2015 Buyer’s Guide Wedges

Born 2 Score: Some of the hottest wedges we saw at the PGA show

Ben Hogan Golf

TK-15 | $ Varies
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Key Features: Forged of 1025 carbon steel, the TK-15 wedges feature a V-sole design (increased leading-edge bounce/reduced trailing-edge bounce), which is like having two sole grinds in one for more versatility around the green.
Wow Factor: Ben Hogan is back! Each iron is meticulously crafted and weighted for that specific loft (more loft, more weight) for a feel that's as good as it gets. Hey, looks and feel matter in wedges—don't ask us why, they just do come time to pull off that next tough shot to save par.
Specs: Comes in 47˚-60˚ models, in loft increments of 1˚, in a variety of custom shaft options.

Bridgestone Golf

Forged | $119
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Key Features: A unique heel grind for added shotmaking versatility and grooves with a big "negative value" mean they do a great job at imparting spin even when grass and debris come between the clubface and golf ball.
Wow Factor: The sole makes hitting flop shots much easier, and the all-forged construction lends a supersoft feel. The face is heat-treated for added versatility. Comes in two colors (we like the black).
Specs: Comes in six lofts (50˚, 52˚, 54˚, 56˚, 58˚, 60˚) in Black Oxide or Satin with steel shafts.

Callaway Golf

Mack Daddy 2 | $119
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Key Features: A 5V groove pattern creates a ton of spin, with laser-milled micro-grooves in between the big grooves for, you guessed it, more spinning power. Comes in a variety of grind options for different types of players. A Tour Grind model is available for players who want heel and toe relief for serious shotmaking versatility.
Wow Factor: The Tour Grind is razor-sharp and easy to hit fat unless you're very skilled. But the other grinds (for mortals like us) help make these wedges among the best-feeling and top-performing wedges of the year. They're that good.
Specs: Comes in Slate or Chrome in a wide variety of lofts (47˚-64˚), with a variety of grind options.

Cobra Golf

Tour Trusty | $119
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Key Features: A compact, non-offset shape, as well as two cut depths on the face, help max out surface roughness, while wide grooves enhance spin. Available in a matte satin or matte black PVD finish.
Wow Factor: We like the "notch K-Grind" that provides heel and toe relief, which makes them more versatile around the green.
Specs: Comes in loft/bounce options, in right- and left-handed models, of 48°-8°, 50°-8°, 52°-8°, 54°-10°, 56°-12°, 56°-8°, 58°-8°, 60°-10°, 60°-6°, 62°-8° and 64°-8°, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 shaft.


Cleveland Golf

588 RTX 2.0 | $129
clevelandgolf.com

Key Features: Razor-sharp grooves and a micro-milled Rotex pattern roughens the face for the most spin allowable under current USGA limits. Comes in three distinct sole grinds for different player types: full sole for high bounce, standard sole for average bounce and a low-bounce option with a trailing-edge grind.
Wow Factor:The 588 is a wedge shape that, frankly, most other wedges have aspired to and/or have copied. It's the epitome of sound wedge design, and we're thrilled to see the shaping intact in this latest version. It performs exactly as it should—perfectly.
Specs: Comes in a huge variety of lofts (46˚-64˚), with most models in two or three grind options, and with Rotex graphite or TT Dynamic Gold steel shafts.

588 RTX 2.0 CB | $129
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Key Features: The same Rotex milled pattern and enhanced grooves as the RTX 2.0, the CB version is slightly larger and also a cavity-back, both for added forgiveness.
Wow Factor: The bigger shape makes these wedges some of our favorite wedges of all time. They look easy to use, they are easy to use and, frankly, we hit shots with these wedges we only dreamt about beforehand. They're our favorite Cleveland wedges—ever. And that's saying a lot.
Specs: Comes in a huge variety of lofts (46˚-64˚), with most models in two or three grind options, and with Rotex graphite or TT Dynamic Gold steel shafts.

Edel Golf

Signature Series | $179
edelgolf.com

Key Features: Each wedge in the series can be customized with a golfer's preferred lofts, grinds, paint-fill colors and stampings. For added measure, even the shaft band sticker can be personalized.
Wow Factor: This company makes a great wedge, and these models look absolutely terrific. If Edel is a new brand to you, consider this a heads-up. The company is on the way up. Way, way up.
Specs: You can get each wedge customized to any specs you want.

Fourteen Golf

DJ-11 | $199
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Key Features: The wide sole and semi-offset neck of this forged nickel-chrome molybdenum bronze clubhead help ease setting up at address. Its reverse-taper blade and wide sole mean fewer mis-hits. An indentation structure evenly distributes clubhead weight. Trapezoidal grooves translate to high spin.
Wow Factor: We found it created nice spin performance and consistency around the green.
Specs: Available in lofts of 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°, with a True Temper Dynamic Gold or Nippon N.S.Pro 950GH HT steel shaft.

Hopkins Golf

CJ-1 | $129
hopkinsgolf.com

Key Features: Made of soft carbon steel, these are raw, so they will rust for even softer feel over time. Grooves, plus a face-milled pattern, maximize surface roughness for more spin. Six sole grinds are offered. Oh, and if it matters, Champions Tour players are eating them up.
Wow Factor: These can be personalized in many ways, including custom shafts, grips and paint-fill colors. They feel soft and perform with precision—what's not to like? Nothing!
Specs: Available in loft/bounce options of 50°-8°, 52°-8°, 54°-12°, 56°-14°, 58°-12°, 60°-12° and wide-sole 60°-8°, with a Hopkins Golf OTM steel shaft.

Miura Golf

New Wedge Series | Custom
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Key Features: The New Wedge Series features redesigned bounce angles that work well with the way thinking players like to play golf. "Leading edge and bounce angle combine for a quality impact that leads to a crisp, consistent divot." That's how Miura put it, and we totally agree.
Wow Factor: Insanely good looks (as usual), and we like the odd-number lofts. Since when does every wedge have to be either 56˚ or 60˚?
Specs: Comes in five lofts (51˚, 53˚, 55˚, 57˚, 59˚), with a variety of custom shaft options.

Mizuno

MP-T5 | $129
mizunousa.com

Key Features: The same buttery-smooth Grain Flow Forging found in Mizuno's irons can be found in these wedges for exceptional performance around the greens. The Quad Cut grooves are loft-specific, meaning higher lofts have wider, shallower grooves for more spin and lower lofts have narrower, deeper grooves for better trajectory control on full-swing shots.
Wow Factor: We love the classic teardrop profile and the choice of two finishes (White Satin and Black Ion).
Specs: Comes in 25 loft/bounce configurations (not a misprint!), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge shafts.

JPX (Series 2) | $99
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Key Features: Made for the player who wants a big clubface and a wide, smooth sole, the JPX wedges are about as pretty as a game-improvement wedge can get—mind you, some Tour players use cavity-back wedges and so-called game-improvement wedges on Tour for their reliability in tough, sticky situations around the green. So don't rule them out, all you wannabe Tour players. These wedges are so easy to use, it's almost like cheating (it's not!).
Wow Factor: Razor-sharp Quad Cut grooves and a gorgeous reduced-glare Black Ni finish.
Specs: Comes in nine loft/bounce configurations, with lofts from 50˚ to 60˚, with True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge shafts.

Nike Golf

VR X3X | $109
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Key Features: Available in Toe Sweep or Dual Wide grinds, the VR X3X wedges are made of soft carbon steel with a classic, compact profile that better players like for enhanced shotmaking. Speaking of which, the Toe Sweep model makes open-faced shots easier, and the Dual Wide model is a bit more traditional, with some heel relief.
Wow Factor: The Toe Sweep virtually has half a sole—the heel part is practically cut off! So for you better players who like to hit flop shots that fly straight up and land with no forward roll, here's your new wedge.
Specs: Toe Sweep models available in 56˚, 58˚, 60˚; Dual Wide models available in 52˚, 56˚, 58˚, 60˚, both with True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge shafts.


Ping

Glide | $129
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Key Features: PING wanted to make a total wedge package by focusing on all aspects of its DNA—from the grip (which is longer for more choke-down shots), the shaft (the CFS shaft flexes for optimal spin) and three different sole grinds to accommodate different players/conditions.
Wow Factor: As usual, incredible craftsmanship, quality and durability—traits we already expect from PING's wedges. The Glide, however, also feels great and performs exceptionally. When it's in the hands, it just feels right, and that's what you want in a wedge. It has to feel like it can help you get creative around the greens. If it doesn't, you're toast.
Specs: Comes in a variety of lofts (47˚-60˚) based on different sole grind options. The stock shaft is PING's CFS Wedge steel shaft.

Taylormade

Tour Preferred | $129
taylormadegolf.com

Key Features: Two sole options, including the ATV (All-Terrain Versatility) sole for...wait for it...more versatility! This allows for a variety of shots regardless of course conditions and swing type. In a satin-chrome finish, too. It's like a sports car with big, knobby tires that can handle all kinds of terrain. The microtexture face helps optimize spin and greenside performance.
Wow Factor: TaylorMade wedges with ATV have generally been received well by golfers, who find them versatile from any lie. We like that you can open up the face, as needed, and always seem to have the right bounce angle for the task at hand.
Specs: Available in loft/bounce options of 50°-9° for right-handed only, as well as 52°-9°, 54°-11°, 56°-12°, 58°-10° and 60°-10° in right- and left-handed models.

Titleist

Spin Milled 5 | $129
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Key Features: Deep TX3 grooves, Tour-driven shaping and more loft/bounce configurations than we can list, the Bob Vokey-designed SM5 wedges are made for precision shotmaking.
Wow Factor: Hey, everyone knows that Spin Milled wedges are the real deal. Ever wonder why? How about the fact that every wedge is inspected to make sure it's 100% flawless before it's sent to your local golf shop. Yeah, Vokey wedges are really all about that kind of stuff. No wonder they're so popular year after year. And, by the way, this year's model is a lot like last year's model, only the grooves are refined and deeper.
Specs: Three finishes (Tour Chrome, Gold Nickel and Raw Black—our favorite) in a wide variety of loft/bounce configurations.

Tour Edge

Exotics CB PROs | $109/graphite, $99/steel
touredge.com

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.

Wilson Staff

FG Tour TC Black | $99
wilsonstaff.com

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. Micro-spin enhancers—sets of 11 laser-etched lines between each groove—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.

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