Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Wedges
New groove rules mean new innovations in wedge technology
|Mizuno MP T-10
Key Feature: Grain-flow forged from 1025E “Pure Select” mild carbon steel to provide soft, solid and consistent feel around the greens.
What We Like: The Quad Cut grooves are aggressive and consistent, translating to maximum spin control and ball-stopping ability.
Who It’s For: Any player appreciating classic-looking wedges that lend a great tactile feel.
Specs: Comes in 50°, 52°, 54°, 56º, 58°, 60° and 64º, in White Satin or Black Satin finish with steel shafts.
mizunousa.com | $120
|Boccieri Golf Heavy Wedge
Key Feature: A 375-gram clubhead is offset by 65 grams in back weight near the butt of the shaft, to move the balance point closer to your body for better control.
What We Like: The weighting scheme lets you feel the club all the way through the swing, and prevents you from releasing your wrists early.
Who It’s For: Less-skilled short-game players who need a little help around the green. Or folks who tend to get too handsy with short shots.
Specs: Available in lofts of 52°, 56° and 60° with custom heavy-weighted shaft.
boccierigolf.com | $110
|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
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
Key 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), both of which make this wedge look and feel really sweet.
Who It’s For: With 13 loft-and-bounce configurations available, there’s a perfect Tour-W wedge for everyone.
Specs: Comes in seven lofts (47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°) with a variety of bounce angles and shaft options.
pinggolf.com | $125
Key Feature: Cast from 8620 stainless steel, this comes in three grinds: The sweeper/slider for those who pick the ball off the ground; the driver/slider for players who take mild divots with their wedges; and the digger/driver for very aggressive and steep swing types.
What We Like: Shaping is awesome, and you can dial in the proper sole grind.
Who It’s For: Any player wanting sole grind options at a competitive price.
Specs: 50°, 53°, 56°, 58° and 60°, and three sole grinds within each loft. Steel shafts come standard.
scratchgolf.com | $99
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