Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Wedges
New groove rules mean new innovations in wedge technology
Key Feature: With a tighter heel-toe radius and unique C-Grind sole, the X-Forged is designed to help golfers become short-game wizards. Any shot is possible with these wedges.
What We Like: The sole is beveled to allow golfers to play closed- or open-faced shots with ease (even us). The forged feel is tough to beat.
Who It’s For: Moderate to better players who want shotshaping abilities.
Specs: Comes in nine lofts (48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°, 62°, 64°) with a Callaway steel shaft.
callawaygolf.com | $109
|Callaway X Series Jaws
Key Feature: The aggressive Mack Daddy Grooves produce maximum spin, control and versatility; the forged 1020 carbon steel makes for Tour-level feel.
What We Like: The C-shaped sole relieves the heel, toe and trailing edge. It improves turf interaction, allowing you to lay the face open while keeping the leading edge down.
Who It’s For: All types of players.
Specs: Available in lofts of 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60° and 64°, in either a Soft Milky Chrome or Dark Vintage finish, and choice of steel or graphite shaft.
callawaygolf.com | $109
Key Feature: The grooves —your choice of aggressive or nonaggressive —are laser-milled, as is the clubface. This means more surface roughness to optimize ball spin.
What We Like: The S sole is wider near the heel and narrow near the toe, which really eases getting out of the bunker without sacrificing your ability to open and close the face.
Who It’s For: Everyone.
Specs: 46°, 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°, 62° and 64°, in various bounce options and four different finishes.
clevelandgolf.com | $119
Key Feature: Zip Grooves are large, sharp-edged and precisely milled, which channels more debris at impact than traditional grooves. That means better ball contact and thus spin.
What We Like: The lightweight Gelback vibration-damping material in the back cavity creates a soft yet responsive feel.
Who It’s For: Players who expect optimal spin and distance control.
Specs: Available in 46°, 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°, 62° and 64°, in various bounce options and Black Pearl or Chrome finish.
clevelandgolf.com | $109
|F2 Plus Series
Key Feature: Do we really need to say? Just check out that Face Forward Technology and the virtually shank-proof hosel to see the tech in this wedge.
What We Like: Its unique Face Forward Technology makes shanks a thing of the past. It takes a little getting used to, and the F2 performs best when the clubface stays square. Adios, shanks!
Who It’s For: Players who tend to shank or struggle with sand play will find the F2 to be a life-saving addition.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (52°, 56°, 58°, 60°) with either a steel or graphite shaft.
f2golf.com | $99
|Infiniti IP-3 Pro
Key Feature: A precision- milled flat face produces maximum spin and helps your ball check when it lands. It also has a clean, classic shape.
What We Like: Three holes drilled in the toe provide feel and balance, and its special heel grind allows you to open the clubface for shots that require touch. Swinging a wedge has never felt so darn good.
Who It’s For: Better players who crave touch, spin and versatility when playing from a variety of turf conditions.
Specs: In three lofts (51°, 56°, 60°).
infinitigolf.com | $89
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