2020 Goals Set!
- Oct 11, 2018
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I used to try to "pick" the ball out of the sand too! One thing that helped me learn and be comfortable with taking a longer swing and blasting the ball out of the sand, was I purchased a Cleveland Smart Sole wedge last year. It really was easy using that club. Then, I transitioned to the Equalizers and have had great results ever since.I was able to play three rounds with
@JB's my new 50/54/60 Equalizer wedges last week and for those who may not recall, they are shafted with Recoil 780 F4 Smacwrap shafts. The first 9 with them was a learning experience since they are a completely different set up from my RTX4 set, but once I got the timing down, I was on it again.
My initial thoughts are that these wedges are really, really easy to elevate. From a crispy lie they are almost automatic frankly. I have struggled the most with my 60 lately, and over the these last few rounds the Hogan 60 was my wedge of choice. With the graphite shaft, I am getting more distance with my 60 (about 75 yards) on full swings, but still have a ton of feel for those green side touch shots that need to get up and down over trouble. BHG nailed the v-sole design on these.
As someone who tends to be a "picker" from the sand, I am still having a bit of trouble getting comfortable with these wedges compared to my RTX4 set, which has a more rounded trailing edge and a slightly lower profile shape in the sole. I think with a bit of practice and a small change in technique I should be more comfortable with them.
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My initial thought are that these wedges are a phenomenal choice for anyone who, like me, struggles with a consistent wedge game. They have a big face and the weight placement really helps promote acceleration of head through the ball, a common new golfer trouble point.
I’d rather them learn how to be versatile, they can hit all the shots they need with their SW, they just have to learn how. A LW becomes a crutch.I am starting to get these wedges dialed in and boy are they fun. The Recoil shaft combo is awesome. It allows the ball to get up in a hurry but gives you a ton of feel on touch shots. I have been shocked at how easy the 60 is to hit.
@Jman I know you mentioned in a thread a long time ago that a lot of your HS players aren't allowed to hit a 60 until they show a certain level of proficiency. Have you thought about having some of those borderline players try these wedges? As someone who struggles with wedge play, I am not sure I have found an easier to hit wedge. I love the RTX4, and they certainly generate more spin and allow more versatility with manipulating the club head and ball flight, but these Equalizers are point and shoot from just about any condition, especially the rough.
I agree with all of this. When I first got my set, I was a bit apprehensive that the Recoil 780 ES shafts were so much lighter than my prior set (87g vs 130g). During my first round with them, I struggled. But after a range session, I dialed them in and they have been as close to automatic for me as could be. In each of my last three rounds, I have either holed out or hit the stick at least once. The touch I have with them with the lighter shafts has been awesome.Still say, these are one of the most underrated wedges out there. Great feel, great look and the performance is outstanding. "Point and shoot" would be the best way for me to describe them. My 50 and 56 have the DBM finish and over the course of using them for a year it has held up very well, little to no noticeable wear at all!