Set Wedges or Specialist Wedges?

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We all love a question I suppose we can only answer for ourselves, but here goes...

I've a set of Ping i230's 4-UW, then two S159 wedges, fitted, so same shaft and lie.

Set PW is 45, UW 50 - S159 54 and 58.

I use the 50 for 100 yard full shots and the odd bump and run and the 54 for 75 yard full shots and around the green, including bunkers. I find the 54 a lovely full shot club and feel I can pinpoint the landing each and every time.

So, thinking of replacing the set PW and UW for 159's. May bend the 46 back to 45 (not sure), or just my spec 46 and 50, so I end up 9 iron 41, then wedges 46/50/54/58.

As said, I know it's a personal choice, but as scoring clubs, wondered what everyone thought. I appreciate I could test some, but it's never easy to test them in 'real life situations'.
 
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How do you hit the set wedges? Well? Averagely? Poorly?

I hit the 50 degree UW well, the PW not so much on anything other than full shots, hoping to reach for the 50 or even the 54 if distance allows.

The 54 degree is the purest and most consistent club in the bag on full, half and 3/4 shots shots - that's what got me thinking...
 
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We all love a question I suppose we can only answer for ourselves, but here goes...

I've a set of Ping i230's 4-AW, then two S159 wedges, fitted, so same shaft and lie.

Set PW is 45, AW 50 - S159 54 and 58.

I use the 50 for 100 yard full shots and the odd bump and run and the 54 for 75 yard full shots and around the green, including bunkers. I find the 54 a lovely full shot club and feel I can pinpoint the landing each and every time.

So, thinking of replacing the set PW and AW for 159's. May bend the 46 back to 45 (not sure), or just my spec 46 and 50, so I end up 9 iron 41, then wedges 46/50/54/58.

As said, I know it's a personal choice, but as scoring clubs, wondered what everyone thought. I appreciate I could test some, but it's never easy to test them in 'real life situations'.
It seems like a bit of a jump to change both of them straight away. 45° is reasonably strong for a specialist wedge for most people as well. Why not change out the AW for a specialist 50° and try that for a while first?

That's basically how my set-up is, although my lofts are much stronger, it's PW(41) and AW(46) from the iron set, then 50 & 54 in Cleveland CBXs. I don't know why but I feel like 50 is a nice round number to switch from irons to wedges. 😁
 

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It seems like a bit of a jump to change both of them straight away. 45° is reasonably strong for a specialist wedge for most people as well. Why not change out the AW for a specialist 50° and try that for a while first?

That's basically how my set-up is, although my lofts are much stronger, it's PW(41) and AW(46) from the iron set, then 50 & 54 in Cleveland CVXs. I don't know why but I feel like 50 is a nice round number to switch from irons to wedges. 😁

Maybe that is the answer. I feel more confident with the S159's and the worry is trying to smash the lower lofted variants. Might be a good idea to take it one at a time...
 

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I hit the 50 degree AW well, the PW not so much on anything other than full shots, hoping to reach for the 50 or even the 54 if distance allows.

The 54 degree is the purest and most consistent club in the bag on full, half and 3/4 shots shots - that's what got me thinking...
Okay. What average distance do you hit PW, AW, SW, LW on full shots? Not smashing the granny out of them, just full but controlled shots.
 

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Nothing too wrong with distances then.
What doesn't work with the PW/AW which you think could be solved by the S159 equivalents?
 

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Nothing too wrong with distances then.
What doesn't work with the PW/AW which you think could be solved by the S159 equivalents?

Perhaps more a confidence thing?

I hit the odd duffer with the stock PW for some reason (and others), but really enjoy hitting the S159's and they seem to be easier to hit half and 3/4 shots.
 
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