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What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

post #1 of 64
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I keep reading conflicting articles online about beginners and the wedges they should have in their bag. My questions really is should I have a lob and or gap wedge in the bag?

Most articles agree that the Gap Wedge doesn't need to be in the bag, but the Lob Wedge is kind of 50/50.

Hoping some of you guys can help me out better with why or why not I should buy 1 of the 2.

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post #2 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

I think you should go with a lob wedge (60-57), and a sand wedge/gap wedge (56-52). Right now I don't think you will need anything more than this, because more wedges are for specialty shots. Also, if you are unsure of what wedges to buy, I suggest Titleist or I heard the Scratch wedges are good. Btw, I use a 58 and 52 degree wedge. Hope this helps.
post #3 of 64
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Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

thanks

I got my eye on and Adams Tight Lies IDEA A1 Lob Wedge for like 20-30$ on EBay. I got the SW and I like it. Just not 100% sure yet. Hopefully I get a few more opinions.
post #4 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

I only have a Pw and 56*

My last few rounds have all been two or three strokes on either side of 90
post #5 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

love my 60* but for many mid-high handicappers they say it is difficult to control. I think it is like anything else (all in your head). If you are comfortable and confident with the club it will likely perform well.
post #6 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

Originally Posted by No1CeltsFan View Post
I keep reading conflicting articles online about beginners and the wedges they should have in their bag. My questions really is should I have a lob and or gap wedge in the bag?

Most articles agree that the Gap Wedge doesn't need to be in the bag, but the Lob Wedge is kind of 50/50.

Hoping some of you guys can help me out better with why or why not I should buy 1 of the 2.
If you're a beginner, there's a good chance the set you're playing has an AW option. My suggestion is to extend your irons down to there, and then include a 56°. I'm pretty sure the R9s you're looking at have this as an option; get 3-A instead of 3-P.

The LW? No. I had one as a beginner, and spent a lot of time practicing with it for no gain.

AW? Absolutely. It's essentially an 11-iron at this point. You can get more wedgie when you are more proficient.
post #7 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

A lob wedge is the last club a beginner needs to add to their bag. If you need to fill in a spot I'd go with a gap wedge-depending on what your "gap" is between your PW and SW.
post #8 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
If you're a beginner, there's a good chance the set you're playing has an AW option. My suggestion is to extend your irons down to there, and then include a 56°. I'm pretty sure the R9s you're looking at have this as an option; get 3-A instead of 3-P.

The LW? No. I had one as a beginner, and spent a lot of time practicing with it for no gain.

AW? Absolutely. It's essentially an 11-iron at this point. You can get more wedgie when you are more proficient.
Looks like Shindig beat me to it. This post is right on point.
post #9 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

I've been wondering about this as well, and since I can't figure out the exact loft (of course, without having it measured) of the PW in my 855 (not the silver scot) set, I only have that plus a 55* in my bag. Not quite sure if I want to replace the old 55*, or what I'd go with in terms of club in general, as well as loft. Any suggestions?
post #10 of 64
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Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
If you're a beginner, there's a good chance the set you're playing has an AW option. My suggestion is to extend your irons down to there, and then include a 56°. I'm pretty sure the R9s you're looking at have this as an option; get 3-A instead of 3-P.

The LW? No. I had one as a beginner, and spent a lot of time practicing with it for no gain.

AW? Absolutely. It's essentially an 11-iron at this point. You can get more wedgie when you are more proficient.

I'm almost embarrassed to ask... but what exactly is the AW? I've googled it not 2 days ago to no avail. Thanks
post #11 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

i only have a pw and 56
i wish i went with the 54 / 58 combo instead cause i find i'm in the 54 range a lot more
ohw ell i'll adjust
post #12 of 64
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Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

I also might just upgrade my PW. The PW I got now is old. How old? Not sure I got it from a friend for free. I know it's not that good quality at all. I like the PW in general as a club to hit, so upgrading to a better one just might be the best option I have right now until I figure out which of the LW, GW and AW suits my game best.

I smell a Golfer's Warehouse trip coming up in the next few days to try a few of each.
post #13 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

IMO, all a beginner needs is a 52 and a 56*. Unless you are a highly skilled player, chances are you cant hit a 58* or 60* consistently anyways...
post #14 of 64
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Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

thanks for all these answers guys. I'm glad I stumbled across this forum. I mean it's phenomonal. Much better to get back and forth between members, compared to reading an article and not being able to ask questions.
post #15 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

Attack or Approach wedge. I think it's another term for gap wedge, fits in between SW and PW.
post #16 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

Just gets what fits. Your gonna have to learn them eventually.
post #17 of 64
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Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

Originally Posted by newtogolf View Post
Attack or Approach wedge. I think it's another term for gap wedge, fits in between SW and PW.
i dont think it's the same as a Gap, because in Tiger Wood Golf 2010 it's a completely seperate club. I'm 99% sure in the game it goes AW, LW, SW, GW, PW
post #18 of 64

Re: What wedges should a beginner have in his bag?

These are decisions I faced recently.

Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
If you're a beginner, there's a good chance the set you're playing has an AW option. My suggestion is to extend your irons down to there, and then include a 56°. I'm pretty sure the R9s you're looking at have this as an option; get 3-A instead of 3-P.

The LW? No. I had one as a beginner, and spent a lot of time practicing with it for no gain.

AW? Absolutely. It's essentially an 11-iron at this point. You can get more wedgie when you are more proficient.
This is pretty spot-on. I got a GW and a LW. The GW comes out on almost every hole, the LW stays in the bag awaiting specialty shots a couple times a round.
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