Tuesday, March 5, 2013
2013 Buyer's Guide Wedges
PingKey Feature: The Tour-S is a tech wonder, using a tuning port to enhance the wedge's forgiveness and perimeter weighting (two things not usually associated with wedges) and a machined face for maximum spin. That Rustique finish is awesome, just ask Louis Oosthuizen, who used it to win the British Open.
Who It's For: All skill levels will find something to appreciate.
Wow Factor: Great feel and also quite forgiving.
Specs: Two finishes and a wide variety of loft/bounce configurations, in either steel or graphite shafts. (LH)
ping.com | $119
PingKey Feature: Available in three sole-width options that lend versatility from any lie. Precision-milled "Gorge" face grooves hold tight manufacturing tolerances, to help maximize backspin Traditional head shape.
Who It's For: All golfer types. Just choose the right model.
Wow Factor: What a beautiful wedge. In every single way.
Specs: Seven lofts in a variety of configurations of three sole designs: (TS) for firm conditions and shallow approaches, standard (SS) for all playing conditions, and wide (WS) for hitting from softer sand and turf.
ping.com | $140-$167
ScorgolfKey Feature: This custom-built has a remarkable 21 different lofts available, from 41° to 61°, and was designed to deliver improved shotmaking performance for your scoring clubs. Look for a higher CG than your typical wedge, which results in a more boring ballflight.
Who It's For: Dreamt up as the short-game equivalent of hybrids, these higher-lofted sticks are itching to boot your conventional wedges (even your 9-iron!) out of your bag. Struggle with distance, trajectory and spin? No more!
Specs: 21 lofts between 41° and 61°.
scorgolf.com | $649/Five Clubs
ScratchKey Feature: The CNC-milled 8620 is made in three ways to accommodate three player types, those who swing steep, just right or shallow. The classic teardrop shape and "all-bite, no-chew" groove technology generates a ton of spin, and the slightly rounded leading edge is ideal for the better player who loves to get creative.
Who It's For: Golfers who want a wedge that's suited for their type of swing patterns.
Specs: Comes in lofts of 53°, 56°, 58°, 60° in a variety of finishes, grinds, shafts, etc.
scratchgolf.com | $99
TaylormadeKey Feature: Its "All Terrain Versatility" sole TaylorMade helps you play every type of shot from all lies, while its bounce angle changes according to how you position the clubhead and open the face. A new cavity design promotes soft feel and sound, while a heavier steel shaft enhances swing rhythm, crisp contact and control.
Who It's For: All players who want real playability.
Wow Factor: We love how the sole works and how it looks.
Specs: Available in 50°, 55° and 60°, with RocketFuel 85 steel or RocketFuel 65 graphite shaft. Nice price! (LH available)
taylormadegolf.com | $89
TitleistKey Feature: Available through WedgeWorks Exclusives, this wedge can be customized to your preferences with respect to lie angle, loft, toe engraving, personalized stamping, paintfill, grip, shaft, ferrule and shaft band.
Vokey Design TVD-K
Who It's For: Do we really need to tell you?
Wow Factor: Getting a wedge customized to your swing is awesome. Getting a customized Vokey is unparalleled.
Specs: Available in three loft/bounce combinations: 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 60°/10° in California Chrome or Graphite Ion finish, with custom shafts. (LH available)
titleist.com | $160+
Tour Edge ExoticsKey Feature: The 303 milled-stainless-steel face (which is only 1.5mm thick) is backed by a hollow core filled with a thermal plastic elastomer gel. This combination delivers exceptional feel and feedback and makes every shot come off the face soft as butter. We tested it off many kinds of lies and really liked the way the Tour-perfected sole grind produced crisp shots no matter what.
Tour Proto V1.1
Who It's For: All player types.
Wow Factor: Its looks alone are worth the price. Wow!
Specs: Seven lofts available (50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°, 62°).
touredge.com | $99
Wilson StaffKey Feature: "Traction Control" technology consists of two parts. To enhance ball spin on full swings, aggressive Tour-Y grooves milled for consistency. Meanwhile, sets of 11 laser-etched lines between each groove enhance spin on partial swings or from precarious lies.
FG Tour TC
Who It's For: All golfers, provided they get the proper grind.
Wow Factor: Tour-quality performance from both grinds.
Specs: A variety of lofts in a traditional grind with a wider sole or a Tour grind with a narrower sole, both with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts. Custom options available.
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