May 2010

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Now Playing: Scratch 8620 Wedge

Scratch’s 8620 wedge ($99) comes in three grinds: the sweeper/slider for those who pick the ball off the ground; the driver/slider for players who take mild divots with their wedges; and the digger/driver for aggressive and steep swing types. Comes in five models, from 50° to 60°.

The conservative head shape of AdamsTom Watson wedge ($99 per 3-pack) is designed for optimized performance, versatility and forgiveness, while its aggressive box-groove volume enhances spin and control. Available in both Classic and Players grinds, and in satin or chrome finish. Lofts range from 52° to 64°. There’s even an HL (high loft) model.

Grain-flow forged from 1025E “Pure Select” mild carbon steel, Mizuno’s MP T-10 wedge ($120) provides a soft, solid and consistent feel around the greens. Players looking to maximize spin control should dig its aggressive and consistent Quad Cut Grooves. Lofts range from 50° to 64°. Comes in White Satin or Black Satin finish.

Bridgestone’s J38 Black Oxide Precision wedge ($119) is shaped to replicate the finer hand-ground Tour-level wedges and incorporates Variable Bounce Technology for less bounce on the heel and toe, so you can more easily open and close the face. Its CNC-milled clubface yields consistent distance control and extra spin on shorter shots. Available in five lofts (52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°) with DG steel shafts.

SeeMore’s mSeries DB4 putter ($295-$325) is a classic blade that’s all about alignment. The heel-shafted plumber’s neck visually deflects the red dot and white lines of the alignment system away from the ball, which helps eliminate optical distraction. (And it works!) Perfect for golfers who struggle with aiming and aligning putts.

If you find it hard to bend over and pick your ball out of the cup, the folks who invented the Pic Putter ($129) can help. This cast, stainless-steel mini mallet has an underside cavity that not only creates heel/toe weighting, but also is shaped like a golf ball and works like a suction cup. What’s best is that the Pic head is small enough to fit inside a golf hole—without damaging the lip. Features a CNC-milled face, offset head and user-friendly alignment markings. USGA approved.


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