April 05, 2020 at 05:59 AM
By Michael B
Thought's on wedge gapping guy's. I currently game sm6 48,52,56 and love them. Cant get away from the fact i love the look of the sm8's though. this wedge set up was for a slightly stronger lofted AP1 set i gamed a few years ago. Firstly i will frob get fit if i end up buying and i dont mind having a 56 as my most lofty. Im comfortable opening it up when needed.
My current T-MB iron loft are 9 iron 41, pw 45 degree. Question is 3 degree gap between pw and 48 or go 50 with a 5 degree gap. 50,54,58 or 48,52,56. What would you guys do ?
Pat RElizabethtown, KY
Anthony CTinton Falls NJ
John W.Lansing, MI
Lou GSan Diego, CA
April 22, 2020 at 01:30 AM
I'm probably the wrong person to answer this as I typically have bigger gaps between my wedges than most. A lot of that is I'm more of a feel player and extremely rarely hit any iron or wedge full-out. Up until this spring I have been playing 716 AP1 irons and I got the 47* W that comes with the set. For whatever reason I've never really liked my gap wedge to be the style of a typical SW or LW, but instead more like my iron set. Since my iron set stops at 47*, I've been playing a 54 and and a 60 to round out my wedges (first SM4 and now SM 6) and have never had a problem with the 6-7* gap. But again, that's just me and the fact I like to hit less that 100% shots. Now I have the same issue as the OP since I got a set of 718 T-MBs with the 45* PW. I should probably get a 50* to between the 45 and 54, but I love that AP1 W so much it's staying in the bag for now. If I had to pick from the options given, I'd go 50, 54, 58.
Doug EUrbana, MD
Mike MSalem MA
Timothy JRaleigh, NC
May 02, 2020 at 12:57 PM
The SM7s were designed with a progressive center of gravity based on loft and bounce to optimize distance and consistency. Basically, the CG is positioned slightly higher on the higher lofted clubs. Typically, you'll hit a 60* a groove or two up on the face simply due to the loft angle. Consequently, the SM7s (and now even more so in the SM8s) have their CG on a 60* designed a bit higher than on a 54*, which is higher than a 48*. I'm not so sure that was always the case back with earlier versions of Vokeys. I know that when I switched from SM6s to SM7s, I seemed to average a touch more distance out of my LW, consistently. I didn't notice much difference with my 50* SM7 GW vs. my 50* SM6.
The progressive design was purportedly enhanced further in the SM8s, though, I haven't noticed much difference in distance with my new SM8s. However, I only had them for a few rounds before our courses shut down, so my experience with them is somewhat limited. I got them as soon as they came out, but it was still cold here. I was out there daily playing, but conditions were not ideal for judging distances. I did love the feel of them though.
One thing I can say, I have been playing Vokeys exclusively since the Spin Milled version initially appeared on the scene back around 2008. IMO, the first version was the best for spin around the greens, up until the SM6s came out. The SM7s and SM8s are as good or better, even though they do not have the square (now non-conforming) grooves of the originals. As far as distance goes, I used to fly my original 2008/9, Spin Milled Vokey 60* LW about 67 yards. Now, 12 years later (and into my 60s), I play a 58* LW, but average about 78-80 yards with it. I realize it's a 2* stronger loft, but should 2* equal 12-13 yards? Not in my mind. I think I get a bit more out of my higher lofted wedges than I did 10 years ago. Better club or better swing? Who knows?
Eric HRidgway, PA
MadhatterUplawmoor, East Renfrewshire, Scotland
Derek CNorthern KY
May 14, 2020 at 11:40 AM
I play 718 AP1’s with 43-48 - 52-56 that has a separation of 5-4-4. When I use the Vokey selector it tells me that I should go with 43-48 - 54-58 which is a separation of 5-6-6. Not sure what to do.
Haven't registered for Team Titleist yet?