2014 Buyer's Guide Wedges

Have a look at some of our favorite wedges for 2014

Labels: Buyers GuideWedges
Tour Edge
Exotics CD PROs
Key Features: Forged from soft carbon steel for good feedback. Aggressive square-style grooves lend plenty of control, while the beveled sole eliminates bounce from the heel and toe, giving you versatility from most lies.
Wow Factor: It has a nice, classic shape, which we like for hitting most scoring shots. The sole shape makes this an effective weapon from thick and thin turf.
Specs: Available in loft/bounce options of 50°-10°, 52°-12°, 54°-14°, 56°-14° and 60°-14°, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft.
touredge.com | $119/graphite, $99/steel
Wilson Staff
FG Tour TC Black
Key Features: Traction Control technology enhances spin on long and partial shots in the form of aggressive Tour-Y grooves that are milled for consistency and enhance spin on full swings, with micro-spin enhancers—sets of 11 laser-etched lines between each groove—that increase spin on partial swings. There are two sole options: Traditional has optimal width and camber for golfers with medium to steep swings, and Tour Grind is thinner for players with medium to shallow swings.
Wow Factor: Attractive black, non-glare finish and sleek shaping. A fantastic value.
Specs: Two sole options and nine different loft/bounce combinations mean 35 possible loft/bounce/sole configurations, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft.
wilsonstaff.com | $100
Flop Shot
Hitting a successful flop shot can sometimes be as gratifying as hitting a big drive or sinking a long putt. But many golfers are too reluctant to try one, thinking it's a shot that only better players can execute.

The reality is, yes, a flop shot requires more touch than, say, a simple chip or pitch does. But it's not impossible! The trick is employing a technique that I've seen many good players doing as of late. Before this, many golfers would attempt to hold the face open through the flop shot, hoping to slide the club precisely under the ball and hope to not hit it fat or thin. This technique has a lot of room for error, often resulting in more not-so-good shots than well-executed ones.

So what's the best way to do it? First, I want you to set up as you would a normal flop shot. Play the ball front-center in your stance, with the shaft vertical and your weight slightly favoring your left side. (This will steepen your swing for crisper contact.) Next, lay the face wide open behind the ball. From here, I don't want you to try and keep the face open! Hit a normal shot, allowing the wrists to hinge and rotate going back, unhinge at impact, and, again, hinge and rotate through the followthrough.

Because the clubface was laid considerably open at address, you allow the hands to rotate the clubface as you would with a normal shot and still expect the ball to have plenty of upward trajectory. As you practice this shot, it's important to experiment with what setup face angle works best for you, and always remember to both rotate the body and accelerate through the shot. Any tentativeness when hitting flop shots will likely produce a bad result.


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