23 handicap, 2 wedges? 3? 4?

My short game is the weakest part of my game. After carrying 3 and even 4 different wedges and doing poorly with them, I have started carrying just a P and 54 degree wedge and trying to get better with just those two. I am just trying to simplify things.

Thoughts on this approach??

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I am a big fan of simplifying your game. Depending on how often you need to take something off a pitching wedge, you may want to consider a gap wedge. But I don’t see a reason to have something more lofted than 54 if you don’t feel comfortable hitting it. As you advance in the game you can add more wedges.

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I’d agree simplification is best… but depending on how far you hit each club, more wedges to have decent gapping isn’t a problem. Simplify with what you use around the green. Pick a club and get good with it.

At a 23 handicap, your goal should be to get on the green when you are around it… not holing chips, not putting it close… just getting it on the green. You can do this with a 54 wedge… as long as you can use it to get out of the sand, one wedge is fine.

As you get better at getting it on the green, your shot selection can change and improve… but at this point, get it on and two putt.

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I used to carry pw loft 45 gap 50 sand w 55 and lob 60. I don’t bother with the gap wedge anymore and hardly ever use the lob wedge. I can hit my 3/4 pw around 100m and a full sw goes around 90m. 90m in my sand wedge play has improved massively by taking less back swing and accelerating through impact.

Spot on. I struggled mightily trying to hit to specific distances until a pro told me I was doing it backwards.
Take an observer to the range, hit 5 with a half-shot, but do not watch where they go. That’s the observers job. The important thing is what feels comfortable and repeatable to you. For me it’s arms to about 8 o’clock, but you need to find your half-shot. After 5 solid, get your average carry. Repeat for 1/4 and 3/4 shots (you’ll rarely use full rip with a wedge). Even with only two wedges, you now have six comfortable distances!
The next step is to head over to the chipping area to get a sense for rollout for each of those six. I find it easier to remember as a % of carry, say for example a half 54 carries 50 paces then rolls 25 paces is 50%.
Granted, there’s a myriad of factors affecting a specific shot but now you have a baseline to work from.
Hope this helps!

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This is something I’m going to try to do on a simulator soon… just figure out my comfortable stock non full swings, make sure the distance is consistent and then figure out how far it goes on the course.

At 20 hdcp. I’m a big proponent of simplify. PW & 54° are good all day long. People might tell you lofts don’t match up, need at least 3 wedges, use 5 wedges and never need partial swing, etc., etc. Stick with your 2 wedge plan for a full season, I think you’ll be pleased with outcome.

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I actually lost my 60 degree and have had to focus on getting ‘good’ (for me) with the SW (54 degree). My short game has improved immensely as a result and I am learning to manipulate the face to produce a range of shots depending on lie and desired outcome.

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I’m also a 23 hdcp and use PW, 52 and 56 the most. 60 degree as needed, rarely. PW and 56(SW) the most, but I often have 90 to 100 yard approach shots that the 52 degree is my best option. Today I had two of these back to back and was a combination of a fat shot and toe dig deep. I’m not sure this is something very common or not. I have not read this problem before.

I do want to thank Jon and Adam for their work on this website, forum and Sweet Spot podcast. It has changed my game more than you know. I just need to get passed some poor wedges and mental break downs after some bad shots Today I started with 3 pars and 5 bogeys until I topped my driver for a final score of 7 to finish front. Started back 9 with great drives on first 2 holes but toe’d the wedges, doubling one and pulling out bogey on the next. Trying to make up for the bad holes I made some bad decisions on the next 3 holes. Pulled it together with 3 bogeys and a par for last four holes. Just need to get thru some mental mistakes still. Getting there and not letting it get me down.

Any ideas on the heavy toe divots, they sometimes a little fat too.

Thanks,

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You may want to check you lie on the clubs. If you are fairly upright in your swing, you may want to have them bent up a degree or two. That could eliminate toe divots.

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Good point, my 52 and 60 were purchased off the rack before I got fitted for my irons. So I will definitely have this checked out. Thanks TSmith!

I’m +1 on lie myself…as I have a fairly upright swing. Hope it helps!

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