I'm not sure what his answer will be, but I have a gap between my AW (49*) & my 58* SW/LW. As an amatuer with a 13 HC, I always can execute a wedge shot into the green with my 49* GW except out of the sand or having to loft it over the likes of a sand trap. I feel the higher the loft on a wedge, the more difficult an amatuer has of executing a decent shot. I also think golf pro/teachers will advise most amatuers to use the least lofted club they can get away with. So whatever I can't use my 49* wedge from, I jump to my 58* L/SW, and whatever shot I don't have to execute from sand, over an obstacle, I feel confident enough to use my AW on. I know there are many in here who feel the need, and have the skills to use, will disagree with this theory, but I use the wisdom that a less lofted iron will work out better for me.