Wedges Buyer's Guide 2006

Ben Hogan Apex
www.benhogan.com
(866) 834-6532 | $135

Ben Hogan Apex Thanks to a refined tail-end sole grind, classic shape and the maximum allowable groove width, the Apex wedges deliver championship-caliber performance.
Features: Slight offset is handy to prevent slicing with irons, but on wedges, it commands a skilled player looking for total shotmaking control.
Advantages: The deep grooves and Tour-inspired sole design help to spin the ball not only from perfect lies, but also from the rough and sand.
Benefits: Although designed with the aid of Tour pros, these wedges will help any player.
What We Like: The Apex 5208 gap wedge performs like a sand wedge, but with the distance of a pitching wedge.
Lineup: Apex, Colonial, Carnoustie, Riviera
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Forged blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 52°/8° GW; 56°/12° SW; 60°/6° LW (no LH)
Shaft(s): Ben Hogan Apex steel (wedge)

Bridgestone J33 Forged
www.bridgestonegolf.com
(800) 359-6319 | $129

Bridgestone J33 Forged These Black Satin wedges define performance, thanks to a double-cut sole for less drag and a trapezoidal muscle design for shotmaking consistency.
Features: The U-grooves impart a ton of spin, and the leading edge grind prevents digging.
Advantages: Better players will appreciate the raised CG, resulting in better trajectory and distance control on approach shots.
Benefits: Although the design is Tour-inspired, all players can benefit from the clean geometry and shotmaking control of these beautiful wedges.
What We Like: The elongated hosel (which raises the CG) is retro, but the feel and performance are anything but.
Lineup: J33 Black Satin Forged, J33 Forged
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Forged muscleback
Size: Standard
Clubs: 52°/8° GW; 56°/12° SW; 60°/8° LW (no LH)
Shaft(s): True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (S)

Callaway X-Tour
www.callawaygolf.com
(800) 588-9836 | $135 ($150 Vintage)

Callaway X Tour Renowned clubmaker Roger Cleveland designed these traditional forged wedges for Phil Mickelson and other accomplished players.
Features: Forged carbon-steel construction, special PM (Phil Mickelson) grind and “Mack Daddy” grooves complement the Tour-inspired head shape (available in either Satin Chrome or Vintage finishes).
Advantages: Carbon-steel construction provides exceptional feel while the sole grind and unique groove design makes the X-Tour extremely versatile, particularly for better players. Improved head shape provides confidence.
Benefits: Better players who like to open and close the clubface to execute a variety of chips, pitches and lobs around the green.
What We Like: Any wedge designed by Roger Cleveland.
Lineup: Forged+, X-Tour
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Forged Blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: Eight loft and bounce configurations (available LH)
Shaft(s): True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)
Cleveland 588 DSG
www.clevelandgolf.com
(800) 999-6263 | $133 ($157 graphite)

Cleveland 588 DSG The original 588 is still considered by most golfers and club designers to be the industry benchmark. However, Cleveland’s R&D staff has been hard at work bringing the timeless design into the 21st century.
Features: Arguably the most popular wedge shape of all time is left intact, but now features a unique Dynamic Sole Grind that’s designed to allow the leading edge of the club to remain closer to the ground when the club is laid opened at address.
Advantages: Gives players greater versatility around the greens.
Benefits: Accomplished players who demand the ability to open and close the clubface to produce a variety of shots.
What We Like: Innovative idea, same great overall design.
Lineup: CG11 BP, CG11, CG10, CG10 BP 588, 588 DSG, 588 GunMetal
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 54°/12° GW; 56°/14°, 58°/10° SW; 60°/3° LW(available LH)
Shaft(s): True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge); Cleveland graphite (wedge)

Cobra King Cobra C
www.cobragolf.com
(800) 225-8500 | $79

Cobra King Cobra C Designed to be both forgiving and versatile, with increased bounce and a widened sole for less digging into the turf and sand. A soft, vibration-absorbing urethane insert helps create the feel of a traditionally shaped blade-style wedge.
Features: The King Cobra C is one of few perimeter-weighted new wedges on the market for players who crave extra control.
Advantages: Short swings need forgiveness, too.
Benefits: Solid performers for players who tend to struggle with excess digging on pitch shots.
What We Like: Making a forgiving wedge that looks great is a tall order, but Cobra did a fine job. The price is desirable, too.
Lineup: King Cobra C
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast cavity-back
Size: Oversized
Clubs: 50°/8° PW; 52°/8°, 54°/9° GW; 56°/11°, 56°/14° SW; 58°/12°, 60°/8° LW (available LH)
Shaft(s): True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (S)

F2 F2 Series
www.f2golf.com
(800) 683-2390 | $99 ($120 graphite)

F2 Series The F2’s hosel sits more toward the rear of the sole and the clubface protrudes toward the ball. This “Face Forward” design facilitates a flatter arc through the bunker and a better ability to lift the ball from thick sand.
Features: One can’t miss the unique hosel positioning to encourage clean, crisp contact.
Advantages: Players ought not to fiddle with opening the face at address. The F2 wedge performs best with a squared face.
Benefits: Players who struggle with getting the ball out of the bunker will find using the F2 to be a rewarding and round-saving experience.
What We Like: The looks take time to adjust to, but bunker play has never been easier.
Lineup: F2 Series
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast cavity-back
Size: Oversized
Clubs: 52°/6° GW; 56°/NA SW; 60°/NA LW (available LH)
Shaft(s): F2 steel (wedge)



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