When I made my decision for a 62 degree wedge (Cleveland 588 RTX) I was stuck between a 60 and a 62. But by doing research only few PGA Players have 62 degree. Did I make a serious mistake? Or would it be a good fit in bunkers and near the green. Please Help.
62 degree wedge a bad idea?
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And some people open their 60* up, so with a 62* you prob won't have to!
I have a 62 and I really like it! But you have to remind yourself what you intend to use it for!!
Mines a low bounce, only to be used around the green, to flop over bunkers & hazards, or I can use it for a 50/60 yrd full shot into a protected green, but only when necessary! The low bounce is useless in bunkers! (For me)
I would say, as with all lob wedges, you need to spend time with them, practise with them, find out what your capable of doing with them and then only do that! Some rounds I never need it, other rounds, it's got me on the green from some very trick positions! I like knowing it's their just incase!
So my advice would be to see what the bounce can do for you and befriend it!
Until about five months ago my highest loft wedge was a 58 and everything was fine. I've since bought new irons and reconfigured my wedge mix to add a 60 and like it a lot, but I have to remind myself to hit it a bit harder because of the added loft. Personally, I don't think I would want a 62, but that's just me. You've got it, so get out there and practice with it! You may come to love it, you may not, but you won't know until you give it enough practice time to make an informed decision.
The higher lofted clubs are also more difficult to hit consistently. I'm personally not a big fan of even 60* wedges for most amateurs not well down into single digits for just that reason. Most will be a lot better off with no more than a 58* wedge.....
Trouble with a super-lob is you would have to devote a lot of practice time with it to make it worthwhile. Then, how often would you use it?
Since you have it, play around with it and see what it does. If you decide not to carry it, you could keep it around so friends could try it, and see why they shouldn't buy one.
Relating to @David in FL's comment, Golf Digest reported recently that about half of tour pros have 58* as their highest lofted wedge.
It "could" be an option, but the big question I would have is what it will do to the bounce. If you have a lot of bounce now (10 degrees plus) it might work out, but I believe that if you are starting with low bounce you could end up with very little bounce at all which could leave you with a 60* that is harder to hit than your 62 is.
Again, unless you think you can turn the club in for a full refund because it is currently unused, I think I'd recommend getting out and practicing with it as it is for a bit. It may be that your pitching technique will work well with the club and you'll love it. If not, stick it in the corner with the putters that haven't quite worked out. As your game improves you may find that there are certain courses where the club would be a real advantage later on.
You're listing three wedges above, if they fall into the generic categories of Gap/Sand/Lob then the question that remains unanswered is what the loft of your pitching wedge is? The object is to get a fairly even distribution of lofts. My pitching wedge, for example is 44 degrees, so I essentially carry two "gap" wedges 48 and 52. Not everyone is as wedge-happy as I am though.
I agree, a lot of clubs are getting pretty strong lofts and Titleist is obviously playing right along. I also carry a 56 and 60, so the answer to your question is yes though which I use when in the sand is situational.