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    Posted: 13 September 2008 at 1:04pm
I have been playing really well as of late shooting in the low 80's and not putting really well or chipping that great.  Since the swing has turned into "set it and forget" for the first time I am spending all of my time working on the short game.  I read the Utley book and pretty much agree with it, but combined it with Chuck's stuff and have found a happy medium. (feel like Utley is a hitter and I am a swinger) The real problem is the constant use of the 58 degree wedge only has rendered the 54 almost oblsolete.  I have always been a bumb and runner of the ball, using all kinds of clubs to get it on the ground rolling as fast as possible.  Now this use of the 58 for everything has me at a dilemma.  I get to a basic pitch/chip have all the green to work with and feel like I have to use the 54 or pw to get it rolling and keep that part of my game in tact.  I just can't commit to zipping it up there and stopping it close with the 58 while on the course.  I practice it alot, got it down good, just can't commit because I feel like this is a "players way to play" and I still view myself as quite a hack. Has anyone come to this fork in the road before?  I know that each shot presents itself so that you have several options, but there is a philosophical quandry when it comes to Utley.
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Originally posted by secondary secondary wrote:

I have been playing really well as of late shooting in the low 80's and not putting really well or chipping that great.  Since the swing has turned into "set it and forget" for the first time I am spending all of my time working on the short game.  I read the Utley book and pretty much agree with it, but combined it with Chuck's stuff and have found a happy medium. (feel like Utley is a hitter and I am a swinger) The real problem is the constant use of the 58 degree wedge only has rendered the 54 almost oblsolete.  I have always been a bumb and runner of the ball, using all kinds of clubs to get it on the ground rolling as fast as possible.  Now this use of the 58 for everything has me at a dilemma.  I get to a basic pitch/chip have all the green to work with and feel like I have to use the 54 or pw to get it rolling and keep that part of my game in tact.  I just can't commit to zipping it up there and stopping it close with the 58 while on the course.  I practice it alot, got it down good, just can't commit because I feel like this is a "players way to play" and I still view myself as quite a hack. Has anyone come to this fork in the road before?  I know that each shot presents itself so that you have several options, but there is a philosophical quandry when it comes to Utley.


Don't worry about the philosophy. Secondary.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with the bump and run and using different clubs for various shot conditions.  If you see it that way, play it that way.  A lot of great players have played that kind of short game.  Most of them, in fact. 
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I guess it boils down to do I think that I am good enough to manipulate the face of the club with my hands to produce the shots I want, or should I just keep not manipulating and switch clubs.  KISS  is the answer for me I guess.  Just had to sound it out. Thanks for chiming in OP, good to see you. 
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You can ask Chuck and Bob34 and they will tell you that I have an outstanding chipping game.  Around the green, I will use anything from my #3 hybrid up to my lob wedge depending on what the shot calls for.  I drive people crazy with this neat little knock down six iron that I sometimes will need to hit to front pins from 100 yards out. It is especially effective when I find myself in the trees off the tee.
 
You said it best yourself:
 
Quote I know that each shot presents itself so that you have several options
 
 


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