Every time I hear the term “gap wedge” I want to throw up.
If you are following the 14 club rule and you have a gap wedge, you are wasting one of the 14.
A 64 degree wedge? Give me a break, are you trying to hit yourself in the nose? I know Phil Mickelson is one of the best short game players in the world, but Dave Putz (not a typo) is corrupting his mind. Phil was a great short game player and had the greatest flop shot in the game before the 64 degree wedge, also another wasted spot in the bag…plus, you are not Phil Mickelson.
Most really good golfers need three wedges and most golfers that shoot over 80 only need two wedges.
Those spots in the bag need to be taken up by high lofted woods and hybrids.
I played with a guy the other day who had a putter, a driver, a 3-wood, 4iron-9iron and 5 wedges (all of which went the same distance) and he shot over 100.
Here is what I think most people should use.
For players who shoot under 80:
48 degree PW
54 degree SW
58 degree LW
For the over 80 shooter:
Driver-with way more loft than you you think. Tiger is using a 10 degree, why do you have an 8?
3-wood (if you want a third wedge really, really bad you can replace the 3 and 5-wood with a 4-wood)
50 degree PW
56 degree SW
For those of you who are listening to your egos right now saying, “well, Monte is pretty funny sometimes, but I like my long irons and wedges and I hit the ball too far for high lofted woods and hybrids.”
Well folks, Tiger often carries a 5-wood, Vijay can be seen with a 7-wood in his bag, most of the PGA Tour carries a hybrid…and myself, a one time longest hitter in the world…I have a hybrid in my bag.