moonhead wrote:that's the thing. not many people know how to use one. as well as why i qualified it with the high handicapper comment. and it's not like you can't get the same effect by taking a sand wedge and laying the blade open a bit. i don't believe there is any reason to dedicate one of the 14 you're allowed to carry for just one type of shot (that you may not even get to use once in a round...not like a putter). it's a pretty limited club, and i think over used and overrated. but to each their own.
A high handicapper is a high handicapper because of their swing .. not what's in their bag. The shots they're going to throw away with a 56° or 60°wedge they're going to throw away with any other club they try to use. So then why not give them something that will give them a fighting chance from the places they're going to be playing from most of the time like deep bunkers, tight lies, deep rough and short sided approaches? Personally I find laying open a standard 52°or 54° wedge (which usually come with 12°+ of bounce) a lot tougher than taking a 58° or 60° wedge with virtually no bounce and just swinging normally .. especially from the fairway/tight lies. I suppose it's because I'm more in the Pelz 4x4 camp as opposed to stuffing my bag full of clubs I'm going to hit only 3-4 times a round like a bunch of woods and hybrids.
EDIT: And I'm not saying put a 60° in your bag so you can hit a crazy flop shot, I never do that yet couldn't imagine playing without mine.