How to space my wedges?

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Keano26


I am in my second year of golfing, 23, and I normally shoot in the 80s. I have the AP1s 4-9 irons and 46*, 52* and  60* Vokey wedges. I hit my 46* between 115 and 125yds, my 52* between 95-105yds and my 60* anything below 95yds; however, I really have to hit the ball right on the nose with my 52* in order to fill that gap (105yds) between my 46 and 60.

So my question is, am I okay with a 8 degree difference between my 52 and 60? Is a 56* necessary? Or a 50*? My wedges are definitely the most consistent part of my game, but keep second-guessing myself having nothing between the 52 and 60. Should I revamp my wedge selection into something like 50, 54, and 58?

Jeff L


I personally am a "feely"  type of wedge player. I understand that the "golf by numbers" approach works well for many players, many of them are on tour.  I will tell you you could do alot worse than to go with his advice. However, you should know the answer to your question better than anyone. Do YOU truly feel that you need to fill that gap? I used to play 56* and 60* wedges after my PW.  That left me with a terrible gap that I found I had consistency trouble with. Another manufacturer's web site has a wedge fitter system. It told me that if I wanted to keep the same number of wedges and optimize my yardage gaps, to try 54* and 58*.  I tried their advice. I bought Vokey wedges in those lofts, but only after trying it first. You know your game the best. You seem to be playing respectable golf. If you feel that a change is necessary, then I would encourage you to do so. But do not "mess up a good thing" just because some "expert" says you should. Many people are nothing more than "equipment whores" , and many experts are trying to sell you something. That being said, I would have a problem playing your current set up. Consider a change, but don't drink an expert's koolaid with trying it first at your local range at least.   

Lou G


Keano26

I am in my second year of golfing, 23, and I normally shoot in the 80s. I have the AP1s 4-9 irons and 46*, 52* and  60* Vokey wedges. I hit my 46* between 115 and 125yds, my 52* between 95-105yds and my 60* anything below 95yds; however, I really have to hit the ball right on the nose with my 52* in order to fill that gap (105yds) between my 46 and 60.

So my question is, am I okay with a 8 degree difference between my 52 and 60? Is a 56* necessary? Or a 50*? My wedges are definitely the most consistent part of my game, but keep second-guessing myself having nothing between the 52 and 60. Should I revamp my wedge selection into something like 50, 54, and 58?

I have an AP1 PW, SM4 52-12 (bent to 51*) and 60-10 (bent to 59*).  This just about approaches an old school setup, given than 9 irons used to be 45-48*, PW were around 50-52 and SW were 57-59.

I hit my PW about 110, my 52 around 95-100 and my 60 about 70 yards.  I can completely grip down on the 52 and hit it between 75-80.   My choked full swing shot with the PW is 90 yards and my full pitch is 80 (if I fully choke down I hit 60 yards).   I seldom hit full golf shots (square stance full swing).

You can also choke down on your PW 1/2" (about halfway down the grip) or so to hit it 105 yards and if you fully choke down, you have 95 yards.  The only hole with your PW is between ~80-95 yards (assuming your full pitch is 80). 

Check out Dave Pelz' website about distance control with wedges. 

Keano26


Michael, Jeff and Lou:

  Thank you all for your advice. I found myself choking down with my 46* and taking 75% swings, and 50% swings (just a different wording of the clockwise idea Michael was suggesting). Lou, my yardage with my PW, 52 and 60 are very similar to yours, so I can also relate with what you're saying. I am in NY, so unfortunately, I have to wait until the end of March or so to get on the course. I'll definitely take all of your advice into consideration. Now only if I could putt!!!

Eric S


I would probably try a 56 degree, and I would suggest maybe an SM4.

Hope it helps!