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Today from the Forums: “Using only one club for all short game work?”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at an interesting discussion created by WRXer, Hit Em Good, who has asked fellow members whether or not playing all short game shots with one club is a wise approach. Per Hit Em Good:

“A few years ago, I only used a 56° for all short game shots, and my short game was the best it ever was. It wasn’t perfect, but it allowed me to get so familiar with the one club, that I could rely on it with confidence.

What do you think about this approach? Does anyone else use only one club for all short game work?”

Our members have their say on the matter.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • pldbryan: “This can be a great idea if you put in some practice. By far the best part of my game is chipping and pitching. I decided about 5 years ago I would primarily use one club around the green unless there was an unusual circumstance that made me use a higher lofted club or a lower lofted. I use a 56 any time I am within about 50 yards, and I feel pretty confident that I can almost always get up and down.m or have a good shot at doing so. I can flop it better with my 56; I can stop it better, I can get it to run out. My only problem is that it is an older 56, and I can not find any new wedge that seems to have the same grind. I would love to find a new version of the club, but I can’t seem to find something that sits the same, opens up etc.”
  • piler45: “90 yards and in – 56-degree sand wedge ONLY. I can close it or open it up to make it 46 or 66 degrees. No second-guessing and I can practice with one club only – why make a difficult game more difficult. I went to a short game presentation by Rocco Mediate, and this was his advice. I listened to him, and I’ve gone from the worst chipper in the world to an average one.”
  • Nard_S: “I use a 56* for 95% of shots inside 90 yards. Full & partial shots, chips and pitches. Utilize 2 types for each one. If I’m feeling it incorporate the flop shot. The big advantage is it simplifies distance control; I’ll know my landing spots and how the ball will kick.”
  • PuffyC: “I used to struggle around the greens but then went to just using a 50 degree Vokey for pretty much everything except sand, although I’ve been known to use it out of bunkers on occasion too. It’s probably my favorite, most confidence-inspiring club in my bag for the reason you stated. When I can find time to practice I‘d rather spend an hour focusing on different shots with one club than 20 minutes with 3 that are all different.”
  • JoeFrigo: “I made this switch last year, and it was the best decision that’s ever helped my short game. Very very rarely do I need my 60*. I maybe use the 60* once a round. Any opportunity to use my 56 I will and its made a huge difference Among us amateurs, the less I need to worry about special shots/clubs, the easier it is.”

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  1. stephen hall

    Mar 11, 2020 at 10:46 am

    WOW! THE ARTICLE SAID TO CHOOSE ONE CLUB.

  2. Rich Douglas

    Mar 10, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    For pitching with wedges, I use Dave Pelz’s 4×4 system. I have 4 wedges, each with 3 swing lengths (1/2, 3/4, and full). This gives me 12 different yardages to choose from. This covers almost everything I face inside 135 yards. If I’m in-between, I like to take the next yardage up and open the blade.

    For chips, I use a ratio system. I determine where I need to land the ball, then take the distance in the air and the distance rolling on the ground. The ratio then tells me what club to select. For example, if I have a 16-yard chip with 4 yards of carry, that’s 3:1 (3 yards of roll for every yard of carry). Pitching wedge. If I’ve got a long chip relatively close to the green, say 25 yards, I might take an 8-iron (5:1), carry it 4 yards in the air and watch it roll 20, which puts me near the hole. (It isn’t an exact science, but it is a managed approach.) I have to account for the speed of the greens and the slope, adjusting my ratios accordingly.

    In both chipping and pitching, these methods allow me to be focused on a target and be confident that a good strike will result in a good shot, which takes away deadly doubts during the swing.

    There is no reason to limit yourself to one club unless you just want to guess and not think. This describes more than 90% of the golfers I meet. So for them, getting comfortable with one club might be a better idea.

  3. Karsten's Ghost

    Mar 10, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    I could not disagree more.

    Quarter-swings:
    30-40 is a 58*
    40-50 is a 54*
    50-60 is a 50*
    Anything inside 30:
    50 for a runner
    54 for a two-hop and roll
    58 for a hop-and-stop
    9iron toe-down for bare lies

    Sound complex? It’s not. Quarter swing for 30+, small pop for less, putting stroke on the 9-iron.

    It’s not about how straight you hit it; most shots will be fairly online. The critical factor is stopping it close. If you don’t have your yardages dialled in with a single club, which takes a boatload of practice/feel, you better have a system. This system requires a laser, and two repeatable partial swings.

    One club requires practicing endlessly, executing different types of shots, some not best suited.

    To each their own, I guess.

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Wells Fargo Championship Tour Truck Report: Rory’s new (old) irons, Bryson’s proto 2-wood, Jason Day is SIK

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The tour trucks rolled into North Carolina this week for the Wells Fargo Championship. With the second major of the season — the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course — just two weeks away, players are keen to fine tune (if things are going well) or find answers (if things are going…less well).

For example, searching for answers and 98th in strokes gained: putting, Jason Day was spotted grinding away on a Quail Hollow putting green with a SIK Flo C-Series putter in hand and an EyeLine Mirror at his feet. The long-time TaylorMade Spider devotee was acclimating himself to the flatstick’s unique Descending Loft Technology.

If you’re unfamiliar, the company describes the tech as follows

“We have four flat surfaces that are milled into our putter face. Each plane descends in loft by 1° from the top of the face to the bottom of the face. When your shaft is pressed at impact the ball contact will be higher on the face, same is true in reverse. DLT delivers consistent launch angles from putt to putt which lead to more consistent and predictable rolls.”

Beyond J-Day, also in the department of seekers, Rory McIlroy, who already reverted from P7MB irons to P730 this season, is rumored to be turning back the clock even further.

Specifically, the Ulsterman was spotted with his 2017 TaylorMade Rors Proto irons.

TaylorMade

As mentioned above, Rory McIlory returned to his 2017 Rors Proto irons. McIlroy began the season with P7MB irons before switching back to P730 blades.

Ryan Barath offered some context on the prototypes: “The Rors Protos were part of the custom series of irons made for a number of prominent TaylorMade staff players, including Dustin Johnson and (at the time) Justin Rose. They all featured slightly tweaked profiles of the TaylorMade P730 blade, featuring either a unique grind or blade length profile.”

Titleist

Lanto Griffin is moving back to a TSi2 driver (from TSi3) for more launch and forgiveness.

Jimmy Walker is testing a TSi3 fairway wood (15 degrees) and a U500 2-iron.

Bill Haas is testing the Pro V1x Left Dash.

Non-staffer Rafael Campos is testing 620 MB irons with Mitsubishi MMT shafts.

Also a non-staffer, Scott Piercy is testing Pro V1x Left Dash.

Callaway

Phil Mickelson is testing a Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X shaft in his Mavrik Sub Zero 4-wood.

Tom Lewis had a 14-degree Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond built. Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X shaft.

Photo via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder

Cobra

Bryson DeChambeau has a new RadSpeed Big Tour Bryson Prototype. According to Cobra’s Ben Schomin, it’s the same head size and shape as the retail Big Tour, but it’s lower lofted (being played at 10.5 degrees) and features a glued hosel. Most apparently, however, the club features small rails, which were added after the fact for better strike consistency/less digging. BAD has also returned to his Cobra King LTD driver (pictured below).

Jason Dufner was testing a prototype (presumably 3D printed) putter.

Rickie Fowler tested multiple Fujikura Ventus Red driver shafts on the range; was also working with a Fujikura MCI Practice shaft in an iron.

Ping

We got in-hand looks at new i59 irons and Glide Forged wedges from Ping.

Ping staffer Rob Oppenheimer plans to put a two-driver setup in play. One is eight degrees in loft and the other is 10.5.

PXG

Also in the in-hand look department, we were able to check out the new Gen4 0311 T and ST irons.

More photos here. 

Pat Perez looks to have returned to his Gen4 0311 P irons after a detour to Gen2’s.

Free agents, others

Charl Schwartzel is testing a TwoThumb putter grip.

Rafa Campos reshafted his Mizuno MP-20 irons with KBS TGI 110 shafts.

Scott Garrison installed a LAGP putter shaft in Jhonny Vegas’ Cameron.

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Rory McIlroy switches back to TaylorMade Rors Proto irons at Wells Fargo

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It has been a busy equipment week at the Wells Fargo Championship with lots of new gear debuting out on tour, but for world number 15 Rory McIlroy, it’s been less about new stuff and more about reuniting with something older: his TaylorMade Rors Proto irons.

We were on the first tee Wednesday morning to spot Rory tee off with his pro-am partners and that is where we spied the Ulsterman with his old set back in the bag.

To provide a bit of a refresher, the Rors Protos were part of the custom series of irons made for a number of prominent TaylorMade staff players, including Dustin Johnson and (at the time) Justin Rose. They all featured slightly tweaked profiles of the TaylorMade P730 blade, featuring either a unique grind or blade length profile.

There is no question Rory’s game has not been up to his standard recently, and he has been messing around with iron shafts over the last couple of months with the goal of dialing in distance control and dispersion. With the PGA Championship quickly approaching at Kiawah Island, a course where Rory won the 2012 PGA by an astonishing eight shots, this looks to be a switch made for the sake of comfort and trying to find something to get him back into form.

You can join the discussion about the switch here in the GolfWRX forums: Rory is back to the Rors Proto iron at Wells Fargo Championship

 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Ping Glide Forged Pro wedges (exclusive in-hand pictures)

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This week, GolfWRX is on-site at the Wells Fargo Championship getting all of the inside equipment scoops from the tour vans, and early Tuesday morning, we got in-hand pictures of the highly anticipated new Ping i59 irons along with new Glide Forged Pro Wedges.

GolfWRX forum: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

GolfWRX forum: Ping Glide forged Pro wedges – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

We initially spotted these Ping wedges a couple of weeks ago from a distance in the bag of Bubba Watson, and now, thanks to in-hand pictures (including some comparison shots) we can take a closer look.

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Although we don’t have any of the technical details behind the new Ping design, what we can tell is the upper part of the blade is much thicker than the previous Ping Glide Forged wedges to the point where the top line has been beveled. This has been a very popular element of a lot of wedges from multiple OEMs, in an effort to shift the center of gravity higher on the face to lower launch and increase spin.

Ping wedges are well known for their spin performance, especially with the hydrophobic finish to repel water and increase friction. If the engineers at Ping can improve on the already great performance of their wedges, then they have a home run on their hands.

You can join the discussion in the GolfWRX forums here: Ping Glide forged Pro wedges – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

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