1. What bounce do you have on your wedges? The soil in Mid-Missouri is notoriously hard (all clay, hence the former brick production here), so my sand and lob wedges have 4* of bounce
2. What ball do you play?
I prefer the B330 (10+ yards longer than a Pro V1 for me), but Srixon makes a damned good ball as well.
A note of warning to the n00bish golfers on here: Do not ever buy refurbished balls. Recycled balls that have been lost are fine, but refurbs are almost always repainted mush melons.
Die, Steckel. Die.