For golfers who struggle mightily around the greens, especially from the bunker, a wedge with a wide sole can make things a bit easier. Think of designs such as Cleveland’s Smart Sole, Callaway’s Sure Out, and the Alien wedge of yesteryear. While these wedges may have less-than-traditional looks, they can help golfers who care more about getting the ball on the green than how they do it.
At the 2017 U.S. Open, we learned that Fourteen Golf is throwing its hat in the ring of ultra-forgiving wedges with its new H030. A Fourteen Golf representative admits that it’s an unorthodox design. It uses a hollow-bodied club head with what the company calls a “planet sole,” which moves more mass to the sole than a traditional wedge to help golfers make better contact and launch the ball higher.
“There is no way around it, it is a very unorthodox design,” aFourteen Golf representative said. “The designers in Japan were going after the super-forgiving wedge like the Sure Out or the Smart Sole and decided to really try something different.”
The wedges will come in 38, 50 and 56-degree options and sell for $280 each. According to Fourteen Golf, the 38-degree wedge is “essentially a chipper.” That means it’s a club to be used around the greens, mostly from the turf, where you’d typically opt for a bump-and-run type shot.