Wedges Buyer's Guide 2007

Known as the most versatile club in the bag, the wedge is a bona fide score saver


Mizuno MP-R Wedges
mizunousa.com
(800) 966-1211 | $120
Black Nickel:

Chrome:

w-Mizuno-MPR.jpgJoining the already successful MP-T series, the new MP-R wedges are aimed at players looking for minimal offset and a classic, round head shape.
Features: Classic round head shape, patented Grain Flow Forged 1025E pure select mild carbon steel, Tour-inspired Workshop-Grind Sole, CNC Max-Milled square grooves for optimum spin, minimal offset.
Advantages: Its “workshop grind” sole provides advanced playability.
Benefits: Tour players dig the square grooves and minimal offset, while amateurs claim to like the black nickel finish.
What We Like: We’re all about choice, and the MP-R wedges give us just that. We can choose between two finishes: nickel or chrome.
Lineup: MP-R series, MP-T series
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Forged blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 52°/7°, 54°/10° GW; 56°/10°, 56°/13°, 58°/10° SW; 60°/5°, 60°/9° LW (52°/7°, 56°/13°, 60°/9° (available LH)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)

Nickent ARC
nickentgolf.com
888-NICKENT | $109
Nickel Chrome:

Gunmetal:
w-Nickent-ARC.jpgA leading name in hybrids offers a high-tech wedge with enhanced feel.
Features: An elastomer material placed directly behind the hitting area. The elastomer weighs significantly less than the surrounding steel, which allows for the creation of an internal cavity. According to Nickent, this is the only patented hidden perimeter weighting system in wedge design.
Advantages: The ARC technology eliminates vibration at impact, creating a soft feel.
Benefits: Anyone who likes a traditional blade wedge, but also wants an extra dose of hidden game improvement.
What We Like: The hidden perimeter weighting system and the chrome or black finishes.
Lineup: ARC
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 46°/8°, 48°/8° PW; 52°/10°, 54°/10° GW; 56°/12°, 58°/10° SW; 60°/6°, 62°/3° LW (48°, 52°, 56°, 60° available LH)
Shafts: Rifle Spinner steel (wedge)

Nike SV Tour
nikegolf.com
(888) 799-NIKE | $89

w-Nike-SV-Tour.jpgLast year, four members of Nike’s Tour Staff won tournaments using the SV Tour wedge. This year, maybe you will, too.
Features: Its milled flat face provides consistency and a clean, pleasing look. Its profile, bounce and groove contours came about from feedback provided by Nike’s Tour Staff.
Advantages: Even though Tiger doesn’t play it, it will attract a variety of players seeking an affordable performance wedge.
Benefits: The 8620 steel face is super soft to help all skill levels score better.
What We Like: The price. With a street price well under $100, the SV Tour is so affordable you might buy two.
Lineup: Spin Velocity, TW, SV Tour
Clubhead: 8620 Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 50°/10°, 52°/10°, 54°/12° GW; 56°/10°, 56°/14°, 58°/10° SW; 60°/6°, 60°/10° LW; (52°/10°, 56°/14°, 60°/10° available LH)
Shafts: Dynamic Gold steel (S)
PING Tour Black Nickel
pinggolf.com
(800) 4-PING-FIT | $125-$150

w-ping-tour-black-nickel.jpgThe Tour wedge from PING gets a muted, black-nickel makeover, but retains the same playing attributes that made the Tour wedge a popular addition to many golf bags.
Features: A slightly smaller head size and a ferrule for a traditional look. These wedges retain Tour-tested capabilities melded with playability.
Advantages: Variable bounce angles and machined U-grooves enable customized control. The slight offset and small cavity make for shotmaking versatility.
Benefits: Tour professionals dig the clean, traditional look, and casual golfers will like the forgiveness.
What We Like: The custom fitting, the looks, the performance—we like it all.
Lineup: Tour, Tour Black Nickel, PING Wedge
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast cavity-blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 52°, 54° GW; 56°, 58° SW; 60° LW (available LH)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (X, S), PING CS Lite steel (S, R), PING Z-Z65 Steel (S); PING TFC 100i graphite (S, R, A)
PING iWedge
pinggolf.com
(800) 4-PING-FIT | $99

w-Ping-iWedge.jpgMuch like the extremely popular PING Eye 2 wedge, the new PING iWedge combines playability, forgiveness and feel.
Features: PING’s “sand cup” design; a deep multi-layer cavity maximizes forgiveness and positions the center of gravity toward the center of the face for a low, solid feel. Vibration dampening is a plus.
Advantages: The center of gravity positioned toward the center.
Benefits: The iWedge’s “sand cup” design positions the pivot point farther from the lead edge for more consistent distance control.
What We Like: The nod to PING’s classic Eye 2 sand wedge, not to mention the iWedge’s extreme forgiveness.
Lineup: PING iWedge, PING Tour, PING Tour Black Nickel
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast cavity-back
Size: Standard
Clubs: 50°/11°, 52°/11.5°, 54°/12° GW; 56°/13°, 58°/11.5° SW; 60°/12.5° LW (avail. LH)
Shafts: PING CS Lite (S,R), TT Dynamic Gold steel (X, S), Z-Z65 steel (S), TFC100i/909i graphite (S, R, A)
Purespin PS-3
purespinsports.com
(888) 882-1580 | $60

w-Purespin-PS-3.jpgThe PS-3 features three weight ports that allow golfers to customize feel and perimeter-weighting characteristics based on personal preference.
Features: The classic shape and weight maneuverability make the PS-3 among the most unique wedges on the market.
Advantages: Weight kits and customization aside, PureSpin’s Diamond Face delivers serious spin for all skill levels.
Benefits: All players can take advantage of four-way cambered sole for better shotmaking.
What We Like: The port design makes adding weights a breeze, and for the first time golfers can fine-tune CG location in a wedge.
Lineup: PS-3, Pro Forged, Tungsten Diamond, Thumper Diamond, Black Tungsten
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Diamond Face
Design: Cast blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 48°/4° PW; 52°/8° GW; 56°/12° SW; 60°/3° LW (no LH)
Shafts: PureSpin steel (wedge)



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