Almost ever iron discussion I've been reading is hating on blades on the site and I agree that my game is not yer ready for them. But I am hitting my Vokey wedges really well was thinking about grabing a 47* to replace my standard PW. Is this common becuase I don't see that many options out there?
What kind of Pitching wedge do you use?
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All the wedges I use are part of the set (Diablo Edge) now except a 60* lob wedge (not offered) which is out of the bag for now. I tried using Cleveland wedges for everything except PW and the weight difference and look was too big a difference for me to hit them consistently on the course.
My PW is the one that came with my set... I've never bought a different type of PW to use. I don't think that it'd hurt to chance to a different PW but I don't really see the point. Depending on the clubs you have, a 47 degree might actually fit in between your current PW and your next wedge (GW or SW or whatever). Many sets, especially GI clubs have pretty strong lofts now with the PW being as strong as 44 degrees.
I play Bridgestone J36 combos, and the 9-iron and PW are a standard blade.
I had a set of Taylormade RAC TP's, which had a rounded out/milled 48* PW in the set that was absolutely money. It matched their RAC wedges but was forged. I was very tempted to keep that club when I sold the irons, but breaking up the set is a messed up thing to do IMO...
I've been interested in getting a custom PW (Scratch/Vokey, etc.) made similar to that Taylormade.
My viewpoint: With ever stronger iron lofts, the PW is a much "10-iron" for full shots as a wedge. I use the 46* PW which came with the iron set, and hit it full, for partial pitch shots, and for greenside chip and run out of the short rough.
I would suggest that someone who uses the PW mostly for partial pitch shots might be more likely to swap out the stock PW for a custom wedge.
Depends on your set. I would agree with some of those above...with golf courses playing 'shorter' due to better equipment and balls...a PW is a #10 iron for most guys. I don't use my pitching wedge today in the manner I used a PW when I was growing up playing golf 20 or more years ago. I use the PW from my set...but if I had a GI set, I might not.
I agree with the above poster that you should hit players clubs as far up in the set as you can handle. For most recreational players, that stops with their wedges if they can at all. It's up to you. The only advantage to buying a Vokey or whatever as opposed to using a wedge from your set is feel and control, but that comes at the expense of game improvement features.