My "A" wedge is 50* and looks and feels like a "set" club. I can hit it 80-115 yards no problem. I can even choke down on it and finesse it 50 - 60 yards. When I grab my sand wedge MD3 54 * , No way I try to hit it more than 70 yards . Its so different for only being 4* steeper. I see tour players hitting wedges 120 yards and barely swinging ?? . Someone tell me how to use this club for more than little chips and sand shots please. Im on the bench right now and have time to think about all my short comings and this is #1 on my list.
You don't have as big a problem with your wedges as you think. Wedges are designed for short precise accuracy, not distance. If you hit your A wedge, 50*, 80-115 yards and your sand wedge, 54*, 70 yards but you can finesse your A wedge shorter distances, sounds good to me. Your 54* wedge is designed for close to the pin from lies in the greenside bunkers, just off the green any where from 1 to 70 yards. My wedges, PW - 100 - 110, AW - 85-95, SW (54*) 70 -75 and 58* 60. I never use my 58 other than green side bunker - level lies to pin 10 yards or less or unusual lies in thick collars around greens. I use the 54 for 70 % of green side chipping 15 yards from edge of green in, and pitch shots 50 to 15 yards in. I hardly ever use a full swing with the 54 for a 70 yard shot unless it is to get it over a tree which only happens rarely. For shots over 50 yards out to 85, I use my A wedge. It is just a lot more reliable and easier to use with less than full swings than trying to max out the same yardage with a SW. I think more players should spend about 75% of their practice time with the short game, 100 yards and in, and 25% on the range, 100 yards on out.
@CarlT9704 I agree with you on the practice designation to wedge play for sure ! It just bugs me how the big boys can just hit a 60* 100 yards and swing so under control and easy. If I try to hit my 54 * a 100 yards.....I have to step on it pretty good and therefore I have zero swing control. Im gonna work on it. Ball 1st contact is hard to make myself do. Its like i hit the ground and the ball at the same time so Im losing distance and spin. 100% commitment to ball 1st contact is difficult for me. Im like Sir Skully sometimes , haha.
@RickM @CarlT9704 Rick, CarlT's post is great. I know it's a few months downstream, but I just started going through some of the topics in the Community. I ran across a fabulous article by Jordan Speith that ran in the January 2015 issue of Golf magazine on how to hit the 'one hop and stop wedge' that you always hear the golf commentators talk about. You should look it up. It is really easy to execute and the article is very clear. I use it now for many shots under 100 yards in to the green. I use 56, 60 & 64 degree Mac Daddy PM grind wedges and Apex PW. You'll have to practice with each of the different wedges you use to see what yardage to use each one for. I use this shot with PW for around 70-90 yards, 56 for 45-60+ yards, 60 for 35-45 yards, and 64 for those shots where you are severely short-sided. Even use it with 9 iron sometimes for shots a little longer than that. Last year or so have holed out at least once with all of the wedges and had several tap-ins with each as well since learning that shot.
@RickM Rick. Regarding the Sir Skully with wedges, you might take a look at where the bottom of your swing is. Sounds like you could be playing those shots a little too far forward in your stance. Try moving ball back about 1/2", no more, in your stance and putting a little more weight on front foot. I'm also a big fan of Phil's hinge and hold method for chips and pitches around the green. Almost never skull one over the green.
@RickM I have been working with my instructor on the short game and he actually suggested using a lower loft club than I think I need around the greens and making a smaller motion. I (like many) tend to grab the highest loft around the greens. In practice, I can easily hit nearly all short game pitches with my 50* wedge. The only place I really need more loft is when I am short sided.
Wedges are important to get fitted for, bounce and grind are very important. Some people dig a little and some grinds or bounces will cause you to dig more instead of properly swinging through. Same with some clubs have too much bounce causing poor contact for some people. I’m guessing your 50* and 54* are different grinds and bounces. Better players also will order wedges with matches shafts to their irons and not accept a “wedge flex”, swinging harder with a wedge flex is like trying to kill a drive with a lady shaft in it. For myself I like when the front flange or grind of the wedges is rounded towards the edges and slimmed in the canter with only an 8-10* bounce. But if you go to vokey site you can see every tour player that uses vokey and which club style they uses including different grinds and bounces from 6* to 14* bounce. Every player has a little different swing and something different works for each of them, lie is also very important in wedges, the club needs to rest flat or the face will adjust at impact.