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Spin rates on pitch shots 50 yards

Fred C

Recently, while practicing in the "short game area", working on pitch shots from 15 to 85 yards, me and a few friends got to talking about spin. We all know new wedges will provide more spin and the "Spin Milled" grooves also help create more spin. However, perhaps they spin too much on shorter pitch shots, less than 50 yards. For example, I find it easier to control how far a shot flies and let the angle of descent handle more of the stopping power. Conversely, with new wedges, one shot might spin a lot and the next not spin as much, causing a significant differential in proximity to the hole. I'm finding the wedge shots become more consistent as the grooves "soften". What have you all found?

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  1. 19hole

    I would play with new wedges every month if I could. I much prefer the spin from the new wedges. If I need to take a little off, I just dead hand the shot a bit.
  2. richard f

    I sharpen the groves on mine once a fortnight to keep maximum spin
  3. Fred C

    Sharpen? Doesn't that make them illegal? It wasn't that long ago tour pros got busted for their grooves being widened from play, worn out, so to speak. They didn't seem to0 have a problem spinning the ball.
  4. Fred C

    19hole

    I would play with new wedges every month if I could. I much prefer the spin from the new wedges. If I need to take a little off, I just dead hand the shot a bit.

    That may be the point, Rick. Mosst of us acan't afford new wedges that often but also, don't have the "touch" to take spin off. I'm thinking it may be better have a more consistent spin than maximum spin.

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