2011 Buyer's Guide Wedges

The most versatile clubs in your bag

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No matter how good you get at this finicky game, on occasion, the golf course will win, and you’ll find yourself in the deep rough, off the green, in the sand or worse. On these occasions, your wedges can rise to the occasion, often helping you turn an unfortunate result into a quick stroke saver. That’s not to say wedges are just for shots outside the fairway; they’re equally critical on the fairway, as well. It’s the wedge that will help you shoot lower scores around the green and make up for any mistakes you may have made with other clubs. And the better you get with your wedges, the more your putter will appreciate it. Let’s look at some of the year’s best.

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Tom Watson
Great Buy!Key Feature: Improved for 2011 with generous sole widths bearing a performance grind that prevents digging into the turf.
What We Like: The black nickel finish is a nice touch, especially on sunny days when it mutes all glare. Each wedge seems to produce plenty of spin, as well. These are a great choice for steep swingers, and the price is hard to beat when it comes to finding some good, solid wedges.
Who It’s For: All golfers who want the benefits of a generous sole width (they dig less).
Specs: Available in lofts of 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60° and 64°, with various bounces.
adamsgolf.com | $69
Bobby Jones
Versatile WonderKey Feature: Its face is milled from Carpenter 440XH steel, which the company claims is harder and more durable than carbon steel or 17-4 stainless steel. In other words, it’s indestructible, and the grooves last a long, long time.
What We Like: The ball-grabbing, milled, Diamond Pattern face texture is useful, and the club’s heavier weight helps you swing smoother. It has a real pendulum-like feel.
Who It’s For: Fans of renowned scientist/golf instructor, Dave Pelz, who helped design it.
Specs: Comes in five lofts, 48°, 52°, 56°, 60° and 64° with steel shafts.
bobbyjonesgolf.net| $109
Heavy Wedge
TrendsetterKey Feature: All models are now marked with “TC” to indicate Tour-conforming grooves. New loft/bounce combinations include the 5411 (54° loft, 11° bounce) and 5808 (58° loft, 8° bounce).
What We Like: The slightly heavier back weighting aims to help smooth your backswing-to-forwardswing transition and help square the clubface at impact. As for feel, the added weight really makes it easier to hit pitch shots from 50-80 yards away.
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers.
Specs: Available in lofts of 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°, with various bounces.
boccierigolf.com | $109


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