Thanks to all for the great replies. I liked the book Lowest Score Wins because it made me rethink alot about how I manage the course and how I pick my equipment - it just leads you to challenge what you assume to be true about the game.
One offshoot of hitting my driver much more (which I have started to do since reading the book) is that I am now hitting shorter clubs out of worse lies. This is where I think it is advantageous to have the "iron set" wedges b/c they have alot more forgiveness and quite frankly they go further. If I have a 49* iron set wedge that goes about 125 yards for me, thats better than the 50* "real" wedge that goes 120, IMO. Distance is better.
Plus, you can have way more touch with traditional style wedges, than any that would match a set. Mostly, imo, because the faces are too hot for shots around the green. Personally, I'm inching closer and closer to dropping my matching Gap (50 degree) wedge for something with a less hot face, and more traditional. I'm sure I'll prefer the matching for full shots, but it's much tougher to control on shorter pitches and half shots.
See, this is kindof why I posted. I think people think they have "more touch" with the regular wedges, but I think the opposite is actually true. I took it to the course a few days ago as I said in my original post to do the "spheres" the book talks about, and my iron set wedges were way more consistent and not that much further from the hole. I saw zero advantage to the "blade" style wedges, at least from the 49* and 54* wedges from the fairway and light rough. I hit one similar bad shot off each of the 52* mack daddy and the 54* xhot SW, way out on the toe. The mack daddy lost about 20 yards, the xhot lost about 8 yards!
The Mizuno MP line only goes to PW, and I suspect that's the case for most other manufactures with their low-handicap targeted sets.
This is kindof what I'm questioning. I'm a good player (about a 4-5 handicap most of the time), and since reading LSW I've been questioning whether these low-handicap targeted irons / wedges are actually better. My SGI irons plump on the middle of the green a whole lot, and it seems that the extending the set into the distance wedges (note: not the greenside wedges) makes sense, especially since hitting it to the middle from 110-130 (my 49-54 degree range) is pretty good. I also have a set of "players irons" and they were shorter and less consistent than my SGI X-hots during the sphere drills. Could be I'm just not "good enough" to take advantage of players' clubs, but in actual testing they seemed shorter and more error-prone. Especially since I am trying to hit a fade on every shot since reading the book, "workabilit" doesn't seem all that important...
For most of us mere mortals, wedges are the only "blades" we can handle without putting ourselves at a severe disadvantage.
Why don't you think it puts you at a disadvantage? Less forgiveness, less distance...
Interesting stuff. I think hitting driver alot more and then using the iron set wedges to get on the green in good spots makes alot of sense. Just throwing it out there for discussion. i'm pretty pleased with my decision to keep only my 60* utility grind wedge for within 80 yards of the green and in and the rest just like my other irons, with the aim point middle of the green. Was just curious why nobody else uses these clubs (I think a +2.4 hdcp - phillyk? - was actually called out in another thread for being worse than his handicap *because* he didn't have wedges seperate from his iron set wedges as tho a good player would never do that).