Thursday, May 1, 2008
2008 Wedge Buyer's Guide
If the golf bag were to have a go to problem solver, hands down, the wedge would be the top pick. Designed to be playable from literally anywhere on the course, the right wedge can be a real lifesaver.
Adams WatsonKey Feature: Two acoustical channels and a molded TPU insert lend a soft feel, and the Tour-inspired grind makes the Watson series one that better players will appreciate.
What We Like: Three for the price of one? That’s one of the best deals we’ve ever seen.
Who It’s For: Anybody who wants some added touch around the greens and the name of the one of the greatest golfers ever imprinted on the back of the wedge. Gunmetal also avail.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same • Design: Cast blade • Custom Options: No • Clubs: 52°/7° GW; 56/13 SW; 60/7 LW • Shafts: True Temper DG steel (wedge)
adamsgolf.com | $99 (Set of 3)
Ben Hogan ApexKey Feature: Slight offset is handy to prevent slicing with irons, but on wedges, it appeals to a skilled player looking for total shotmaking and trajectory control from various distances.
What We Like: The deep grooves and Tour-inspired sole design help to spin the ball not only from perfect lies, but also out of gnarly rough and sand.
Who It’s For: Although designed with the aid of Tour pros, these wedges will help any player.
Clubhead: Carbon steel • Clubface: Same
Design: Forged blade • Custom Options: No • Clubs: 52/8 GW; 56/12 SW; 60/6 LW • Shafts: Ben Hogan Apex steel (wedge)
benhogan.com | $135
Bridgestone WC DesignKey Feature: The wedges were produced with feedback from Tour player Stuart Appleby.
What We Like: The milled U-Grooves produce higher and more consistent spin from all kinds of lies. The 8620 carbon steel is super soft. The WC stands for “West Coast.”
Who It’s For: Shotmakers. Bridgestone’s Variable Bounce Technology creates a sole with less bounce in the heel and toe, providing more shotmaking versatility.
Clubhead: 8620 Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast blade • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 52/9.5, 54/11.5 GW; 56/12 SW; 60/10.5 • Shafts: Dynamic Gold Wedge steel
bridgestonegolf.com | $120
Callaway X-ForgedKey Feature: With a tighter heel-toe radius and unique C-Grind sole, the X-Forged is designed to help golfers become short game wizards. Any shot is possible with these wedges.
What We Like: The sole is a neat feature, but the Mack Daddy grooves are what make the ball check up nicely on the green.
Who It’s For: Moderate to better players who want shot-shaping abilities.
Clubhead: Carbon Steel • Clubface: Same Design: Forged blade • Custom Options: Yes Lofts: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64 (multiple bounce options available) • Shafts: Callaway steel (wedge)
callawaygolf.com | $109
Callaway X-TourKey Feature: Forged carbon-steel construction, special PM (Phil Mickelson) grind and “Mack Daddy” grooves complement the head shape.
What We Like: Carbon-steel construction provides exceptional feel while the sole grind and unique groove design makes the X-Tour extremely versatile, particularly for better players.
Who It’s For: Better players who like to execute a variety of shots.
Clubhead: Carbon steel • Clubface: Same
Design: Forged blade • Custom Options: Yes Clubs: Eight loft and bounce configurations Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)
callawaygolf.com | $135-$150
Cleveland CG12Key Feature: The milled Zip Grooves mean these wedges pack a tremendous amount of spin and control.
What We Like: The grooves are the real deal, and the head shape is versatile and simple. Available in chrome or black pearl.
Who It’s For: Anybody looking for tremendous control around the greens.
Clubhead: Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast blade • Custom Options: Yes Lofts: 46/8, 48/8, 50/10, 52/10, 54/8, 54/12, 54/14, 56/10, 56/12, 56/14, 58/8, 58/12, 58/14, 60/4, 60/10, 60/14 • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge flex)
Black | $109
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