Friday, March 18, 2011
2011 Buyer's Guide Wedges
The most versatile clubs in your bag
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MiuraKey Feature: The K Grind wedge is ground by hand to exact specifications. Its unique design helps in cutting through rough and wet sand, not to mention it performs exceptionally from the short stuff too.
What We Like: It looks fantastic, which we’ve come to expect from every Miura club. As for the “knuckle-like” sole design, we love creativity, and it wouldn’t surprise us to see this type of sole grind catch on.
Who It’s For: All types of players.
Specs: Available in 56° with a variety of shaft options to consider.
miuragolf.com | $250
MizunoKey Feature: It’s forged from a special grade of mild carbon steel, for soft and consistent shots. The QUAD-CUT Grooves really add some bite.
What We Like: Generates plenty of spin, thanks to the high-spin grooves plus the milled face that heightens surface roughness. The 360° sole grind shaping makes it easy to play this wedge from a square or open lie. The thin topline yields the look and feel that better players will want come time to shape shots around the greens.
Who It’s For: Better players.
Specs: Available in lofts of 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60° and 64°, with various bounces.
mizunousa.com | $119
Nike GolfKey Feature: The Dual Sole design offers easy shotmaking in multiple playing conditions. Comes in two finishes, satin or a black satin that will rust over time for even more spin production.
What We Like: You’ll strike the ball more solidly with its versatile sole. Also, because the wedge is made from 8620 carbon steel, it has a softer, more buttery feel than 17-4 stainless steel. The black satin absorbed light really well.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want maximum spin and increased shot control.
Specs: Available in lofts of 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°, with various bounces.
nikegolf.com | $131
Nike GolfKey Feature: There are 20 X3X high-frequency grooves on the clubface that make contact with the ball at impact, for better ball control. Between the grooves is a laser diagonal cross-hatch etching pattern for a better surface texture.
VR Pro Forged
What We Like: It’s forged, so it feels terrific. And it’s offered in satin chrome or brushed black ox raw finish that will rust. Once again, this wedge has the compact rounded shaping and versatile sole grind. Love it!
Who It’s For: Better players.
Specs: Available in lofts of 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°, with various bounces.
nikegolf.com | $119
PingKey Feature: Consider it the newer version of the 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. Take our word for it, this is an all-around awesome wedge. Okay?
Who It’s For: All types of golfers.
Specs: Comes in six lofts (50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°) in steel or graphite shafts.
pinggolf.com | $125-$150
PingKey Feature: The machined face and grooves on the compact clubhead help optimize spin for more versatility and creativity.
What We Like: A “Vertical Custom Tuning Port” angles toward the back surface, to increase the perimeter weighting for added forgiveness. And yes, forgiveness is important when it comes to wedges. It’s key for consistent distance control.
Who It’s For: All golfers.
Specs: Brushed Silver Chrome version available in 47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 58°/TS, 60°, 60°/TS and 64°/TS; Rustique finish available in 52°, 56° and 60°.
pinggolf.com | $130-$157
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