Best New Wedges

Find a new club to shave strokes around the green: Golf Digest equipment editor E. Michael Johnson and Ashley Mayo discuss the award-winning wedges on the 2017 Hot List.

Released on 1/30/2017

Transcript

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Mike, there are loft options, finish options,
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outlie options, bounce options, wedges can be
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so overwhelming, how can you enlighten us?
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Well, they are overwhelming, I think the main reason
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being, unlike other full swing clubs,
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you can't get fit for them very often.
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And it's really mind-boggling to me that they don't,
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because when you think about it,
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they're more of a precision club than any
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other club in your bag, save maybe your putter.
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So what you need to understand first
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is what kind of golfer are you?
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Do I have a steep angle of attack, am I more of a sweeper?
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That's gonna help you determine your bounce.
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If you're a little steeper you're probably
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gonna want more bounce, if you're more of a sweeper,
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you're probably gonna want less bounce.
00:43
Companies though, they're offering so many things.
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Cleveland has a muscle-back wedge and a cavity-back wedge
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if you want a little more forgiveness.
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Titleist Vokey SM6, they have five different grinds for you.
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Callaway's Mack Daddy line has a number
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of different options for you,
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and they have different grooves for different lofts.
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It's figuring out what you need out of your wedges,
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and more to the point, what kind of swing you have,
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then either go to a fitter, a golf pro,
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or just someone who's versed in this,
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and they can help steer you in the right direction.
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And I also hear that the region of the country
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that you play in, or the region of the world
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that you play in, you have to take that into consideration.
01:24
Absolutely, turf conditions play a big role.
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Again, firm turf, less bounce.
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You see a lot of tour players, when they go play
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the open championship, that they are asking
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for wedges with less bounce than they normally play.
01:37
A little more lush turf, you want more bounce,
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it's gonna help get in there and get out
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of that turf a little bit faster.
01:44
Great.
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Talking about composition and wedge composition,
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I hear a lot of grumblings about a new kind of setup
01:51
that includes a 50, 54, and 58, right?
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Yeah, if you think about it, if you're an everyday player,
01:57
say you're a 15 handicap, you're gonna hit
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two or three greens around at most.
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That means you are hitting a lot of shots inside 100 yards.
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You need some wrenches to help you make that adjustment.
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So if you just have a pitching wedge and a sand wedge,
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you're kidding yourself, it's just futile
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to try to play golf that way.
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I think a good rule of thumb is a four degree gap.
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So if you have a pitching wedge which is around
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46 degrees most of the time, a 50, a 54, and a 58,
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it's gonna give you a lot of weapons inside of 100 yards.
02:30
Great, and if I'm kind of toiling with my whole setup,
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my bag, and I have to make a decision,
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do I take out a wood or do I take out a wedge?
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How do I go about answering that?
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I think it's a very simple math equation.
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You look at your bag and say, how often do I use
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this club during a round and how valuable is it to me?
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And you're gonna come to a conclusion pretty quickly
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that probably an extra fairway wood.
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If you have a three and a five wood,
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take them both out, put a four wood in the middle,
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you've saved yourself a club
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and you really haven't hurt yourself at all.
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So more attention with the short game,
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and less attention to the long game.
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As much as humanly possible, 'cause the short game
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is where you're really saving on the strips.
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