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I finally made a purchase of a new wedge. I bought a Vokey 60/08 because it was onsale for 90. Anyways I now need to figure out which wedge to drop. I currently carry a PW (not sure on loft its a king cobra II oversize) Gap wedge 50 degree, and I was carrying a 58 degree sand, should I use my new lw out of the sand, or keep all four. I could drop my 3 iron, since I carry a 3 hybrid, and I only carry two woods, driver+3. So I currently have 16 clubs in my bag I think. 3-GW, SW,LW,driver,3-w,putter,hybrid. So I'm probably going to end up droping the 3iron, and eventually I'll get a 54 degree loft wedge, and drop the GW+Sand, but I'm not sure as of right now.
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I think carrying 4 wedges is the way forward. I carry 4 and have dropped the 3 iron! 48, 52, 56, 60 is what i like to have in the bag!

You can use the lob wedge out of bunkers but 8 degrees of bounce is quite low for bunker shots, i think anyway!
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You can carry 3 or 4 wedges, that is up to you. What you have and don't want is a big gap between wedges, and two lofts being too close together. Your PW is most likely 47 or 48 degrees. So in your bag now you have 48, 50, 58, and 60. Your PW and 50* wedges are too close to one another the gap wedge should be at least 52*. Your sand and lob wedges are also too close together. Your sand wedge should be 56*. So my suggestion would be get your wedges bent so if you carry 4 they are: 48, 52, 56,and 60. Or if you carry 3 wedges they are 48, 54, and 60.
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I carry 4 wedges and a 3 iron. I'd suggest getting rid of the sand and replacing it with a 54, while either dropping your 3 hybrid or 3 iron (whichever one you don't hit as well). That way you'd have 45-ish, 50, 54, 60.

If you want to be cheap, just have your 58 bent two degrees strong. Same thing as a 56.

(My wedges are 45, 52, 56, and 60. I still haven't figured out how to fill that gap without 1) opening another gap or 2) getting five wedges.)
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You can carry 3 or 4 wedges, that is up to you. What you have and don't want is a big gap between wedges, and two lofts being too close together. Your PW is most likely 47 or 48 degrees. So in your bag now you have 48, 50, 58, and 60. Your PW and 50* wedges are too close to one another the gap wedge should be at least 52*. Your sand and lob wedges are also too close together. Your sand wedge should be 56*. So my suggestion would be get your wedges bent so if you carry 4 they are: 48, 52, 56,and 60. Or if you carry 3 wedges they are 48, 54, and 60.

I agree. You need to find out the loft of your PW. The lofts are pretty close now and you have a huge gap between you GW and SW. I have a similar problem right now. My PW is 45, my GW is 50 and my SW/LW is 58. I am going to pick up a 54 to fill that spot.

You also mentioned that you carry a 3 hybrid and a 3 iron. Do you use both?
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You can carry 3 or 4 wedges, that is up to you. What you have and don't want is a big gap between wedges, and two lofts being too close together. Your PW is most likely 47 or 48 degrees. So in your bag now you have 48, 50, 58, and 60. Your PW and 50* wedges are too close to one another the gap wedge should be at least 52*. Your sand and lob wedges are also too close together. Your sand wedge should be 56*. So my suggestion would be get your wedges bent so if you carry 4 they are: 48, 52, 56,and 60. Or if you carry 3 wedges they are 48, 54, and 60.

Not necessarily. My Cobra PW is 45°. the GW is 50°. I think he needs to drop the 58°.... it's too close to the 60° he just bought. He needs something in the 55° - 56° range to balance the gap between all of his wedges... that would seem to be the quickest way to go now. Mine are 45°, 50° and 56°... I don't carry a 60°.

But then he still needs to figure out another couple of clubs to drop to get down to the legal 14...
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Just be careful when/if you 'bend' your wedges. If you bend and 'de-loft' (i.e. 58 to 56) you lose bounce. I think for every 2 degrees of loft change in either direction you lose/gain 1 degree of bounce.

This can be something that can affect your sand play... if you lose too much bounce, say from 12 degrees to 10, it may not perform very well in fluffy sand. So sorry to add further confusion, but you should get your bounce checked as well.

In my opinion a sand wedge should have at least 12 degrees of bounce to help you out of the sand that much easier.
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Figure out how FAR you hit those clubs and then make your decision, simply finding out the loft on your PW will not necessarily help you.

I use to carry 4 wedges, but dropped the 60deg to make room for a 19 degree hybrid. I just wasn't as good as I thought I was with my 60 degree, barely ever hit it in the fairway, just used it for certain chips. Can make those same chips with my SW, with more confidence.

I agree with 4putt, no point in having a 58 and a 60, although then the question of proper bounce for sand shots comes into play. Decisions, decisions.
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I find out your distances. I enjoy the 4 wedges in my bag!

LW - 50 Yards (60 Degrees)
SW - 75 Yards (57 Degrees)
GW - 100 Yards ( 52 Degrees)
PW - 125 Yards (48 Degrees)

I can hit them 20 yards further or less with half swings full swings etc
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Figure out how FAR you hit those clubs and then make your decision, simply finding out the loft on your PW will not necessarily help you. I use to carry 4 wedges, but dropped the 60deg to make room for a 19 degree hybrid. I just wasn't as good as I thought I was with my 60 degree, barely ever hit it in the fairway, just used it for certain chips. Can make those same chips with my SW, with more confidence. I agree with 4putt, no point in having a 58 and a 60, although then the question of proper bounce for sand shots comes into play. Decisions, decisions.

I could not agree with this more. I am dropping my 60 degree wedge as well. I have a 47 deg PW, 51 GW, 56 SW and used to carry a 60 LWwith 8 deg bounce. I found myself using it less and less as I can make all of the shot with my 56 SW when needed. Choking down on club, moving ball from back foot to front, etc. I have had more confidence sticking with the 56 vs having one more option with the 60, a club that I had to always worry about lie, length of rough, thick zoysia vs Bermuda etc. I ended up carrying an extra hybrid instead or sometimes depending on course, just having a lighter bag with one less club. :-D

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I think you check the bounce for your playing conditions and decide when to carry the 58 or the 60. I like your thinking in general. And I couldn't agree more with people who are more dialed in on the distance than perhaps what the loft says. My old set , I got new irons with very different lofts and that changed the wedge makeup 43 p wedge 50 gap wedge 56 sand wedge 60 lob wedge New set 46 p wedge 56 sand wedge 60 log wedge 64 super lob wedge. (Really is) Now the first set seems like a better spread right? Well my new pitching wedge I find easier to play a knock down or 3/4 swing. Result, I don't need the 50 very often. Analyzing the distances, there is a distance right at 115 yards that is a little clumsy for me. But I am very happy playing less than a full wedge at 120, and a 56 at 110. So that 10 degree spread doesn't hurt at all, and that is what allowed me to put the 64 degree in for tight chips around the green.
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