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60º wedge

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  1. 1. Do you have a 60º wedge in your bag?

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    • No
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I'm not sure I need it or not.

What would you say?

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Welcome!

We know nothing about you, your golf game, or what clubs you currently carry.

If you add some detail, I'm sure people will be happy to give some opinions.  We're NEVER short on opinions here!

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Originally Posted by David in FL

Welcome!

We know nothing about you, your golf game, or what clubs you currently carry.

If you add some detail, I'm sure people will be happy to give some opinions.  We're NEVER short on opinions here!


Details: :)

-I have a 24,5 handicap and have been playing for a 1,5 years

- Titleist 910d driver

- Taylor Made RBZ stage 2 - 5 wood

- Taylor Made BBZ 4 rescue

- Taylor Made Burner 2 irons 4-PW

- 52 and 56º wedges

- Odissey White Hot putter

Started shooting in the 90's not too long ago.

Not much more to say I guess.

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I answered yes because I have a 58. I really like it for bunkers and lob shots. Some instructors say a 58 offers more control than a 60. I agree.

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I only have a PW and 60.  I use the 60 different ways by changing the loft angle at set up and using a chipping or wristy swing to hopefully control the release.  I only have the 60 because I use borrowed clubs and that is all that was available for me.  I don't have the cash to go get a new 56 right now.  It really kills me because a 40-90 yard shot is very hard with the 60 and hard for me to have the touch with the PW.

But, I practice a lot with my 60 learning how to hit it and what it will do.  My opinion is that whatever you have in the bag, if you practice the shots you need to hit with any club, you can improve your chance to get close and score.  I putt, drive and approach at an extremely average, but fairly consistent level.  Chipping and 60 in is where I see 5 stroke swings in my score.  If I am chipping well then up and downs are possible and if not, then I am on the bogey or double train.  Pick a club for the chipping situations you find yourself in and learn to control it and how to hit it and you won't need that 60.  You can lay a 56 open or use an 8 iron to bump and run.

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A high lofted wedge is a difficult club to hit consistently. At this point i don't believe your ball-striking is good enough to allow you to use the wedge effectively and consistently. My recommendation would be to add a chipper instead. You might not look as cool, but you'll score better and lower your handicap! And no, I don't carry one either..... :-)
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Originally Posted by godov

Details: :)

-I have a 24,5 handicap and have been playing for a 1,5 years

- Titleist 910d driver

- Taylor Made RBZ stage 2 - 5 wood

- Taylor Made BBZ 4 rescue

- Taylor Made Burner 2 irons 4-PW

- 52 and 56º wedges

- Odissey White Hot putter

Started shooting in the 90's not too long ago.

Not much more to say I guess.

Thanks

You have a 52 and 56 so a 60 is next in line keeping up with a pattern of a nice set of varied clubs.

I couldn't live without mine.  Good club to have though I only pull it 3-4 times a round.

Ask a local pro about what type of bounce you should have on that lob wedge of yours

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I couldnt imagine playing golf without a lob wedge simply because its such a useful club around the greens.  Yes, you could open up a sand wedge and get the same loft but the more you open it up, the smaller you make the effective hitting area and the more difficult you make the club to hit.  Why do that when you could just hit a straight faced lob wedge and have a club thats easier to hit?

I dont subscribe to the belief that high handicappers shouldnt carry a lob wedge.  High caps struggle to hit their driver, 3-wood and long irons too.  Should they not carry those clubs either and instead just have a set thats a 5-wood, 6-PW, SW and putter?  I dont think so!

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Originally Posted by GaijinGolfer

I couldnt imagine playing golf without a lob wedge simply because its such a useful club around the greens.  Yes, you could open up a sand wedge and get the same loft but the more you open it up, the smaller you make the effective hitting area and the more difficult you make the club to hit.  Why do that when you could just hit a straight faced lob wedge and have a club thats easier to hit?

I dont subscribe to the belief that high handicappers shouldnt carry a lob wedge.  High caps struggle to hit their driver, 3-wood and long irons too.  Should they not carry those clubs either and instead just have a set thats a 5-wood, 6-PW, SW and putter?  I dont think so!

The reason many players can't hit shots around the greens is not because they change the effective hitting area of the face.  It is because the do not use bounce correctly and often use a 60 degree wedge that does not have anywhere close to enough of it.  Unless you cannot hit the face of the wedge, as you open it up a bit it should engage more bounce and become easier to hit.

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Do you need a 60 degree wedge?

Of course you do. To go along with all the great equipment you have (not a bad line-up at all). Should you use it? Probably not. The 60 is a low percentage play for a high cap in most cases. I do have one and use it from the fairway from 65-90 yards out, switch it up from greenside to 65 yards with a 54 depending what is needed (I prefer a lower trajectory in most cases), and use it almost exclusively for short to mid-range bunker shots. I like it out of the bunker because I can be a little more aggressive with the swing than with a normal sand wedge.

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I actually carry a 58* wedge in my bag currently for high school golf, but when I play my home course a lot, i like to put the 60* in my bag because the bunkers are deep. But generally, a 58* is just fine for mr.

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If I'm not in the sand, I use my 50/12. Just got a 56/12 today of the same style I'll be working on. Don't really see the need for the 60, or I have not tried one with enough bounce/grind.
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Thanks everyone!

Although Yes won the pole, I'm gonna wait and buy it next winter.

I really almost never use the 56º, so I'll probably end up using the 60º even less...

It can wait!

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Originally Posted by godov

Thanks everyone!

Although Yes won the pole, I'm gonna wait and buy it next winter.

I really almost never use the 56º, so I'll probably end up using the 60º even less...

It can wait!

In the meantime, find yourself an inexpensive chipper with about 37* of loft and toss it in the bag.  I promise, you'll be glad you did.  Your golf buddies may end up being a little unhappy though.....

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I have a 54/58 and I think the 58 is easier to hit then the 60. My 60 has much less bounce and I always had trouble with hitting it fat. My 58 is probably my favorite club. Its the only one I chip with.
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The 60* LW is an interesting club. I know scratch golfers who won't touch one, and I know 20+ HDCPers who can do magic tricks with them.

I used a 60* LW with my old Ping Eye2 clones when I played off very plush greenside turf in Dallas area. When I got to harder turf in SW Oklahoma, the LW was a disaster.

I played with a 58* for about two seasons, but last fall I swapped a 54* and 58* for a 56* SW. I sometimes miss the 58* for short, steep uphill bunker shots.

A couple of years ago, Golf Digest has a short article on tour pros and LWs. About half the tour pros had a 58* as their highest lofted wedge.

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