skip the LW.
Otherwise Ping Eye2 XG or Cleveland CG16 would be my votes.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 08:54 PM

I'd also vote to skip the 58* and 60*.. The higher loft will not be useful, NOR forgiving enough in most cases. I'm sure someone will argue, but I'd say don't get any higher than 56*, and learn to use that by opening it up, and hooding it down for different shots. You'll appreciate the touch you'll get from practicing like that and playing with that.

I'd look at anything that really fits your eye... Vokeys are nice.. Cleveland makes nice wedges, Callaway makes a good wedge as does Taylormade.

Obviously, look for some older versions with non conforming grooves to give you the max spin.

Also, opt for MORE bounce than not enough. Middle of the road will suffice, but if you play in conditions normally that are plush, wet, and have alot of sand in your traps, get something with some bounce on it.

If you also get steep and hit the ball fat at times, the bounce will help you as well with some of that.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 10:33 PM

All the post have been great suggestions, but also don't be afraid of going and searching through the used wedges at your local golf store and buying a one or a couple and see which one/ or style you like best.  That way if you don't like them you are not out a ton of money on a wedge that does not suit you.

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:32 PM

I need to find something bc my wedge game from under 10 feet from the green is suffering!!

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:42 PM

Get a TaylorMade ATV wedge in 56°.  Learn to hit a variety of shots with it and you should be good to go!
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