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7 minutes ago, Mick190 said:

hi im lookinh on buying a lob wedge but not sure what degree any  suggestions 

It depends on what your other wedges are. I use a 58 because I have PW, 50, 54 as well. I find it very versatile. I recommend something with a lot of bounce, which helps a lot.

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What do you intend to use it for? What conditions to you play in? It's a fairly specialized wedge.

There's bounce and grind. Bounce helps a lot in most conditions. I'd say get a 10 bounce unless you have a specific need. Then there's grind. Grind is different depending upon the brand. Here's Callaway's for the MD-5 series:

C - for firm conditions. Also you can lay this wedge almost flat and thump a shot out of a firm bunker with a tall lip which you might not be able to do with one of the other grinds.

S - standard. This is a good all around grind for most conditions.

W - wide sole. For thick rough and soft conditions. It'll keep you from digging down and duffing your shot.

 

 

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I have a 55* SW with high bounce and a 60* LW with low bounce.  My rule of thumb is that I can use either club depending on the specific ground conditions and get a fairly similar result.  Hard pan ground or a hard/wet bunker, I will play the LW.  Soft ground, sitting on a layer of grass, nicely raked soft bunkers, I will play the SW.  Of course, it also depends on your swing.  With a sweeping motion you need less bounce and with a more digging motion you need more bounce.

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8 hours ago, boogielicious said:

It depends on what your other wedges are. I use a 58 because I have PW, 50, 54 as well. I find it very versatile. I recommend something with a lot of bounce, which helps a lot.

Apparently, @boogielicious copied off of me. I too go with the 58 LW as I carry a 54, 50 and PW. 

Mick, if I were you, here's what I would do. Pick up a used wedge. They hold their value worse than the latest I phone. You can literally get a used lob wedge for 10 bucks. Here's a new one for 10 bucks. 

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Tour Satin Heavy Wedge This wedge is ideal for shots from the sand, chip and pitch shots around the green, as well as full swing shots from the fa

Go ahead and buy a cheap lob wedge. Use it for a while eventually you will find that it either digs too much or digs too little or what ever. After you use one for a while you'll know what you'll want. Then you can go out and get one that fits your game. 

Of course, when you are really ready to get serious a wedge fitting is informative and fun. But if you've literally never used a lob wedge before. I'd wait on the fitting until you've at least played a season or two with one. 

Good luck. Let us know what you decide to do. 

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If you're a beginner and want to have a lob wedge, a good one to start with is the Cleveland Smart Sole S. It's a 58 degree wedge with a compound sole. You can use it in thick rough and it's pretty straight forward for getting out of bunkers. Just don't try anything fancy with it. Keep the club face square and you'll be fine. The purpose is to get the ball up and out of trouble. It's a very good club. I carry one and can vouch for it.

Just don't try to hit a flop shot with it or open the face when you hit a bunker shot. Keep the club face square and let the club's bounce do the work for you. They cost around $99. It's almost impossible to chunk a shot with it.... almost. 

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On 3/29/2020 at 11:19 PM, DrvFrShow said:

It's almost impossible to chunk a shot with it.... almost. 

Almost indeed.

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2 hours ago, snapfade said:

This is what you need.

 

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A couple more degrees and you could use that to plane wood!

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3 hours ago, snapfade said:

This is what you need.

 

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Why would anyone use such a masochistic club?

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16 minutes ago, Cantankerish said:

Why would anyone use such a masochistic club?

That's courtesy of Google. I'd be doing 25 to life if I swung that thing near anyone.

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