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Re: How many people use an Approach/ Gap wedge?I own a 52 and I am working it into the arsenal this season. I use 56 green side and my 60 out of the sand. I know thats a bit backwards and most SW are 56 but this is what works best for me. At 75yds out I can put it on with my 56, but at 90-120 I'm too close for pitching wedge and too far for the 56. I had good success with it on Sunday, so I'm confident it will start to come around.
I use Cleveland REG. 588 Gunmetal Wedges: 51°/6 (GW), 57°/10 (SW) and 64°/8 (LW). The PW with the TA-5s is 45° and I really use it for full shots. I go to the 51° for shots inside 100 yards, pitching, and green-side work. It is my preferred wedge. This system works for me, but some people like to use the PW for a variety of shots. I think the best thing to do is experiment and see what works best for you.
I carry four wedges, PW, AW SW and LW 47*, 52*, 56*, 60*
I use each and every one so often that I took my 19* 3-iron out of my bag so i could keep all 4. Nothing is better than having a club you can consistently and confidently hit a certain distance. I believe it improves my short game immensely. but as for the gap wedge, in my game, I feel it is a necessity, as i otherwise have a 140- 110 yard dropoff between my 47* pw and 56* sw. the 52* gap fills that void nicely, and reminds me of my old PW, which i used to hit 120 every time. At times my 3-iron will find it's way in, but only on tight courses with punishing greens, although, usually at the expense of dropping my 5w or driver.
This thread is really old so I won't waste my time telling the OP that you absolutely should have a gap wedge in your bag, but I will throw in my wedge set also. I carry four wedges, used to be five, but a different four than most people who have been posting that they carry four:
PW: 46* - Ping i20 from my set
UW: 50* - Ping i20 from my set
GW: 53* - Cleveland Tour Action
SW: 56* - Cleveland CG15
The 5th was a Cleveland CG10 60*, but ultimately I decided to keep my 4 iron in the bag and take out the 60*. I think a lot of the time the 60+* wedges are asking a lot of yourself to execute with. It's difficult to consistently find the sweet spot with that much loft, so I opted for two inbetween wedges instead. I can hit the flop shots with the 56* anyway. Carrying the two gap type wedges gives me a club for a full swing from like 110 and also from right at 100. Since I like chipping with the Clevelands, it also gives me a lower lofted wedge for those shots that I can run a little bit since the 56* checks up pretty quick and the tour action doesn't have quite that much spin.
I've been using a PW (48*), 54, and 60 setup for about 10 years. That left a good 20yd gap from my PW to 54* but I dealt with it best I could and learned to take off the PW. But nowadays with the typical PW much stronger than before, its almost a must to have a Gap wedge as the PW is more like a 10 iron now.
I recently bought a new set of irons. Because my new PW is at 46*, a gap became a must. I went with a 50, 54, and 58 leaving a perfect 15yd gap between each one. The 3 iron came out of the bag.
It took me a few rounds to get used to this setup but I now I have a bit more options around the green and approaches. The best thing about the gap is the added option with chipping as I now have a new carry:roll ratio to work with. I can chip with a carry of 5yds and 8yds, but very hard to carry 6 or 7. With the added GW, I can still chip a 5 yd carry and get a bit more roll than my SW. So in some ways, more wedges simplifies things rather complicates.
It fills an otherwise big gap for me. My irons are over-lofted (PW is 42.5, AW 64, GW 49.5) so I don't even think of them having numbers. My old PW was 47 so I think of my AW as the same type of performer. I have a lot of success with my 49.5 and don't like my 52 at all, so I'll hit a hard GW more often than the 52 degree.
Basically my approach wedge is utilized LOTS.
I had used an AW for awhile but replaced it with a 2i then broke some other clubs and now I have that AW back in my bag. My primary reason is, since progressing in skill level, I have learned my yardages with half and 3/4 swings. My AW was a 50 and now I believe it bridges the gap between my PW (45) and SW (56 bent to a 55) much better.