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Do Your Wedges Have To Match?

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I spent the last 4 days driving all over creation trying to find a matching set of wedges as I'm a lefty and no one store has a very large selection of lefty gear. I finally did find and get a set of 52* 56* 60* Powerbuilt CNC Milled Wedges that feel and work great for me but it was a pain in a the know what to find the "Matching set" but it woulda drove me nuts if they weren't all the same. Does everyone else go through this nonsense or does it not matter to you?
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Not necessarily.  But they should somehow match in feel or balance to some degree.  Its really personal preference.

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My wedges dont match.  I have a Nike Victory Red Full Cavity PW and AW, Nike Ignite SW and a Mizuno MP-T4 58*.  I dont find it to be all that big of a deal.

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a few years back, I picked up a set of 3 Tom Watson (Adams Golf). I don't know if they are still marketing these or not. (SW,LW,GW).

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It only matters if you are attempting to earn money by using them.

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Mine match... just like the consistency of looking down and seeing the same thing. My hybrids match too :P
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I would prefer they match - but if they don't, the 58-60 is the one that won't match - for me, that wedge must do a lot around the greens, and sometimes the OEM set doesn't have the grind that offers complete confidence.

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Not necessarily, but consistency is never a bad thing. I play RBZ irons 4-PW and then ATV wedges 52*, 56* and 60*. I liked the feel of the 60* ATV wedge better than the RBZ lob wedge, so I swapped out all the wedges so I have a similar feel across my wedge set.

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To each his own, I think. With modern set makeups-often 4-pw or 5-pw and modern hot lofts, a lot of sets have the pw at 45* or stronger-think I have seen one at 44. In this case it makes some sense to have the approach wedge and gap wedge match the set, and then have sand and/or lob wedges that may or may not match. The approach and gap wedges in this case are used for generally full shots to cover a distance and then the sand and lob wedges are often less than a full shot. A lot of folks like for their speciallty wedges to match each other, if not the rest of the set. Personally, I like a heavier feel in my specialty wedge that the rest of the set. I am weird, though in that I only use one specialty wedge for sand, chipping, and about 50-75 yds in. I try to avoid a truly full shot with it, though.
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I prefer continuity with wedges, a big part of it is confidence and for me it's derived from familiarity. I suppose I could learn to a live with any configuration but I specifically selected wedges in certain lofts and bounces to provide what I feel offers the best playability. I tired to carry a mismatched wedge for a while but the difference in weight was noticeable. I found myself trying to compensate and it was one more thing to think about and that I don't need.

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I have done it both ways.

Three seasons ago, I carried an X20 PW, a Cle CG14 50* GW, and a Callaway X.Forged 56* SW (circa 2008). It worked fine.

Last season, I carried an X20 Tour PW, and Cle CG14 in 50, 54 and 58. It worked fine in months when I played a lot.

This season, I dumped the 54 + 58 for a 56* in CG14 (simplify life).

If you have wedges all from the same model, with equal changes in shaft-length increments, it's easier to chart your distances on partial wedges, and avoid distance gaps. This would appeal more to the Pelz-style "programmed" wedge players.

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