I was curious, so I just compared my gamers from the mid 90's, Hogan Edge GCD irons... to the Callaway Epic 2017 set I have. The Hogan's I had as a set with 2i - PW. If I compare the Edge GCD 3 iron, through the PW, it is within 1 degree of loft or the same loft, iron for iron, for the 4 iron through AW of the Callaway set. Essentially, older 3i - PW set lofts = current 4i - AW set lofts. Current sets are a full club stronger in loft.Set composition is changing from 3-PW to 4-GW/AW but the lofts are getting stronger. My new 4i is almost the same loft as my old Apex Pro 3i and I hit the new 4i a touch longer. It's a wash. It's all just numbers on a club head. Distance gap should dictate set makeup regardless of what number is printed on the head.
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Same. I want continuity of feel and look as in get more to my scoring clubs.Set for me. For simple reasons.
- Have a lot of full swing gap wedge shots typically
- Gapping is more difficult/requires more clubs for me without it
- I don't use it around the green. On the rare times I use something other than my specialty wedges, the club chosen is way more likely to be an 8 or 9 than the A wedge.
- Continuity of appearance on full shots. I want a full gap wedge to look, feel, and sound just like the rest. After that the clubs get used for a much wider variety of shots so I don't care if they all look/feel/sound completely different, even from each other. They're specialty wedges, for special purposes.
I try to match an iron set, including PW, GW, SW, and if available, LW,Is it just me or do I see that more and more golfers are buying their new iron set with the matching GW/AW. I know that over the years most OEM’s in select sets have offered the option of a GW/AW but typically now it seems like a large majority offer this specialty club as just another set option in each OEM iron lineup. I am sure there are benefits of a match OEM GW/AW (head/shaft) but also from a marketing/sales side it is great way to increase irons sales from 10-20%.
I am typically a traditionalist going as high a PW in my iron set than move to the traditional specialty wedge in the GW/AW up to LW. In my wedge lineup I usually go GW (50), SW (54) then LW (58). Everyone is different in their configuration but that’s my traditional profile.
Question -when you look ahead at purchasing your next new set of irons or your most recent purchase, did you buy the matching iron set’s GW/AW and if so, why?