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  1. 1. What name do you use for the wedge between your pitching wedge and sand wedge?

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    • By its loft
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I will typically say my 50 degree rather then gap or utility. I have the i210 which has the U and find it a little odd to call it a utility. Sounds more like a hybrid to me so I stick with 50!

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15 hours ago, NiftyNiblick said:

I call it a "gap wedge" for the worst of reasons.

It reminds me that the manufacturers screwed up the numbering system to a fare thee well.

 

I'm reminded of speaking foreign languages.

If you're good at it, you think in the language that you're speaking.

If you're a novice, you think in English and translate in your head.

 

I'm like the latter with modern golf clubs.

If it's a "player's cavity back" or near blade, a gap wedge translates to a pitching wedge.

If it's a full-blown GI iron, a gap wedge translates to a 9-iron.

Maybe an eight.

 

I've reached the point, however, where I could happily put together a modern set if I could play.

Thanks to the comments and suggestions of my friends here, I wouldn't t have to play with vintage sticks anymore.

I've got a bunch of playable new sets in my imagination.

I play with the vintage stuff because that is what I like to play. Back in our era we had only 2 wedges to choose from and most bounces or soles were the same unless you took a file to one. I learned to utilize what I had in all sorts of ground conditions. For a while I did carry 4 wedges but found out there were too many decisions for me to make. Went back to 2 and made things easier for me. Like I have said many times before it all has to do with what era one learned the game in and the equipment you had to work with in that era 

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Always been gap for me because it was filling the gap between pw and sw

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... I have always played with 6* gaps between my wedges. Traditionally a 48*-54*-60* but when switching to Cobra Amp Forged quite a few years ago I bent my pw to 46* and to keep my gapping at 6* I dropped to a 52*-58* which actually worked out better for me. This thread about what you call a specific wedge is something I had really never considered because like several others have already stated, I use my 58* from the sand more than my 52* and neither would be considered a traditional "sand wedge". I have always referred to my wedges by loft. If someone asks what club I used on a particular shot I always respond with "my 52 or my 58". 

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15 hours ago, chisag said:

... I have always played with 6* gaps between my wedges. Traditionally a 48*-54*-60* but when switching to Cobra Amp Forged quite a few years ago I bent my pw to 46* and to keep my gapping at 6* I dropped to a 52*-58* which actually worked out better for me. This thread about what you call a specific wedge is something I had really never considered because like several others have already stated, I use my 58* from the sand more than my 52* and neither would be considered a traditional "sand wedge". I have always referred to my wedges by loft. If someone asks what club I used on a particular shot I always respond with "my 52 or my 58". 

Usually the only one that will ask me specifically is my buddy Bear and when I tell him he knows exactly what I am talking about as in "Turned up56" Or " knuckeled down 56*" he knows on that first one I had the face open or on the second one I had the face hooded some and delofted. I also have a terminology I use with the 48 PW " open flop PW" which he knows I had the face open on the 48 making it like a 52 or 54. I also hit what I call a "high flip float" with the 9 iron where I flip it open some and hit a high soft cut.

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22 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Always been gap for me because it was filling the gap between pw and sw

Same thing for me right here. 

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I little rally just called it my "A" wedge. In a sentence it sounds like "I just hit that Ayy gap wedge into the water, I'm done with this hole."

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I call mine my A well because that's what is stamped on it. No other reason. I will however call other peoples a gap.


Same here. 50* “A” wedge.


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Always been a gap wedge to me


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Since I started using the SCOR wedges, I only refer to them by their loft. 

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As different companies use different nomenclature, I thought I'd ask: which label do you favor for this club? I have my own hunch which name is most popular; I wonder if the name will ever end up standardizing across manufacturers?

50 degree wedge...



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Mine is stamped with a 'G' so I call it a gap wedge. My normal playing partner's club has an 'A' stamped on his and we've always called it his "All" wedge because he uses it for all types of shots. 3/4 swing for 100 yards or full swing for 130 or so yards and some shots around the greens for a chip and run.  

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I generally refer to it as a piece of S***...  but sometimes that's gets confused with my other piece of crap or my piece of garbage.  Basically, they are all interchangeable and depending on the quality of my shot (or lack thereof), the name will change for the club.  This is true of all clubs in my bag.  

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I just go by the numbers on mine. That or call wedges - after pitching wedge from my set I have 48, 52, 56, 60. I hit them 112, 98, 86, 75 respectively if I’m hitting them full which I rarely do. I also have a number if they are gripped down an inch and another number if they are gripped down two inches.


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I’m guilty of calling it both. Some days it’s a 52, other days a gap.

I’ll usually temper it to my audience and their abilities.


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2 hours ago, revkev said:

I just go by the numbers on mine. That or call wedges - after pitching wedge from my set I have 48, 52, 56, 60. I hit them 112, 98, 86, 75 respectively if I’m hitting them full which I rarely do. I also have a number if they are gripped down an inch and another number if they are gripped down two inches.

 

... Being an artistic kinda guy, I have always played be feel. I tried doing the 7-8-9-10 o'clock shaft position for chips and pitches but that kinda approach just doesn't click for me. I have always been a little jealous of players that can make something like your grip down 1" or 2" for specific numbers work for them, especially on shots were I can't see the landing area which always throws me off a little. 

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On 11/28/2018 at 12:30 PM, ga_pike said:

I generally refer to it as a piece of S***...  but sometimes that's gets confused with my other piece of crap or my piece of garbage.  Basically, they are all interchangeable and depending on the quality of my shot (or lack thereof), the name will change for the club.  This is true of all clubs in my bag.  

Sorta off topic but I describe most Hybrids as "Little Funkys" because they all look "funky" to me

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13 minutes ago, BIG STU said:

Sorta off topic but I describe most Hybrids as "Little Funkys" because they all look "funky" to me

Time to get Funky

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27 minutes ago, BIG STU said:

Sorta off topic but I describe most Hybrids as "Little Funkys" because they all look "funky" to me

Like Mark Crossfield, who calls the hybrid his "rinky-dinks."

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