July 2012

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A direct response to Gene Sarazen's sand wedge, the Renegar Rx12 line of wedges ($179) claim to be easier to hit out of the bunker. How are they different from a typical sand wedge? That club, because of its bounce, has a raised leading edge, which, while beneficial in the bunker, often leads to thin or skulled shots from the turf. The Renegar has a sole, however, with a lowered leading edge, which improves contact on turf shots. It also, through some ingenious engineering, has a slightly higher and more rearward COG, which increases ball spin and leads to more consistent distances on off-center hits. 48°-60° models available. renegargolf.com

Standing for "All Terrain Versatility," TaylorMade says that their new ATV wedge ($119) can—with only minor adjustments from the golfer—perform superbly from any kind of lie. In other words, it does the dirty work for you. Its 304 stainless-steel face and microtexture grooves generate nearly as much spin as the company's highest-spinning wedge. What's best is TaylorMade is manufacturing only 10 loft/lie combos to simplify the wedge-buying process. taylormadegolf.com

Boasting a variable-bounce sole—with a lower bounce angle toward the heel and toe—Bridgestone's J40 wedge ($109) makes it easy to hit crafty shots with open and even closed faces. It's the perfect wedge for players who like their short irons to have a lot of versatility and a soft, forged feel. Comes in two finishes (black oxide and chrome), five lofts and TT Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts. bridgestonegolf.com

The forged Anser wedge from PING ($170) features tungsten in the toe section that balances out with the long hosel, resulting in a CG that's positioned in the middle of the face. Add a tapered sole, a thicker face and, of course, PING's legendary commitment to quality, and you have what we think is the best wedge PING has ever made. Comes in a variety of lofts (50°-60°) in satin-nickel or chrome finishes in a steel or graphite shaft. ping.com

Featuring a wide sole, lower CG and enlarged sweet spot, Fourteen Golf has released its new forgiving TC-530FG irons ($1,199-$1,439). Classically shaped and finished in a nickel-chrome non-plated satin, the iron head is manufactured from soft S25C forged steel and features trapezoid grooves. Comes in 4-PW and a high-performance N.S. Pro 950GH steel shaft or 370gi carbon-graphite shaft. fourteengolf.com

Two putters in one? Indeed. Odyssey recently introduced their new Flip Face lineup ($150-$180) that features two different faces, Metal X and White Ice. This adjustable marvel comes in three head shapes (#5 shown). Playing with softer balls and want to enhance the sound at impact? Try the White Ice insert. Want a more controlled roll? Flip the face and play with the Metal X a 6061 aluminum insert. Cool idea. odysseygolf.com

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