2009 Wedges Buyer's Guide

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Nickent ARC
Key Feature: Its Accelerated Rebound Core (ARC) technology, naturally. The ARC is an internal core of compressed, high-rebound elastomer positioned inside the clubhead and behind the sweet spot. What’s the benefit? A major reduction of 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.
Specs: Comes in seven lofts (50°- 62°) with a Nippon steel shaft. nickentgolf.com | $99
Nike Victory Red
Key Feature: Complementing the new Victory Red irons, this wedge is forged with a grind inspired by the needs of the best golfer ever (Hint: He wears red on Sundays).
What We Like: The High Rev grooves are almost like cheating! The ball checks up and holds its line exceptionally well from anywhere on the course.
Who It’s For: Ideally, these wedges have a Tour shape for playability and control. But, when it comes to wedges, who doesn’t want that? All players do.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°) with a True Temper DG shaft. nikegolf.com | $109
Ping iWedge
Key Feature: Consider it the 2.0 version of the classic Ping Eye2 wedge. A deep multilayer cavity maximizes forgiveness, and the sole and shape lend the same outstanding playability that made its predecessor famous.
What We Like: Variable bounce angles and machined U-grooves enable customized control. The slight offset helps make shotmaking easier and helps control the ballflight.
Who It’s For: Tour pros and casual golfers can’t go wrong here.
Specs: Comes in six lofts (50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°) in steel or graphite shafts. pinggolf.com | $125-$150


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