The tools: Callaway Jaws Full Toe (60-10 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner Tour Issue 115 shaft), 1 dozen Titleist Pro V1x 2021 golf balls
The test: Attempt to execute a short-sided flop from a tight lie.
The results: I’m going to admit something that I’ve kept to myself for the past 5 or so years: I can’t hit a flop shot to save my life. I don’t know where things went wrong, but somewhere along the way, I stopped taking chances on short-sided shots around the green.
At this point, you’re probably wondering why this is such a big deal. Some of you are probably screaming at your screen that I should be taking the high percentage play (along the ground) anyway.
Heck, I’ve had chats with Bob Vokey and Roger Cleveland, two titans in the equipment industry, and both agree the average golfer — let’s assume “average” is a mid-handicap — should not be carrying a lob wedge. They’re much better off learning how to perfect shots with a 56-degree. A lob wedge will cost you strokes if you don’t know how to properly wield it on the course.
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