Wedges Buyer's Guide 2007

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


Titleist Vokey Spin Milled Oil Can
titleist.com
(800) 225-8500 | $130

w-Titleist-Vokey-Oil-Can.jpgBob Vokey’s Spin Milled series feature CNC-milled grooves that are cut using a circular cutting tool for added depth and consistent edges. A new Oil Can finish absorbs distracting glare (the original Tour Chrome finish also is available).
Features: These wedges have 30-percent more groove volume when compared to other models. In other words, they spin the ball like crazy.
Advantages: The textured face and deep grooves help golfers gain added bite around the greens.
Benefits: Designed for Tour players, the Spin Milled series is all about short-game control.
What We Like: The micro-grooves really aid in creating spin, especially from the rough.
Lineup: Spin Milled Series, 200 Series
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 54°/10°, 54°/14° GW; 56°/10°, 56°/14° SW; 58°/8°, 58°/12°, 60°/4°, 60°/8° LW (available LH)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)
Tour Edge JMAX Milled Face
touredge.com
(800) 515-3343 | $70

w-TourEdge-JMAX-Milled-Face.jpgA number of different models intended to fit varying playing conditions and players of all swing types.
Features: The JMAX is made from soft 8620 carbon steel with a chromed-satin finish and comes in different bounces to accommodate different playing conditions and swing styles.
Advantages: The soft 8620 carbon steel promotes a good feel, while the JMAX’s computer-milled score lines and face will give golfers unbelievable control and spin.
Benefits: With a number of different bounce models available, there’s a JMAX for everyone.
What We Like: These things generate so much spin, you could back your ball up on a marble floor.
Lineup: JMAX Milled Face, JMAX Bounce
Clubhead: 8620 Carbon steel
Clubface: Same Design: Cast blade
Clubs: 50°/10°, 52°/10°, 54°/10°, 54°/12° GW; 56°/10°, 56°/12°, 58°/10° SW; 60°/5°, 60°/7° LW
Shafts: Precision Microtaper Ultralite steel (wedge)
Wilson Tw7 Tour Wedges
wilsongolf.com
(800) 469-4576 | $90

w-Wilson-Tw7-Tour.jpgCombining a sleek gunmetal finish with sharp, deep grooves, the Tw7 wedges spin the ball from every lie imaginable.
Features: Cast from 431 stainless steel, the Tw7 sports a gunmetal finish that cuts sun glare. Its classic head shape is a favorite among lower-handicappers.
Advantages: Don’t worry, the grooves are legal, but they’re deeper and sharper than most wedges. Designed by Ireland’s favorite golfer, Padraig Harrington, the Tw7’s squared edges result in more spin, bite and better control.
Benefits: An asset for golfers looking for a good-looking wedge that performs.
What We Like: The clubhead’s gunmetal finish and the expert feedback from a Tour player who knows his stuff.
Lineup: Tw7, Fw6
Clubhead: 431 Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Cast blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 52°/6°, 54°/8° GW; 56°/10° (available LH) 58°/12°, SW, 60°/8° LW (available LH)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)
Wilson Staff Fw6
wilsonstaff.com
(800) 469-4576 | $99

w-Wilson-FW6.jpgThe beautiful Fw6 wedges from Wilson have the look of a throwback club, but play as well as any new wedge. A thin sole and flatter heel allow golfers to easily lay the blade open or closed.
Features: The bore-thru shaft and Fluid Feel plug are old school, but work like a charm.
Advantages: The soft, forged construction and resulting feel is ideal.
Benefits: Better players will enjoy the sharp looks of the Fw6, but that isn’t to say the average player won’t enjoy any benefit.
What We Like: The simplicity of the Wilson Staff logo and limited writing exudes class, and the sole configuration is simple but effective.
Lineup: Fw6
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Forged blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 52°/6° PW; 54°/8° GW; 56°/10° SW; 58°/12°, 60°/8° LW (52°, 56°, 60° available LH)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (wedge)
Yonex Cyberstar Forged
yonex.com
(800) 44-YONEX |  $125

w-Yonex-Cyberstar-Forged.jpgBilled as a Tour wedge, the Cyberstar Forged and its sole grind are designed for multiple functions. The radiused leading edge prevents excessive digging and the smooth center section enables golfers to hit high or low shots with ease if the face is square, closed or open.
Features: The oxidation film finish absorbs glare like a sponge, and the forged construction makes the wedge feel almost as soft as one.
Advantages: This wedge is a tool for shotmaking, but it’s also surprisingly forgiving.
Benefits: Low-handicappers will drool over its looks and spin rates, but players of all skill can benefit from such a handsome wedge.
What We Like: Did we mention the looks?
Lineup: Cyberstar Forged
Clubhead: Carbon steel
Clubface: Same
Design: Forged blade
Size: Standard
Clubs: 51°/8°, 52° GW; 56°/10° SW; 58°/8° LW (no LH)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold steel (S)



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