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Best Wedges 2013: Editors’ Choice



600 best wedges

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


    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


  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.


  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

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

        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


        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,

  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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Best irons in golf of 2024: Most technology packed



In our effort to assemble the 2024 best irons, we have again compiled an expert panel of fitters to help you find out which of the 2024 irons is best for your game.

Ultimately the best way to find your personal best iron set is to work with a professional fitter using a launch monitor. The difficult part is a lot of people don’t have easy access to fitters, launch monitors, and club builders — so at GolfWRX, we have done a lot of the work for you.

We are in the era of not just maximizing distance but also minimizing the penalty of common misses for each player — this applies to irons just as much as it does with any other club in the bag. And of course, proper set makeup and gapping is essential. This is why, now more than ever, custom fitting is essential to help you see results on every swing you make.

We want to give you the tools and information to go out and find what works best for you by offering recommendations for your individual iron set wants and needs with insight and feedback from the people who work every single day to help golfers get peak performance out of their equipment.

Best irons of 2024: The process

The best fitters in the world see all the options available in the marketplace, analyze their performance traits, and pull from that internal database of knowledge and experience like a supercomputer when they are working with a golfer.

It’s essentially a huge decision tree derived from experience and boiled down to a starting point of options—and it has nothing to do with a handicap!

Modern iron sets are designed into player categories that overlap the outdated “what’s your handicap?” model, and at GolfWRX we believe it was important to go beyond handicap and ask specific questions about the most crucial performance elements fitters are looking at.

These are the best iron categories we have developed to help you determine which category is most important for your swing and game.

Best irons of 2024: The categories

2024 Best irons: Most technology packed

This is the “give me everything you got” list. These irons are the cream of the crop for offering technology to improve feel, distance, and ball speed. The great thing about the technology category is it’s not reserved for higher handicap golfers — it’s for anyone looking to get everything they can out of their game in an iron that also suits their eye.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke

Their story: At the core of Callaway’s new Ai Paradym Smoke irons is the Ai Smart Face. With the Ai Smart Face, these irons are designed to promote exceptional distance, tight dispersion into the green, and optimal launch in a modern construction. The new shape consists of longer blade lengths, thinner toplines, and optimized sole widths in a bid to create a forgiving, yet streamlined look at address. In addition, an all-new Dynamic Sole Design features a pre-worn leading edge with variable bounce that cuts through the turf with efficiency.

Fitter comments:

  • “That thing is an absolute rocket launcher. For the guy who flips at it, it’s perfect. It definitely launches lower spins less. it just goes forever compared to, you know, compared to a lot of them that we, that we tested.”
  • “I mean, it’s actually probably one of the cleaner-looking kind of game improvement irons. You know, some of them, they can get kind of beefy, but the look of that one that’s very appealing to the eye. The AI technology that Callaway has been using for a couple of years now, it’s generating a ton of ball speed for guys, but also at a point where they’re still getting a lot of peak heights on it. So it’s not like you feel like you’re just hitting bullets out there.”
  • “If a guy is looking to just hit it far, that’s probably the best thing out there. Callaway’s always had like crazy hot iron faces in that mid-size game improvement-type club. And this is just the next version of it. This thing is crazy fast. Shockingly, for how strong the lofts are, the ball still gets up in the air pretty good.”
  • “When it comes to pure technology the Paradym Ai Smoke iron has it all. Super computers helping engineers design the back of the face based on over 250,000 shots make it an amazing tech iron alone.”
  • “Classic Callaway story with face variability that is AI-driven along with material and design. Tons of tech. With Ai Smart Face and a hollow body design, they make it to the top as far as technology goes.”

For more photos/info, read our launch piece.

TaylorMade P790

Their story: Engineers utilized the variables of tungsten weighting, SpeedFoam Air, and internal mass — with an assist from AI — to precisely give golfers what they need in each iron. For example, launch and forgiveness in the long irons. More specifically, TaylorMade is using what the company calls FLTD CG (flighted CG) to strategically position CG throughout the set (lower in the long irons, higher in the short irons). CG is positioned almost a millimeter lower in the long irons compared to previous generations. In the shorter irons, the higher CG positions allowed engineers to dial in spin and promote accuracy.

Fitter comments:

  • “Best combination of everything. The amalgamation of all irons on the market blended into one mathematically perfect design.”
  • “I think people recognize the name. It’s a very popular club. It stands up to every model in a category.”
  • “That’s the staple in the players distance category. It’s year-in, year-out. It’s tough to beat TaylorMade — they don’t go wrong with that iron, for sure. They make little refinements, but it’s almost like, yeah, just keep making little refinements. Don’t kind of mess that up just because the, I mean, it, it fits such a wide range of players and it’s just such a good iron that fits a wide, wide range of handicaps.”
  • “I think where TaylorMade kind of struggled over the past is getting that spin on the golf club, and I think each generation it just keeps getting better. I think they did an awesome job.”
  • “If it’s not our best-selling iron in the fitting center, it’s always like number two. It’s such a great, great performer across the board. And yeah, it just keeps getting better every year. It’s really awesome; crazy distance on that thing too.”

For more photos/info, read our launch piece.

Titleist T350

Their story: The new T350 irons are still built for maximum distance and forgiveness, but they were redesigned with a hollow-body construction that’s inspired by the T200. Like the T200, the T350 also uses Max Impact Technology behind the face to maximize speed and forgiveness, and dual-tungsten weights in the back cavity. The T350 irons are noticeably larger, and with thicker toplines, than the T200 irons for golfers who need the additional surface area and stability.

Fitter comments: 

  • “The T350 is super good. They definitely cleaned it up, cleaned up that topline a little bit and made it…a little bit more compact, a little bit smaller for sure.”
  • “You know, I think is one of those irons that maybe sometimes can get overlooked. I don’t know…some guys, they think ‘Titleist,’ they can’t hit it. If someone’s in this category, it’s always a club you’re gonna have.”
  • “So like this is the first one in that model that’s had like a forged face and, and, and, and I think that just improved the feel of it. Topline to me looks a little bit cleaner and, they do a nice job of hiding the offset doesn’t look quite obnoxious when you look down at it. I don’t know if it’s like the chrome that they put or whatever, but it looks a lot cleaner at address. The iron’s always been super easy to get up in here.”
  • “That type of customer, I know they all want to do is just hit it nice and far. But we’re seeing so many guys come in that just need help getting it airborne in that moderate kind of clubhead speed category. And this thing is probably, if not the easiest, one of the easiest irons in this category to launch. And I think that’s what makes it so great.”
  • “High launch is a key component to this iron. Clean look, with reduced offset and a better look for a players game improvement iron. Players are surprised that this is a game improvement iron based on the looks and package size.”

For more photos/info, read our launch piece.

Srixon ZX5 Mk II

Their story: MainFrame v2 was developed with an Automated Intelligence process, flex-maximizing variable thickness pattern of grooves, channels, and cavities carefully milled into the backside of ZX5 iron faces for high ball speeds. Not only does MainFrame boost COR, but it also repositions mass away from the face and into the toe and sole for a lower CG for easier launch, more consistency, and forgiveness.

Fitter comments: 

  • “I’m a big believer in the V-Sole. For high-speed guys who want a little forgiveness and are steep, it just doesn’t stick in the ground. Super soft and high launching. Not a ton of offset. It’s also been a good fit for moderate-to-high handicappers.”
  • “So I would say it, it kind of stands out in its category because it does launch higher than its competitors. It also sits in between some of the models, like, it doesn’t directly compete with a hollow cavity and it doesn’t compete with, like the Cobra King Tour. Like, it’s a degree stronger. For a forged iron, it performs great for us. The only problem is that it is a little bit light in a swing weight, so we have to be careful of who we fit.”
  • “It’s definitely one of our more popular irons for sure. You know, you get a guy who wants to play something small but still wants something more forgiving, and they don’t want kind of that full hollow body iron. I mean, that’s definitely one of our best sellers for sure. We’re seeing that a lot of combos — that’s a one iron that you can definitely combo with the ZX7 for sure.”
  • “I think a lot of guys like the concept of the V-Sole with them…If you’re talking an overall package, you know, for the guy that is looking for something clean. That’s a spectacular golf club. Good looks and good feel and great, you know, great performance, and it fits a lot of categories.”
  • “I think the one struggle a lot of companies have with that category is getting something to spin, so to try and give like guys so they don’t get those knuckleball shots or that fly out of the rough that goes 20 yards longer. I kind of think that that’s what I think makes that item so good is you get some spin on it, and I think it, it looks and feels good enough that like it, a guy that’s a mid-single digit can play it and be like, yeah, that’s good enough for me. But it’s also forgiving enough that a guy that’s in that kind of 12-to-15 kind of category if he wants to reach a little bit and play something that might look a little bit better. It just fits such a huge, huge range of players. I think it’s just awesome.”

For more photos/info, read our launch piece.

Ping G430

Their story: Billed as Ping’s “longest iron ever,” the G430 irons combine a lower CG with stronger, custom- engineered lofts and a thinner face that delivers up to two more mph of ball speed, per the company. At the heart of the new addition is the PurFlex cavity badge, an innovation that features seven flex zones that allow more free bending in design to increase ball speed across the face. In combination with a lower CG, the badge aims to contribute to a solid feel and pleasing impact sound.

Fitter comments:

  • “The best G.I. iron on the market. Easy to hit and launch while making great ball speed for distance.”
  • “The best iron in the game improvement category. High launch and packed with forgiveness on those off-center hits. It’s one of the easiest irons to hit. So easy to hit and look at for the average golfer.”
  • “Yeah, I mean, that’s definitely a go-to and in the matrix for sure. I mean, it’s just super easy to hit, super forgiving. They don’t mess that iron up.”
  • “Ping does a great job of building golf clubs. Their design is fantastic and it’s not for everybody, you know, it’s not the lowest-spinning club…but it sure is one of the most forgiving golf clubs and most consistent golf clubs. Ping G430 in that category of club, you can have something that a good player who needs a little help maybe can use because it’s consistent across the face, and you can’t do that with some of the other clubs because they’re not as consistent across the face for the ball speeds. It is a monster for us.”
  • “The best iron in the game improvement category. It’s one of the easiest irons to hit.”

Best irons of 2024: Meet the fitters

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Why Tony Finau is planning to play 2 drivers at the Masters



Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of a piece we originally filed this piece for’s Equipment Report. You can read the full piece there. 

Now, for the 2024 Masters specifically, Finau is planning to put another Ping G430 LST driver into play, in order to help him on the right-to-left holes at Augusta. The second driver, which is set to replace his 3-wood, will measure about the length of his 3-wood, and it has 10.5 degrees of loft, according to Ping Tour rep Kenton Oates.

“Tony Finau, most likely, will be playing two G430 LST drivers this week; his gamer, and a new shorter 10.5 headed option,” Oates told on Wednesday. “In the ramp-up towards The Masters, Tony and his team discussed options to optimize his performance off the tee. In discussing the tee shots around Augusta and second shots, Tony realized he would never hit 3-wood off the ground, minus maybe 8 if it was soft and into the wind.

“With that in mind, we felt it would be worth exploring a driver built to more 3-wood specs – shorter, more loft, etc. We build the driver in Houston and Tony carried it to Augusta to test. Right away it was giving him the performance he was looking for, allowing him to hit a straighter shot off the tee, or even draw it easier than his gamer driver, along with the added forgiveness benefits of using a driver instead of a 3-wood. Tony potentially could use the little driver on 2-7-10-14-17-18, pending course and wind conditions.”

Since Finau’s stock driver swing is grooved for a cut shot, maybe it’s unrealistic that Finau will hit big sweeping draws with the new, second driver option. But, according to Finau, it’s still a useful option, especially since he won’t need the 3-wood much this week.

“The [second] driver really goes straight, so there’s just no fade on it,” Finau told “The draw holes out here, you don’t really have to turn it over, you just can’t hit a fade. But yeah, I’m going with two drivers.”

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Toulon Golf unveils latest Small Batch putter – the Carbonetti Meadow Club



Toulon Golf has today officially announced its latest Small Batch putter — the Carbonetti Meadow Club.

The Backstory

A little more than 100 years ago, famed golf course architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie stepped on the Bon Tempe Meadow just north of San Francisco to create his first golf course in America — a tucked away gem known as Meadow Club. Dr. MacKenzie would famously go on to design other masterpieces including Augusta National and Cypress Point.

Over 100 years ago a special type of tree — a madrone — had sprouted on the southwest slopes of a hill just adjacent to what would become Meadow Club’s fourth tee. The madrone is a unique tree. It grows only along the coastal areas of Northern California and Oregon. Its wood is extremely hard, with a beautiful reddish grain. It is almost impossible to transplant.

This special tree was deemed an environmental hazard in late 2022. Through a special friendship between Tony and his close friend, master luthier and musician Jimmy Carbonetti, work began with the Club to acquire the fallen madrone. If successful, the plan would be to ship the wood to New York and Jimmy would begin to work his craft — fashioning the madrone not only into handmade works of art that would become the putter’s sole plate, but also into a guitar from the same tree.

With that as the goal, Jimmy and Tony set off to Meadow Club to meet with the club. A few days later, with the help of the club and the membership, the tree was on its way to the mill.

The Putter

The putter head was designed by Sean and Tony Toulon — inspired by some of the mallet shaped putters that Dr. MacKenzie used; he famously believed that if a hole was designed properly it could be played with only a putter.

This ear shaped mallet design features a sweeping front to back shoulder design that creates a generous cavity — in design to make the Meadow Club putter exceedingly playable. The gentle and elegant flowing neck literally melts into the slightly rounded top line.

The topline features a unique alignment aid — the famous stylized logo from the club itself.

The head is slow milled and then individually hand polished using 904L Stainless Steel. Once complete, Toulon Golf applied a deep Black PVD to create the Piano Black finish.

The face pattern is a Super Fine Double Fly with Big Tuna mill pattern — designed to create a satisfying click at impact – and yielding a feel that is incredibly pure.  To complete the face milling process Toulon added an artistic touch with a very fine overmill to create the special face pattern.

In addition, the sole plate on the putter is hand made by Jimmy Carbonetti.


  • Material – 904L Stainless Steel/Madrone Sole Plate/Tungsten Weights/Face
  • Mill – Super Fine Double Fly with Big Tuna
  • Finish – Piano Black PVD
  • Grip – Toulon Collection Deep Green Pistol
  • Shaft – Black Chrome
  • Headcover – Small Batch Leather
  • Head Weight – 348 g
  • Loft – 3°
  • Lie – 70°

Pricing and Availability

The Small Batch Carbonetti Meadow Club is available for purchase on a first come, first served basis on April 11th via the company’s website – A limited number of these exceedingly rare examples are being offered worldwide at $2,000.

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