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.
Ping Tour-W WedgeKey Feature: A dense tungsten toe weight and Custom Tuning Port increase the club’s MOI.
What We Like: The options. It comes in 13 different configurations and two different finishes (Brushed Silver and Black Chrome Nickel).
Who It’s For: With 13 loft and bounce configurations available, there’s a Tour-W for everyone.
Clubhead: Stainless steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cavity-back • Custom Options: Yes Lofts: 47/10, 50/12, 52,/12, 54/10, 54/14 (GW); 56/10, 56/14 58/6, 58/8, 58/10 (SW); 60/6, 60/8, 60/10 (LW) Â• Shafts: Multiple shaft options. Check Website for further details.
pinggolf.com | $125
Solus Tour 7.1Key Feature: The Tour 7.1 design features subtle changes to the leading edge, toe area and trailing edge to deliver what world-class players are looking for in a wedge.
What We Like: It’s not as forgiving as the 4.1 on off center hits because there’s no perimeter weighting. It incorporates a slightly higher initial bounce angle to impart more spin and control.
Who It’s For: Better players who like a soft-feeling blade that provides a shallow impact.
Clubhead: Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast blade • Custom Options: No Lofts: 47, 51, 53, 56, 59, 61; 51, 56, 61 (LH) Shafts: True Temper steel (wedge)
solusgolf.com | $129
Sonartec T35 WedgeKey Feature: Its “Yo-Yo” grooves will have your ball spinning, checking and backing up like never before.
What We Like: The T35’s forged 8620-carbon steel makes the club incredibly soft.
Who It’s For: Players who want to take advantage of its multi-grind sole, which allows for a greater manipulation of the clubface for a wide range of shots.
Clubhead: Forged 8620 carbon steel Clubface: Same • Design: Forged blade Custom Options: No • Clubs: 52/8, 54/8 GW; 5/11, 58/9 SW; 60/9 LW • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)
sonartec.com | $120
Srixon WG-706Key Feature:UV grooves whose sidewall angle has been reduced by 75 percent, increasing the total groove volume, allowing dirt and grass to channel away from the clubface.
What We Like: The classic shape and soft carbon steel from which it’s constructed. That results in tons of spin.
Who It’s For: It comes in 7 different loft/bounce configurations. There’s a WG-706 for everyone.
Clubhead: 1020 Soft Carbon Steel • Clubface: Same • Design: Forged blade • Custom Options: N/A • Lofts: 50/8, 52/8, 54/12 GW; 56/8, 56/12, 58/8 SW; 60/8 • Shafts: Dynamic Gold Shaft (Wedge Flex, High Flex Point, 1231g)
srixon.com | $169
Taylormade Z TPKey Feature: The Y-cutter grooves have been upgraded to Z-cutter, meaning they’re sharper and produce more spin and control than ever before. Other cool features include a sole and hosel design that make it a cinch to hit shots with an open face.
What We Like: Its smoked PVD finish and extra sharp Z-cutter grooves.
Who It’s For: Golfers looking to hit a variety of different shots from different turf conditions.
Clubhead: Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast rac Cavity • Custom Options: Yes Lofts: 52/8, 54/10 GW; 56/12, 58/8 SW; 60/6 LW • Shafts: Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)
taylormadegolf.com | $140
Titleist Vokey Spin Milled Oil CanKey Feature: These wedges have 30-percent more groove volume when compared to other models. They spin the ball like crazy.
What We Like: The micro-grooves really aid in creating spin, especially from the rough. We also dig the glare reducing Oil Can finish.
Who It’s For: Even though it was designed for Tour players, the Spin Milled series is great for anyone craving short game touch.
Clubhead: Carbon steel • Clubface: Same Design: Cast blade • Custom Options: Yes Lofts: 54/10, 54/14 GW; 56/10, 56/14 SW; 58/8, 58/12, 60/4, 60/8 LW • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)
titleist.com | $130
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