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.
Mizuno MP-R WedgesKey Feature: Its “workshop grind” sole provides advanced playability.
What We Like: We’re all about choice, and the MP-R wedges give us just that. We can choose between two finishes: nickel or chrome. Also, it’s got a classic round head shape and CNC Max-Milled square grooves.
Who It’s For: Players looking for minimal offset and a classic, round head shape.
Clubhead: Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Forged blade • Custom Options: Yes Lofts: 52/7, 54/10 GW; 56/10, 56/13, 58/10 SW; 60/5, 60/9 LW; 52/7, 56/13, 60/9 (available LH) • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel
mizunousa.com | $120
Mizuno MP-T WedgesKey Feature: A C-shape grind sole that makes it easier to hit a variety of different shots.
What We Like: We’ve always been a big fan of Mizuno’s legendary craftsmanship, and the MP-T doesn’t disappoint. Its rolled leading edge minimizes digging and a cambered mid-sole makes consistent ballstriking a breeze.
Who It’s For: Players who like the teardrop-shaped clubhead and a buttery soft face.
Clubhead: 1025E Pure Select mild carbon-steel Clubface: Same • Design: Forged blade Custom Options: Yes • Lofts: 47/6, 51/6, 53/8 GW; 56/10, 56/14, 58/10 SW; 60/5, 60/8 LW • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300
mizunousa.com | $120
Nickent ARCKey Feature: Its Accelerated Rebound Core technology, which consists of an internal core of compressed high-rebound elastomer positioned inside the clubhead directly behind the sweet spot. It eliminates vibration.
What We Like: The hidden perimeter weighting system and its chrome and gunmetal finishes.
Who It’s For: Players who like a traditional blade, but want a dose of game improvement too.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same Design: Muscle-back • Custom Options: Yes Lofts: 50/8, 52/8, 54/10 GW; 56/12, 58/8, 58/8 SW; 60/7, 62/7 (LW) • Shafts: Nippon 1180 steel (wedge); Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)
nickentgolf.com | $99
Nike SV TourKey Feature: Its milled flat face. It provides consistency and a clean, pleasing look. Its profile, bounce and groove contours came about from feedback provided by Nike’s Tour staff.
What We Like: The price. You’d think such good craftsmanship would cost more.
Who It’s For: Golfers who don’t want to spend a lot, but who still crave performance.
Clubhead: 8620 Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast blade • Custom Options: Yes • Lofts: 50/10, 52/10, 54/12 GW; 56/10, 56/14, 58/10 SW; 60/6, 60/10 LW; (52/10, 56/14, 60/10 avail. LH) • Shafts: Dynamic Gold steel
nikegolf.com | $89
Ping iWedgeKey Feature: A deep multi-layer cavity maximizes forgiveness and positions the center of gravity toward the center of the face for a low, solid feel. Vibration dampening is a plus.
What We Like: The nod to PING’s classic Eye 2 sand wedge, not to mention the iWedge’s extreme forgiveness.
Who It’s For: Players who crave distance control.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast cavity-back • Clubs: 50/11, 52/11.5, 54/12 GW; 56/13, 58/11.5 SW; 60/12.5 LW (avail. LH) • Shafts: PING CS Lite (S,R), TT Dynamic Gold steel (X, S), Z-Z65 steel (S), TFC100i/909i graphite (S, R, A)
pinggolf.com | $99
Ping Tour Wedge Black NickelKey Feature: A slightly smaller head size and a ferrule for a traditional look. These wedges retain Tour-tested capabilities melded with playability.
What We Like: Variable bounce angles and machined U-grooves enable customized control. The slight offset helps make shotmaking easier.
Who It’s For: Tour pros dig the clean, traditional look; casual golfers like the forgiveness.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast cavity-blade • Custom Options: Yes • Clubs: 52, 54 GW; 56, 58 SW; 60 LW (available LH) • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (X, S), PING CS Lite steel (S, R), PING Z-Z65 Steel (S); PING TFC 100i graphite (S, R, A)
pinggolf.com | $125-$150
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