80 to 105 with my Vokey 56, 3/4 to full swing
205 with my 5 wood, dead on.
Angle > yardage. I'd rather have a clear shot than exactly 150 but with sand short, a sloping green and water long. And in general the closer the better. But I do hit a lot of irons on par 4s, since there aren't a lot over 370 near me and there are a lot right around 320. 200 in the fairway is pretty good for many amateurs, even with a driver, so I'm glad I'm hitting a short iron instead of a hybrid from there. More than 2/3 of the par 4s at my local courses, even from the back, require 5 iron, 7 iron or less. Unfortunately my 7 and 4 iron were recently deceased, so I guess I'll try to avoid 215 and 170.
I like 200 yard par 3's though, does that count?
For example, if I know I can't reach a par 5, or if it's a shorter par 4, I try to smooth an iron to around 145 so I can hit a full gap wedge in, rather than risk mis-hitting a long iron or wood trying to set up a pitch and ending up with an unfamiliar shot. What do you folks like to do?
A 145 yard pitching wedge? Right.
I know what your saying those yardages are intense. My wedges I do feel better and more consistent if I "attack them" im not talking about a gap wedge to 145 but like my lob wedge ( 100 yard club) to attack it to maybe 110 MAX
I used to hit my PW 145 (10-15 years ago). I don't know what's happened since then ... I guess I just used to really swing hard. My PW (Same club, btw) now goes 130.
I'd say my magic number is 125, a full pitching wedge. But I don't lay up much anymore either.
Last year I did. I would hit 4 iron, 7 iron, Wedge on par 5's. But that seems ridiculous to me now. If I'm 250 out on a par five, i'm taking out my 3W, hoping to hit it 230 or so and be a short pitch. From 20-30 yards, my avg pitch leaves me 15 feet. My average PW leaves me at 25 feet. Unless the 3W approach goes OB or into some serious trouble, there's no reason to layup. If there is trouble, then i'll hit a hybrid instead and try to leave myself a 40 yard pitch, which is still easier than a full wedge.
The only thing I avoid right now is the 90-110 distance because I don't have a SW to cover it. So if my 3W would put me in that range, I might hit a hybrid or long iron to keep it in the 120s.
When I step on my gap wedge, it comes out low (for a wedge), goes around 145, and sits down fast. It's my absolute favorite shot to hit. Now, I have a ridiculously low ball flight (to the point that I ordered my new irons 2* weak), so that may give it some extra distance. But yes, it's my 145 club.