How do you set the gaps in your clubs, where do you set them and which end of the bag is most important?
For most of us...I would guess...we buy a set of irons and accept whatever gaps are in them from the factory. So, on average it's going to PW-5 or 4 or 3, with roughly 10 yards between clubs.
Do you get 3 extra wedges...52/56/60...to cover the yardages from 120ish and in?
Do you do 2 extra wedges and have multiple long irons/hybrids to cover the longer distances?
Do you worry more about precise gaps in the 100 yard and in?
Do you care more about having longer clubs that will cover yardages over 200?
I tend to carry more wedges to cover the shorter yardages. However, I seldom hit my 52*. I'm beginning to think I should combine my 52* & 56* into a 54* and add one of the new 18* UTs or maybe a Heavenwood.
Just trying to get some discussions going since its too cold to go hit balls during lunch today.
My Iron yardages 3 - PW are between 12 and 14 yards gapping. 1/2 inch long...
I play Driver and 4+ wd Carry yardage around 245 - 250 off the deck.
My PW is 47 degrees then I carry a 50* 54* 58* and 64* Wedge I don't have too worry about missing to many yardages inside of 150 yards.
I have always thought that you should have 5 clubs inside of 150 yards. depending on the course I'm playing I'll drop either the 3i or the 64* so that i'm not over the 14 allowed.
Basic golf 101 for approach shots to the green with your scoring irons would be your 8 up to your highest wedge. You are not looking for distance but pin point accuracy and the carry distance. Forget about roll out as that differs with the situation of your approach. My XR set has my PW at 44*, AW at 49*, MD3 54* and Ping Tour 58*. When you use these scoring irons you are not swinging out of your shoes but swinging to make solid ball contact and to stay in control. On the other end of the spectrum starting with my driver which is for distance with accuracy not as important as your scoring irons (you do want to stay in the fairway), 3W, 2H, 4H, 5H, 6 - 7 iron. See above for the approach irons.
I'm not that good with the longer clubs, so I focus on the shorter ones. Right now I'm carrying a driver, 5 wood(can't hit a 3 wood well), 3,4,5 hybrids, 6-9 irons, 45* PW,49* AW, 54* and 60* wedges. Sometimes substitute a 7 wood for the 3 hybrid.
At the longest end of the bag, and the shortest end of the bag, I'm thinking about what clubs I need to execute certain shots on the course - not necessarily a specific yardage I want to hit. That's because I'm very rarely thinking about hitting a stock 3 or 5W onto a green, or a full lob wedge. I'm more worried about gapping between my hybrid and gap wedge - I want consistent and tight enough gaps between all clubs that I'm likely to be trying to hit a green with from the fairway with a full swing. So I want to know for sure that my 7i carries 164, and my gap wedge carries 105, but for my sand/lob wedges I'm more interested in the sole grind, bounce, trajectory of shots, etc. than exact carry distance. Same for my 3/5w where I just want to know that they go far enough, and then beyond that it's just about being comfortable with them from the tee or the fairway.
So I guess to answer your question, I focus most on gaps in the middle of the bag, and then add clubs around them if I think there's a shot it could help me with. I'm least concerned with gaps at the top. It usually doesn't add up to 14 clubs, so I have some room to play with:
On my wedges I have 50 with 10 deg bounce. 54 w/10 deg. 56w/ 14 deg. and 58 w/ 8 deg. ..............50 and 54 are for 120 yds and in. 56 is for bunkers. 58 is for tight lies around green so I can spin it on a dime and stop it.
Here's my setup:
D - 10.5
3W - 15
3H - 19
4H - 22
5H - 25
6 I - 26.5
7 I - 30.5
8 I - 34.5
9 I - 39
PW - 44
AW - 49.5
W - 54
W - 58
For yardages 200 plus, I only have a 3 wood. Most of the time, at that yardage I'll hit one of my hybrids to a safe place and wedge in from there. On Par 5 holes with a lake/pond near the green, I usually layup to a yardage short of the water.Only if there is no real trouble will I just hit the 3 wood to try and get it close.
The gap between my clubs is 10-15 yds, depending on the lie. Probably rely on the hybrids more often when conditions call for a more piercing and high lofted shot to an elevated green. I just added two MD 3 wedges late last year, replacing my lob wedge and 5 wood. Use the 54 out of the bunkers unless the pin is real close than I'll use the 58. Still getting comfortable with full shots on those wedges from 75 yards and in. From inside 100 yds, I still use the PW or AW and either choke down an inch, take a less than full swing or a combo of both. I find that I'm a feel player from those distances, so that's why I haven't just gone to a full shot with the 54 or 58.
I find that at the end of the round, I've hit every club in the bag, so that lets me know I've got a pretty good setup for my game right now.