• Announcements

    • iacas

      Visit FlagstickRule.com   03/13/2017

      Visit the site flagstickrule.com to read about and sign a petition for the USGA/R&A regarding the one terrible rule in the proposed "modernized" rules for 2019.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
AmazingWhacker

should I buy wedges or a fairway wood?

8 posts in this topic

I've been playing for about 5 years and started breaking 90 with some regularity this last season.  I've been playing with no fairway woods or hybrids and random, mixed wedges (a 50 deg Wilson Staff gap, Nike 56 deg sandwedge).  My irons are some older Callaway Big Berthas and they have the "i-brids" . .ie . .the 3, 4 and 5 iron have HUGE soles.  I feel like I hit them ok - the 5 really well, the 4 pretty good and the 3 is worth a shot (probably around 50% mishits and only 5-10% really nice strikes).

I want to add a set of matched wedges (gap, sand, lob) AND get a 4 wood.

As far as needs in my game - I think I really need both.  I need the 4wood for some tee shots, >200 yard par3's, second shots into par5's, etc.  I'm getting around ok on my 2 wedges but I use them so much I feel like I'll see a benefit from matching clubs with appropriate lofts to fill out my set.  Also, there are a lot of times I wish I had something other than my sandwedge to chip with.

I'm thinking to make one of these purchases relatively soon and the next around the middle of 2014 season. The question is - which should I get first?

0

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)!

Maybe consider going with a gap wedge and weak sand wedge, like 52/58 or 54/60 instead of three wedges.  I used the 52/58 combo for a long time.

What about getting rid of the 3 iron and putting in the 4 wood and wedges?  I would guess you rarely hit the 3 iron and would get more use out of the 4 wood, at least from what you described.

0

Share this post


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

For me, I know my pitching and sand wedges well enough that I don't need to carry 4 wedges.  I don't get to play enough to appreciate the subtle differences in degrees between 4 wedges.   BUT I would really miss not having my 3 wood.  I'm not a long hitter but my 3 wood will get me close enough to the green to manufacture the shot I need with pitching -or- sand wedge.  I say buy a descent 3 wood.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I sometimes go a few rounds without taking the head cover off of my 3 wood. I do hit a wedges a lot since my GIR isn't the best.  It depends on how long the courses you play are.  Most of the places I play I can get away with a long iron on a par 4 if I don't feel like hitting my driver.  I only seem to hit my 3 wood on approach shots to par 5's and thats not something that usually turns out well for me.  I have a 50/54/58 wedge set up and Im extremely happy with that.  The 50 came with my iron set and the 54/58 are vokey SM4's.  If you were to go the fairway wood route my recommendation would be to try the Callaway X Hot my buddy just got that one and Im very jealous it feels like a million bucks.

0

Share this post


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

Put in the club that, over the last few rounds, lets you hit the shots that most affected your score because you didn't have the club to hit them with.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ive got three wedges that I like to use. Well, when I say three I mean a PW, SW, 56 and 60. I tend to only use the 56 when in close and in situations where I cant run the ball up with my 8 or 9 iron otherwise I stick to my SW. The 60 comes out for those shots where there is a hill or sand between me and the green (which surprisingly happens quite often for this high capper!:).

Ive also finally started to work out a few of my clubs longer par threes with a 3 wood! Finally got my very first par on the weekend on a 190yard par 3 (hit the green in regulation for the first time ever!) where in the past Id always lay up as I didnt have a club (or swing) that could get me near the green (what makes it even more challenging is there is a creek right where a lot of longer iron shots would be landing!).

Finally, I picked up a 4 wood for those par fours where the dog leg rules out the use of a longer 3 wood (or saves me from having to choke down on the 3 wood!). So I think my set is about where it needs to be for now.

Probably end up with new irons at some point in the next year or two as Im still using the very first set of game improvers Ive ever owned in my life. But for now they are doing the job and helping bring the old handicap down out of the clouds :)

Regards

Mailman

0

Share this post


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

Get rid of the 3 and 4 irons and replace them with one or two hybrids. I hit hybrids off the tee often. They are designed to flight the ball a bit higher than fairway woods so, if you almost always play in very strong winds, you may wish to get a fairway wood. You may wish to consider one hybrid and either a 3 or 4 wood to use mainly off the tee. The hybrid should be friendly enough to hit off the fairway and even rough.

As for wedges, if you have room and money for three, I like a 50/56/60 combo.

0

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  
Followers 0



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2017 TST Partners

    PING Golf
    Leupold Golf
    Snell Golf
    Talamore Golf Resort
    Lowest Score Wins
  • Posts

    • Played yesterday at SGCC. 36-40-76 -2 birdies and 2 doubles (ugh), one double was a 3-putt
    • I am going to try the TP version of my old club.  It has a 390CC head.  It was only 30 bucks so I figured it couldn't hurt to see if it helps a little on the forgiveness.  I guess the game is just passing me by...I can't see myself using those gigantic drivers.  The thing I noticed is that with the smaller head, that I am more focused on hitting the sweet spot.  With the giant club it just seems like you hit it anywhere on the face.  Am I correct in thinking that a "sweet spot" is not any larger on the bigger heads?  Is it just that on off center hits there is better chance of hitting it straight?  
    • I'll keep this on the short side because some random person's Member Swing thread isn't really the place for this kind of discussion… By most I'll clarify: the vast, vast majority. I'm not talking about 53% here. That doesn't mean you were doing it right or most efficiently. You may very well have been capable of making the change - and making it more quickly - with a ball if you'd done it differently. Sounds slow. Not for everyone, but for a good chunk of people. That's not what I advocate in the above linked post, either. Generally speaking, here's what I see: You tell people to fix the move without a golf ball. They work and work and film and record, and eventually, they've got a great practice swing. You say "great, now do that with a ball" and they almost immediately and completely revert to their old swing. Simply put, what I recommend to people is: A rehearsal swing or two. Often these too are shorter, slower, simpler swings. A shorter, slower, simpler swing focusing just on the "piece" while hitting a ball. As you become proficient, the swing gets less short, less slow, and closer to the full swing. Practice at the edge of your ability, but do it with a ball. The approach there blends no-ball practice (the first bullet) but immediately ties it to a motion you make with a golf ball. If you're shanking, topping, etc. the ball too much, you're not doing it slowly, "shortly," or simply enough.
    • Shot a 41 in my match play League.  Opponent was giving me 3 strokes.  I won the match 5 to 4. 5 pars 3 bogeys 1 double Good:  Drove 6/7 fairways and the only one that I missed was by about a foot.  Hit some very good approach shots.  I had 4 birdie putts ranging from 6-25 feet.  Alas, i made none. Bad: Other than duffing 2 shots on the first hole (an easy par 5) i played pretty solid.    
    • This entirely depends on where you play. I play courses that usually have three groups and a couple of singles out per side, and I would say no, but then I get to an urban course, like Long. Island, or South Florida, and it's anger management time.  I like to watch my friends's shots, and compliment their successes, I take a couple practice swings if I am in an uneven lie, or whatever, but I am not going to spend time searching for extra balls while walking between shots, or sit and BS at the tee before shooting. For some reason I am always ready to hit first, honors or no, and I just don't get why people take so long there. As long as I can do the things I enjoy, like watching my shots and my friends shots, and take due care taking my shots and putting, I don't feel rushed, but three hours for a foursome means you have four serious golfers. My golfing is more social so that is unlikely to happen. I play with one guy who takes pace seriously, and we do fine.  If we want to pick up the pace of a group, we play best ball. Maybe the conversations on the tee are because that's where everybody gathers together for the next hole and people like to talk. I like to play golf.
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Golfgirl10543
      Golfgirl10543
      (43 years old)
    2. jkettman
      jkettman
      (28 years old)
    3. old man1953
      old man1953
      (64 years old)
  • Get Great Gear with Amazon