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What club do you use for 50-80 yards in?


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I carry a 50*, 54*, and 58* wedge setup. I hit the 54* around 95-100 with a full swing. The 60-70 yard shots always leaving me trying to decide between the sw and lw.  Usually go with the sw because the low bounce lw is a bit easier to screw up and hit a little fat or thin. Curious to hear what people tend to use in the range.

On a follow up note, if you don't use the lw for these short approaches, what's really the use of the club?  Thinking I might be better served with something in between my 3w and 3 hybrid instead.

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From about 100 yes I use my pitching wedge initial about 60 yds when I choke down on my sand wedge and play a pitch shot! They come off most times and are low risk unlike the lob wedge which is quick easy to shank"
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Depends. If it's in the fairway and an unguarded green, a half PW for me goes about 55 yards. A half 9-iron goes about 65, and I can hit half an 8-iron about 75, or I can hit most of a sand wedge that distance. Why require it to be a wedge when an easy shot with another club will do just fine?
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Mind giving some examples? Anything from straightforward (little wind, even lie to a green at the same elevation), into elevated greens, etc.

If the pin is in the back and there's an upslope, it could be a 7I bump and run into the hill.

If the pin is tucked over a bunker, and I want to fly it just past the pin and have it stop quickly, a LW.

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Some people I play with don't use a LW for anything more than a half-swing shot. But, they use it effectively inside 40 yds.

I had a 46* PW, along with your 50 - 54 - 58 setup for about a season and a half. Last summer I dumped the 54 and 58 for a high-bounce 56* SW. The 54 didn't always get me out of the trap cleanly, and I had distance control problems with the 58.

Also note that I'm 63 years old. I was hitting greenside cut shots with a SW for 20 years before the LW showed up.

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If the pin is in the back and there's an upslope, it could be a 7I bump and run into the hill.

If the pin is tucked over a bunker, and I want to fly it just past the pin and have it stop quickly, a LW.

These are exactly my thoughts.  The wind direction and pin placement are the key deciding factors.

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Depends on the variables of the specific shot, but I generally play this with a 60 degree wedge. I adjust the length of my swing with the distance and try to not go after it in order to control spin.

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