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curious if anyone games a 5 wedge setup. i’m playing around with the idea myself.

i’ll likely go set PW, 48, 52, 56, 60 and see how that works out

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Are you playing a 44* PW?

For me 5 is overkill and you'll have a lot of overlapping distances between all those wedges.

Perhaps consider PW (assuming it's 44) 50, 54, 58 or PW, 48, 54, 60?

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6 hours ago, Chip Strokes said:

curious if anyone games a 5 wedge setup. i’m playing around with the idea myself.

i’ll likely go set PW, 48, 52, 56, 60 and see how that works out

My set PW is 47* and set Gap is 50.5* so my wedges at 54* sand and 60* lob give me all the short game options I need just by manipulating the face. 

I used to carry a 72* ultra lob as well which did make up 5 wedges but, it was extreme overkill that worked out less often than I hoped. 

If you look at sets out there with 38-44* PW the gaps are usually 5-6* in the wedges. 

44-49-54-60 would make more sense - like @Kanoitohad already said. 

The issue becomes more about a bottleneck somewhere in your bag where giving up the 5th wedge will have more gain on the other end in the woods or hybrids. 

Common setup for fairway wood lovers: D, 3w, 5w, 4h, 5-p, 49, 54, 60 & putter

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Common setup for iron lovers: D, 3w, 3h, 4-p, 49, 54, 60 & putter

My setup: D, 5w, 4h, 4 driving iron, 5-gap, 54, 60 & putter

4* gaps on irons has been obliterated by new iron designs with hot faces and loft jacking because those old irons had 49-53* pitching wedges and irons were solid metal without any springiness. 

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i’ve definitely considered 5 being overkill and i’ve thought of the overlapping yardages but maybe i can explain why i’m thinking about going with a 5th wedge

 

at the top of my bag, i’ve got a driver and a 3h. i don’t carry a 3w, it’s a club i just can’t hit and have found a way to not really need. 

then i’m gonna carry 4-P, with the 44* PW being a 155-160yd club. 

that leaves a lot of meat on the bottom end of the bag, and it also leaves me with 6 slots. so i figured i’d carry the 5 wedges and see what does and doesn’t work, and adjust from there. 

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i’ve definitely considered 5 being overkill and i’ve thought of the overlapping yardages but maybe i can explain why i’m thinking about going with a 5th wedge
 
at the top of my bag, i’ve got a driver and a 3h. i don’t carry a 3w, it’s a club i just can’t hit and have found a way to not really need. 
then i’m gonna carry 4-P, with the 44* PW being a 155-160yd club. 
that leaves a lot of meat on the bottom end of the bag, and it also leaves me with 6 slots. so i figured i’d carry the 5 wedges and see what does and doesn’t work, and adjust from there. 

I think that is a logical strategy. The goal of setting up a bag is to be able to cover specific distances. If you are happy with the top end of your bag, go ahead and fill the bottom of the bag with more wedges.
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8 hours ago, Chip Strokes said:

curious if anyone games a 5 wedge setup. i’m playing around with the idea myself.

i’ll likely go set PW, 48, 52, 56, 60 and see how that works out

That's exactly what I have

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4 minutes ago, tony@CIC said:

That's exactly what I have

awesome. what club did your 5th wedge replace? how’s the setup working out?

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1 minute ago, Chip Strokes said:

awesome. what club did your 5th wedge replace? how’s the setup working out?

Took my 6i out of the bag, since on most courses I play I didn't need it. The W and GP are part of my new King SZ irons, 52 and 56 are RTX 3.0 and my favorite wedge and most used 65 yds in is my Ping Glide 3.0 EYE2. 

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My PW is 44* and I have a 50, 56 and 60 wedge set. I am thinking of switching my 56 to a 54. My 44 and 50 are full shots and my 56 and 60 are my half and full swing clubs (Still learning my full swing 60 shots).

If you have some of them that you do a full swing on and hit consistent distances, and some other wedges are more of a feel half swing club, then I say use all 5. What ever gets you the required results. 

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5 hours ago, Chip Strokes said:

i’ve definitely considered 5 being overkill and i’ve thought of the overlapping yardages but maybe i can explain why i’m thinking about going with a 5th wedge

 

at the top of my bag, i’ve got a driver and a 3h. i don’t carry a 3w, it’s a club i just can’t hit and have found a way to not really need. 

then i’m gonna carry 4-P, with the 44* PW being a 155-160yd club. 

that leaves a lot of meat on the bottom end of the bag, and it also leaves me with 6 slots. so i figured i’d carry the 5 wedges and see what does and doesn’t work, and adjust from there. 

I don't think 5 is overkill. It has nothing to do with 5 "wedges" it is ALL about gaping. If you can cover your gaps then it doesn't matter if it says wedge or not on it. I think it is going to become a lot more common going forward as PW keep getting stronger. 

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30 minutes ago, THEZIPR23 said:

I don't think 5 is overkill. It has nothing to do with 5 "wedges" it is ALL about gaping. If you can cover your gaps then it doesn't matter if it says wedge or not on it. I think it is going to become a lot more common going forward as PW keep getting stronger. 

that’s the issue. my PW carries 160 so i’ve got some serious gaps to cover at the bottom of the bag.

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6 hours ago, Chip Strokes said:

i’ve definitely considered 5 being overkill and i’ve thought of the overlapping yardages but maybe i can explain why i’m thinking about going with a 5th wedge

 

at the top of my bag, i’ve got a driver and a 3h. i don’t carry a 3w, it’s a club i just can’t hit and have found a way to not really need. 

then i’m gonna carry 4-P, with the 44* PW being a 155-160yd club. 

that leaves a lot of meat on the bottom end of the bag, and it also leaves me with 6 slots. so i figured i’d carry the 5 wedges and see what does and doesn’t work, and adjust from there. 

Makes more sense without any fairway woods. 

Someday you may figure out the long club and need the slot. 

I love my 5w and don't carry a 3w because the gaps between the two wasn't big enough. I found the 5w easier to hit too.

A 2 driving iron also is a good 3w replacement for some people. 

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20 minutes ago, Buffly said:

Makes more sense without any fairway woods. 

Someday you may figure out the long club and need the slot. 

I love my 5w and don't carry a 3w because the gaps between the two wasn't big enough. I found the 5w easier to hit too.

A 2 driving iron also is a good 3w replacement for some people. 

i’ve been looking at driving irons to fill that slot, but for now i manage well without it. 

im sure the bag makeup will change 100 more times 

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On 9/4/2020 at 1:17 PM, Chip Strokes said:

i’ve been looking at driving irons to fill that slot, but for now i manage well without it. 

im sure the bag makeup will change 100 more times 

I replaced my 3w with a 5th wedge because I had a 2 driving iron that goes 250-270 yards. I do have 5 wedges also going pw(44 degree), gw(49 degree), 52, 56 and 60. The gap from my gap to 56 left me either having to 3/4 swing a gap and really get after it with the 56 and just felt the 52 benefit me more the my 3 iron did. Current setup is d, 2 iron, 4-gw, 52, 56, 60 and putter. I can’t hit 3 woods either so my 2 iron replaced it and I find myself using it more then my driver a lot of the time. Have considered switching out 4 iron for a 3/4 iron hybrid but not sure yet. 

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On 9/3/2020 at 5:04 PM, Chip Strokes said:

curious if anyone games a 5 wedge setup. i’m playing around with the idea myself.

i’ll likely go set PW, 48, 52, 56, 60 and see how that works out

This is my exact set up. My pw is 45* so the 48* is pretty close to the same, but it’s been working well for me. The pw is from the set and the 48* is different so they seem to covers the gaps well. 

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Stronger lofts on modern iron sets necessitate this for me. I have a Mavrik Max iron set that I use the pitching wedge from (43 degrees = 140 yd club). Then I have a 46 (120-130), 50 (110-115), 54 (95-100) and 60 (utility) all Cleveland RTX Zipcore. With my yardage I’m in this range all the time so this way more sense than having a 4-iron in the bag… My 5-iron goes 205, and 4-hybrid 215-225. Is also say knowing the half swing, 3/4 swing, and full swing for all 5 takes a lot of guesswork out of my <100 yd game, which has improved my scrambling and GIR immensely. 

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I carry a 44* PW, 52* AW, 56* SW, 60* LW and seldom use my 60* unless I am behind a bunker and need to flop it on to the green but I can simply open up my 56* wedge so I am thinking about getting rid of my 52/60 wedges and replacing them with a 50* AW, so I have a 44PW, 50AW and 56SW.  For my short game I think this will fit me better than having more wedges I probably won't use as much. 

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I have carried 5 in the past but I would have to take something out of the bag on the other end. I carry a PW & GW which match my irons and act as a 10 and 11 iron.  I then have a 52 & 56 SM8.  I use to have a 60 but don't have enough room in the bag for one anymore.  

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