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56 or 60 club face in a bunker ( various lays)

post #1 of 121
Thread Starter 
Hi just wondering what u guys use in a bunker?? 56 or 60 depending what kind of bunker and where abouts your ball is in..

Mates tell me very mixed advice, whilst trying to listen to all views found myself rather confused...

In the past I used a 56 with an open face!! Any advice or suggestions are always welcome ...
post #2 of 121

I use a 4 wedge set up (PW, 52, 56, 60) and use the 52 56 and 60 out of the bunker. It really just depends on the lie and how far you have to carry the ball. They all have different degrees of bounce on them so I also may choose a particular club depending on how hard the sand is. I would say just practice with both wedges. But if I had just a standard length and lie bunker shot I would pull my 56 and open the face.

post #3 of 121
^exactly what he said, but very rarely my 60 as its a low bounce model, personally I'd concentrate on the sand wedge, close to green and whatever you can get away with anywhere else!
post #4 of 121
I use a 60* wedge, but that's partly due to the fact that I only have two wedges; that and a PW. I love my 60* though. I can do quite a lot with that club.
post #5 of 121

Mostly my 60....unless I have to carry more than 15 yards then the 54-56.

post #6 of 121
Thread Starter 
Cheers guys, I'll try and practise both from various positions during week and see how I go.. But I'm guessing my 56 may get used more for longer shots with distance to pin needed
post #7 of 121

I haven't found a use for my 60* wedge yet, and for that reason I don't even carry it anymore. I basically use my 52 for everything around the green, and open or close it for the shot I'm looking to hit. I use it in greenside bunkers and open it up to probably near 60*, but I just feel more comfortable with it than my actual 60* wedge.

post #8 of 121

A standard sand wedge is 56*

post #9 of 121

Pretty rare that I need a 60* in a bunker. (Don't use that 60 very often for anything.) Try to use a 56 most all the time and adjust loft by opening face and such in paticular out of bunkers. If I have a very long carry, I'll use less loft but rarely want more.

post #10 of 121

I use my 60 with firmer sand and/or shorter shots.  It had been the 56 the rest of the time, but I liked the way I hit my 52 when I was practicing for our 4 club tournament, so that is in the mix now for longer shots.

post #11 of 121
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Originally Posted by looseleftie View Post

Hi just wondering what u guys use in a bunker?? 56 or 60 depending what kind of bunker and where abouts your ball is in..

Mates tell me very mixed advice, whilst trying to listen to all views found myself rather confused...

In the past I used a 56 with an open face!! Any advice or suggestions are always welcome ...

 

I use my 51, 54 or 56 as needed.  The 54° is my usual go to sand wedge and is only used for bunker shots.

 

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Originally Posted by teed off View Post
 

A standard sand wedge is 56*

 

Wrong.  There is no such thing.  A typical SW is 54-56 degrees, but what is generally considered as a sand wedge is more about the bounce angle on the sole than it is about the face loft.  I've even used my 8I for a 40 yard semi-explosion from a cross bunker on a par 5.

post #12 of 121
Tend to use my 56° from any bunker near the green. I don't carry a lob wedge so I lay my 56° open to varying amounts depending on what I want.
post #13 of 121

Soft sand I'll use a 56 to make sure to shank-thin it out of the bunker and over the green.

 

Hard sand I'll use a 60 and shank-thin it out of the bunker and over the green.

post #14 of 121
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Originally Posted by TJBam View Post
 

Soft sand I'll use a 56 to make sure to shank-thin it out of the bunker and over the green.

 

Hard sand I'll use a 60 and shank-thin it out of the bunker and over the green.

 

kwpurp?

post #15 of 121
Just pointing out the faults in my game. Lately, I can't even practice out of the sand without yelling fore at least once every 5 shots. Need to focus on keeping hands behind the ball and following through. My biggest mistake is thinking the swing is completed once the club hits the sand.
post #16 of 121

Greenside - Typically my 56/12 for most

If it's really short, or I have to get up high I'll hit my 60 with a bigger swing - with that face opened to use the little bounce it has, I need a big swing.  I like this shot.

Both clubs I open it up to what I think I need to get my carry distance.  Of course, the 56 has the most bounce so it's the go to club in 90% of the shots.

 

Fairway - for irons, I'll club up one vs what I'd have in the fairway - I'm not great at picking/sweeping so the 'extra' is usually a good choice

woods and hybrids - no issue, hit it like it's on a good lie

 

Plugged lies - Smith and Wesson MP40 is the preferred tool.  or a garden spade

post #17 of 121

I use the 60 from 15 yards and in, then the 54 outside of that. I started using the 60 back when they came out in the 90s because I had a tendency to decel to much with the 56. The 60 allowed a slightly more aggressive swing for the same result. I never went back. 

post #18 of 121

Soft sand in a shallow bunker 56/14. Soft sand in a very deep bunker 60/12. Hard sand I play more like pitch than a bunker shot with 60/12. If the lip is low may even use 52/10. All about the weather here. A few days of moisture and the bunkers are like hard dirt. Like try to hit a flop of concrete. I see people putting out if they can.

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