March 21, 2020 at 05:52 PM
By David ARK
David ARKSayville, NY
Looking for some fitting advice. Looking to upgrade to the SM8. The 54.08m grind has been my go to for years. Wanted to get one in the SM8 however that’s not an option anymore. The m grind has been my favorite grind forever. I have a 50.08f gap and 60.08m lob which I’m comfortable upgrading. So, do I get the 54.10s like the wedge selector suggests? Do I get a 56.08m and bend it strong to 1 degree to 55.09 to split the difference? Any advice? With the current state of the world, going for a fitting is not an option for a while and I don’t want to wait till the majority of the season is over. Thanks for any advice! Wish Cathi was still around, she was always my go to for these types of questions.
Doug EUrbana, MD
Mike MSalem MA
March 25, 2020 at 04:34 PM
I am a steeper swinger myself, with my wedges and short irons. I take thin, dollar-bill-sized divots most of the time on my full wedge shots (through about 8i). My home course has generally medium conditions as far as turf and sand firmness go, but certainly we have periods where things get very firm, as well as periods where they get quite soft. I never had a problem using my 54.10S in any firmness, and so far the 54.12D has not been any different. We have had both very soft and very firm conditions since my new SM8 wedges were put in the bag.
What I HAVE noticed with the 54.12D is the ease of chipping with a slight open face, compared to going mostly square-faced as I more often did with the 54 S grind. More of a quicker-stopping pitchip-style than bump and run type of shot. Though I can still bump and run just fine with the D when I so choose.
Unless you typically hit it fat due to something lacking in your swing mechanics, I seriously doubt you would have a problem with the D grind. It's nearly the same as the M grind you already like and trust in your 58.08. (If your swing mechanics are off or very inconsistent, it probably won't matter which grind or how much bounce you have.)
The more you open a wedge, the more the grind and bounce come into play. So, if you play most of your open-faced shots around the green with your 58, it sounds like opening the face will be less likely for you with the 54. (IMO, a touch of openness can be quite helpful from certain lies or for various terrain considerations.) Yet, for open-faced greenside bunker shots, the 54D probably gives you a better option than the 54S did.
There's my 2 cents.
gary hTorrance, CA
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