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Recommended wedge lofts?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
After much debate, I found a smoking deal on a set of Cobra SZ Irons, #4 to Gap wedge.

My question now is, what Lofts of wedges should i stuff in the bag, as the Gap wedge is 49 Deg according to the Cobra website.

I have a nickent Arc 50 deg. and was thinking of bending it to 52, and getting maybe a 56 and 60 (as i really like this wedge, and would like to get another 2)

Are these gaps too much, and will bending the 50 F up the way the club swings at all?

Peace.
post #2 of 19

Re: Recommended wedge lofts?

I like 52* gap, 56* sand and 60* lob wedge, although i don't carry a 60* wedge.
post #3 of 19

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Originally Posted by scgolf View Post
I like 52* gap, 56* sand and 60* lob wedge, although i don't carry a 60* wedge.
That's my wedge set-up, although part of me is ready to drop the 60º wedge. I'm extremely inconsistent with it on full shots, so I wind up using it almost exclusively around the greens when I've got to hit a flop shot... which I can do just as well, if not better, with my 56º wedge.
post #4 of 19
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So can i bend my 50 to a 52 then?
post #5 of 19

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Originally Posted by dlo132 View Post
So can i bend my 50 to a 52 then?
Personally I wouldn't touch the loft on the Nickent unless you're thinking about making it 1 degree stronger to replace the Cobra. Changing the bounce of a gap wedge might not be a good idea.

If it was my setup, I'd try the Nickent alongside the Cobra GW at the range and during practice rounds until one of them stands out. That's the direction I'd go with my 56 and 60 too - get a 56 bent to 55 for nice even 5 degree gaps. Trust me - more wedges means more options but also more chances to second guess yourself as you stand over a shot.
post #6 of 19

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I have a cobra 4-GW set, and I backed it up with a 54 and 58. Once I get to the point where I'm making proper contact with my short-iron and wedge shots very consistently, I'll find out if the yardage gap between the cobra GW and the vokey 54 is too large. For now, the GW yardage isn't consistent enough for the yardage gap to be a concern.

-Andrew
post #7 of 19

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I'd do 50-55-60 or 50-54-58.
post #8 of 19

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You won't really notice 2 degrees of loft.

The differences in brand would change the loft more.

I have a 45* PW 54* SW and 60* LW, I don't hit full shots with any of my wedges so I don't find much of a distance gap.
post #9 of 19

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Originally Posted by dlo132 View Post
After much debate, I found a smoking deal on a set of Cobra SZ Irons, #4 to Gap wedge.

My question now is, what Lofts of wedges should i stuff in the bag, as the Gap wedge is 49 Deg according to the Cobra website.

I have a nickent Arc 50 deg. and was thinking of bending it to 52, and getting maybe a 56 and 60 (as i really like this wedge, and would like to get another 2)

Are these gaps too much, and will bending the 50 F up the way the club swings at all?

Peace.
That would be a PW (I'm guessing about 44*), a GW (49*), lets call it a AW (50/52*), a SW (56*), and a LW (60*). Sounds like a lot of wedges to me. I would drop the AW and get a 54 and a 60, rather than the 56 and 60.
post #10 of 19

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I use a 52 and a 56. Have a 60 but never use it. The 56 is money
post #11 of 19

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Originally Posted by Open-Faced Club Sandwedge View Post
I have a cobra 4-GW set, and I backed it up with a 54 and 58. ...
My wedges are PW 45*, GW 50*, SW 56*. I have been thinking about replacing the SW with a 54 & 58.

The press release on the SZ irons says they have wide soles and low profile to prevent digging into the turf.. basically high-bounce clubs.

Since you might be mixing wedges (Cobra + 2 others), look for wedges with some bounce to match the turf-dig of your SZs. In the used club bins, I'm seeing a lot of 54* and 58* wedges from Vokey and Mizuno T-series.

Being you're a 30+ HDCP, you might want to avoid a 60* wedge; lots of people find them difficult to hit as the highest-loft wedge.

If the 49* Cobra plays a little long in comparison to others, you could always choke-down a quarter-inch on shots. Hopefully you can test-hit your non-Cobra wedges to make sure you don't end up with yardage gaps in your new club mix.
post #12 of 19

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49 degree gap wedge. Kids these days...
post #13 of 19

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Don't be monochromatic. Think about the bounce you want with each loft. If you have sand in your traps, you are going to want a lot of bounce on the sand iron. If traps are short on sand and are crusty, you want a sand iron with less bounce. Some guys will say to use your pitching iron. I like those guys, especially when the crusty trap is close to the pin.
post #14 of 19

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Originally Posted by scgolf View Post
I like 52* gap, 56* sand and 60* lob wedge, although i don't carry a 60* wedge.
This was my set up until I left my 60* laying on the last hole a week ago..............not happy!
post #15 of 19

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I don't see how jacked up lofts help high handicappers. Just distance? Wouldn't you want to be able to have more control with the scoring clubs?
post #16 of 19

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I carry a lot of wedges. In my bag are 52, 56, and 60* Clevelands. I have a 64* and 68* Pinemeadow wedges and a 73* Feel wedge. I just found an 80* on eBay and overstock. I will prolly buy it too. I love wedges.
post #17 of 19

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Originally Posted by ohiolefty View Post
I don't see how jacked up lofts help high handicappers. Just distance? Wouldn't you want to be able to have more control with the scoring clubs?
Jacked up lofts also hurt in the longer clubs too. If you only have 3* loft difference (or 2.5*!) between clubs 6i on down, you start getting less than 10 yards distance between clubs.

Even in the player's clubs, average distance between 4i and 3i on PGA tour is less than 10 yards.
post #18 of 19

What bounce are your 52 and 56?

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