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    How do YOU choose wedges?

    I change wedges somewhat frequently....probably every 9-12 months. That's due in some part to groove-wear, and in large part to getting bored and wanting something new and shiny. And wedges are easier/cheaper to swap out than iron sets, drivers, etc.

    Hitting off mats at your local superstore doesn't really give you a real world application of wedge shots, so to me, it seems like there's a little guess work involved (or you're buying exactly what you had before because you know it works).

    Do looks matter? They probably shouldn't, but......? I'm contemplating the Ping 2.0 Stealth's, because everything I've read about their performance has been positive. Unfortunately, to me, they're just not as pretty as SM7's, TM Milled Grind, MD4's, etc. Shouldn't matter.....but seems to. (Side note on the Ping Stealth's, the 'look' like they'd be a little more forgiving than the other wedges I mentioned.....are they?)

    What about bounce/grind? Do you go with what you had before, or make a change based on what you had before (i.e. you dug too much before, so you buy higher bounce this time)? Or do you go for something entirely new?

    Do you insist that your sand wedge and gap wedge match? Or are you fine playing two different brands in those slots? Do you go higher bounce on one and low bounce on the other, figuring you'll use them for different types of shots? Or do you keep a fairly consistent bounce profile across your wedges?

    Just curious what goes through your guys' minds when you're in wedge pondering mode.
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    I base it on two things primarily. Feel which is the over-all feel when I hold the club. It weight in the head. The grip and its balance. And then looks. I like darker wedges. They look stealthier to me. I am currently using a tour grind 56 and 60 now and love them. Really love them for the price I got on Budget Golf a few months back.
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    I bought mine at a demo day. Tried four different brands in multiple grinds off grass. Full shots, partial shots, tight lies, rough . . . I wound up buying the ones that did the best overall.
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    I bought a 51, 55, and 59 degree Ben Hogan TK wedge to complete my set of Ft. Worth 15s. Mainly because they are designed to be a progressive set from one loft to the other. Reframmellator is Balston Lake near Balston Spa, NY?

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    You don't choose a wedge it chooses you!
    If I am in the Market I will usually just research it and then go see if I can find one to try at a big box store then go online and buy it at a discount price if possible.
    I probably play my wedges way too long. so it's only every 3-5 years that I replace them.
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    There is a great deal of information available on why you might need more bounce or less and what swing types and types of shots work best with what grinds. I research that first so that I have a good idea of where to start. Then I like to try out wedges at demo days. That way you can try them out on real grass under a variety of real-life conditions. Once I lock in on a combination that works well, I'm one to buy the same thing or similar when necessary. I'm not one to chase the latest shiny object.
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    I choose based primarily upon turf and bunker qualities/interaction. I quickly found here in NC that my former preference for low bounce wedges wasn't gonna cut it in thick bermuda around the greens. Also, there tends to be more sand in the bunkers here rather than the nearly barren pits of torture that I was more accustomed to. So more bounce it is.

    I'm also a little different than most in that I prefer a larger wedge. The RTX was a decent size, PM Grind better but the shape was strange, my Fourteen RM-22J wedges seem to hit a sweet spot with me as they've held the bag the longest recently. Slight offset, would've assumed that would be off-putting, but it's not for me.

    If a wedge works for me though, ugly or not, I'll play it. I prefer sleek and love the look of my present wedges but performance is always king.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Cobb III View Post
    I bought a 51, 55, and 59 degree Ben Hogan TK wedge to complete my set of Ft. Worth 15s. Mainly because they are designed to be a progressive set from one loft to the other. Reframmellator is Balston Lake near Balston Spa, NY?
    Ballston Lake is just to the south of Ballston Spa. Just curious -why do you ask?
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    I know what kind works for my game and how I use each of my wedges, so picking them is really easy for me because some companies don't offer what I need and others do. The Callaway X/T grind in the 54 is perfect for me with extra bounce and the W grind is great for how I use it, which is in bunkers mostly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reframmellator View Post
    Ballston Lake is just to the south of Ballston Spa. Just curious -why do you ask?
    We are driving up to Balston Spa for Christmas. My wife has family there, Clifton Park, Rotterdam, Schenectady. Just curious if it was the same place.

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    Wedges are the only club I hit consistently well. When I choose wedges it comes down to

    1. Price. (Rockbottom has T7s for $69.99!)
    2. Reviews. I particularly like MyGolfSpy when it comes to wedges. Spin numbers are particularly important to me since I rarely chip, but pitch everything.
    3. Looks.
    4. Feel. I can pretty much adjust to any wedge or bounce, but some feel better than others.
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    Trial and error for me. I started out picking grinds/lofts based on the general guidelines (i.e. swing type, course conditions), but eventually gravitated towards styles that seemed to work the best for me.

    My lob wedge is great example. I started out with the S grind in my MD3, and played ok with it, but I wasn't doing great with it out of difficult lies or greenside bunkers. I bought the same wedge in a W grind on a whim, and did a lot better. Then I changed my entire set to W grind, and haven't looked back. Now when I'm trying wedges, I'm pretty much only looking at similar specs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WMac19 View Post
    I choose based primarily upon turf and bunker qualities/interaction. I quickly found here in NC that my former preference for low bounce wedges wasn't gonna cut it in thick bermuda around the greens. Also, there tends to be more sand in the bunkers here rather than the nearly barren pits of torture that I was more accustomed to. So more bounce it is.

    I'm also a little different than most in that I prefer a larger wedge. The RTX was a decent size, PM Grind better but the shape was strange, my Fourteen RM-22J wedges seem to hit a sweet spot with me as they've held the bag the longest recently. Slight offset, would've assumed that would be off-putting, but it's not for me.

    If a wedge works for me though, ugly or not, I'll play it. I prefer sleek and love the look of my present wedges but performance is always king.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Cobb III View Post
    We are driving up to Balston Spa for Christmas. My wife has family there, Clifton Park, Rotterdam, Schenectady. Just curious if it was the same place.
    And Clifton Park is the next town to the south of us. Technically, Ballston Lake is our mailing address, but if at some point you go past Exit 11 on I-87 you'll be about a Par 5 from our home Safe travels!
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