The golf manufacturers in recent times have silently been changing the clubs you play with and in an effort to satisfy out thirst for distance the modern pitching wedge is no longer “fit for purpose”.
When I first turned Professional in 1994 a Pitching Wedge (according to my PGA Manual) should have 50 degrees of loft, a 9 Iron 46.5 degrees and an 8 iron 42 degrees. Prior to filming the video you see here I measured at random 3 Pitching Wedges from leading brands, each Pitching Wedge had 44, 44 and 45 degrees of loft. In other words a modern Pitching Wedge is actually an 8 and a ½ Iron and whilst this is fine for full shots it causes major issues in the short game.
To see how to deal with these issues and the importance of understanding your lofts watch the video here.
Mizuno are the first company I am aware of to offer wedges in 1 degree increments, from 48 degrees to 62, in their new T-5 range. With different bounce and grind choices there are now 25 options, giving you the chance to build a perfect wedge set.
Luke Donald has influenced the design, in my mind the best chipper and bunker player in the game (statistically he is just ahead of Phil Mickelson). Having tested them against the previous Mizuno model 9 (T-4) and perhaps the best known wedge model, I found the T-5 series easier to use with the higher bounce for both chipping/short pitch shots and significantly better for bunker shots.
For a full shot the important factor is selecting loft combinations which are consistent and account for the loft on the Pitching Wedge. In other words there may be more benefit to losing the Lob Wedge and replacing it with something in the 48-52 degree range. You may also find it much easier to control your distances without the big yardage gaps the modern Pitching Wedge can create.
Visit the website of the brand you currently play or speak to your Pro and find out the loft of your current Wedges, particularly your Pitching Wedge. Flightscope can quickly show you how far you hit each wedge and whether you have even gaps between each club.