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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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Wunder: I’ve hit THESE new drivers this year…and this is what I think

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During this lockdown, I have done quite a few “Friday Q & A’s” on my IG, and one of the questions I get asked constantly is “have you hit this?” That, and “whaddya think?”

So, in the spirit of organizing my brain, it seemed like the right time to share what new drivers I have actually hit this year…and this is what I think.

Now, it needs to be said that there is a lot of new gear out there, but, to be honest, I’ve only actually hit a select few enough to actually build an opinion. “Enough” in this case is at least 20 balls. Some of these sticks I tested during our pre-launch preview with the OEMs, at the PGA show, a friend has one, or I actually have it in the bag.

Here we go.

TaylorMade SIM

Setup tested: SIM 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: The best way to describe how SIM looks behind the ball is “comfortable.” TaylorMade has always made drivers that just look correct. The lines are clean, the shape inspires playability, and I dig the paint job. They hit a home run with this one for sure.

FEEL: Best sound out there in my opinion. Heavy, dense, and if you get one dead-nuts center, it lets you know. The feel at contact is just as TaylorMade drivers have always done, center strikes feel like Thor’s hammer and mishits don’t kill your good vibes.

VS THE M5: I get asked this a lot. I loved the M5. Still do. To be honest the two drivers data wise were legit apples to apples. The only difference is my stock shot with M5 was a low spin straight ball and with SIM its a slight draw with a touch more spin and slightly lower launch. I prefer that.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the TaylorMade SIM is the cool kid in high school for 2020. Last year it was F9 followed closely by M5. TM knocked it outta the park on this one.

TaylorMade SIM Max

Setup tested: Sim Max 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: It has a bit more of a longer face at address, which makes the head appear shallow which inspires a bit more confidence to turn it over. That’s the main thing I noticed with MAX. Other than that its a tried and true TM shape.

FEEL: Like its sibling, it has a nice solid hit audibly at the impact. So, overall its apples to apples with SIM. However, due to the front weight missing on the MAX, the actual strike doesn’t feel AS meaty as SIM. Not a negative necessarily just something I noticed.

VS M6: Both of these sticks I launched a bit too high versus the weighted versions. That’s why they never got any serious consideration to actually put in play.

OVERALL: As a high launch, more forgiving option, it’s an ace.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Setup tested: Sub Zero 9 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 65TX

LOOKS: To my eyes, the newer versions of the Callaway drivers have looked a bit more compact than its competition. To me, this always looked “low spin” for whatever reason. The Mavrik has the same shape which is good.

FEEL: They really fixed the sound. The Epic Flash sounded like a pop can to me, and the Mavrik Sub Zero sounds like a sledgehammer. The good thing here is the sound now matches up with what the hit feels like. I think the Mavrik is the best feeling driver Callaway has made since Epic.

VS EPIC FLASH SZ: To me, a complete improvement on all fronts. Sound, feel, and performance for me were all substantially better. Now I must say that the Epic Flash Sub Zero was a great driver, I always got great numbers out of it, but the sound took me out of it. I’m sure there isn’t that much difference audibly between the two, but in this game, even something minor can represent so much. Sound to me is huge.

OVERALL: In all honestly, I haven’t given a Callaway driver a real hard look to actually put in the bag since Epic. The sound got louder wit Rogue and Epic Flash. The Mavrik SZ  however is a fantastic driver and will def get some more testing out of me.

Cobra SpeedZone

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: The F9 was a winner on all fronts. The only critique I had was optically it looked like the driver was a little too fade biased. The SZ with its milled in top line gives it softer look at address and for me, softer lines mean more workability, just what my eyes tell me.

FEEL: As with F9 and the earlier mentioned SIM, the Speed Zone sounds EXACTLY how a driver should sound. It has a very heavy hit audibly and that’s across the face. I love the sound of this driver.

VS F9: Apples to apples, it’s the same. Beyond the optics, it feels, sounds, and performs like the F9. Not a bad thing though, the F9 was the driver of 2019 in my opinion.

OVERALL: Nothing wrong with repeating an already awesome driver. SpeedZone will stand up to anything out there. If I’m being fair, I think F9 elevated things in 2019, and this year the competition caught up to it. Changes nothing about how good this driver is.

Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: Like the other drivers in this higher MOI category, it looks a little longer heel to toe.

FEEL: No different than the SpeedZone, sounds great, the impact is solid across the face, and even thin shots feel solid.

OVERALL: The Xtreme is the sleeper hit of 2020 and I’ve heard the fitters love this thing. It’s by far the easiest to hit and overall good time of any driver on this list. Is it longer? No. But is it Xtremely (no pun) playable and competitive? Hard yes. It’s a blast.

PXG Proto

Setup tested: PXG Proto 9 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 TX

LOOKS: Slick. Like all PXG gear, the look is there. The matte crown and elegant lines make it very pleasing optically. I also appreciate that although it’s designed to look high tech. The lines inspire playability, and who doesn’t love a driver that looks like a stealth bomber?

FEEL: I only hit about 20 balls with the PXG Proto in the short time I had with it, but, wow, did this thing surprise me. The sound oddly enough is a bit higher-pitched than the others on the list but for whatever reason, it’s not a distraction. It actually adds to the experience of the hit. I typically detest that, but this sound matched up with the solid hit I was getting. I’m not sure if this is the final version since its a limited tour proto but what is happening is definitely interesting.

VS GEN2: It’s just better. Feels better, sounds great, more playable across the face. The Gen2 did one thing better than everyone else, it destroyed spin. The problem I had was control. The PXG Proto is still low spin but with the new 4 weight system (no intel on the tech yet) seems to add quality launch to the low spin profile and puts the player in a situation where very few to any sacrifices are made.

OVERALL: I was a fan of Gen2. No doubt. But it never flat out beat M5, F9, or SIM. The Proto has elevated PXG’s driver game. I don’t think its a matter of whether or not the driver stands up with the irons, I believe PXG is on the right track to having a driver that eliminates any “yeah, but…” to the conversation. That’s a huge leap since Gen1. These guys are trending hard.

I hope this was helpful.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts. The look of the ultra-stiff shafts, which originated from Bryson wanting a “graphite shaft that was stiffer than the Dynamic Gold X7″, has impressed our members who have been praising the final version and sharing their thoughts on the concept.

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.

  • QuigleyDU: “Awesome.”
  • My2dogs: “Really coming out with some great new stuff.”
  • HateTheHighDraw: “MMT 125TX are absolute fire, but these must be much stiffer.”
  • Robkingasu: “Sweet!”

Entire Thread: “Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts”

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Should I move to heavier iron shafts? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of moving to heavier shafts in irons. WRXer ‘Z1ggy16’ has been making swing changes lately, and the transition has been most challenging for his iron play. ‘Ziggy16’ says:

“Been making some swing changes lately, most notably working to really shallow my club into the downswing. I’m finding that I’m doing this well with my heavy wedge shafts and driver, but I’m struggling a bit in my irons. My strike pattern with my wedges is pretty good, but the irons are a bit all over. Driver is 80g raw, wedges are 132g raw, irons 120g raw. I don’t think I want to go any stiffer, but is there a chance I’ve “outgrown” this weight and need to move to something a bit heavier to help keep these feels going through my set? No idea what swing speed is at this point, but my 7i is normally a smooth/comfortable 175-180 for me.

I really like the feel of my Accra Tour Z Xtreme 475 and my S400’s in the GW-LW. I’m kind of leaning maybe soft stepping modus 120TX or X100’s.. Heck maybe even S200 straight in? Normally I’d just get a fitting, but with Rona still going around, I’m not than keen on it. 2020 is the year of the self fit for me. FWIW, I used modus 120TX 2xSS in my GW & SW last year and that was pretty good feeling. Perhaps a touch too soft… they seemed to really whip/bend hard when hitting from the rough on full swings.”

Our members discuss whether they feel a switch to heavier shafts in the irons will have the desired impact.

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.

  • Pepperturbo: “You’re not alone. Regardless of age, some of us swing better with heavier shafts. I went from 70g driver and 85g 3wd graphite shafts to 58g Ventus shaft in driver and 70g Ventus shaft in 4wd. In irons went from 130g X to 120g 6.0 PX steel shafts which lasted about fifteen years. Then last year made another downward weight change to Steelfiber (steel & graphite) 110g Stiff shafts, lightest I have ever played. Keep in mind as you transition, changing shaft weight is not the only answer. Increasing swing weight can make up for shaft weight. Though I really like them in 6-3i, not thrilled in SW-7i, so just ordered heavier Steelfiber i125g shafts for my PW-7i blades.”
  • Jeff58: “As someone who has gone through and continues to work on what sounds like a similar situation, your ideal iron shafts will likely change. Where they change to isn’t possible to predict with any degree of accuracy. Don’t change your current irons without knowing. It’s frustrating, expensive, and you won’t have any clubs while they’re being changed out. Instead, get a single club from dealsandsteals or similar and experiment with that. Also, the only relevant experience is outdoors under your actual turf conditions. Indoor and mat use can be grossly different.”
  • Red4282: “Just depends on your tempo and load and preferences tbh. My numbers are about identical to yours; I play 77g in the driver and 125 in the irons. I don’t think I could go lighter than 125.”
  • gvogel: “I have a set of hickory clubs. Of course, hickory shafts are darn heavy, maybe 150 grams or so. I probably hit straighter shots with the irons, and particularly hit better shots with the niblick (wedge). Driver and fairway woods, not so much. That might be a stupid insertion into an intelligent thread, but heavier goes straighter, lighter goes longer. You can go heavier, and it helps in transition, but don’t go too stiff.”

Entire Thread: “Should I switch to heavier iron shafts?”

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