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Best wedges of 2020: GolfWRX Members Choice

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What are the best wedges of 2020? What are players looking for? Aggressive grooves? A wealth of sole grinds? Preferred finishes? Fully forged and traditional looking or cast and featuring technology?

At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to GolfWRXers views on the best wedges of 2020.

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The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

You can see the results for the best wedges of 2020 below, as well as quotes we pulled from GolfWRX members about the wedges from our forum.

Best wedges of 2020: The top 5

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1. Titleist Vokey SM8

The SM8 is the biggest overhaul to Vokey wedge design since the introduction of Spin Milled grooves. For the first time ever, the 58 to 62-degree wedges have tungsten in the toe to push the center of gravity more forward and out of the head into a space beyond the face of the club to offer more control than ever before. The design tweak also creates a seven-percent higher MOI than SM7 with even greater vertical stability, too.

The Vokey Spin Milled grooves offer variable depth and width designs, depending on loft, to maximize spin. Groove tolerances continue to get pushed, and after milling and heat-treating, it’s all about being able to replicate wedge after wedge. Titleist’s philosophy to offer maximum spin for the life of the wedge, because golfers need to be able to trust their wedges will perform shot after shot, and that’s what you get with the new Vokey SM8.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I’m very happy with the 54-S and 60-D. They’ll be in the bag for a long-time.” – Member Keith 723
  • “The SM8 are the best feeling wedges I’ve ever used. They are perfect.” – Member TigerFan23
  • “I picked up 50/54/58 set today. Hit them on the range and as perfect as can be expected.” – Member bvan
  • “The SM8’s are amazing. The M grind is just perfect for me. I think I’ll swap my 52F and 56S for a 54M to match my 60m. I hit the M grind so clean” – Member tw7878
  • “Best weight, shape, and feel of any wedge I’ve used. They blend perfectly wedge to wedge and into my short irons.” – GolfWRX member survey response

For more information on the Titleist Vokey SM8 Wedges, you can check out our launch piece here, and see what GolfWRX members are saying in the forums: Official Vokey SM8 Discussion.

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2. Cleveland RTX4

The RTX 4 was designed with the sole purpose of being the best possible tour-level wedge available, and it’s packed with shot-stopping technology, and grind options galore. Cleveland offers four sole grind options to help fit your swing and course conditions along with fourth-generation Rotex face technology to give you the spin you want around the green and on approach shots.

The fourth-gen Rotex face includes Cleveland’s proprietory sharper, deeper, ZIP Grooves, and more durable laser milling between the grooves to increase surface texture/roughness right to the conforming limit. Whether it be chipping, pitching, or full shot approaches, the RTX4 wedges offer all the control you could need.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • ” I can’t say enough positive about them. I play the 50-54-58 all in mid bounce, as I play a variety of conditions. The mid bounce on the 58 is very easy to open up for the “flop” type shots. I probably only use the 50 for full swing shots. Very easy to flight to do whatever you want, and the spin is great. I play the black wedges with the S400 shaft. I liked RTX3’s, but these are even better for feel and touch.” – Member gripandrip
  • “Best wedges I’ve owned. mid bounce is very versatile. love the feel and trajectory.” – Member skuyper
  • ” I love everything about them. I definitely haven’t had any digging problems. Actually I think the turf interaction is perfect although I don’t get very steep with wedges so I really haven’t had digging problems with any wedges… I love the shape and I personally think the TI S400 is fantastic for wedges. Wish I’d thought of that years ago. And out of the sand, I’ve found it to be brilliant.” – Member tbonetw
  • “Feel is the best I’ve played. Leading-edge on the Mid grind is perfect through the turf. The improvement from the RTX-3 to RTX-4 is mind-boggling” – GolfWRX member survey response

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Cleveland RTX 4 wedges in the GolfWRX forums: Cleveland RTX4 Wedge Discussion and see our launch piece here.

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3. Callaway MD5 Jaws

Jaws is all about the grooves. Callaway’s new proprietary groove design takes the contact radius right to the limit to increase spin on all shots, including the most difficult slower speed partial shots. The key to this design involves the manufacturing process of changing the cutting tool every 15 wedges—this ensures every wedge is conforming right to the limit. The end result is the MD5 Jaws spins over 10 percent more on shots hit around the green compared to the Callaway MD4 and launches lower by one degree.

Beyond the grooves, Callaway re-evaluated the shape and profile of the MD5 Jaws, and designers decided to reshape the lower-lofted wedges from the 46-56 degrees to have a smaller profile to match better with transitioning iron sets. The last part of the shaping puzzle was to tweak sole grinds—one of the best examples of this tweaking is the new lower bounce W (Wide) sole wedge. Mr. Roger Cleveland himself was doing a lot of customizing for tour players to tweak the stock MD4 W grinds to reduce bounce and width of the soles, and after seeing this trend, the most popular tweak has now become a stock option on the MD5 Jaws.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “The MD5 wedge bites and spins like no other – Greens are like Velcro with this wedge.”- GolfWRX member survey response
  • ” I upgraded from previous Callaway models and the big thing for me is more spin and the additional X- and W-grind bounces! They’ve been a big help to my short game”- GolfWRX member survey response
  • “With the MD5 the weighting and setup are as classic as it gets. Tons of grind & loft options make it a fit for every type of swing, and all the finish options bring everything together”- GolfWRX member survey response
  • ” I have the 48* and 54* C grind and absolutely love them. If you used the MD4’s, they feel about the same but perform much better in my opinion. Spin seems to be much better, I had to adjust my shots to hit a little hard to get closer to the hole because they are stopping much better.” – Member jjfcpa

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Callaway MD5 JAWS wedges in the GolfWRX forums: Callaway MD5 Jaws Wedge Discussion and see our launch piece here.

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4. Mizuno T20

Just like the MP20 irons, Mizuno engineers brought an extreme CG (center of gravity) shifting philosophy, to the T20s. By relocating the CG throughout the set and changing the sweet spot height, engineers can further alter the launch and spin precisely for each loft in the series.

For spin, the T20s offer variable-width and depth Quad Cut Grooves, meaning lower-lofted wedges are more narrow and deeper, while higher lofted wedges are wider and more shallow since impact happens at lower speeds this increases spin consistency. The last part of the spin equation is the hydro flow micro grooves, a concept from the high-performance tire world where the tiny channels run perpendicular to the grooves and parallel to the direction the ball moves up the face to channel moisture away. This directional tread has proven to increase spin on shots especially in conditions with moisture up to 1,200 RPM on a 60-yard shot. You don’t have to be afraid of dewy mornings anymore with Mizuno T20’s!

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “These are the perfect combo of looks, feel, performance, and forgiveness. Great versatility. Another great feature is the ability to mix in Eye2 grind for a specialty sand club within a wedge set.” – GolfWRX member survey response
  • “Forgiveness of a cavity back with the look of a traditional blade wedge, good feel, and great performance in wet conditions” – GolfWRX member survey response
  • “Just picked these up with the stock Z-Z115 shafts and I don’t think I’ve ever had a wedge spin as much on full and partial shots like these. More forgiving too and feel great off the face, was surprised after the fit that the stock shaft was best for me after coming from SM7s with the DG S200s. Really solid wedges” – Member agood3putt
  • “Stopping power on well-struck shots is amazing…When I miss with my wedges, it’s usually a little thin, but these comes out with more spin and stops quicker.” – Member SecondandGoal
  • “Extremely consistent yardages, when the ball is struck anywhere near the middle of the face. Great spin on half shots too” – GolfWRX member survey response

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Mizuno T20 wedges and see our launch piece here. 

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5. Ping Glide 3.0

Ping Glide 3.0 wedges leverage a multi-material construction that combines a 431 stainless steel head with a larger and softer elastomer Custom Tuning Port (CTP) insert. The larger CTP allows for more contact with the back of the face, resulting in activation of the elastomer at impact in a bid to produce a soft yet solid feel. The new cavity design also expands perimeter weighting to increase the MOI and position the center of gravity higher in order to provide lower-launching and higher-spinning trajectories.

The Glide 3.0 wedges also feature wheel-cut grooves for a sharper edge radius, which is designed to increase interaction with the ball at impact—resulting in more friction for maximum spin and trajectory control. And who doesn’t want more control with their wedges?

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “These are the perfect combo of looks, feel, performance, and forgiveness. Great versatility. Another great feature is the ability to mix in Eye2 grind for a specialty sand club within a wedge set.” – GolfWRX member survey response
  • “Forgiveness of a cavity back with the look of a traditional blade wedge, good feel, and great performance in wet conditions” – GolfWRX member survey response
  • “Just picked these up with the stock Z-Z115 shafts and I don’t think I’ve ever had a wedge spin as much on full and partial shots like these. More forgiving too and feel great off the face, was surprised after the fit that the stock shaft was best for me after coming from SM7s with the DG S200s. Really solid wedges” – Member agood3putt
  • “Stopping power on well-struck shots is amazing…When I miss with my wedges, it’s usually a little thin, but these comes out with more spin and stops quicker.” – Member SecondandGoal
  • “Extremely consistent yardages, when the ball is struck anywhere near the middle of the face. Great spin on half shots too” – GolfWRX member survey response

You can also read what other golfers are saying about the Ping Glide 3.0 wedges in the GolfWRX forums: Ping Glide 3.0 Official discussion and check out our launch piece here.

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Rounding out the top 15 wedges

  • TaylorMade MG2
  • Cleveland CBX4
  • TaylorMade High Toe
  • Miura Tour Wedge
  • Ping Glide Forged
  • Cobra King MIM Forged
  • Bettinardi HLX 3.0
  • Hogan Equalizer
  • Honma TW W4
  • Wilson Staff

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2020 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide: Golf gifts for the Gearhead

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re presenting our guide as a series this year, targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to get better,” and “the big spender.”

You know the gearhead by his/her tired eyes from scouring the GolfWRX forums late into the night and his penchant for bringing two bags to the course—the gamer set and a bag full of demo clubs and shafts.

Here are our best recommendations for “the gearhead” in your life.

GolfWRX Holiday Essential: Perfect Practice Perfect Putting Mat: $169

In COVID-19 times, more new golfers are taking up the game, more casual players are spending more time on the fairways, and avid golfers, of course, are playing as avidly as ever.

As we all know, practicing putting at home is an important step in honing one’s stroke and distance control. The Perfect Practice Mat’s alignment lines and slope leading to the cup cater to both these needs. And from a feel standpoint, the surface itself feels as good as anything you could roll the rock next to your sofa on. We’re not sure exactly what Crystal Velvet TrueRoll Technology is, but it’s darn nice to putt on.

The other two essential elements of this GolfWRX Essential are the ball return track and the Perfect Putting Mat’s ability to be rolled up for easy storage.

Really, these things check all the boxes, so trade in the carpet and a high-ball glass for something that looks and feels better, and is much more likely to actually improve your putting.

The standard edition, which will run you $169.99, is our recommendation for most spaces, and it will fit comfortably in your living room, office, or man cave.

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GolfWRX Holiday Essential: Pinned Golf BlackJack: $199

In the now-competitive market of range finders, a new young company has come onto the scene driven by something we all love: VALUE. Quincy, Massachusetts-based Pinned Golf took the often complicated (and expensive) decision to buy a rangefinder and made it quite easy. The Pinned BlackJack RangeFinder simply does its job. Quick read yardages, slope, yardage lock vibration, and a long charge—the best part is its price point: under $200. In this category, it’s as close to a no-brainer as you’ll find.

This direct-to-consumer idea was cooked up by three young golfers who simply wanted to offer something to the golfing masses that made sense.

Now it must be said that the big companies in this space do it VERY well. Its not a knock on them at all. However, for the player who wants something reliable that won’t break the bank, something that doesn’t require a, “Do I get this now or wait?” decision. John Rowell and his partners at Pinned delivered.

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Titleist TSi3 driver: $549

It’s the best driver Titleist has made in 20-plus years. Period. Not only is it long, but it’s also stable and optically pleasing. TSi3 is an impressive driver that’s been met with rave reviews, and one that will hold up for a lot longer than one season. (See our launch piece for more info)

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TaylorMade P770 irons: $1,225

The combination of distance, forgiveness, and spin make this iron a must-have for tour players all the way up to your 15 handicap. And if you really wanna go nuts, integrate the P7MC and P7MB into a combo set.

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Vokey SM8 WedgeWorks edition

If you want to get the full tour treatment, building an SM8 wedge on WedgeWorks puts Bob Vokey and Aaron Dill at your fingertips. Doesn’t get much better than that for a gearhead.

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Fujikura Ventus hybrid shaft: $200

It’s easy to say at this point that the Fujikura Ventus shaft was the go-to shaft on tour and in the hitting bay in 2020. Putting Velocore technology into a hybrid shaft gets that speed and stability even further into your bag.

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MEVO+ launch monitor: $499

If you want tour data at the tip of your fingers, and you don’t want to mortgage your house to get it, the MEVO+ is a no brainer. Just ask Bubba and Bryson, who utilize the technology every day.

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Mitsubishi Chemical MMT iron shafts: $65

OEMs have been trying to get graphite iron shafts right for a long time, but the MMT is the first offering that will truly insert graphite into the conversation for all players. It’s smooth, stable, and with offerings for better players at 105 TX and 125 TX, there are plenty of options to combo them up and build a perfect flighted set.

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Wedge fitting with Artisan Golf

Wanna know where Tiger gets his wedges? You can schedule a visit to work with the man himself, Mike Taylor, who not only did all the grinding but has worked with Tiger for the past two decades. Bucket list stuff, don’t you think?

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Custom FootJoy Icon shoes

If you really want to walk on the course like a player, then there is no better way than to go to FootJoy.com and build your own custom one-of-a-kind FootJoy Icon. It’s a rabbit hole of leather soles, alligator skin, and a rainbow of colors to really dial you in. There should be a strokes gained stat for just showing up with these.

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Logan Olson custom putter

He’s the next Scotty Cameron—Not only is his work impeccable, but in 10 years a Logan Original will carry with it a huge price tag.

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TXG fitting with Ian Fraser

Arguably the hottest and fastest-growing fitter in North America, a fitting with Ian Fraser—one of the best fitters in the world and a man who as fit the best pros in the game— at TXG HQ in Toronto will turn your whole bag from good into something singular and irreplaceable.

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2020 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Clothes Horse

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re presenting our guide as a series this year, targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to get better,” “the clothes horse,” and “the big spender.”

You know the clothes horse by his closet full of the latest and greatest in golfwear—from a rainbow of polos to enough baseball caps to outfit an entire MLB roster. And more than likely, he/she has more than three pairs of golf shoes in the trunk of the car.

Here are our best recommendations for “the clothes horse” in your life.

FEATURED LOOK: Puma Golf Excellent Golf Wear Collection

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What’s not to love about a line that represents the golfer, the athlete, and the weekend lounger all in one?

Puma Golf, who have always been forward thinking in its pursuit to give golfers something fresh, have delivered something that we at WRX think will be the new golf look of the future. Yes, there is a golf hoodie, but it’s also a look that can truly be worn at the country club, the gym or on the couch. It’s a tricky endeavor to toe the line between formal golf attire and the athletic, but Puma has cracked the code.

On-course attire, little by little, is transitioning into more tennis-inspired looks, and it’s a good thing. All players are looking for comfort, performance, and versatility—even the RS-G shoes can be worn to play 36 and go straight to the gym.

Head to toe this whole get-up works on every level.

Hat: Puma’s Golf Wear Circle Patch

Jacket/Hoodie: Runway Golf Hoodie: The classic hoodie now designed for the golf course! The Runway Hoodie is perfect for a casual, chilly day as you head to the range or to run errands.

Shirt: CloudSpun Henley Golf Shirt: The CloudSpun Henley – the perfect piece to wear anywhere life takes you. Part of the Excellent Golfwear Collection, the perfect blend of performance and lifestyle.

Pants: Tarmac Golf Joggers: Designed for comfort, travel and cool days at the range. Featuring an elastic waistband with a drawstring and a faux fly to give them a more elevated feel.

Shoes: RS-G: The new bold & bulky silhouette inspired by Puma’s RS-X is designed to celebrate re-invention and innovation and conquer the golf course in style. The hype is real.

Browse the whole look here. 

True Linkswear: TruLux knit: $185

True’s first-ever fully waterproof knit shoe, this sneaker-inspired look is garnering rave reviews.

Buy here. 

G/Fore: Tour 5-Pocket Pants: $185

G/FORE paired their top-selling 5 Pocket pant silhouette with performance components that their sponsored tour players found the most important & efficient for their game: mobility, moisture-control properties, breathability, and comfort.

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Criquet: Sweater Fleece Jacket: $165

Criquet’s best-selling fleece jacket has really become a true winter workhorse for me.  It’s the perfect weight for most chilly weather and has a really cool, throw-back vibe to it.  I really love this color, River Phoenix, as it pairs well with almost every color of pants. It’s just a badass versatile piece. – Johnny Wunder

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Sugarloaf Social Club: Classic SSC Arrow Cap: $40

With everything but the navy colorway sold out, the Classic SSC Arrow Cap is a subtle, perfectly executed “dad hat” that lets everyone know you run with the low-key golf hipster crowd.

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Linksoul: Dry-Tek Quarter Zip: $101

“The Dry-Tek Quarter Zip is brand new this season from Linksoul. This cotton/poly midlayer is perfect for those transitional autumn days. It’s lightweight and features moisture wicking properties as well as plenty of natural stretch. Features a Linksoul detailed zipper as well as patch detailing on the left hip.”

 

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FootJoy: 1857 Sueded Cotton 5 Pocket Trousers: $125

“The Sueded Cotton 5-Pocket Pant is brand new this season from FootJoy and is part of their 1857 collection. This incredibly soft, sueded fabric is built in a 5-pocket style with straight legs and subtle, 1857 detailing.”

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Muni Kids: “Old E” Bogeys Suck Tee (Black): $27.95

According to the folks at Muni Kids, “Old E”…”is our Muni twist on the infamous Compton hats that were a staple in hip hop culture in the 80s and 90s.” We just say this is a simple, stylish presentation of an essential golf truth.

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Jordan 5 Low: $220

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‘Anyone else not carry any fairway woods?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of leaving fairway woods out of the bag. WRXer ‘Nfogle’ says:

“I rarely need a fairway wood, and when I do, I usually end up with a penalty or just not hitting a good shot. My misses with the 2 iron keep me in play I just don’t get quite the distance out of the fairway I need. Anyone else have this problem and if so, what do you do?”

And our members have been discussing the issue, with plenty of other members taking the same route as ‘Nfogle’.

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.

  • schwollo: “Was in the same boat then got a G410 3 wood easiest 3 wood ever to hit and plenty long.”
  • jmtbkr: “At my age, 69, I don’t worry too much about hitting par5 greens in two. So my 3 iron bent to 20* is just fine for me. It also doubles as my driving iron on short par 4’s.”
  • capking: “I used to not carry any, my miss is a closed club face at impact, and most FW woods are closed at address. I fixed it by getting some jumbomax xl grips and by visualizing hitting it down the right side on follow through. Before this I went a year without any in the bag.”
  • Roejye: “I started out this year with no fairway wood, I went driver to a 17.5° Adams xtd super hybrid. Because I’m a club ho, and because my dad has one and likes it, I bought a Cleveland Hibore XL 3 wood off eBay. I love it off of the tee, but merely like it off the deck. As much as I love it off of the tee, it’s also possibly the most replaceable because my home course I have little to no need for it. Luckily I don’t carry a 3 iron or hybrid so I don’t need to get rid of it.”

Entire Thread: “Anyone else not carry any fairway woods?”

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