|> Does anyone have a comment on the 60 degree wedge? I am considering
|> purchasing one. I usually hit a full PW 125 yds. and a regular SW
|> 90 yds. I need something that is shorter and will still bring the ball in
|> high. I can't hit a half SW worth a darn and am having trouble getting
|> short pitches to hold our small hard greens.
|> Any suggestions?
I have taken my 60 degree wedge out of my bag to make room for a 2 iron
(gettin' old, I can't reach those long par 3s with my 3 iron any more). My
experience with the 60 was that it was difficult to hit from the fairway.
You've got to make a full hard swing, which is a bit scary when you're only
50 to 60 yards from the flagstick.
What I really liked about the 60 was my ability to hit a wide variety of lobs,
flops, and pitches. Through practice, I have found that I can hit the same
shots by opening up the blade of my sand wedge.
Two other things that have really helped my game in the half wedge zone are
better course management and learning to hit the knock-down shot. I simply
avoid leaving myself a shot that is between 30 and 80 yards. If I can't get
within chipping distance of the green, I pick a club that will leave me a full
wedge. My handicap has improved from 12 to 7 since I have eliminated that half
wedge shot from my game.
On the rare occasions when I do find myself in the half wedge zone, I will
usually play a knock-down shot to the green. It is incredibly simple to do and
will amaze your golf buddies, too!
For me, I take my normal stance, ***up an inch or so on the grip and make a
smooth 3/4 swing (shoulder high back swing to shoulder high through swing). The
ball will fly low and straight, and sits down quickly on the green. You need to
practice this shot before you try it on the course, but that is the fun part. I
have learned to hit all kinds shots that help me recover from trouble, you can
too. I have found that I lose about 20% of my normal distance with a given club
with this shot, so you need to adjust your club selection accordingly. You'll
also find the knock-down useful on windy days.
Gary L. Brown (513) 865-7662
Mead Data Central Miamisburg, OH