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.
Tour Edge Exotics Xtreme SpinKey Feature: A removable weight (2-, 4- and 6-gram screws included) allows players to adjust its swing weight based on their preferences.
What We Like: Its milled face grooves and super-thin 1025-milled carbon steel clubface. (The clubhead is filled with Thermal plastic elastomer that allows for such a thin face.)
Who It’s For: Players who crave control and spin on their approach shots.
Clubhead: Carbon Steel • Clubface: Same Design: Adjustable weighting blade • Custom Options: Yes • Lofts: 50/8, 52/8, 54/12 GW; 56/12, 58/10 SW; 60/8 LW • Shafts: Dynamic Gold taper tip steel
exoticsgolf.com | $129
Wilson Tw7 Tour WedgesKey Feature: Deeper and sharper grooves than most wedges, Tw7’s squared edges result in more spin, bite and better control.
What We Like: The clubhead’s gunmetal finish and the expert feedback from Open champion Padraig Harrington is a big plus.
Who It’s For: Golfers looking for a wedge that performs just as well as it looks. Players who like the non-glare gunmetal finish.
Clubhead: 431 Stainless Steel • Clubface: Same • Design: Cast blade • Custom Options: No • Lofts: 52/6, 54/8 GW; 56/10 (available LH) 58/12 SW; 60/8 LW • Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)
wilsongolf.com | $90
Consider the idea of expanding your wedge set for various conditions.
Most golfers become used to a single wedge as the sort of “go-to,” that trusted old friend with a lot of good memories. But this isn’t ideal if you play a lot of different courses with different conditions. A really savvy move is to have two sets of wedges, a higher-bounce set for soft, wet or spongy conditions and another lower-bounce set for firm, hard and tight conditions.
There’s widespread misinformation and confusion about the legality of wedges and their grooves in the near future. While the USGA is poised to change the regulations of groove geometry for the purpose of reducing spin from the rough, only the game’s strongest players will be affected in the short run. The proposed rule will take effect in January of next year, but for the vast majority of golfers, there will be a grandfather period of 10 additional years. So don’t rush out to buy a new set of competition conforming wedges just yet. For more information, visit www.usga.org.
High-lofted wedges are gaining in popularity both among the ranks of Tour players and amateurs. Advocated by the bullhorn of short game author/teacher Dave Pelz, these “super-lob” wedges can make a huge difference for close-in shots that require maximum stopping power. But be careful, with the use of the 64 comes a great responsibility…know when and when not to use it! The tendency is to hit under the ball and come up short of the target. Also a 64-degree wedge should have generous bounce, as the high degree of loft will tend to be more of a digger.
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