Friday, March 18, 2011
2011 Buyer's Guide Wedges
The most versatile clubs in your bag
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ScratchKey Feature: The CNC-milled 8620 wedge is available in up to six different grinds to accommodate just about every type of player.
What We Like: The classic teardrop shaping, and the “all bite, no chew” groove technology that generates a ton of spin. The custom three-character stamping is a cool touch, too. We’ve always wanted our initials and alma mater colors on our wedges, just like the pros have.
Who It’s For: There are grinds for sweepers, sliders and everyone in between.
Specs: Comes in lofts of 53°, 56°, 58° and 60° in a variety of finishes, grinds, etc.
scratchgolf.com | $99
TaylormadeKey Feature: You can quickly and easily change the clubface for a fresh set of grooves without having to reacclimate yourself to a new scoring club.
What We Like: The thin urethane layer behind the face yields an amazingly soft feel, even on full shots. Also, the shaping of this wedge is Tour-friendly, meaning better players can play a variety of shots just by opening the clubface.
Who It’s For: Shotmakers.
Specs: Available in lofts of 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60° and 64° with Dynamic Gold steel shafts. Additional face inserts available, as well.
taylormadegolf.com | $129
TitleistKey Feature: This is part of the company’s WedgeWorks Exclusives line, which allows you to create the exact wedge you want, just like Tour pros. It’s finished in your choice of Bright Brushed Chrome and Oil Can Zero, both in Bob Vokey’s awesome shapes and grinds.
Vokey Tour Van
What We Like: Customize to your heart’s content, including the use of logo, graphics and one of 20 paint-fill colors.
Who It’s For: All golfers who want the benefit of a well-made, customized wedge.
Specs: Available in lofts of 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°, with various bounces.
titleist.com | $150-$200
Tour EdgeKey Feature: The Triple Grind Sole eliminates bounce from the heel and toe, to improve workability in various playing conditions such as sand, rough, hardpan and, of course, fairway.
What We Like: It’s great-looking and feels really soft thanks to the TPE insert behind the sweet spot. We found that this wedge imparts lots of backspin, too. But that’s not our favorite part. This wedge is a screaming good bargain at less than $40. Wow!
Who It’s For: All golfers.
Specs: Available in lofts of 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60° in black carbon or stainless steel.
titleist.com | $39-$59
Tour EdgeKey Feature: A milled 1.5mm-thin forged face is backed by a core that’s filled with a thermal plastic elastomer What We Like: A removable weight screw in the back allows you to adjust the swing weight to your preferred feel, weight and performance. Not to mention it’s easier and more consistent to use than lead tape. We also liked the way this wedge feels on full swings. Soft and buttery, to say the least.
Exotics Xtreme Spin
Who It’s For: All golfers.
Specs: Available in lofts of 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60° in two finishes with steel shafts.
touredge.com | $129
Wilson StaffKey Feature: Made with Tour pro input, this wedge has CNC-milled grooves plus an additional milled pattern etched into the face, for more ball control. Underneath, the sole grind lowers the leading edge closer to the ground, making it easier to hit crisp, clean shots with the face opened.
What We Like: Nice design and shaping gives you confidence standing over the ball.
Who It’s For: All golfers who want to score from anywhere.
Specs: Available in lofts of 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60° with DG steel shafts.
wilsongolf.com | $99
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