Are you playing "antique" wedges?
Almost all golfers I run into are playing the same old 52/56/60 wedge combination they have played for years. Those have been the best selling lofts in wedges for nearly two decades. But stop to think about the fact that this combination became “the solution” when almost all irons had a true “pitching wedge” of 48 degrees of loft. So those wedge lofts made lots of sense to keep consistent gaps between them.
But how many sets of irons have you purchased and gone through since you settled on the 52/56/60 combination of wedges long ago? Two? Three?
The fact is that no golf company has made a set of irons with a 48 degree pitching wedge in nearly 15 years! Today’s irons are more likely to have a ‘P-club’ of 44-45 degrees than one of 47 or 48. And that makes your optimum wedge set make-up very different than it was “way back then”. In fact, with the strengthening of iron lofts over the past two decades, you’ve lost a wedge from your bag! The modern “P-club”, with its loft of 44-46 degrees, is just another short iron. You cannot “pitch” the ball with a club of that little loft. At slower swing speeds, it just cannot get the job done.
And if you are still carrying an “old” gap wedge of 52 degrees, you have a full-swing distance break right in “money range” that could be as much as 25 yards . . . maybe even more.
The solution to your scoring starts with a close look at the irons you are playing now. You need to know the loft of your 8-iron, 9-iron and ‘P-club” to put together a precision scoring range combination. You can find out the specs on your irons by doing a Google search of the make model and “specifications”. Only after you know what your irons are all about, can you put together the right combination of wedges to optimize your short range performance.
Once you know the starting point of your optimum scoring clubs, you can see what your ideal lofts should be. If you are an average-strength golfer, differentials of four degrees usually deliver the right results. Longer hitter can often benefit from reducing that to 3 degrees to tighten the full swing gaps. Shorter hitters can get by with wider gaps of 5 degrees. The key is to find out exactly what your “prescription” is, then get wedges to fill it.
Once you do that, many of you are going to find that your optimum set calls for a 49/53/57 and possibly a 61. Or 51/55/59 . . . 50/55/60 . . . 47/52/57 . . . the possible scenarios are almost endless. But your options aren’t. You either have to bend “other” wedges to hit your numbers . . . or see just why our new SCOR4161 offers 21 heads – every loft from 41 to 61 degrees.
I’m sorry if this came out as a “sales pitch” for SCOR4161, but if you understand why we did what we did, you’ll begin to appreciate this revolutionary package of scoring technology.
But you can at least bend someone else’s wedges to get closer to your right prescription than you probably are today.
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Yes, it comes across as a "sales pitch." At least you suggested that the loft of one's clubs be researched and known, before any change. It is a shame that de-lofting is so common to make the less knowledgeable think they are hitting their new irons farther than their old ones. (My original Adams clubs, for example.) However, my current set of Nike ProCombo OS and the newly ordered Titleist AP2 irons are consistent with 47 degree lofts on their PW's. So, maybe it's just the hucksters that need to be watched.
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