600 best wedges

Contrary to popular belief, the best wedges aren’t the ones that spin the most.

According to legendary wedge designer Bob Vokey, the most important part of finding the right wedge is finding the right sole configuration, which can be the different between chunking chips and chipping it close.

A wedge’s sole, or grind, is made up of several variables, such as its width, bounce, bounce location, camber and relief.

Don’t know what those terms mean? Click here to read our full story about our trip to Vokey headquarter in Carlsbad, Calif., where we spoke with Bob Vokey and went through a full wedge fitting at TPI Oceanside with his trained wedge fitters. 

Golf equipment companies are currently offering more sole options than ever before, so there’s no excuse for not playing a grind that gives you the best chance to get it up and down. To help you narrow it down, we’ve created an Editors’ Choice list for the best wedges currently available. They’re offered in a slew of lofts, grinds, finishes and custom options, and are a great starting point if you’re in the market for a new wedge.

Click here to read the specifics on the voting committee and how we picked the best.

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Cleveland 588 RTX Wedges

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Cleveland’s 588 RTX CB wedge in a “Satin Chrome” finish.

Cleveland’s new 588 RTX wedges have rougher, more tightly milled faces than previous models that impart maximum spin on wedge shots. They perform more like Cleveland’s original Zip Grooves, which were one of the spinnest options around before the groove rule change.

Those looking for a wedge that generates maximum spin on all shots will surely want to give the 588 RTX a try. They come in low, medium and high bounce options in most models, as well as a cavity back (CB) option that is a great choice for high handicappers seeking a little extra forgiveness.

Those concerned with aesthetics will appreciate that both the MB and CB models are offered in both black pearl and satin finishes.

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Vokey Wedges

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Vokey’s SM4 wedge in the company’s “Tour Chrome” finish.

The most important part of selecting a wedge is finding the right sole grind, and Vokey offers more sole grinds than any of its competitors. The SM4, TVD and 200 Series wedges look good, feel great and have been validated by some of the game’s best wedge players.

Vokey Spin Milled SM4 wedges offer a large variety of off-the-shelf lofts ranging from 46 to 64 degrees in two-degree increments, with as many as three different sole grinds for each model. On Vokey’s WedgeWorks website, which offers premium customization options, golfers can also choose from Vokey’s TVD and 200 Series wedges, which have different sole grinds. Click here to see our article on Vokey’s custom wedge department, WedgeWorks.

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Mizuno MP-T4 Wedge

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Mizuno’s MP-T4 wedge in a “White Satin” finish.

With input from the one of the games most precise wedge players, Luke Donald, Mizuno has designed a “tear shaped” wedge that is forged from the company’s 1025E “Pure Select” mild carbon steel. The MP-T4 also feature Mizuno’s Quad Cut Grooves. The results? A nice feeling, balanced scoring weapon.

Mizuno doesn’t offer as many sole options as others — most of its wedges are in the low-to-mid bounce range. But if the MP-T4’s are a fit for you, they’re forged feel and ample spin will bring you ample confidence around the greens.

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Miura Wedge

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Miura’s “New Wedge Series” in a chrome finish.

The “New Wedge Series” from Miura preserves the eternal elements of the “old” series and adds refinements that make the clubs look and play even better. Like all things stamped Miura, they feature the buttery soft forged feel and a premium chrome finish that is often replicated, but rarely duplicated.

They’re available in odd-numbered lofts from 51 degrees through 59, and feature redesigned bounce angles that work well with the way skilled players like to play golf. Despite the limited sole options, these low-bounce wedges are ground in such a way to add versatility from variety of lies and limit digging.

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Fourteen Wedge

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Fourteen’s RM-12 wedges in a chrome finish.

Fourteen Golf’s RM-12 wedges are the company’s latest models for 2013. They look similar to their predecessors, the RM-11 wedges, but they have a more rounded toe and a more agressive heel grind that adds versatility on open-face shots. They also have the same carefully milled trapezoidal grooves, which add 15 percent more spin that Fourteen’s popular M-28 J.spec-IV wedges.

According to Fourteen’s website, its “mirror face milling process” takes twice as long as traditional milling procedures, but adds consistency in both wet and dry conditions, as well as extra zip from the rough and on partial shots. The RM-12’s also feature more weight distribution on the upper blade to create a “reverse muscle design.” In effect, the weight is more evenly proportioned throughout the club head, which creates more consistent balls speeds and stability at impact on all shots.

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Scratch Wedge

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A Scratch wedge forged from 1018 Carbon Steel.

Scratch Golf two lead craftsman, Jeff McCoy and Don White, have made clubs for some of the best professional golfers in the modern era.

McCoy has made clubs for two former No. 1 players in the Official World Golf Rabkings and countless other tour pros worldwide. Don White is a legend in the golf industry, having made clubs that have won 14 Major Championships and an unthinkable amount of PGA Tour events. Scratch sells both cast and forged wedges that are available in an unmatched amount of grinds and custom options.

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Scor Golf

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A 58-degree Scor wedge in a chrome finish.

Scor wedges come in 21 different lofts, from 41 to 61 degrees, and feature a special V Grind that company president Terry Koehler says works for golfers of all swing types and abilities. They also have a progressive weighting design that the company says lowers ball flight, and creates more consistent ball speeds on mishits.

Scor has also made shaft fitting, which is often overlooked in wedges fitting, a priority. In January, the company has introduced its “Genius” shafts — four new shaft models that are available in four different weights. All four of the Genius shafts have stiff tip sections that limiting ballooning on full shots, but softer mid sections that allow the shaft to bend on smaller swings, giving golfers more feel.

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67 COMMENTS

  1. En cuanto a por qué el terciopelo blanco será caro, creo que la razón principal es porque el blanco de terciopelo gris se ven bien, ya sea en la luz o las telas de colores oscuros que no son transparentes, mientras que el terciopelo gris comparar selección, sólo por la chaqueta se puede colocar telas oscuras. Teniendo en cuenta el color de la luz blanca, adecuado para una amplia gama de tejidos. La segunda razón: la cachemira de la estructura de fibra de razones. Su tejido fibroso relativamente delgado, longitud de la fibra suave, largo para que sea mullido mejor y más fácil de mantener el calor.

  2. Someone need to check out Renegar wedges. By far the most technologically advanced wedge on the market. All the wedges on your list plus the others mentioned are all clones off the Sarazan web design. The looks are a little different and the bounce is a little different but they are all about the same. Their bounces are designed for full shots. The Renegar wedge is designed for multiple shots with the same club.
    The 1930’s Gene Sarazen bounce sole contour has been the best we have had in golf for the last 80 years – bounce clearly works well for bunker explosions shots. But it is the majority of “other” short game shots that are so troubling, where Sarazen’s raised leading edge invites one scoring disaster after another. We have all experienced the low “bladed” shots that go much too far with no spin or the “thin” shots where the ball goes 8-10 yards farther. Robot testing actually bears out this extra 8-10 yards “thin” shot design flaw in the Sarazen bounce design – it is not just you.

    The problems with the Sarazen bounce sole are basically two-fold – 1) the poor playability resulting from its raised leading edge and 2) its poor weight distribution. This same bounce contour that is so helpful for bunker explosion shots raises the leading edge to about 1/4 inch above the playing surface – greatly increasing the likelihood of sculled and thin shots and greatly increasing the difficulty of playing all shots from tight lies or firm turf. And secondly, the distribution of the bounce mass well below the impact point and extremely forward reduces club head stability (MOI) and ball spin rates – exactly the wrong things to do in wedge design.

    We actually liked Sarazen’s bounce sole for bunker explosion shots, but we did NOT like it “outside the bunker” – so, we fixed it with our utility-patented improvement in sole design, giving you the lowered leading edge you need for most short game play but with maximum bounce on demand – whenever you need it!

  3. I think that Hopkins wedges should be added to this list. I have a 50 and 54 in my set and I love them. I get great feel around the greens with them. They feel like the original Cleveland 588, but that should be expected as they were designed by the same guy.

  4. I’ve been playing scor irons for about one year. 6.7 usga HC Tried the 56 degree on a demo with kbs genius 12 shaft , tested it against my mizuno mp t series forged wedges , the scor wedge flew 7-8 yards farther and felt just as good. Ordered the 43,47,51,60 to complete my set up. The heads are slightly smaller than the mizunos. I use a Leupold gx3 range finder and find Offf center hits only loose a couple yards on a full swing. Center hits are very consistent and feel like cutting butter! You can easily work the ball left and right. I play Bridgestone RXS , srixon, and prov 1 balls and spin is predictable and consistent. Did I mention I’m left handed, what other manufacturer offers this type of selection for leftys
    Chipping and sand shots are offer great feel and control from any type lie or condition. I’m quite satisfied with their products!

  5. I am a regular player looking for a new wedge… (16 hdcp)

    I can play any wedge no problem… for me it’s the looks that matter most.. if I can’t play my average score at least I have something to show-off.. i play golf for business & fitness.. mostly business… can somebody recommend an eye-catching wedge.. heheheh

  6. Hey folks I have a question for the board …I’m in the market for a new 56-58* wedge for my bag… Thing is … I’ve hit them all and like the “vokey” look/design … However I still play my ancient staff tour blade.. And would continue to use, but it’s face is worn ..and to the point where it’s affecting shots… So it’s time to shop around …love the ping eye 2 becu wedges .. But they too are bad about face wear.. So has anyone else had this prob. … And befor I get trolled … I can’t play ” warehouse” clubs … I’m too tall and swing path reguires weighted and adjusted clubs… Appreciate any help / advise, Thanks, Shawn

  7. Any word whether the Mack Daddy 2’s are gonna be added to this list? I bought a 60C and a 52 and just took them out for a round for the first time and absolutely loved them.

  8. I have 3 wedges. All 3 different brands… lol. Mizuno mp-r12 52. Adams Tom Watson 56. And a zero tolerance 64 with zero bounce. I also have Vokey AND Scor wedges… in the corner of my garage. It’s not abt brands, skill level, or handicap guys. Just whatever feels comfortable to each person. I do occasionally switch wedges depending on which course I’m , something ironically you hear very little about… but I feel is just a common sense approach.

    • I have a number of wedges that I have starting changing depending on the course.Some help my game, some make it harder. I have found the higher bounce wedges just don’t work for me. I have full sets of vokey, cleveland and mizuno (52 56 60) and am swapping various bounces now. Welcome to Bouncing Bad.

  9. As an Aussie, we often play in dry conditions, making club bounce an issue. I tend to use all sorts of clubs to chip anyway but having a sole you can trust on a hard lie gives a lot of confidence. I think that as much as matching your swing and ‘style’ your wedge should match the general conditions. For example links courses often require a wedge to handle tight lies and hard sand, conditions rarely seen in many places. In so far as iron play is concerned, it’s really the long clubs that bring my wedge shots into scoring. I can get 500+ yards easily these days with driver + farirway metal making chips on par 5s most important for me.

  10. Here is my take on Scor…. I bought into the marketing on the dual bounce and CG placement and purchased. Found very playable around the green and pitch shots from 50 yds and, but could not get it to work in softer sand conditions; seemed like it was low-bounce and always dug too much. I have not figured out how to engage the “high bounce’ section of the sole, so I went back to my vokeys. I wanted to like the wedge and in a way I really do, but in the end it hasn’t displaced the vokey.

  11. All I’ve got to say about golf club head technology is that it has gone as far as it can. If you really want to improve your game go get a good golf ball, and invest in a great set of shafts, and get those dialed in and I gurantee you will be playing more consistent than ever.

    A player should be more concerned about hitting those full, three quarters, and half wedges out of the fairway more than short game around the greens. Wedges are wedges around the green, how they play is dependent on your talent for the short game.

    If you want to spin the ball on the greens like the pro’s, start playing the PRO V1’s or whatever else ball they play that’s super hot. Then go find a course that cuts their greens 12-15’2, and fairways like most of the greens we armature’s play. I think most of the reason why they can hit shots the way they go because they play the best course with dialed in equipment.

    Oh, BTW..I play a Scratch Golf DS Forged 56 degree and a Cleveland 900 gunmetal 60 degree. I am about to switch to Scratch Golf Forged 60 degree. I just like the way the play out of the fairway and how they set up at address.

    • Food for thought on these wedges and which is the best. If the #1 player in the world play’s Nike’s and he has 14 majors. Why don’t we all play the clubs he plays. Just saying.

  12. So I think the one thing that no one has really touched on is that wedges are ultimately a feel club and that it really just comes down to what is the best fit for each individual. Opinions are simply that….one’s own personal feeling. I play Cobra Trusty Rustys in 51, 55, and 60. Are they the best? I can’t say that definitively…. They just work well for me. I do play competitive amateur golf, just not lately. Ultimately I say go out and play and use what feels right for you. 99% of all golfers would play within 5 strokes of their average no matter what equipment they use. The other 1% would break 70 with a set of mid 80’s forged blades with damn near no grooves……just saying.

    • I don’t think consistency is a problem for most guys, they hit it poorly all the time. It would help if we would be realistic about our expectations and stations relative to golf. Chances are, if you’re searching the web for club reviews, you’re not on tour and won’t ever be. Use that cash you blow on wedges to take your family out. Focus on being a better golfer, ie, someone that is fun to play a round with, follow etiquette, and enjoy it. If your goal is to shoot better scores, use to money hire a pro to teach you how to practice.

  13. +1 on SCOR wedges! I had been using SM4 until switched to SCOR and helped with my short game consistency especially with chipping much easier than vokeys. I could not really spin enough with vokeys till SCOR could do better. It depends how you play each wedge that might work for you which it did for me with SCOR.

  14. I started golfing last year and bought a 56 degree Scor wedge. From my experiences (limited at best), the club is very playable and was the easiest for me to make good contact with the ball. During my lessons at one of the courses I play, the instructor even commented on what a nice club it was. During one of the 18 hole instructional games he asked to use it in a sand trap and was impressed with the play-ability in different turfs and conditions. I plan to pick up a 52 and 60 degree wedge set from them to finish off my 14 clubs.

  15. In my own OPINION, I really think SCOR Wedges are amazing! I also think that two wedge companies that should be on this list are Edel and JP wedges. They are beautiful and Ive heard good things. For the average golfer I think the SCOR wedges will help your short game. Buying a stock Vokey isnt the same thing as having Bob Vokey come grind you a wedge out. Also Scratch Wedges are nice but I thought my Scratch wedges were a little to heavy and didnt feel right to me. ( I also have an old Tom Watson GW Black that has a new KBS Shaft and its great for a club I paid $12 dollars for) People sure do take there wedges personal….(Random Chris guy is a jerk)