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post #1066 of 1935
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Originally Posted by Achilles_ View Post
I was reading an article in Golf Digest about pro's who recommend a 54 and a 58.

Anyone tried this?

I guess if you are only going to carry 3 wedges that is fine. However, there is a little more of a gap between the PW (~47 degrees) and 54. I feel that ams carry too many woods and/or long irons. Once a person is 190 yds from green, accuracy and distance control goes way down. As a 4 hdcp I feel like I can hit my 19 degree hybrid between 195 and 225 but not with much true control. I would not expect to hit it any specific yardages within that range more than 60%of the time. I also probably hit that club 2 times per round, on mishit long par 4 drives or par 5s that I might be going for in two. The point is that most of ams shots are within 100 yds inc. pitch/chips so I go for more wedges. To each his own though.
post #1067 of 1935
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Originally Posted by Achilles_ View Post
I was reading an article in Golf Digest about pro's who recommend a 54 and a 58.

Anyone tried this?

Yes. I'm currently going with a 54/58 setup, but I'm the most comfortable with my short game...

my 54 covers me from 110 ~ 85 depending on the swing and then the 58 covers the rest of the distance.

poster above is 100% right. many amateurs carry too many woods... I feel as though most amateurs should get rid of their 3 woods... you'll use it maybe once per round. I would keep something like a 4 wood and a 19 degree hybrid to close the distance for par 5's.
post #1068 of 1935
I play a 48, 54, 60 setup. gaps are pretty much even, but then again I play a lot on feel. Wouldnt even know my exact yardages at the moment...
post #1069 of 1935
i recently switched from a 54/58 set up to a 52/60 set up. i went from a 60 and 7 bounce to a 4 - which has screwed me up a little, but my 52 is good from any distance from 120 and below. I tend to use the 60 degree 50 yards and below and its a laser for me, and i can control the spin pretty well. I used to play the 56/60. Debating on taking the 3 iron out to put in a 56 right now, i play a 15 degree 3 wood and a 23 degree hybrid, but rarely use it. one a scoring note, i have been struggling off the tee box the last two rounds, which is weird, maybe im playing too much golf? haha shot 84 and 86
post #1070 of 1935
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Originally Posted by .bishop View Post

Debating on taking the 3 iron out to put in a 56 right now, i play a 15 degree 3 wood and a 23 degree hybrid, but rarely use it.

I have the same setup for hybrid and 3 wood, I ditched the 3 iron and play 48, 52, 56, 60 wedges.
post #1071 of 1935
My old set up for about 5 years, is 15 degree 3 wood, 19 degree hybrid, and 5-LW. I use the 3 wood off of the tee on short par 4s or on 2nd shots on par 5s when I have room for error. I use the hybrid for 195-225 yds by shortening the swing or choking up. My irons cover about 10 yard gaps from 80-195 then I feel my way from less than 85 with a choked LW or short swing SW depending on the trajectory, wind, or uphill/downhill green. I try to mention my handicap (4) only to show I have some experience but my advice/examples may not work for everyone. This recipe works for me and it has taken a lot of years to figure out. I feel like I am fit to my clubs very well and have learned my yardages over the years. I feel it is very important to understand your margin of error, distance and direction, then you will know whether to play safe or go for it. Course management has been huge for me in lowering my hdcp over the years. I played with some guys the other day on a target course where I hit ~3 of 7 drivers per nine and they grabbed driver every time. After a while they watched me then asked about my approach as they recognized I knew the course and was staying out of trouble. My best advice is to talk to people about what works for them, talk to your pro, read golf magazines, and try different things/clubs. Good luck, it is a huge part of the game!
post #1072 of 1935
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Originally Posted by Wolfador View Post
I have the same setup for hybrid and 3 wood, I ditched the 3 iron and play 48, 52, 56, 60 wedges.

i assume your 48 is the PW?

I think I am going to ditch the 3 iron, though I do love it in certain situations. But I feel a 56 would be beneficial between the 52 and 60. I have pretty good control with the 52 though. I do think that having more wedge arsenal is better than more up top.
post #1073 of 1935
I've taken my 3 wood out of my bag. I play a driver and 2 iron. The 47, 53, 56, 60 with my wedges. I've decided I no longer like my Black Nickle Vokey 56 wedge. Think I'm going to go with another Clevelad
post #1074 of 1935
what shape is it in? and how old?
post #1075 of 1935
Its a few years old. In decent shape. has some knicks on the sole and could use a new grip.
post #1076 of 1935
I must admit, I only have two wedges; a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. I'd very much like a 60* lob wedge, but am not allowed to buy any golf clubs until I bring my handicap down 7 strokes (which shouldn't be too hard as it is comically high, and I have learned how to swing a club properly this year).
post #1077 of 1935
Also, on the matter of golf instruction, I've taken lessons in the past and practiced under a pro's supervision, but it wasn't until reading this book that I finally got control of my golf swing.

Tom Watson (8 majors) has reduced the fundamentals of golf to an extremely well illustrated coffee=table book. The first 3 pages of the book were a bit of a revelation. He says two important but under-emphasized principles are finding the bottom of your arc, and maintaining a consistent spine angle from your takeaway through impact. Has anyone else read it?


post #1078 of 1935
i have when i was going through pro college, its pretty good in that it advocates a more basic approach to the swing. I've allways like ernie els his books for that too.

One remark on the maintaining spine angle thing though, a small(ish) dip in the downswing is completely acceptable, and perhaps even unavoidable when going at it full power..
post #1079 of 1935
Yeah you see lot of guys dip their head and torso down a few inches to start the downswing, but then the spine returns back to its normal position at the time of impact. I think its just a natural movement and people don't necessarily do it on purpose.
post #1080 of 1935
dang this must be a sign... someone else told me to read that book as well... as far as wedges go: go scratch. best wedges ever made (i'm a wedge fanatic... i've hit with titleist, calloway, taylormade, mizuno, nike, cleveland, etc. and the best is scratch for sure)
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