Hello All - I'm looking for suggestions on how I should set up my golf bag for 2013. Up until now I have been playing with a driver, strong 3W (13.5 degrees), 3H (18 degrees), 4H (21 degrees), 5-AW irons (Taylormade Burner Plus), SW, LW, and putter.
I just purchased my new irons for 2013 (Taylormade Tour Preferred CB 4-AW). I am thinking that I am going to use the 4 iron in this set. My two hybrids that I have been using are Taylormade Burner Superlaunch. What I've noticed though is that there is not a big distance gap at all between the 3H and 4H. Because of this I am thinking that I can take the 4H out and put the 4 iron from the new iron set in.
I'm considering purchasing a new hybrid, a 2H that has 16 degrees of loft. So I am thinking that I will set up like this but would like feedback from the forum and suggestions. I am thinking that with playing 4 wedges that this is too many and that I would be better served adding a club that will help me better gap the distances from 180 yards and up?
My idea is to set up like this:
Driver I hit this now 230 yards and up, it's also winter, in warmer temps I average closer to 250 or more.....(Taylormade Burner Superfast 2.0, stiff, although I am considering purchasing a new driver as I'd like to get a driver with a shorter shaft as I believe that this will help my driving be more consistent
3W I hit this now from the tee 200 and up and from the deck 190 and up usually in cold (Taylormade Burner Superfast 2.0 TP, 13.5 degrees of loft, stiff flex)
3H I hit this now 175 plus and in warmer temps maybe further (Taylormade Burner Superlaunch, 18 degree loft, reg flex....considering getting a Taylormade R11 TP 2H rescue stiff with 16.5 degree loft though).
4 - AW These are new irons and distances are not known yet. Previously I was hitting my old irons 5i - 175, 6i - 160, 7i - 150, 8i - 140, 9i - 130, PW - 120 and lower. These are winter distances though. AW from old irons was going 90 - 115 yards or so.
SW It's 55 degree loft
LW It's 60 degree loft
So it really comes down to possibly taking a wedge out which I would like to do. I would like to take the SW out because on longer bunker shots I usually end up using the AW and on short bunker shots I will use the LW. By taking out the SW it does not leave a hole in my distances either as I usually hit my SW in winter temps 80 yards. I can hit it longer but then I risk too much so I try not to get too much out of it. My LW I try never to use for over 40 yards out. I can hit it further but I risk it then. I can probably hit it a max of 70 but when I swing fully with the LW it sometimes just goes higher and higher rather than further and further. I would need to keep the LW in the bag because I use it a lot around the greens. I considered taking the AW out but I am hestitant to do that because with longer bunker shots I prefer to use that versus the SW because I know that I will not risk not getting the ball to the hole from the bunker.
If I take a wedge out then I can keep two hybrids in my bag while still adding in the 4 iron. If I get that 2H then I am guessing that I would hit it further than the 3H. It does not happen all the time but once in a while there will be a bit of a gap between what I can hit my 3W and 3H. Adding the 2H will help and depending on how far I hit my 4i I can then determine if it's necessary to have another hybrid or keep that 4th wedge in the bag.
I've never had a 5W before and am not against getting one, it's just that I believe that the 2H would get more use because it would be easier than a 5W to hit out of the rough. Also since I do not use any of my hybrids on tee shots (other than a long par 3 if needed), I am still covered with using my driver and 3W off the tee for par 4's and par 5's.
The AW from the new iron set is 51 degrees, SW is 55 degrees, LW is 60. What does everyone think? Thanks for your help and feedback!