Tuesday, March 5, 2013
2013 Buyer's Guide Wedges
EdelKey Feature: The DGR Grind has a wide sole with a channel scooped out in the mid-sole area parallel to the leading edge. The lower bounce angle on the front edge allows the club to dig through the turf on contact, while the high-bounce trailing edge prevents excessive digging. It's the best of both worlds!
Who It's For: Golfers with aggressive and/or steep swings.
Wow Factor: Expensive, but they're totally worth it.
Specs: Two finishes (Chrome or Black) in every loft from 58° to 64°, with custom shafts.
edelgolf.com | $195
F2Key Feature: The anti-shank hosel design uses Face Forward Technology to hit straighter, crisper iron shots. But that's not all; it also helps reduce drag in the sand and deep rough, making it easier to keep the clubface square.
Who It's For: Those who want to eliminate the shanks, as well as golfers willing to try a creative and unique design. They really work! (Just ask Andy North.)
Wow Factor: That hosel is pure genius.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (48°, 52°, 56°, 60°, 64°) with either a steel or graphite shaft.
f2golf.com | $99/$119
FourteenKey Feature: Large trapezoidal grooves impart exceptional spin and rotational speed on the ball. The sole is rounded at the heel and toe with no rear portion, allowing golfers to open and close the face in all lofts—except the 60-degree model, which has a twin sole.
Who It's For: All player types.
Wow Factor: The sole design is great for open-faced shots.
Specs: Seven lofts from 48° to 60° in a nickel chrome non-plated half-matte finish, with True Temper Dynamic Gold or Nippon NS Pro 950GH HT shaft.
fourteengolf.com | $185
InfinityKey Feature: The face is milled for precision flatness and maximum spin. Also, three holes are drilled out in the toe that reduce toe weight for a more balanced feel across the face (a lot of Tour players do this). The heel grind on this wedge makes it a cinch to hit shots with open faces.
Who It's For: Those who want a precision-made, well-balanced wedge in their shotmaking arsenal.
Wow Factor: The sole design is Tour-worthy.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (51°, 56°, 60°) with a variety of shaft options available.
fourteengolf.com | $89
MiuraKey Feature: Known for it's extraordinary forgings, the latest wedge from Miura has progressive offset on the lower-lofted models and slight onset on the 57° and 59° models. This means maximum playability, folks.
New Wedge Series
Who It's For: Fans of legendary craftsmanship, especially when it comes to forged clubs. Miura knows exactly what it's doing when it comes to clubs that feel and work great.
Wow Factor: We're afraid to get 'em dirty, they're so classy!
Specs: Comes in five lofts (51°, 53°, 55°, 57°, 59°) with a nickel (satin) chrome finish and a steel shaft.
miuragolf.com | $235
MizunoKey Feature: Generates loads of backspin to help shots hone in on the flagstick. The "Grain Flow" forged, mild carbon steel feels soft at impact, while precision and proprietary "Quad Cut" face grooves enhance spin and trajectory. They deliver increased spin and a lower launch at impact.
Who It's For: Typically, better players. But we won't tell.
Wow Factor: Luke Donald plays this model, and helped design it. Considering his short game, we're sold.
Specs: Six lofts from 50° to 60° in White Satin or Black Nickel finish, with True Temper DG Spinner shafts. (LH available)
mizunogolf.com | $129
NikeKey Feature: The high-frequency X3X grooves and a laser-etched "X" pattern on the face combine to produce a ton of spin, and the dual sole keeps the leading edge snug with the ground on square or open-faced shots.
VR Pro DS Forged
Who It's For: Players who want a versatile wedge, no matter what the conditions. The sole has a leading-edge bounce, but the trailing edge is relieved.
Wow Factor: Nike hit a home run here. Trust us.
Specs: Platinum finish with lofts between 48° and 62° with TT Dynamic Gold steel shafts.
nikegolf.com | $89
OrlimarKey Feature: A 1025 soft carbon forged clubhead wedge couples soft feel with control. USGA-conforming grooves offer control when hitting shots that need to hop and stop on the green.
Who It's For: Golfers on a budget who still want a decent wedge from a well-known brand.
Wow Factor: We really like the flowing curves and edges on this simple, but solid-performing wedge.
Specs: Available in three loft/bounce combinations: 52°/8°, 56°/12°, 60°/6°, with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts.
orlimar.com | $99
PingKey Feature: The forged Anser wedge has tungsten in the toe section to balance out with the long hosel, resulting in a CG that's right smack in the middle of the face. Add a tapered sole, a thicker face and, of course, PING's legendary commitment to quality, and wow!
Who It's For: Golfers who want the best wedge PING has ever made. Duh! (Suitable for all skill levels.)
Wow Factor: Best PING wedge to date. Ever. Amazing!
Specs: Comes in a variety of lofts (50° - 60°) in satin-nickel or chrome finishes with a steel or graphite shaft. (LH)
ping.com | $170
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