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Best Wedges 2013: Editors’ Choice

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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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  1. peuterey españa

    Dec 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    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. Pat

    Dec 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    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. Tyler

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:35 am

    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. Achamp

    Sep 13, 2013 at 7:41 am

    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. enigma

    Sep 8, 2013 at 2:56 am

    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

    • neil

      Oct 25, 2013 at 5:32 am

      look at japanese wedges .Chikara are fantastic.

      Forged wedges are superior,beware of Cast and Form forged

    • joel fradiska

      Jan 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      2013 callaway mack daddy 2 wedges. cant beat the looks and def not the feel.

  6. Shawn in TN

    Aug 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    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. Adam

    Aug 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

    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. RickStone

    Aug 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    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.

    • michael

      Aug 19, 2013 at 12:08 am

      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.

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  10. Matthew Hutchens

    Jun 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    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.

  11. J. W. Snow

    May 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    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.

  12. Jacob

    May 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    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.

    • Jacob

      May 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      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.

  13. Jason Crosby

    May 19, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Prove me wrong

  14. Jason Crosby

    May 19, 2013 at 5:13 am

    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.

    • Troy Woods

      May 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      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.

  15. Jed

    May 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    +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.

  16. keith paterniti

    May 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    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.

  17. Desmond

    May 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    EDEL

    Custom Fit, Great Turf Interaction…. and I’ve demoed or owned most of the ones mentioned above.

  18. Tim

    May 8, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    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)

  19. Frazer

    May 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I used to play with Dunlop 56 and 60 deg wedges that were about $15 each, and a Hippo Houdini 52 deg which I bought as it looked similar and there was no 52 in the dunlop. They were fine, but I upgraded to the old Cleveland 588 (51, 56 and 60) as they were on special at about $45 each. Like many golfers though I tend to get itchy feet and buy new kit every 2 or 3 years. I saw the Scor wedges and was intrigued, eventually picked up a set off ebay.
    To be brutally honest I like the Scor wedges but don’t think they make a difference in my scoring. I loved the Clevelands and liked the Dunlop/Hippo set up fine too. So all in all I don’t think there is that much of a difference, the main on probably being aesthetics. Scor wedges do look nice at address.
    The sales guy told me that the biggest difference would be the shaft – that most OEMs just stick in a shaft that is far too heavy. He said I’d notice a big difference in feel with Scor. I haven’t noticed it, not yet anyway. I am playing off 8 so maybe not good enough to appreciate them, if there is indeed a difference.
    As a sort of comparison, I bought Wishon 560mc irons and 919 driver in 2011 and noticed a big improvement from my previous clubs in both cases. Although Scor are perfectly fine clubs, I haven’t experienced a similar epiphany with them to be honest

  20. Tom

    May 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Using Wishon’s 56 and 60. They work fine for me. Have the 52 also but can’t hit it long enough. Swing flaw no doubt.

  21. T

    May 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    No love for the Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 2?

  22. Roger in NZ

    May 4, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Let’s keep it Friendly Please. This isn’t mid day tv…….

    Use what works for you.
    I have just bought Ping Eye 2 sand wedge……..wide sole, hi bounce
    its old, it works… Tested alongside MP R12, MP 11.Nike SV and TW
    have sold my 2012 588’s, Scratch 8620 and Cally Jaws
    Love 2 own a Fourteen RM12 this Xmas!! Love Sara’s WITB interviews, cheers!

  23. tim

    May 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    ummm. you guys corgot the j40 wedges. theyre amazing…. just yin 🙂

  24. purkjason

    May 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I say just play the wedges and every other club that works for you and be happy. If there was a real dominate club or clubs out there then everyone would be using them. And we all know there isn’t, it’s just personal preference and opinion. You can’t reinvent the wheel. Most clubs nowadays are all paint schemes and gimmicks … With regulations on equipment that’s all we will be seeing. And we all know the equipment is far better than 95% of all the players who are holding them.

  25. Vince Donahue

    May 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Correction. Edel wedges are not listed.

  26. Vince Donahue

    May 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I am somewhat surprised that Edel wedges are listed as being one of the top wedges for 2013. I was fitted for a set of Edel wedges and have been playing with them for the last several weeks. They are amazing when it comes to hitting flop shots off of tight lies as well as full shots. I strongly believe they should be considered as one of the best if not the best available wedges. Their customization options when it comes to grinds and bounce are exceptional.

  27. KCCO

    Apr 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Edel…..jp?

  28. george

    Apr 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    vokeys cleveland forged or mizuno forged – unless your playing country club golf theres no need to have a $250 miura wedge in your bag = at least up here in NY lots of rocks in traps , 1.6 index

  29. Adrian

    Apr 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Or JP !!

  30. Adrian

    Apr 27, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Not even a mention of Edel ?

  31. billy bob

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:32 am

    scor wedges are awful, clunky and spinless.

  32. justplay

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:29 am

    f2 wedges best there is!!!!

  33. GSark

    Apr 26, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I play a Ping Eye 2 L and two Cleveland CG16’s 52 and 46. For me it’s all about feel and sole grind. How a wedge matchs your stroke and interacts with the turf is way more important than spin to me. I like versatility in bounce and loft aroung the green( the Ping Eye maybe the most versatile wedge ever) and a specific trjectory and carry on full shots (CG 16’s are on the money).
    What I’m saying is that wedges are like putters it’s about what fits your stroke, feels good and works for you.

  34. Paco

    Apr 25, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    +1 on Scor wedges. They feel great and I am finding my short game has improved remarkably since I bought them last year. Are they better than the others, I am not a pro nor expert but they are better for me. 49, 53 and 57

    I also appreciate a small good old USA company with great customer service and attention to detail.

    Paco

  35. Chris

    Apr 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Tim, 92, 82 at the Hill Country tournament. Don’t need advice from a hack. This is a players forum.

    • Mike Cuttone

      Apr 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      I play PING EYE2+ SW and LW (and sometimes a Nike VR-Pro 60/4 wedge bent to 62) so have no stake here. That is not advice, but simply his opinion.

    • Tim Gaestel

      May 2, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Big man not having your full name. So you must be a scratch golfer? Im sure your a player. This is a website for golfers and people who want to leave their review. I can bet I have a better short game than you do with your factory made Vokey Wedges random Chris guy.

      • robert

        May 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        Tim-
        I googled your name as well… Thank you for your service and EAT EM UP CATS!

        Chris-
        you’re one cool guy. NOT.

        • Tim

          May 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm

          Robert, I appreciate it man. Chris is just like that guy on the Wilson Golf commercial that thinks he is better than he is. Its okay Chris Burns whats your handicap? (besides your personality and general disposition in life)

      • Chris

        May 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        It’s Chris Burns, happy to take your money any day of the week.

        • Tim

          May 8, 2013 at 11:13 pm

          You know how many Chris Burns are out there…a lot. You might as well just be random Chris guy. In fact thats what Ill call you. Since you and your Vokey wedge can remain anonymous…You can take my money? You base that off some scores posted from a tournament 3 years ago? Most really good golfers dont need to talk so much about how good they are random Chris guy. Only those guys who say there good on the comment section of a Best Wedge forum. Have fun being a troll on the internet. You’re exactly whats wrong with the game of golf random Chris guy. You aren’t a “player”, you are the annoying guy on his cell phone, the guy who drinks to much, the guy no one wants to play golf with and people hate getting stuck with. What wedge do you use? Drum roll ladies in gentleman….(I guess a Vokey he bought brand new from a factory outlet online store)

          • Nonameneeded

            Jun 4, 2013 at 5:33 am

            My names is Chris Guy. And my friends think I am random.

  36. Tim Gaestel

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Mr Koehler, Ive been spreading the word to every golfer I know. From all the wedges Ive used, the SCOR Wedge is the best! I am proud to have them in my bag and if people want to keep buying warehouse golf clubs they will play like warehouse golfers. SCOR Wedges are the best! I love my wedges and couldnt imagine my game without them. Ive gone from a 20 Handicap to a 12 handicap thanks a lot to my short game.

    • T

      May 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      “Ive gone from a 20 Handicap to a 12 handicap thanks a lot to my short game.”

      That is the dumbest thing I’ve heard. Why not work on hitting more greens instead? You might realize you don’t really need your wedges so much. May be 3 or 4 times a round for chipping, if you can hit greens. Duh.

      • t120

        May 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

        FACT!

        It’s about time someone just tells it like it is. If you’re chipping, in most cases you missed the green – work on fixing that problem. If you can’t hit an off the rack $40 Sports Authority wedge from 76 yards to the green in any playable condition (rough, fairway with no obstacles in the your path) – then you’re going to suck with any wedge.

        Look and feel says a lot, and sole grinds are important, but again, work on not missing the green and you won’t have to have 4 clubs in your bag dedicated to getting you out of trouble you shouldn’t be in.

        • Nl190

          Jun 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm

          Guess you didn’t watch the us open huh buddy?

        • bradical420

          Jun 23, 2013 at 6:58 am

          rain on my parade buddy, i’m all about the par saves.

        • Rod

          Jun 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm

          I hit my Gap 115 yards, Sand 100, L 80 something. Wedges are not just for chipping. If I lost these clubs I would be forced to take partial shots. Not sure wedges are just for when you miss the green. Which, what is the tour GIR ratio?

        • Nick Messenger

          Jul 25, 2013 at 5:11 am

          Michelson won the British Open recently with 5 wedges in his bag and shot 66 on the final round.

    • neil

      Oct 25, 2013 at 5:36 am

      i reckon they went backwards with the Scor.

      Eidolon wedges were great,no love for the Scors though

  37. Chris

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Terry ..sorry but.. Have 2 Score wedges rotting away in the basement. Cheap shafts and crappy grips, not to mention lousy feel. Gaming Mizuno wedges with low bounce and loving them. To each his own in the wedge caregiry.

    • Riley

      Apr 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Then you are doing something wrong. The KBS Genius shafts are unbelievable. They have Lamkin Performance Plus 3GEN wedge grips. Best wedge grips out there with the dot system. Scor wedges are by the best wedges I have ever gamed. The only thing they lack is spin compared to the RTX face but then I’m a low spin player anyways. I won’t own anything but Scors for a long time! The progressive weighting is genius, ball flight is so good. Everybody needs these.

      • T

        May 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        Nothing wrong with what Chris said. The wedges don’t fit him, the shaft doesn’t fit him and the grip is not to his liking – nothing wrong with any of that.
        And then you talk about low spin – well good for you, you stick to playing on slow greens that don’t need any spin control to stop the ball. Carry on.

    • t120

      May 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I have a SCOR 50*, it sits in the closet. I didn’t care for the feel and honestly, I can play any other wedge better and do. I liked the shaft just fine, the red grip isn’t my thing, though. I won’t say Vokey’s are the best, but I use them…just works. That’s all you can ask for.

  38. Terry Koehler

    Apr 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Au contrare, Dolph. That is true of all the wedges except SCOR. Bounce cannot be “right” for you, as you will find every conceivable turf conditions and your swing path varies from shot to shot, either intentionally or not. But you are right that all ‘conventional’ wedges do function pretty much the same. SCOR4161, however, has pioneered the first progressive weighting concept in the scoring clubs, and independent Iron Byron testing proves that these produce more consistent distance control through better trajectories, and more forgiveness of high-face impact than any wedges on the market. That’s why golfer trial leads to brand conversion at an 80% rate. We encourage all of you to give them a try. They do to the short end of the set what hybrids did to the long end. Thanks.

    • Steve Hadley

      Jul 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Hi, I am in the Uk and am very interested to try th scor wedges bu am unable to find them ove here. Can you advise if they are due to come to the UK?
      I am in the market for ome new wedges and want to make h correct choice.
      Many thanks,
      Steve

  39. Dolph Lundgrenade

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    90% or more could use any of these wedges… its important to find the right look at address and the right bounce for the shots you like to play around the green…. Other than that, don’t be brand loyal because the difference is really about the appearance and all the “vokey are the best” people should realize that they aren’t better for everyone- they are pretty good for everyone, but so are all these other wedges. Find one that you really like the look of that has the bounce and grind that will be effective for you.

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What It’s Like: TaylorMade Golf’s “The Kingdom”

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One of the best parts of this job, beyond the people we get to meet, is the facilities. All of the core OEMs have a “place” that is exclusive, away from anything normal, and you gotta know someone to get a ticket in.

That’s what the “What It’s Like” series is about. Those certain OEM places with no doors open to the public. Those places that if you happened to sneak in, there is no way you can Fletch your way around into two steak sandwiches and a bloody mary.

I never admit this, but I used to manage a night club in Los Angeles called Les Deux (it was cool for a minute). It was a fun although soul-sucking endeavor but the thing that made the experience stick out was the exclusivity of it. If you got in by knowing someone, greased the door guy (me), or got invited, it was four hours of awesome. Yes, it’s a lame example, but there is, unfortunately, something about getting to the other side of a closed door that is just awesome.

TaylorMade Golf’s Kingdom is location No. 1, and as you would expect, it’s nothing short of pure golf ecstasy.

My Experience

I have been to TaylorMade HQ quite a number of times, and typically those visits involve time at what I call the gear junkie mecca (short of Tiger Woods’ garage or the Nike Oven graveyard now called Artisan) AKA The Kingdom.

The coolest thing about it is how subtle the location is. Located just steps away from the front door of TM HQ (and a very random corporate basketball hoop) sits a small-yet-elegant building that if you didn’t know was there, you would fly past it. Once you pull into the side parking lot, unload your sticks, and head to the door, there is still that feeling of “will they actually let me in?”

Here’s the thing. The best (all of them) have been in here. To test, practice, hang out, get fit, get wowed to potentially be on staff and everything in-between. A schmuck like me should get nervous, but then it happens, the door opens and you are not only let in but you are greeted by the master of ceremonies and a man I truly adore Tom “TK” Kroll.

With the passion to match not only yours but anyone else who walks in, he makes sure every nuance is seen and experienced. From the lobby with current TM athletes on the wall to the locker room with your custom locker that sits next to an exact replica of Tiger’s bag. There are snacks, extras shoes, gloves, swag, coffee, beer, and all your wildest dreams…and we are barely in the facility.

From a 35,000 foot view, The Kingdom has everything a golfer would ever want, need, or wish for. Starting with Duane Anderson’s putter studio that has tested thousands of strokes from players ranging from a 20 handicap to Rory McIlroy. The data compiled in this room is staggering. We did a video (link below) that gives you the full rundown.

There are three (one with an Iron Byron for testing) main inside hitting bays with all the bells and whistles you would assume. TrackMans, cameras, big screens, fresh gloves hanging on the wall, and a club fitting matrix with every TM combination you could think of.

The outside hitting area is heaven on earth. There is no other way to describe. Huge hitting area with multiple styles of grass, lies, pins, etc. Any shot you would need to hit can be recreated here on grass with a ball flying into the air and not into a screen. My favorite area is the Flick Tee. In honor of the great teacher and longtime TM staffer Jim Flick. Its tucked up high and privately in the corner of the range under a tree and this may sound ridiculous but you can almost feel Mr. Flick standing there with you as you look out onto the facility. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

As mentioned, the man who manages your experience is Tom Kroll. He’s about as respected and beloved as anyone in the industry and for good reason. You combine passion with service you get an awesome human to hang out with. Everyone that has been through these doors has a TK story, which includes a chuckle and a smile.

I chatted with him recently about The Kingdom, and this is what he had to say.

JW: Walk me through how The Kingdom came to be what it is now? Basically origin to current day…

TK: Back in 1994, I was in R&D, running player testing, and we needed to find our own testing range. We built our headquarters in Carlsbad in the 1990s and added the range in 1998. Only robot, cannon and player testing were done at the start. Once in a while, a tour or staff pro would come out and test, but it was all operated from one building. At the time, what’s currently the clubhouse at The Kingdom was actually a maintenance building. But in 2010, The Kingdom was reimagined to the layout we have now.

Over the last three years I’ve been at The Kingdom, we’ve added GEARS, Quintic high-speed cameras, and a Foresight simulator bay. We transformed the putting lab with a Perfection Platforms articulating floor and SAM technology. Last year we resurfaced the main tee, redesigned and dedicated the Flick Tee, underwent a complete renovation of the short game area with new bunker complexes, redesigned the targeting downrange, and developed a par-3 routing. We partnered with Kurt Bowman Design, a longtime designer under Jack Nicklaus.

Our superintendent Mark Warren and his crew have done incredible work with our current maintenance equipment, and I can’t wait to see the conditions after we deliver a brand new fleet of brand new Toro equipment. We structured a long-term partnership with Toro and Turf Star Western.

JW: What is the simple function of The Kingdom? 

TK: We still have the robot bay and R&D does development work almost every day. We are mostly a resource for the entire company: Global Sports Marketing (Tour), developmental pros and ams, AJGA standouts, our Crusaders (club professionals), and commercial teams. We host pre-lines to introduce new product to our at-large teams and training events. We’re even a PR resource, hosting media, social influencers, celebrities, and professional athletes.

We also act as a hub for our Crusaders. They send their members to us, and we wholesale back to the staff account. I’ll do a significant amount of corporate events, charity events and have had “Flicks at The Kingdom” where we set up a giant projector and our employees bring their kids, beach chairs and blankets to watch a movie out on the range. Really a fun and cool event.

JW: Give me three awesome stories or experiences from your time there that you are cool sharing.

TK: It’s tough to only pick three! From Reggie Jackson stopping by to Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke, President Bush. Those may be the most haughty name drops of all time! What can I say, it is beyond the coolest job I have ever had! It’s truly tough to pick, but here are my three…

Story 1: Tiger was preparing to make his first PGA Tour start after fusion surgery and he just spends the day grinding out here. He was testing an early proto of the TW irons and to see how much speed he still had. There’s a sound that only he and maybe two or three others make when they center it up. That sound is something that goes through your body, I can still hear it. It sticks with you.

He’s playing old school lofts, which are three degrees weaker than any other tour pro, but the carry distances were still there, the windows he hits it through, holding it against the wind, flighting a 6-iron even ripping a 5-wood 275 yards. His feedback and ability to discern the most minute details working with the advanced teams developing the irons was fantastic to witness.

To come full circle, I played with him in the Southern Cal Amateur when he was 16-years-old and had a front-row to his 62 at Hacienda, I was keeping his scorecard so he has my autograph. To again be standing three feet from him while he goes through the process is just special.

Story 2: I’m going to put two guys in the same bucket (because The Kingdom is so magical, I hope the golf gods are okay with it). Rory now spends a day out here the week of Farmers–he has for the last two years, and with the U.S. Open there 2021, I think he’s a lock for the next few. He went through two sets of irons in a wind quartering off the right at 20-25 mph. The consistency of launch, speed and spin were shockingly close! It was one of the greatest ball-striking exhibitions I’ve ever witnessed. We handpicked the range after his day, it took us 10 minutes He’s also the most gracious, down to earth person.

Jon Rahm stops by five or six times a year. To watch his sessions in the putting lab, to see Duane show him what’s changing and getting Jon back to baseline and see his confidence, to the 4-iron flop shots after we tell our Seve stories. Jon is part of the family. His brother and dad came out before Jon and Kelly’s wedding. He’s one of the two or three others where the sound goes through you.

Story 3: Has to be Operation Game On (OGO). We have partnered with  Tony Perez for over 15 years, we are the cherry on top of a 6-10 week program where wounded veterans take lessons and the graduation is a fitting at The Kingdom. I had a dear friend, Joe Horowitz, who’s a golfer and a musician, here late one day and I mentioned the OGO guys were coming the next day. It’s Veteran’s Day and the Marine Corps Birthday. Not to mention Jon Rahm would be here for a last tweak before he left for Dubai. Joe shows me a video of him singing the national anthem at the Jaguars game a few weeks before, and we both say let’s do that for the OGO guys. I get in early and send an email to all employees to be on the tee at 9 a.m. sharp. We have the OGO guys arrive and Jon is hanging in the locker room. I’m stalling to get all the employees onto the tee through the side gate, I walk the boys into the bay and hit the roll up door. Outside are 250 employees cheering these guys on! Joe sings the anthem (goose bumps every time), then happy birthday to Jon and the marine corps. There’s fittings, a pizza truck, Jon Rahm signed U.S. Open staff bags for the OGO boys. Then, get this, Jon goes on and wins that week in Dubai!

JW: If you could change anything about the property or the experience what would it be?

TK: At TaylorMade, the relentless pursuit of improving is in our DNA. The Kingdom is no different. We’re constantly innovating and reimagining the downrange experience. From targeting, to conditions and turf types, we’re always nuancing and squeaking out ways to be better. One example, we’re designing each of our targets with a specific purpose. When players are testing at The Kingdom, we want them to feel that every shot has a consequence. So, we want to deliver a real-world experience in every testing situation. We went through a massive redesign last fall and are currently still working with the advanced research team on new ways to enhance our testing and fitting experiences to meet the way that players perform in competition.

When it comes to the overall experience, The Kingdom has transformed from a predominantly R&D and fitting facility to the most capable environment to test, measure and understand how equipment performs and how golfers interact with their equipment. I call it the ultimate truth machine. We help golfers at every level uncover the insights they need to improve. After each session, we’re going to know everything about the club, the player and the ball flight.

So we came from a place where we were mainly focused on research, fitting, and selling. Our goals have changed. Now we obsess over how to help golfers get better.

What would I change? If you’re curious and passionate about making change, the answers are out there. The first thing we do is listen. We’re going to change everything that needs to be changed in order to meet our goals. I have an incredible focus group to bounce ideas off of. To ask our tour pros, club professionals, and teachers for feedback on the design ideas and what they like and prefer is fortunate. We’re constantly learning, we’re constantly improving, and if there’s a better way do something, then we’re going to figure it out and do it.

JW: What does the kingdom look like in 10 years?

TK: We have a lot of incredible plans for new targeting, bunker complexes, and refining the purposeful design of the range and short game area. Beyond that, we have designs for new teeing areas, a new short game complex, adding another GEARS system and Foresight Simulator, along with other new technologies. I can’t disclose all we do, since the R&D guys get a bit jumpy when I start going on about all the cool stuff and high science! I don’t know exactly what The Kingdom looks like in 10 years as technologies and our understanding continue to improve, but I do know give me six months, and we’ll have done something new. Always grinding to get better!

JW: Tell me a little bit about your career at TaylorMade.

TK: 31 years is hard to do in a “little bit” but I’ll try to give you the Clif Notes! Bob Vokey ran our Tour department and had me running his repair shop in Vista after George Willett took a job driving the Tour truck for TaylorMade. I was refinishing wooden clubs and repairing clubs for the local country clubs. I told Bob I was going broke making $4.50 an hour and driving all over San Diego. I asked if he could get me a job at TaylorMade and I started on the custom line with Wade Liles! Get to work at 2 p.m., off at 1 a.m. and golf in the morning. It was the life! Not to mention, I was lucky enough to meet my wife who worked for the company.

I started our player testing and worked for the great Dr. Benoit Vincent–the smartest man I know. I was a pretty good player, and I played a bunch of USGA and national amateur events. But when I did a TV commercial, I lost my amateur status and made the decision to turn pro. I quit my job and started that journey. Our CEO wanted me to take a leavem and I said: “I need to be all-in on this.” I had two children, a mortgage, car payments and had to buy health insurance while getting through all three stages of Q School. I realized I was a better amateur than a tour pro. We had our third child, and then I got the sales rep job in San Diego. After 10 years of sales, I moved inside the building and the ran innovations department before taking over our metalwoods category when we hit our highest market share in history. I spent a few years in product creation, ran global experiential for a few years and then got the best gig in all of golf here at The Kingdom. Been here for three years, and we’re just getting started!

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Puma Golf teams up with Ernie Els in support of Autism Awareness Month

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, and Puma Golf has teamed up with ambassador Ernie Els in support of the Els for Autism Foundation.

Throughout April, Puma will donate a portion of every individual sale of the brand’s Ignite Pwradapt Caged shoes with the proceeds going towards the Els for Autism Foundation.

Puma X Els Autism

Every pair of Caged shoes sold this month will include a blue Els for Autism shoe bag and puzzle piece ribbon lapel pin – with the color blue and the puzzle pieces representing Autism Awareness.

Puma X Els Autism

The Els for Autism Foundation helps deliver and facilitate programs designed to serve individuals with autism spectrum disorder. You can purchase the shoes here.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about “Boutique brands vs Major OEMs”

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In our forums, our members have been discussing both boutique brands and major OEMs and why the former “trail the OEMs in drivers and woods”. WRXer ‘gr8 flopshot’, who plays a bag full of boutique clubs bar woods, poses the question and it’s got our members talking in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • DaRiz: “Irons, wedges, and putters don’t change much, and for all the technology OEMs try to pack in there, it’s more about how they look and feel. So boutique can fit in nicely here. Drivers/FW, on the other hand, definitely benefit from the millions of dollars in R&D, and it is probably really hard to compete. You can argue that COR is maxed out, but the tiny changes in launch conditions, spin rates, and forgiveness add up.”
  • MattM97: “One reason why I and most other lefties don’t go boutique is options. At least with OEM’s for drivers and most woods we get the most of what is released, some versions and loft we don’t get but better than nothing. I’m not against boutique; I love my putters, I love the look of a lot of wedges, I would absolutely love a set of Japanese forged CB irons one day. Just woods I’ll stick to OEM options.”
  • sniper: “The Wishon 560’s I had built years ago were as good (or better) as anything I’ve had. My current set of MP-18SC’s and Wishon’s are the best feeling irons I’ve played. Both came from a club builder and not built by the OEM. Obviously on the Wishon’s.”
  • RogerInNewZealand: “Genuinely good point. It’s like why we buy JDM, Yonex Ezone 420…and the famed J33 Bridgestone driver from long ago! T.E.E is another one..always a surprise there. With your wood/driver if your sorted that’s fine! You don’t have to bag an exotic club to hit fairways.”

Entire Thread: “Boutique brands vs Major OEMs”

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