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    Posted: 01 February 2006 at 10:58pm

Is it worth to buy another wadge? Do you find it useful? I bought 60 degree lob wadge but I'm not using that much.

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The Gap Wedge is sitting in the trunk of the car, and I continue to have a love/hate relationship with my Lob Wedge.  FOR ME, on that occasional shot between the SW and PW, I do much better just sawing off a pitching wedge.  I may be ditching the LW soon also.  I hit just as many good shots with my 56* Cleveland SW.

I've invested in hybrids to replace my fairway woods and feel I have saved more strokes by better shots with the hybrids, than I ever saved with my Gap Wedge.

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 They take alot of practice to master, but it's very nice to have 3 or 4 options to go to.

 

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I'm all for a gap wedge.

Back in the day before the gap wedge existed, the loft gap between your
pitching wedge and sand wedge was about 4 degrees.

Since the loft creep phenomenon, the gap between the sand wedge and
modern pitching wedge is now closer to 8 or 10 degrees - thus the need
for a gap wedge.
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I find it easier to hit a 1/2 to 3/4  PW than to use a GW when in between distances even though the logic for the GW is sound. Also easier for me to open up and flop a SW for certain short pitches than to hit a LW which too often comes up short.

Check out Chuck's short game dvd which pretty much agrees with the above. Besides, it's nice to carry fewer clubs if you walk as I and all of my friends do.

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For me the gap wedge is great.  I took out the lob wedge which I was inconsistent with and now find myself using the gap wedge even around the greens a lot of times.  It is my 50-100 yard club.  I just feel more comfortable hitting it.  I guess it would be whatever setup gives you more confidence.

If you check the lofts of your clubs, most pitching wedges now are pretty strong (around 45 or 46 degress or so) which leaves a big "gap" between that and your sand wedge.

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