Grinds on Vokey SM4's

Hey TT, I am looking at buying a new set of Vokey SM4 wedges. I am most likely going to go 50-08, 54-11 bent to 55-12, and 60-10

But I am curious about the grinds on the wedges, mainly the M-grind on the 54-11 and the 60-10. I am more of a driver/digger type of player. So is the M-grind versatile for most players or do you think it would fit my driver/digger type of swing. Also, I have heard that the M-grind digs more around the greens and on full shots, is this true? If it is, do you think that is something I should have to worry about since I have a digger/driver type of swing? Any help or recommendations would be appreciated.

 

Connor.

Connor I.

Hey TT, I am looking at buying a new set of Vokey SM4 wedges. I am most likely going to go 50-08, 54-11 bent to 55-12, and 60-10

But I am curious about the grinds on the wedges, mainly the M-grind on the 54-11 and the 60-10. I am more of a driver/digger type of player. So is the M-grind versatile for most players or do you think it would fit my driver/digger type of swing. Also, I have heard that the M-grind digs more around the greens and on full shots, is this true? If it is, do you think that is something I should have to worry about since I have a digger/driver type of swing? Any help or recommendations would be appreciated.

 

Connor.

I have those two wedges, both bent 1* strong.  I recently acquired the 54-11 and found it actually slid better in soft sand vs the 52-12.   I've been using the 60-10 for greenside bunkers for a year now and it has saved quite a few pars with tight pin position.   You do have to play a digging style off tight lies or hard bunkers.  I've been exercising the 54-11 for over a month now and played one round of golf with it.  I actually have an easier time on tight lies with the 60-10 vs the 64-07 (which has a T grind).  My style of wedge play is "shotmaker" because I use the digging or sliding style depending on conditions. 

The 58-12 has an M grind .  It is great out of soft sand but has way too much bounce for firm conditions.  It plays about like an Eye 2 lob wedge.  If someone wanted to play old skool, bending it to 57 might be ideal.

Can't say enough about the 54-11 and 60-10.  I chose the 60-10 based on past history with the SM2 60-07 and SM c-c 62-07.  The SM2 was horrible in soft sand.  I chose the 60-10 because it does the same as both the 58-04 and 62-07 and bent it to 59 for a little more roll.

Don't forget, when you make a club stronger or weaker, you also alter the bounce. More bounce is better in softer, fluffier conditions, low bounce is better in firmer/tight conditions. It all depends on the course(s) you play as well and what you're looking for, say, around the greens, from the fairway...do you want your ball to stop quickly, or do you prefer a little roll out. There's all sorts of variables when it comes to choosing the best wedges for your game. Getting fit for your wedges is just as important as getting fit for any other club. 

Fortunately for me, I have places of varying conditions I can practice at.   Miramar's pitching greens have tight fairways and hard sand.  Admiral Baker has two practice bunkers, one with wet sand and the other with soft sand (the clubhouse practice green has tight lies around it and the driving range area has grassy pitching and chipping conditions). 

The only thing I have been toying with in my short game since about 2009 is my lob and x wedge setup.   The sand wedge has been established as 53-55* with 11-12* bounce to match the loft of the PW (53 with a 45* wedge and 55 with a 47* wedge)..   I used a 64 wedge between 2006-2011 and now I am back with it.  For lob wedges, I've played 58-12 to 62-07, finally arriving at 59-09 for a wide variety of conditions.  I don't carry a gap wedge because I get more proficient with the PW and SW.