2009 Wedges Buyer's Guide

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There are four different kinds of wedges, and each is designed with different distances and shot shapes in mind. But one thing is certain, if you know how to hit them, you’ll have a day’s worth of close shots and tap-ins.

If wedges were movie props, they’d end up in the latest James Bond flick. Why? They can help you get out of practically any situation.

From pitching to lob wedges, the right one can help you hit any type of approach shot: flops, bump-and-runs, low spinners, dead-handed approaches.
If a great wedge player were an artist, then a great wedge would make him Michelangelo.

It goes without saying that the more shots you know how to play, the easier it is to get the ball near the hole, and if you do this, you’ll save strokes whether the rest of your game is on or off.

So how do you know which wedge is right for you? Well, all you have to do is browse through this year’s offerings and ask yourself a few questions like: What distances do I struggle from? Do I spin the ball enough? Do I have trouble getting the ball airborne? Then, look at the clubs’ specs (loft, bounce, groove quality and sole grinds), since each is designed to perform differently from all sorts of lies.

In short, be just like 007—try out some gadgets and leave with the tool that makes you a great escape artist.

Adams Puglielli 09
Key Feature: A classic teardrop- shaped wedge with an innovative 7-gram weight cartridge that reduces vibration for a smooth, buttery feel. The grooves are CNC-milled for better control.
What We Like: There’s a lot of tech in this wedge, but you can’t see it from the address position. We like that. Also, the milled grooves have a lot of bite.
Who It’s For: Virtually any type of golfer can reap rewards with these wedges.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (52°, 56°, 60°), each with different bounce angles to choose from. adamsgolf.com | $109
Bobby Jones Pelz Wedge
Key Feature: The wear-resistant Carpenter 440XH face insert not only is durable, but also features a unique texture that adds a ton of spin to an already tough-as-nails clubface.
What We Like: As with other Bobby Jones clubs, classic looks once again shroud some serious technology. In addition to the hard face, these wedges feel great and are forgiving, too.
Who It’s For: Classic wedge fans who like cool technology that doesn’t show.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (52°, 56°, 60°, 64°) with steel shafts. bobbyjonesgolf.net| $149
Bridgestone WC Design
Key Feature: These no-nonsense wedges were designed with heavy input from Tour players. The Variable Bounce Technology has less bounce in the heel for greater shot making ability.
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 who want precision control around the green.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (52°, 54°, 56°, 60°) with Dynamic Gold steel shafts. bridgestonegolf.com | $120


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