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Looking for advice here.  I need new wedges but want to know if i should do a fitting or get them in the same wedges as my irons?  Also considering a utility club with the same question, match to the irons get fitted?  I can appreciate the advantages of getting professionally fitted but that cost adds up.  Interested to hear what thoughts are out there on this!

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For wedges, I think you'll have fans from both sides. Some like the same shaft to keep a uniform feel and launch conditions, others prefer a lighter/heavier or softer/stiffer shaft for touch shots. So it's a matter of preference.

For a utility irons I personally don't use oney, but I would probably take the same approach as with a hybrid: using a graphite shaft for more distance and easier launch. Assuming you use steel on your irons, that would be a big difference.

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Yes and no for wedges. Depends who you talk to. Also varies in whether to go heavier or stiffer. 
 

For utility irons it’s typically going lighter and again you will see a yes and know answer.
 

I’ve done both ways with wedges and neither was more effective than the other. The few times I played a utility it wasn’t matched but was always lighter

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I am using the same graphite shafts in my wedges that I use in my irons, its something I have been doing for years. I find that I get a more consistent launch and I can generate more spin on full shots plus I find it much easier to "flight" shots with my wedges to control spin.

As for utility irons, I don't play one but I would think a shaft more suited for a hybrid would be a better fit for a UI since the kick point is set on hybrid shafts to help get the ball higher in the air.

 

 

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I think you could go either way on wedges. The other thing with wedges is that you could go with your iron shaft on gap wedge you usually take full swings with then maybe do a different shaft for better touch with the sand/lob wedge. I like using a gap wedge that comes with a set because I like the swing feel consistency on full shots but there is no reason a similar feel couldn't be replicated with a normal wedge head. Overall, it won't make a huge difference as there isn't much of a difference between steel shafts on the short irons as they shafts won't deflect that much, even on full swings.

Regarding utility irons, I like graphite but it really depends on your needs. If you are plenty long and looking for accuracy, matching up a steel shaft may be good. However, you're a mere mortal like most of us, the combination of graphite and utility heads can really help get the ball in the air to give you the potential to hold some greens from distance. I also like graphite to help give me the most distance off the tee if I need a safer option. It really just depends on your needs. 

Ultimately, getting some launch monitor numbers, even if from something like a Mevo that include spin, can really help you determine if you made the right choice or if something is really not working. 

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I kept mine the same. As others have mentioned rather than going lighter/heavier stiffer/softer the same seemed like the middle option.

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When I got fitted with some 70g graphite iron shafts, they kept me in my 100g C-Taper Light Utility iron shaft and couldn't beat it. So go figure.

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I just went through this myself. I searched all the internet recommendations and came across many. 

My current iron shaft is the Nippon 950 Neo in stiff. I'm right between a R and a S but since it's a lightweight shaft, the S works out. 

I tried the heavier route with the KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 in my 54 and 58 and same shaft in P and G. Then I reshafted it to the Nippon Wedge 105 which is Nippon's wedge specific shaft, just like the Hi-Rev is KBS's. All were fine, no complaints.

Then I read more stuff and tried same irons shafts in a softer flex or soft stepped. So now I have the Nippon NEO in R in my 54 and 58 and so far it's my favorite.

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