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Tom Landers
 
By Tom Landers
Published on 07/21/2010
 

The Year of the Wedge

"The Year of the Wedge"

Just what the game of golf needs…more rules. Well, we should be used to it by now.
  The USGA and the R&A have prohibited club manufacturers from producing wedges with aggressive U grooves, or square grooves, after this year. Thus, 2010 is the last time amateur golfers will be able to buy high-spin wedges that will remain legal and conforming until 2024. These wedges can be sold at retail after 2010 but they can no longer be manufactured.
  The rule changes are why you are seeing people like Greg Hopkins, president and CEO of Cleveland Golf, talking to us in commercials, calling 2010 “The Year of the Wedge.” That may be a bit of an overstatement. But the fact  remains that the world of wedges as we know it is changing, and it’s high time we took action to get some new short sticks in our golf bags.
  The main intent behind the rulings from the USGA and R&A is to put more emphasis (read, penalize) shots that land the rough. The U, or square grooves, made hitting short shots from the high grass almost as easy as from the fairway, with skilled hands able to stop the ball fairly simply from any lie. The new (really, modified U) grooves should be less effective in stopping shots from the rough.
  Any golfer worth his salt knows the wedge is perhaps the most important club(s) the bag. Sure, the driver sets up the hole and the putter finishes it off. But, from 100 yards and in, the wedge rules supreme. That’s why they call the high-lofted stick “the scoring club.”
  Whether it is a full pitching wedge or a 60-degree close to the green, the right wedge can get the golf ball close to the flagstick and make a world of difference to your game…and your score. Club makers offer a wide range of wedges, in a variety of lofts, lies, bounces and even metals and coatings to get the job done.
So,  let’s take a look at the clubs that will news in 2010, the Year of the Wedge.

                 

Wedges


$150
Bobby Jones Pelz
www.bobbyjonesgolf.com

Unique Features: A face insert in the wedge is made from Carpenter 440XH steel, an alloy that is wear resistant and typically used in industrial bearings and valve assemblies. The insert allows the grooves to last for years instead of months, says the company. A 3M structural bonding membrane is slightly spongy to give the clubhead a shock-absorbing component.
Lofts: 52, 56, 60, 64 degrees.


$109
Boccieri Heavy Wedge
www.theheavywedge.com

Unique Features: The Heavy Wedge incorporates the company’s trademark counterweight technology. With a head only slightly heavier than a conventional wedge, the added weight (65 grams) is positioned in the butt of the shaft, raising the club’s balance point nearly 40 percent, promoting improved distance control, swing path, shot dispersion, acceleration and tempo. Available in a variety of loft and bounce options.


$120
Bridgestone J38
www.bridgestonegolf.com

Unique Features: Conforming U-grooves, non-glare black oxide finish, variable bounce technology creates low bounce on the heel and toe sole areas, CNC Milled Face, 8620 Mild Carbon Steel for enhanced feel, True Temper Dynamic Gold Shaft.
Lofts: 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 degrees.


$140
Callaway WG X Series Jaws
www.callawaygolf.com

Unique Features: MACK Daddy Grooves for maximum spin and control from any lie, a C-Grind sole relieves the heel, toe, and trailing edge to improve turf interaction, the forged 1020 carbon steel provides better feel and feedback around the greens, choose from  chrome or dark vintage finishes also steel or graphite shafts.
Lofts: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 64 degrees.


$130
Eidolon V-Sole
www.eidolongolf.com

The V-Sole which can handle any kind of lie unlike most wedges, also allows for more spin for greater playability.  Each club custom made for the buyer ensuring total comfort and precision to your personal needs/desires.
Lofts: 48, 52, 56, 60 degrees.


$140
Feel Golf QPQ
www.feelgolf.com

Unique Features: Each loft of the QPQ wedge line has its own color bar accent scheme, similar to Feel’s Designer line.  You get the feedback of a muscle back while the center bar gives the transition of a cavity back for improved distance control.  CNC Micro-Milled Grooves cover 100% of the face, providing enhanced “Ball-to-Face” friction for improved spin and distance control.


$110
KZG X95
www.kzggolf.com

Unique Features:  KZG’s heat-treated proprietary steel alloy gives forged feel at a lower price, a single notched sole allows open or closed club faces without altering bounce, U-grooves for increased spin and accuracy, the soft feel and notched sole with u-groove are perfect for those tricky finesse shots around the green.
Lofts: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 degrees.


$100
MacGregor VIP
www.macgregorgolf.com

Unique Features: Tour-quality forged wedges combine a classic look and shape with superior spin control and soft feel. Made from soft 1025 carbon steel with an advanced, 800-ton forging process, the VIP Wedge’s tightly compacted grain structure results in beautiful feel and tremendous consistency, micro-milled surfaces optimize spin control.
Lofts: 52, 54, 56, 58, 6


$110
Mizuno MP-T 10
www.mizunousa.com

Unique Features: High performance forged wedges featuring Quad Cut Grooves maximize spin in all different types of conditions,  teardrop head shape with patented Grain Flow Forged 1025E “Pure Select” mild carbon steel for soft, solid, and consistent feel,  360 grind top line and sole for shot making versatility, glare resistant Raw Black Satin Finish, or White Chrome Satin Finish.


$110
Nike VR VREV
www.nike.com

Unique Features: New V-Rev grooves, dual sole design for versatility in multiple conditions, constructed from 8620 carbon steel which is 45% softer than 17-4 stainless steel for enhanced feel, available in satin chrome or black satin, black satin preferred because of resistance to glare.
Lofts: 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 degree


$110
Ping Tour-W
www.ping.com

Unique Features: The club is made of 17-4 cast stainless steel. It has a tungsten toe weight and a small cavity designed to increase the moment of inertia for a solid hit and improved feel. A polymer insert in the cavity optimizes swing weight, dampens vibration and pushes the center of gravity low and slightly forward to control clubhead rotation.
Lofts: 47, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 degrees.


$129 inserts $39.99 apiece
TaylorMade TP xFT
www.taylormadegolf.com

Unique Features: Exchangeable Face Technology (xFT) allows golfers to easily change a worn clubface. A thin urethane layer behind the clubface ensures the face fits precisely into the milled pocket while promoting soft feel. Milled “Z groves” result in a 10 percent increase in groove volume, which helps channel debris and maintain maximum spin for greater control of shots. Lofts: 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 degrees.


$125
Titleist Vokey Spin Milled
www.titleist.com

Unique Features: Each wedge is designed based on the experience of the best players in the world including sole designs, each wedge has been precisely created to perfectly blend the size, shape, topline thickness, and offset from loft to loft, spin milled grooves produce a medium trajectory and high spin, while spin milled C-C grooves produce a higher trajectory with medium spin.
Lofts: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64 degrees.


$130aphite)
Exotics Xtrem Spine
www.TourEdge.com

Unique Features:   A 1025 milled and forged face that is only 1.5mm thick and backed by a hollow core that is filled with a thermal plastic elastomer (TPE). The combination of the super thin face, TPE gel and new grooves help the Tour Black deliver exceptional feel and remarkable feedback Faces are also CNC milled, producing micro-edging and a rougher surface for more spin on full and partial shots. A removable weight screw allows golfers to adjust the swing weight.



                                                   

Player’s Choice Awards

Best Appearance
        Bridgestone J38
        Mizuno  MP T-10
        TaylorMade TP xFT
        Titleist Vokey Spin Milled

         

Best Performance
            Callaway Jaws
            Mizuno  MP T-10
            TaylorMade TP xFT
            Titleist Vokey Spin Milled

     

Best Feel
Callaway Jaws
Nike VR VREV
Titleist Vokey Spin Milled

         

Best Spin
            Bobby Jones Pelz
            Nike VR VREV
      Ping Tour W

Best Overall
        Mizuno  MP T-10
        Nike VR VREV
        TaylorMade TP xFT
      Titleist Vokey Spin Milled