After more play with this setup, I'm in a transition mode again. During a recent round I came to the conclusion that the New Level 58* wedge was not as good out of our hard packed bunkers as I had originally hoped, so I decided to try various clubs which I already own and came to the conclusion that a Ping Eye-2 XG sand wedge (bought earlier this year and re-shafted with a Recoil 80 to match my set) checked all of the boxes. It is really good out of our bunkers (I replayed some shots from a prior round which didn't work well with the New Level to test this), good with "use the bounce" motion greenside shots and good with full swing motion partial wedge shots. It is back in the bag effective immediately. Interestingly, my club fitter had measured it at 57* loft so I'm now looking for a 53* strong sand wedge. Toward that aim, I am now auditioning a Sub70 286 54* bent 1* strong.44*, 49*, 54* and 58*
The 44* and 49* are set wedges from my Ping G710s, while the 54* and 58* are New Level M-type forged wedges with 12* of bounce. I switched to the New Levels in August after playing most of the season with Cleveland CBX2s with the same lofts. I have found the New Levels to be more consistent generally and better out of the bunkers at my home course, which tend to be hard packed.
The "how I use them" requires some explanation. I am a short hitter and have approach "distance" or "approach" wedge shots by adding my 8 and 9-irons to the mix. For virtually all shots with these clubs and all shots from 100 yards and in, I never use a full swing, but rather use a "9 to 3" swing (full swing motion). For my stock shot, the ball position is in the middle my stance, which is slightly closed for all full swing motion shots. Yardages from 8-iron to 58* wedge are about 95-85-75-65-55-45, respectively. I can reduce the distance of each club by gripping down to either the middle or the bottom of the grip and have begun to experiment more with ball position.