Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • iacas

      Snell 20% Off   11/24/2017

      TST Partner Snell Golf is having a 20% off Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale! Check it out at snellgolf.com.
Sign in to follow this  
Meltdwhiskey

Sand Wedge Question

5 posts in this topic Last Reply

Recommended Posts

Thought someone might have thoughts on my sand wedge situation.  I have a set of Ping G5's that I really like and the set came with 3 wedges - W/U/S.  This is great, but I have come to think of these wedges more as short irons than clubs I might use for the sand or even lofty chip shots.

My SW is not like what you typically see - a 'blade' type club with a bounce.  The bounce is similar to the rest of the set - which is to say it is just basically the sole of a cavity back club.  I don't really think of a SW as a cavity back club.

On top of that, I suck out of the sand.  At least part of the reason for this - is that I suck out of the sand. But I was thinking the club might have something to do with it as well.

I've been eyeing a Cleveland blade type wedge in 56*.  Mine is a 54*. I was thinking a bit more loft might be nice for some shots over the sand as well as out of it.  I don't think I want to go all the way to 58 - and I know I don't want to go to 60.

Anyway - was wondering if anyone had thoughts on how detrimental my current club is to my sand game and what to look for in an alternative.

Thanks in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

I personally will never wade down into a bunker with nice clubs such as you describe. The best sand wedge I ever had was a cheap 60* wal mart special with a very high bounce. The thing was a chunky marvel. My irons are ping but I bought a 52* Confidence new off amazon cheap for sand play.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I find the sand wedge one of the most important clubs in the bag.  It is a multi-tasker.  You only putt with the putter and drive with the driver.  With my 58 sand wedge I can do chips, pitches, sand shots, half shots, get out of trouble shots and full shots.  Everything from 85 yards in for me.

So for that reason, I would recommend spending some time finding the right one for your game.  Cleveland is a good brand, so are Titleist, Nike, etc.

You can sometimes find good wedges in the used club bin at your local golf shop.  This is a cost effective way to try out different wedges.  Also, some shops or course will have Demo days.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I have the G15 pw and uw. Assuming the G5s have a similar sole, I would definitely recommend a different SW. I would replace the SW and get two new wedges, 54* and 58* (or whatever gives you good full shot gaps). Find out which loft you prefer for sand shots and you'll have a very versatile set. I have Taylornade ATVs and would reccomend those, but im sure any brand woild be similar.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Definitely get yourself a regular sand wedge. I have a matching gap (50 degree, which may be replaced with another Cleveland 588), 56 degree and a 61. I use the 56 for almost all of my pitches unless I really need to get it up high and land soft.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2017 TST Partners

    Talamore Golf Resort
    PING Golf
    FlightScope Mevo
    Mission Belt
    Snell Golf
    Frogger Golf
    PitchFix USA
  • Posts

    • Lol, I like both those movies you hated. Loved? No, but I liked them. I also liked Vanilla Sky too in spite of its flaws. To each his own I guess, and perhaps therein lies the rub that's makes % ratings unreliable more often than not. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for Tom Cruise vanity projects.  But I agree that Rotten Tomatoes doesn't help much at all in determining whether I'll enjoy a movie or not. It's still interesting to browse though, just to see where the pulse of the American critic is, if little else.  I also agree that the discrepancy between critic and audience score is a fascinating one to see when it happens. That's a fun list on that link. Let's see... what are some "bad" movies that I still enjoyed... The 13th Floor (1999) was 29% but with a 67% audience score. A totally flawed movie overshadowed by the Matrix, but still a fun sci-fi journey i think with interesting ideas in it.  I enjoyed Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) that is 55% critic and 53% audience. I dunno, I thought it was a nice story... plus the Writer-Director lady is from the same town as me in NJ, so I always found that interesting that we grew up drinking the same water.  I've always loved the Cable Guy (1996) which is 54%, 51% respectively. Man, people really hated this movie when it came out, but I've always found it hilarious.  I thought Primer (2004) was an ambitious and cool sci-fi movie made on a shoestring budget. I'm not sure how it has only 72% from the critics given what they accomplished on a per dollar scale. Cool story that no doubt has its flaws.  One recent movie that I quite enjoyed that was totally panned (and for good reason) was Passengers (2016). It currently stands at 30%, 63%. Perhaps its just its basic log line that I like, as the film itself kind of loses its way at times. I certainly wouldn't fault people for thinking it was boring or lame as its execution and linear script was pretty banal at times, I admit.  But this random Youtuber made a really cool video about how to make the script for Passengers better, and I 100% agree with his suggestions. This is a pretty cool video if you've seen the movie already. His version is way better.  I think if they took this guy's suggestions, that 30% critic score would be above 65%.   
    • I'm not sure if this is what he meant, but I think you can you use the "feel ain't real" to your advantage. Meaning, if the feel seems right but the results are wrong (or video shows it's wrong), you can exaggerate a move to the point where it feels wrong and it might closer. Example... if I feel my head is remaining stable but video shows I'm moving it towards the target as I get to the top of my backswing, I might change to the point where I feel like I'm moving back away from the target. On video, that feel produces a steadier head. Does that make sense? That's not to say that feel will always work. In fact, there's a good chance it will not. Edit: I didn't realize this is exactly what @klinekahad posted. (it's good to know I'm not the only one who has used that feel). Anyway, maybe that's what @Buckeyebowmanmeant with his response.
    • He's played with every president. That's remaining neutral. You either play with none of 'em or all of 'em.
  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. golf755
      golf755
      (28 years old)
    2. PaddyMac
      PaddyMac
      (48 years old)
  • Get Great Gear with Amazon

×

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...