ALLOW SWING SHAPE, COURSE CONDITIONS TO INFLUENCE YOUR WEDGE CHOICES
While club companies are making it significantly easier for golfers to pick their wedges, it’s still up to consumers to know what their needs are. Most notably, players must understand their swing shape, especially as it relates to angle of attack with a wedge. Are you someone who has a shallow angle of attack and takes small divots or picks the ball off the turf, or are you someone with a steeper angle of attack who takes large divots on a full swing with a wedge? The answer to that question might have an influence on what type of wedge you choose.
Additionally, you must also consider the course or courses where you play most of your golf. Are the turf conditions generally firm and fast or are they soft and maybe often wet? Is the sand in the bunkers firm or soft? What kind of rough will you encounter around the greens? Those answers will also play a role in the decision-making process. And finally, the types of wedge shots you want to play from around the green or from the fairway are also a consideration.
To further help you identify wedges that might be a good choice for your bag, we’re going to break down the different offerings from several companies as it relates to their intended performance expectations and benefits. As you’ll see, the spectrum has been covered in the list that follows, which is great news for players of all ability levels. Also, keep in mind that that picking different grinds or sole patterns for the different lofts that you carry in your bag might be what proves best for your game, especially if you play at a lot of different courses or a lot of tournament golf, as you’ll be prepared for any types of course conditions you’re confronted with.
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Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Wedges
TGW Customer Feedback on the Cleveland 588 Wedges
Cleveland wedges have long been a favorite on every professional Tour, and the new 588 RTX 2.0 models were influenced heavily from a design standpoint by players like Graeme McDowell and Hideki Matsuyama. The result of that feedback are wedges that Cleveland engineers believe will meet the needs of any recreational player, regardless of ability level.
One-Dot:The low-bounce grind design in the 588 RTX 2.0 lineup was created for players who like to be creative around the greens, with maximum heel and toe relief making it possible to play a vast array of shots. The one-dot model comes in lofts between 54 and 60 degrees and will work well from firm turf and sand conditions and for players with shallow angles of attack.
Two-Dot:Available in lofts ranging from 46-64 degrees, two-dot models are standard-bounce grinds that will work well from all turf and sand conditions and for players who have a neutral angle of attack. They combine the best of both worlds in in the 588 RTX 2.0 line in terms of forgiveness and versatility.
Three-Dot:The three-dot wedges equate to a full-sole grind, which will work especially well for players who have steeper angles of attack and from softer turf and sand conditions. Additionally, the constant sole utilized in these models makes it easier to play full shots from the fairway or when opening the face.
More On The 588 RTX 2.0 Wedges:The 588 RTX 2.0 line features three unique face technologies that have been incorporated to increase spin, especially from the rough. The wedges come in Black Satin and Tour Satin finishes, as well as various custom finishes. Additionally, there is a CB (cavity back) model available. Those wedges have a slightly larger footprint, wider soles that make them easier to hit, and additional perimeter weighting for increased MOI. Also of note, Cleveland engineers say they have seen a shift toward Tour players using more bounce in their wedges and are encouraging recreational players to experiment with more bounce, which they believe makes it easier to control the ball.
-- Pat Ripp, Cleveland/Srixon Golf Research Engineer
PING Glide Wedges
TGW Customer Feedback on the PING Glide Wedges
Four different sole options (SS, WS, TS, and ES), each designed to work well for a specific type of player and different types of course conditions, combine to give PING what it believes makes Glide the company’s most versatile and consistent wedge lineup ever.
SS (standard sole):The SS is a mid-bounce, versatile wedge that will work best with more neutral angles of attack. It will perform well with varying turf conditions and comes in lofts ranging from 47 to 60 degrees.
WS (wide sole):With the most bounce in the Glide line, the WS is a good option for players who have a steep angle of attack or for shots played from heavy rough, soft sand, or softer turf conditions. This sole design is available in lofts ranging from 54-60 degrees.
TS (thin sole):The TS is the most versatile wedge in the Glide line and features the least amount of bounce. The thinner sole allows golfers to play a variety of shots around the green, and the TS, which comes in lofts of 58 and 60 degrees, will fare best from firmer turf and sand conditions.
ES (Eye Sole):Based off the classic and highly popular original PING Eye2 design, the ES features a thinner hosel and a dish cavity that make it the most effective Glide wedge from the sand. On full shots, its profile It would fall somewhere between the TS and SS, and it’s available in lofts ranging from 56 to 60 degrees.
More On The Glide Wedges:Glide wedges feature loft-optimized grooves. Less spin is imparted on full shots with pitching and gap wedges, while sand wedges and lob wedges create more spin around the green. Additionally, a slightly longer grip comes standard on the Glide wedges to make it easier for players to “grip down” for more control, and they also come stock with 118-gram CFS wedge shafts that were designed to produce lower launch angles for greater control.
-- TGW customer Barton, 1 handicap
Callaway MD3 Milled Wedges
TGW Customer Feedback on the Callaway MD3 Wedges
Callaway was intent on providing players with more versatility in its MD3 wedge line, a goal that was met with the creation of three unique grinds -- the C-Grind, the W-Grind, and the S-Grind -- each of which was designed to provide unique and different performance advantages for players of all ability levels and swing characteristics.
C-Grind (crescent):The C-Grind, which is available in lofts ranging from 56 to 64 degrees, will work best from firmer sand and turf conditions. It will also work well for players who have a shallow angle of attack and like to control trajectory, the latter of which is made possible by enhanced heel and toe relief.
S-Grind (standard):The S-Grind is the option that will fit the largest number of players, as it works well with varying swing shapes and angles of attack, as well as all different turf and sand conditions. It’s available in lofts ranging from 46 to 60 degrees.
W-Grind (wide):Because of a wider sole, many will find the W-Grind easier to hit, and it’s a great option for players with steep angles of attack or who play courses with typically soft turf conditions. It’s also an excellent choice for varying sand conditions and comes in lofts ranging from 50-60 degrees.
More On The MD3 Wedges:The MD3 line features three different groove patterns to help players control or generate spin. The pitching and gap wedges (46 to 52 degrees) will keep players from producing too much spin on full shots, the traditional sand wedges (54 and 56 degrees) impart more spin on full shots and shots played from around the green, and the lob wedges (58, 60, and 64 degrees), will create maximum spin on all shots. The MD3 line offers a Satin Chrome finish, which won’t rust, and a Matte Black finish. Additionally, a Gold Nickel finish will be a new addition to the lineup in the coming weeks.
-- Dave Neville, Callaway Global Director for Woods and Wedges