Anyone who is playing a modern set of game-improvement irons is probably familiar with the predicament of choosing lofts to fill out the top end of the bag. For most sets of irons aimed at those who are looking for a little help with ballstriking, the pitching wedge is commonly 44-45 degrees and if your set came with a matching gap wedge it is probably 49-50 degrees. This leaves a huge distance gap for people familiar with a 56 degree sand wedge. What is the best, or at least preferred, solution?
The Cleveland wedge displays you will find at Dick's sporting flat out say that we now need two gap wedges(!) as they prescribe a 48/52/56/60 wedge set for anyone playing GI irons.
An alternative might be to use the GW included with your GI iron set and simply move to a 54 degree sand wedge (or matching for your set).
I suppose for the real tinkerers, one could have the irons loft all bent two degrees weak and go from there, but that seems highly inadvisable considering the effect on bounce angle and wide-sole design that is critical to the performance of irons in this category.
Finally, there is the option to learn to play according to the loft gap and implement partial swings to cope with this specific distance on the course that is neither long nor short.
I've basically given up on distance gapping for the time being, and gone with a 52/58 setup to complement my strong-lofted PW, but I'm always looking for new ideas to regain what used to be a comfort zone for me. Maybe that is a 54 degree someday, but of course that would be the one wedge I don't already own!