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Wedges 2011
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Tom Landers
 
By Tom Landers
Published on 08/16/2011
 


Wedges 2011

Wedges

Few may realize it but one of the most important, and controversial at the time, advances in golf club technology was made by Gene Sarazen.
The Squire was famous for his golfing exploits, but he caused quite a stir in the early 1930's when he put into play what would become the modern sand wedge. Sand wedges had been used in competition before, notably by such greats as Horton Smith and Bobby Jones, but those clubs had concave faces and were eventually banned by the USGA and R&A.
Sarazen's new wedge met the letter of the law and he explained that his new design was attributable to a flight he took with aviator, and ultimately recluse billionaire, Howard Hughes in 1931 when he noticed how the tail of the plane adjusted during flight. Sarazen designed his sand wedge with a straight face. Another modification that he made was to add extra lead to the front edge of the club face, allowing it to cut through the sand more smoothly. After he won the 1932 British and U.S. Opens with the help of his new club, its popularity quickly grew.
While wedges have changed since the days of Gene Sarazen, they remain a most important tool in the arsenal of any good golfer. Owing to their reputation as perhaps the ultimate scoring clubs (with the exception of the putter), wedges now come in multiple lofts, lies, bounces and finishes, all of which conspire to help us get the ball closer to the hole.
Let's take a look at today's hottest wedges on the market. The Squire would be amazed at the choices.

 

Wedges

Tester Comments: Great bounce, great feeling. In my opinion it competes with all top-line wedges on merits alone, but when you compare prices - the Watson Player series wedges are a no-brainer … This Watson wedge looks, feels, and plays great.

Lofts: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 64 degrees
Adams Tom Watson
www.adamsgolf.com • $69

Unique Features:
The Tom Watson 2011 wedge features traditional wedge shaping inspired by the legendary eight-time Major champion. A black nickel finish provides a premium look while also minimizing the glare from sunlight. Watson's signature heel grind helps the wedge cut through the turf, and the 11-loft/bounce combinations give golfers a variety of options to fit their level.

 


Tester Comments: They look great, are much softer than some of the bigger name wedges … Very nice wedge one of the very best out there need more hype on these … Great from everywhere

Lofts: 52, 54, 56, 60, 64
Adams Puglielli Black
www.adamsgolf.com • $99

Unique Features:
The Puglielli Black is a premium wedge forged from soft 8620 carbon steel. Milled grooves comply with 2010 USGA competition scoreline requirements, while maximizing spin from all playing conditions. A trailing edge sole grind and heel relief that better players prefer offers enhanced shot-shaping options around the green.

 



Tester Comments: The feel of the club is remarkable, face really grips the ball and you can hit nice soft shots with these … Great wedge from the grass with excellent backspin.

Lofts: 48, 52, 56, 60, 64 .
Bobby Jones Pelz
www.bobbyjonesgolf.com • $90

Unique Features:
The first and only "indestructible, wear resistant wedge" in golf features a proprietary, precision milled, steel alloy face' backed by a 3M shock absorbing bonding membrane to combine "unmatched durability with a soft feel for years of peak spin performance." Each face insert is CNC precision milled for maximum USGA face texture and groove dimensions.


Tester Comments: The distance control, spin and feel are superb … Very predictable as far as shot making. The spin is also very consistent … I am impressed at how well this club grabs the ball. Only thing I have noticed is that it is pretty tough on the cover of the ball since they are really sharp

Lofts: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64 degrees.
Callaway X Series Jaws
www.callawaygolf.com • $139

Unique Features:
Engineered by Callaway Chief Designer Roger Cleveland and named by Callaway Staff Professional Phil Mickelson, the X Series Jaws CC Wedges feature the new Tour CC Grooves. The C-Grind Sole and classic head design ensure versatility for the short game while providing Tour-level feel from soft forged 1020 carbon steel construction. The "C" shape of the sole, along with a tighter heel-toe radius and ideal bounce, improves turf interaction and enables golfers to lay the face open while keeping the leading edge down.


Tester Comments: Great feeling around the greens and i like the spin control, ball stops on dime. they cut through the grass … Much better looking than the original F2 and they perform great … Very stable feeling.

Lofts: 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 64 degrees
F2 Golf SS 2
www.f2golf.com • $99

Unique Features:

The New F2 SS Wedge's revolutionary design features the unique performance characteristics of the original F2 wedge, the only "shank proof" wedge on the market. The new "dog leg" hosel has the appearance of any standard wedge when looking down at the club from the address position. By moving the weight out of the hosel, the MOI is raised making it more stable and forgiving. By moving the hosel out of the way at impact decreases the drag through the rough, sand or any other lie. No hosel means easier to hit, more forgiving and more versatile.


Tester Comments: Easy to hit... great spin on shots hit high to avoid obstructions to pin.. overall just a very nice club … Excellent on tight lies around the green.

Lofts: 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 64 degrees.
Feel Golf Lee Miller Signature QPQ
www.feelgolf.com • $130

Unique Features:
Each loft of the QPQ wedge line has its own color bar accent scheme to indicate mass and moment of inertia transition from a muscle back to a cavity back. Golfers get the feedback of a muscle back, while the center bar gives the transition of mass to a cavity back for improved ball striking.
Lofts:46,52,54,56,58,60,64,73


Tester Comments:A great looking sole grind and not too much bounce angle … I wish all my irons looked and played like these clubs … The feel and performance of the wedge is excellent

Lofts: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 64 degrees.
Mizuno MP-T 11
www.mizunousa.com • $120

Unique Features:
orged from 1025E soft carbon steel, the MP T-11's lower-lofted, full swing wedges have a narrower, deeper groove to produce spin, while higher-lofted wedges used for partial shots (such as chips and pitches) feature a wider, shallower groove to channel debris away from the face for a clean strike.


Tester Comments:TFor control, distance and spin these wedges have it all! … These are the best Nike wedges to date, feel like butter … So easy to hit, it is almost like cheating.

Lofts: 52°/9°, 56°/6°, 60°/3°, 64°/10°, 73°/7°
Nike VR Pro Forged
www.nikegolf.com
• $120

Unique Features:
The VR Pro Forged offers nearly twice as many grooves as last year's model, as well as a consistent crosshatch pattern between the grooves. The deeper grooves provide more room to channel away debris for cleaner contact. It comes in Satin Chrome and Brush Oxide Raw finishes.


Tester Comments: Crisp grooves hold on to the ball well around the green for soft shots … Great feel easy to swing. This club will allow you to drop dimes on the green … The grooves do the work for you. Great spin even on short touch shots around the green and in the trap.

Lofts: 47, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 64 degrees.
Ping Tour-S
www.ping.com • $120

Unique Features:
The Tour S features a specially-designed port that is angled into the back cavity to improve feel and enhance perimeter weighting. A thin-soled version in some higher lofts keeps the leading edge close to the ground even when the face is open. It comes in Brushed Silver Chrome (17-4 stainless steel) and Rustique (8620 steel) finishes.


Tester Comments: Was able to play different shots from most any type lie … My up and downs and sand saves were better than with my regular name brand wedge … great spin and flexibility to play any shot around the green or from fairway.

Lofts: 41° to 61° degrees.
SCORGOLF 4161 V-Sole
www.scorgolf.com • $149

Unique Features:
SCOR4161 offers 21 precision heads with any loft from 41° to 61° (hence the 4161 in SCOR4161). SGC3 Progressive Weighting ensures that each scoring clubs is optimized for precise trajectory and distance control. Their patented V-SOLE ensures that you always have the right bounce for the shot at hand - any lie, any course, any golfer. Proprietary short game specific shafts give you unmatched feel and shot control.


Tester Comments: The idea of replacing the face not the entire wedge is brilliant … Great solid feel and easy to hit from all lies … When the grooves wear out, just replace the face.

Lofts: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 64 degrees.
TaylorMade TP xFT
www.taylormadegolf.com • $90

Unique Features:
The precision-milled face insert on the TP xFT can be replaced as it wears down. TaylorMade estimates that grooves begin to lose their effectiveness after about 1,000 strikes, and grooves that are worn lead to inconsistent launch angles and less spin. A thin urethane layer behind the clubface promotes soft feel and sound.


Tester Comments: Very impressive control and accuracy . Just what I need to improve my short game … Great spin and control. I bought three after testing them … The ball climbs the face in a way no others do. My distance control has improved.

Lofts: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64 degrees.
Titleist Vokey Spin Milled
www.titleist.com • $120

Unique Features:
The Spin Milled wedges are available with a number of choices for loft, bounce and sole grind, and are available in two different groove configurations to meet every shot requirement, swing-style, course condition and rules governing tournament play. Spin Milled CC grooves produce a higher trajectory with medium spin.


Tester Comments: The triple tour-grind sole makes any shot on any course condition smooth and playable. … Nice looking wedge, not as solid feeling as some of name wedges but for the price a nicewedge … Bottom line is that this wedge worked …

Tour Edge TGS
www.touredge.com • $40

Unique Features:
The all-new TGS "Triple Grind Sole" wedges feature a pear-shaped head design and a Tour-inspired triple grind sole that eliminates bounce from the heel and toe areas. Featuring maximum-allowed size CNC milled grooves, the TGS wedges deliver the precise control. TGS wedges feature a straight-taper shaft that transmits maximum feel and touch around the greens, and a tour-taper grip that provides greater control on every shot.


Tester Comments: One of the most attractive wedges on the market … The satin finish and small head look excellent at set up and cut through rough better than the larger head wedges … The smaller head gives me more confidence off tightlies from the fairway.

Lofts: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60
Wilson FG Tour
www.wilson.com • $100

Unique Features:
FG Tour wedges feature CNC milling to create the most aggressive grooves allowed. An additional milled pattern is etched into the face at the optimum angle of impact to deliver greater ball control from wet and long grass. The 58 and 60 degree wedges feature hand grinds in the heel to lower the leading edge, allowing the face to be opened for more creative shot-making.



Player’s Choice Awards WEDGES

Best Appearance
Adams Puglielli
Mizuno MP-T11
Titleist Vokey Spin Milled
Wilson FG Tour

Best Perfromance
Adams Puglielli
Bobby Jones Pelz
Mizuno MP T-11
Nike VR Pro Forged
Ping Tour-S
Titleist Vokey Spin Milled
Wilson FG Tour

Best Feel
Mizuno MP T-11
TaylorMade TP xFT
Titleist Vokey Spin Milled

Best Forgiveness
Adams Puglielli
Bobby Jones Pelz
Nike VR Pro Forged
Ping Tour S
TaylorMade TP xFT
Titleist Vokey Spin Milled

Best Consistency
Adams Puglielli
Nike VR Pro Forged
Mizuno MP T-11
Wilson FG Tour
Titleist Vokey Spin Milled

Best Overall
Adams Puglielli
Mizuno MP T-11
Nike VR Pro Forged
Titleist Vokey Spin Milled
Wilson FG Tour