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Could anyone please help me with a proper wedge degree selection?  I am looking for something I can hit a little more full with around 50 yards instead of relying on a 1/2 to 3/4 swing. My current wedges are a nike vrsx pw (44) aw (48) sw (54). I was thinking of a 60 or 58 not sure what to go with. Thanks for any and all feedback. 

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11 hours ago, Vinchenzo561 said:

Could anyone please help me with a proper wedge degree selection?  I am looking for something I can hit a little more full with around 50 yards instead of relying on a 1/2 to 3/4 swing. My current wedges are a nike vrsx pw (44) aw (48) sw (54). I was thinking of a 60 or 58 not sure what to go with. Thanks for any and all feedback. 

If you want to add a wedge to that set up, I would go with a 58. It is versatile as both a lob and short game wedge and will work out of the sand when you really need height. It may go farther than the 50 yards you are looking for in a full swing though depending on how far you hit the 54.

That being said, keep working on the 1/2 and 3/4 swings. Once you get the technique down, those will be far more accurate than a full swing with a higher lofted club. The key is too swing your normal full swing speed with only a short backswing. Also, play with ball position to vary trajectory. Because your feet are close together, moving forward or back a ball width can really change the height of the shot.

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@boogielicious @ShotShySheriff Sorry guys I worded that wrong. I am looking to hit about a 3/4 swing to get that distance. My current distance is 100-105 (54) 115-120 (48) 125-130 (44) full swings. Not sure about my club speed.  @vangator I kind of like that 73 degree lol. 

 

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If you are looking to hit 50 yrds with a 3/4 swing you are going to have to go super low. Assuming you are launching your 54 at around 35 ish degrees and with 8000 spin then your ball speed is around 85mph.

Id hazard a guess that your ball speed for 64 degree would be around 75mph. Stick that with say 9000 spin and a launch angle of around 39 degree then your full carry would be around 85 yrds with a full swing. A 3/4 swing would still be too much for a 64 degree.

73 degree by the way, lets say launch angle around 41, spin around 9500, ball speed around 58mph, full carry would be 73 yards, so 3/4 wouldnt massively be off 50 ish yards, but still over. But you should be able to work it out based on knowing your 3/4 carry of the clubs you currently have. That or go and test some in a shop. :)

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I play with 4 wedges.  Iron set has 45 and 50 degree PW and gap wedge.  I also carry a 54 and 58 degree wedges.  The yardages with the wedges are 110, 100, 90 and 80 respectively.  Anything inside 80 and the 58 degree is my 'go-to' wedge and shorten the swing to gauge distance.  Greenside rough and bunker shots the 58 degree is used almost exclusively. Plus, I can turn the 58 into a 64 degree wedge by open up the blade.  I really don't see much need for a really high-loft wedge that full-on only goes 50-60 yards.

What I DO try to do is keep myself away from the 30-60 yard 'tweener' shots because they are difficult to hit without practicing them regularly.

Longer, flat pitch shots I'll hit with PW down to 8 iron depending on lie and rollout area.  Lot's of shots needed for that 100 yards and closer real estate.

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Thanks guys for all the feedback. I am pretty decent around the 50/60 yrd with my 54 I just want to be a little more aggressive and hit a higher soft shot. I have been looking at the Callaway mack daddy PM in 58/60 with a 10 bounce and the Cleveland 588. I will just have to go test them to see what results I get. Thanks again it is much appreciated. 

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I would go with the 58, because my half swing of my 56 is around 70-75 yards normally. I would either go with a Titleist Vokey, Mizuno MP-T5 or Cleveland 588 because those three companies are iron and wage companies, at least somewhat.

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5 hours ago, Vinchenzo561 said:

@boogielicious @ShotShySheriff Sorry guys I worded that wrong. I am looking to hit about a 3/4 swing to get that distance. My current distance is 100-105 (54) 115-120 (48) 125-130 (44) full swings. Not sure about my club speed.  @vangator I kind of like that 73 degree lol. 

3/4 swing from 50 yards? Hmmm... good question... with your 54° going 100-105 with a full swing, 3/4 would be about 90, 1/2 about 75-80, So in order to get a 3/4 swing wedge 50 yards, you'd need a full swing club that goes 60-65... 

Personally, 50 yards is one of the toughest if not the toughest partial full swing motion shot in golf...

I think you would be served well with a 58° wedge, and working on dialing down your distances.

If I am 50 yards from the stick, i sometimes will hit a chippy 9i other times I will hit a 54° pitch shot, some times its a waist high to waist high 58°... it depends on the situation.

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6 hours ago, Vinchenzo561 said:

@boogielicious @ShotShySheriff Sorry guys I worded that wrong. I am looking to hit about a 3/4 swing to get that distance. My current distance is 100-105 (54) 115-120 (48) 125-130 (44) full swings. Not sure about my club speed.  @vangator I kind of like that 73 degree lol. 

 

I think I'd like it a lot too.  They were selling for a little over $100 when I checked last year.  I have a 68* wedge, but it doesn't have any bounce.  I'd like a club with some bounce for those pitch shots.  The 68* I use for chip shots where I want little roll.  However, it is risky to hit a wedge very far without any bounce.  You are asking for chunk shots when they dig in.

I also saw an 80* wedge on some site a while ago as well.  That or the 73* might be just the thing for the shot for some of those awkward lies. 

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Thanks for all the help and suggestions everyone. I made a list of wedges I will be trying out this weekend the list is.

Titleist vokey sm5, Callaway mack daddy phil Mickelson, Cleveland 588 rxt 2.0, nike vr forged and the Mizuno mp-t5.

If there are any others you would suggest I test please let me know.  Thanks again everyone. 

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Well fella's I have found the wedge for me today. I went to the local store and hit 4 out of the 5 on my list. I walked out the door with one that was not on my list here it is.IMG_3206.thumb.JPG.d23389ed999470fae62cc

I did start out with the 58 but it went a little further than I preferred. Here is a look at my stats I got some major spin using a callaway chrome soft. Aim was a little off but not too much a few more range session and this baby will be dialed in.IMG_3205-1.thumb.JPG.654bdc75c6819796887

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On February 22, 2016 at 6:46 AM, Vinchenzo561 said:

@boogielicious @ShotShySheriff Sorry guys I worded that wrong. I am looking to hit about a 3/4 swing to get that distance. My current distance is 100-105 (54) 115-120 (48) 125-130 (44) full swings. Not sure about my club speed.  @vangator I kind of like that 73 degree lol. 

 

My vote would be a 58. Extremely versatile club and will be perfect for what you are after. 

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