Does bending your club 1 degree really matter?

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By ben l

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  1. ben l

    ben l
    Cumming, GA

    I currently have a combo set of the 718 AP2s in PW to 7 and 718 AP3s in 6 & 5 irons. The loft difference in the AP2 7 iron and AP3 6 iron is 6 degrees apart. I believe that you can't really bend your irons too much but to accommodate I am thinking of bending my AP2s 1 degree stronger and AP3s 1 degree weaker so that I have better gaping.

    My question to all team members who are more well verse then I am in this......Does 1 degree strong or weak really make that big a difference?

    Is my 150 yrds club now 151 yrds or is it more substantial?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. mic  o

    mic o
    Florida, USA

    I believe changing the loft on your clubs will alter distance 2-4 yds for each degree that is altered.
  3. To me not noticable difference, but knowing they are gapping "correctly" makes me feel better. Its all mental to me. I know i know...
  4. It depends on what your distance gaps are between your clubs. For me I figure 12 yards between each of my Irons that have 4 degree gaps, so one degree for me = 3 Yards. Also you can bend your AP2's 2 degrees no problem.
  5. If you do the math, a 4’ gap equals about 12-14 yards between clubs, so I’m thinking that 1 degree change should make a 3-4 yard difference each way. What is your current yardage gap between clubs?
  6. ben l

    ben l
    Cumming, GA

    Thanks for the feedback. Kurtis to answer your question, my biggest issue is between my 7 Iron which is an AP2 and 6 Iron AP3. Its between 20 to 25 yrds. It's also in the range of 160 to 185yrd which is not the best to have such a big gap in.

  7. Hey Ben, I took a look at the Club Specs and here is my suggestion. Not sure what wedges you play but I would move all of your AP2's 1 degree strong and then the AP3 6 Iron 1 degree weak. This would give you 4 degree gaps all the way from your PW to your 5 Iron.
  8. ben l

    ben l
    Cumming, GA

    Michael O,

    That's exactly what I was thinking, it's great to have another member verify that!! Thank you.
  9. Doug E

    Doug E
    Urbana, MD

    I have the same problem. I solved it by playing and AP2 7i AND an AP3 7i, (plus AP3 6i and 5i). It made a bit of an issue at the top of my bag, but have figured out an acceptable solution by removing a 21* 816 hybrid (set at 22*) and my 915 5W, and replacing both with a 19* 818 hybrid, set to 20*. The gaps between 5i and 3W are a touch bigger than I would like, but much smaller than had I removed one of the two 7 irons.
  10. tdogg21

    Chambersburg, PA

    Bending each would bring the gaps much closer together and solve that problem, but will it create too big of a gap between your 5 and 6 or your 7 and 8? Looking at the spec sheet, it really looks like you're missing a full club in there. I would add the AP3 7 iron or AP2 6 iron and maybe adjust somewhere else in your bag.
  11. ben l

    ben l
    Cumming, GA

    Interesting with adding another 7 iron to the mix. I think bending them might be the way to go. Thanks for the input, I appreciate it!!

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