2021 MOST WANTED GOLF WEDGE
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2021 MOST WANTED GOLF WEDGE

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2021 MOST WANTED GOLF WEDGE
TaylorMade Milled Grind 3
Fourteen RM4
Titleist Vokey SM8
Fourteen RM4
New Level M-Type
2021 Most Wanted Wedge
TaylorMade Milled Grind 3
  • 2021 Most Wanted Wedge
  • Among the leaders in accuracy
  • Best for consistency
  • Testers loved the looks
  • Testers thought it felt heavy
  • 87.9
  • 90.5
  • 93.8
Runner-Up
Fourteen RM4
  • Best for spin
  • Among the leaders in spin retention for wet conditions
  • Testers loved the feel
  • Dispersion in wet conditions could be better
  • 93.8
  • 84.5
  • 85.8
Titleist Vokey SM8
  • Among the leaders for spin
  • A tester favorite for looks and feel
  • Below average performance with full and wet shot dispersion
  • 93.8
  • 84.2
  • 83.0
Best for Overall Spin
Fourteen RM4
  • Best for spin
  • Among the leaders in spin retention in wet conditions
  • Praised for outstanding feel
  • Dispersion in wet conditions could be better
  • 93.8
  • 84.5
  • 85.8
Best Value
New Level M-Type
  • Among the leaders in consistency
  • Among the leaders in accuracy
  • Testers thought it looked bulky and sat open
  • 85.8
  • 86.7
  • 88.9

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It has been 704 days since our last Most Wanted Wedge Test. You might be saying, “It’s about DAMNED time!” Yeah, we know …

With 23 models and 17,480 shots (including some in wet conditions), this is the most comprehensive wedge test of the season.

At MyGolfSpy, our job is to provide independent, unbiased and objective testing so you can make more confident purchasing decisions. We hope our 2021 Most Wanted Wedge Test is an indispensable guide for the off-the-rack buyer or for anyone looking for insight before their next fitting.

About the 2021 Most Wanted Wedge Test

For our 2021 wedge test, 20 golfers tested 56-degree wedges on full swings as well as 50-yard shots in both wet and dry conditions. Using Foresight GCQuad Launch monitors and Titleist Pro V1 balls, we collected data on more than 17,000 shots.

Key Findings

1. Full-Shot Spin Might Be Overrated

It’s not that spin doesn’t matter but we found minimal difference in full shot spin, especially in dry conditions. On full swings (ranging from 65 to 110 yards), the lowest-spinning wedge still produced spin rates in excess of 94 percent of the highest-spinning wedge. It’s every bit as likely that these small differences are as much about manufacturing tolerances as they are about cutting-edge groove designs. You’ll find bigger spin differences between golf balls than between wedges.

The bottom line is that full-shot spin rates aren’t the only factor you should consider when shopping for wedges.

2. Differences in Wet Spin Rates Can Be Significant

Unless you play in the Southwest or Southern California, some amount of moisture is likely going to be present on every shot you play. While we noted smaller differences in dry performance, not only do wet-wedge spin rates vary more significantly but some wedges lost nearly half their spin in wet conditions while other wedges didn’t lose any.

3. Moisture Can Change Launch Angles Dramatically

Because moisture typically reduces friction, even on 50-yard shots we saw a significant increase in launch angle when things got wet. When we wet the turf and ball, median launch angles increased by nearly four degrees across the test pool. The most inconsistent wedges in the test saw launch angle increase by more than 20 percent while the most consistent wedges saw only single-digit (or better) increases.

When relatively common conditions can significantly alter launch and spin, you’ve got a recipe for inconsistency. In golf, that’s never good. And that brings us to …

4. Consistency is Key

Consistency matters with every club in the bag. That’s especially true for your wedges because so many of your shots will be hit with them, often from well inside full-swing distances. Some wedges produce more consistent spin, fly a more consistent distance and generally produce more consistent results. When we looked at consistency across a wide variety of metrics, clear differences emerged. It’s the reason why it factors heavily in our rankings.

2021 Most Wanted Wedge: TaylorMade Milled Grind 3

Best Wedges Overall

TOP PICKS: TaylorMade Milled Grind 3, Fourteen RM4, Titleist Vokey SM8

Observations

  • The TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 produced the highest overall score in the test. Across all three of our scoring categories (total spin, accuracy and consistency), it was at or close to the top and was the only wedge in the test to achieve a score above 90.
  • The Fourteen RM4 excels in the spin category (which includes both total spin and spin consistency) while producing above-average results for both accuracy and consistency. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an exceptional performance from a Fourteen wedge.
  • The Titleist Vokey SM8 was a strong runner-up in the spin category (including spin consistency in all conditions). It was notably among the most accurate on full swings and partial shots in dry conditions while falling within the average range for our distance consistency metrics.

2021 Most Wanted Wedge Overall Rankings

CLUBSPIN SCOREACCURACY SCORECONSISTENCY SCOREOVERALL SCORE
TaylorMade MG3

Check Price
87.990.593.890.6
Fourteen RM4

Check Price
93.884.585.888.3
Titleist Vokey SM8

Check Price
93.884.283.087.4
New Level M-Type

Check Price
85.886.788.987.0
Cleveland RTX ZipCore

Check Price
89.386.684.787.0
Tour Edge Exotics EXS Blade

Check Price
79.791.789.586.6
Mizuno T22

Check Price
92.682.283.186.3
PXG 0311 Forged

Check Price
84.284.289.685.9
Sub70 286

Check Price
78.593.087.185.8
PING Glide Forged Pro

Check Price
91.974.685.484.4
Cleveland RTX ZipCore Raw

Check Price
88.880.283.484.4
Tommy Armour 845

Check Price
78.888.083.883.3
Sub70 JB

Check Price
79.883.984.282.5
Edel SMS

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77.677.687.880.8
Callaway JAWS MD5

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77.880.084.480.6
Miura KG 2.0

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82.077.681.780.5
Costco Kirkland Signature

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75.880.184.980.0
Wilson Staff Model High Toe

Check Price
82.573.582.279.6
New Level Tri-Weight

Check Price
76.076.882.178.2
Inesis 500

Check Price
77.675.180.677.7
Cleveland CBX Full Face

Check Price
86.769.575.177.6
Wilson Staff Model

Check Price
74.178.680.777.6
Cobra KING Snakebite

Check Price
72.769.580.574.1

Best Wedges For Spin in All Conditions

Our spin scores are based not only on total spin numbers but also spin retention in wet conditions and spin consistency throughout the test.

TOP PICKS: Fourteen RM4, Titleist Vokey SM8, Mizuno T22

Observations

  • The Fourteen RM4 was a beast across nearly all of our spin categories. It retained more than 97 percent of its spin in wet conditions, produced among the highest spin rates when wet and provided average to well above average consistency across all spin metrics.
  • While Vokey hasn’t made any specific mention of improved moisture management, the SM8 performed significantly better in wet conditions than the SM7 did for us in 2019. In dry conditions, the SM8 produced the most consistent spin rates of any wedge in the test.
  • As it was during our 2019 test, Mizuno’s flagship wedge (this time the T22) was a strong performer in the spin category. There appears to be something to the Hydroflow microgrooves as the T22 preserved nearly 90 percent of its spin in wet conditions while producing consistent spin rates throughout.

Best Wedges For Accuracy

Our accuracy score is based on how close to the target each wedge finished across all test conditions as well as the tightness of the shot pattern (dispersion).

TOP PICKS: Sub70 286, Tour Edge Exotics EXS Blade, TaylorMade MG3

Observations

  • The Sub 70 286 was at or near the top across all of our accuracy metrics. While, comparatively, you might say it struggled a bit with dispersion in wet conditions, it still ranked 10th in the category.
  • Probably not the first name you think of in the wedge category, the Tour Edge EXS Blade excelled in wet-condition accuracy where it finished, on average, closest to the hole and provided the tightest dispersion as well.
  • Our 2021 Most Wanted Wedge, the TaylorMade MG3, finished third overall for accuracy. It was most notable for its accuracy in wet conditions though dry performance was admirable as well.

Best Wedges For Consistency

For this test, our consistency metric looks at the repeatability of carry and total distance numbers throughout the test.

TOP PICKS: TaylorMade MG3, PXG 0311 Forged, Tour Edge Exotics EXS Blade

Observations

  • The category-leading TaylorMade MG3 finished in the top 10 for all of our consistency metrics. Its category score of 93.8, was 4.2 percentage points higher than the second-place wedge in the category.
  • The PXG 0311 Forged wedge excelled on shorter shots where it was at the top for the majority of our partial-swing metrics. While it wasn’t quite as impressive on full shots, for those needing help around the green, something about the 0311 just works.
  • The Tour Edge EXS Blade was again impressive for consistency. It struggled a bit on the shorter shots but was incredibly consistent on full swings.

Best Wedges For Wet Conditions

While spin retention was included in our spin score, we thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at spin retention (the percentage difference in spin rates between 50-yard dry and 50-yard wet shots).

TOP PICKS: PING Glide Forged Pro, Cleveland RTX, Fourteen RM4

Observations

How We Test

Our mission is to help you find the best wedge for your game.

About our Testers

Over the course of several sessions, each golfer is required to hit 10 to 12 "good" shots with each club. Club order is randomized on a per-tester basis.

Limiting Variables and Gathering Data Reliably

To minimize variables, all testers hit Titleist ProV1 balls.

Both club and head data are captured using Foresight GCQuad launch monitors.

Crunching the Numbers

To determine our rankings, we collect key performance metrics with Foresight GCQuad. After eliminating outliers, we calculate performance scores across multiple categories. The wedge with the highest total score is our Most Wanted.

Wedge Buying Considerations

In addition to our performance data, here are other factors to consider when purchasing a new wedge.

Loft

Typically, the gap wedge will be the first “specialty wedge” in the bag. We recommend no more than a six-degree gap from your pitching wedge though, for many golfers, four degrees is the ideal number. As lofts throughout the bag have gotten stronger, the once-standard progression of 52-56-60 is increasingly being replaced by 50-54-60. Most golfers rarely hit their highest lofted wedges on full shots so it’s worth considering stretching out the gap between your sand and lob wedge and choosing an option that gives you greater versatility around the green.

Bounce

Wedge bounce is the angle created between the leading edge of your wedge and the lowest point of the sole (trailing edge). It’s is the part of the sole that makes first contact with the ground as your club impacts the ball. Wedges with high bounce have a leading edge that sits higher off the ground at address. Conversely, a low-bounce wedge will typically sit closer to the ground. Aligning wedge bounce with both the turf conditions (soft or firm) you’ll face on course and how you deliver the club at impact promotes optimal contact, control and spin.

Typically, low-bounce wedges (4° to 6°) are better for golfers who have a shallow angle of attack (take less divot) but can also work in firm conditions and in bare/tight lies. Conversely, higher bounce wedges (12° to 14°) are encouraged for golfers with steep attack angles (take more of a divot) and are better suited for softer playing conditions and fluffy bunkers.

A good fitter can help you sort through the confusion but, if you’re unsure, a mid-bounce option is the safest play.

Grind

The grind matters. In simple terms, the grind describes the overall shape of the sole. Removing material from heel and toe (common in M and C grinds) can help lower the effective bounce, allowing the leading edge to sit closer to the ground while adding versatility to open the face to hit a greater variety of shots. In nearly every manufacturer’s lineup, individual grinds are limited to a few select lofts and availability will vary based on the bounce (and sole width). The grind is an undervalued and often overlooked aspect of wedge fitting but, to maximize your potential, an outdoor fitting is likely required. Unfortunately, those aren’t readily available in most areas.

Lie Angle

Lie angle is a critical part of every fitting but simply matching your iron configuration may not provide the best results. Because a significant number of wedge shots are hit on less than full swings and are often short pitches and chips around the green, the dynamic forces on the head aren’t as great. What that means is that a wedge with the same lie angle progression as your irons will often play a bit more upright. If you find yourself missing left with your wedges, you may want to think about having them bent a degree or two flat.

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Test Notes

During each test, we look for trends that provide insight into where the market as a whole is moving as well as what noteworthy changes manufacturers have made to improve year-to-year performance. Additionally, we solicit feedback from our testers. We want to understand what they liked, what they didn’t like and why.

Trends and Tweaks

  • Full-face and high-toe wedges are becoming increasingly common. In this year’s test, there were three full-face wedges and one high-toe wedge.
  • Finish and groove technology continues to advance.
  • Adjustability isn’t quite a thing in wedge category but it’s not for lack of trying.
    • Edel’s SMS (Swing Match System) wedges leverage adjustable weighting to optimize performance.
    • Past attempts at adjustability in the wedge category haven’t caught on. Will Edel flip the script?

Notes from the Testing Pool

Gathering feedback from our testers is an important aspect of any test. While it allows us to provide you with some insight into the test experience, it does not factor in our rankings.

2021 Most Wanted Wedge Data

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Observations

  • On full-swing shots, the lowest-spinning wedges still spun nearly as much as the highest-spinning offerings.
  • On partial shots in dry conditions, spin rates differed by more than 600 rpm.
  • In wet conditions, spin differences on partial shots varied by nearly 3,700 rpm. That’s a massive difference over a short distance.
  • The Edel SMS was the highest-spinning wedge on full and partial shots in dry conditions but ranked near the bottom in wet-condition spin.
  • There’s little in this year’s test to suggest that “raw” wedges inherently spin more. Though the lack of finish may have some benefit (and, for some manufacturers, some finishes will spin more than others), the decreased durability will cause spin values to depreciate faster.
  • Perhaps related to the shape of the head, even though the lie angle was on par with other wedges in the test, 76 percent of shots hit with the PING Glide Forged Pro finished left of the target. That’s 10 percentage points higher than the next wedge on the list and 23 percentage points more than the average of the pool.
  • Wedges from value brands Sub 70 (286), New Level (M-Type) and Tour Edge performed well, suggesting there is value to be had in the category.

2021 Most Wanted Wedge Product Specifications

2021 Most Wanted Wedge Product Specs

ProductStated LoftMeasured Loft*Lie AngleLengthSwingweight
Callaway Jaws MD5

Check Price
5655.564.2535"D4.6
Cleveland RTX ZipCore

Check Price
56566435.25"D4.5
Cleveland RTX ZipCore Raw

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565564.535"D5.2
Cleveland CBX Full Face

Check Price
5654.564.7535.25"D3.9
Cobra KING Snakebite

Check Price
5655.56635.5"D7.4
Edel SMS

Check Price
5655.7564.2535.25"D4.9
Fourteen RM4

Check Price
565564.2534.75"D1.6
Inesis 500

Check Price
5553.2564.7535.25"D5.9
Kirkland Signature Wedge

Check Price
56556435.25"D4.5
Miura KG 2.0

Check Price
565464.2535"D3.7
Mizuno T22

Check Price
5655.756435.25"D6.1
New Level M-Type

Check Price
5655.7563.7535"D5.3
New Level Tri-Weight

Check Price
5655.756435"D5.3
PING Glide Forged Pro

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5655.2564.535.375"D3.9
PXG 0311 Forged

Check Price
5655.2564.2535.25"D4.9
Sub 70 286

Check Price
5655.7564.535"D1.5
Sub 70 JB

Check Price
565663.535"D2.0
TaylorMade MG3

Check Price
565664.2535"D5.0
Titleist Vokey SM8

Check Price
5655.564.535"D5.0
Tommy Armour 845

Check Price
5655.564.7534.75"D1.0
Tour Edge Exotics EXS Blade

Check Price
565665.535"D5.1
Wilson Staff Model High Toe

Check Price
5655.2565.535.25"D3.1
Wilson Staff Model

Check Price
5654.2563.2535.25"D2.7

* denotes measured value versus manufacturer’s stated spec

FAQ

BUYING NEW WEDGES

Q: How often should I buy new wedges?

A: Your wedges will take a beating from the various elements you’re bound to face on the golf course. A test completed by Titleist shows that after about 75 rounds of golf, the groove wear becomes significant enough to affect performance. That being said, assess your own game to make sure you’re replacing your wedges often enough. For Tour pros, that’s several times a year. For the rest of us, perhaps not as often, though avid golfers should consider replacing wedges annually. While developments in wedge technology are not groundbreaking from year to year, ensuring your grooves are fresh is one of the easiest ways to maintain consistency.

Q: How do I determine the right wedges for me?

A: The best way to determine which wedges are best for your game is to participate in a professional fitting. Ideally, that’s an outdoor fitting. If you don’t have access to professional fitting, use this test as a guide to help narrow down your demo list. While few fitters offer it, given the variety of shots you’ll need to hit with your wedges, you’ll ideally be fitted from a variety of lie conditions, including bunkers.

If you’re going for a self-fit, be sure to analyze your game to ensure proper consistent yardage gapping from club to club. From there, understand your angle of attack, divot size and typical playing conditions to make the proper selection for wedge bounce and grind. Remember that if you play in soft conditions, wedges with high bounce are useful. On the other hand, if you play in firm conditions, look for low bounce. While a mid-bounce option is typically a safe play, mixing a variety of bounce options across your wedge set will give you the versatility to hit any shot the course presents.

Q: What should I look for when testing wedges?

A: While golfers have been conditioned to consider wedge spin to the exclusion of nearly everything else, we always recommended looking at the little numbers and looking for small circles. The spinniest wedge is not always going to be your best wedge. When comparing metrics like launch angle and spin rates, be sure to look at your standard deviations (the small numbers usually found under the big ones on the data screen).

Smaller numbers mean better consistency. Similarly, look for tighter dispersion ellipses (small circles). We can’t understate the importance of consistency with wedges. Ideally, your wedges should perform similarly well regardless of whether you’re in wet or dry conditions. It’s the reason why we suggest you introduce some moisture into the demo process.

MOST WANTED

Q: How are the wedges in the test fitted to each golfer?

A: We use a fitting process that we call fit from stock. Wedges are fitted to each tester using the stock, no up-charge options from each manufacturer. With the exception of Inesis 500 (55 degrees at stock), we tested a 56-degree sand wedge of each model submitted. When applicable, we fit to flex for each tester in the pool. Occasionally, manufacturers will send multiple wedges with different stock shafts that we can utilize to improve launch conditions. In this year’s test, Edel SMS features three interchangeable weights. This feature was utilized throughout the test.

Q: How is the “Most Wanted” Wedge determined?

A: To determine the Most Wanted Wedge, we collect performance metrics with Foresight GCQuad Launch Monitors. For wedge testing, we use an “out of 100” scoring system. Points are awarded based on performance for each of our metrics. The top-performing wedge in each scoring category receives a score of 100. Scores are aggregated across our three scoring categories (spin, accuracy and consistency) to determine our Most Wanted winner.

Q: How is the “Highest-Spinning” Wedge determined?

A: To determine the highest-spinning wedge, we consider not only spin rates on full shots but also spin on partial and partial wet shots. Finally, we also consider how consistent spin rates are across all scenarios.

Q: How is the “Most Accurate” Wedge determined?

A: Each wedge is assigned a point value based on proximity to the hole across all of our test scenarios. A score is also assigned based on the tightness of the shot distribution pattern across the test (a tighter circle receives a higher score). Those values are aggregated. The wedge with the highest point total is our Most Accurate.

Q: How is the “Most Consistent” Wedge determined?

A: The most consistent wedge is based on the standard deviations of carry and total yard values across all scenarios in the test. The objective is to identify the wedges that most consistently hit their distance numbers. A point value is assigned to each wedge in each scenario. The wedge with the highest point total is our Most Consistent.

Q: How much does subjective feedback like looks, sound and feel factor into your rankings?

A: ZERO. Our rankings are based purely on launch monitor data and quantifiable performance metrics.

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      Scott

      2 years ago

      Looking forward to the 2022 edition – especially since it seems New Level stopped making the M Type, the model I was looking to buy. Not much on the used market for them either.

      Reply

      Robert Mercado

      2 years ago

      Hey Jason I am selling my M Type wedges. They rae in great condition and I have black onyx s400 shafts and golf pride CP2 Pro grips as well as custom BBfnCo ferrlues on the set. I have 50, 55, and 60 degree!

      Reply

      Jason

      2 years ago

      I’m trying to.figure out why New Level stopped making the M-Type and kept making the tri-weight wedge. The M-Type was WAY better in all respects.

      Reply

      Chet

      3 years ago

      Interesting that the entire article preaches consistency and then you put the Ping in 1st place in wet conditions spin retention. It went up 5.5%. That’s not as consistent as some of the other offerings. Getting more spin when you don’t expect it is just as bad as getting less spin when you don’t expect it. In my opinion the Ping should have been 3rd.

      Again, this is one man’s opinion, but getting more spin isn’t better. Knowing how much spin you are going to get is better.

      Reply

      Henry

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the info. It would be interesting to see you add something like the Maltby Glider at under $40 just to see the price/performance difference.

      Reply

      Robin

      3 years ago

      I would have like to seen Edison wedges in it .
      If you think your the best than prove it.

      Reply

      Phillip Barrett

      3 years ago

      I would like to see a test of the “non tour”wedges such as Callaway Mack Daddy CB, Cleveland CBX2, Ping Glide 3.0 etc.. These are a good option for the less gifted amongst us.

      Reply

      John

      3 years ago

      Yeah, I doubt anyone reading these articles is in the “gifted” category. I see more comments about looks than i do about performance.

      That tells a story IMHO..

      Reply

      KP

      3 years ago

      I still game my Cleveland CG 15’s because I love the satin finish and how they feel. Every off season in the vice they go and out comes the re-grooving tool to bring them back to their glory. Are they legal? Probably not, but I don’t play in any sanctioned events and my buddies are more worried about beer than my wedges. More money for beer. Thanks

      Reply

      So much focus on grooves and face and not as much on the sole. I do prefer a soft finish as it reduces glare which can occasionally occur and be distracting. But to me the bottom of the wedge does the real work. I have 4 different 58* wedges all with different bounces and grinds. I use them as conditions vary by season and different courses. Since I don’t have a professional grinder at my disposal I pretty much stick with Vokey as they certainly have the most options when it comes to bounce and grind. Vokey’s also blow one myth apart. Cast vs forged for feel. They have excellent feel and are cast. Hmm.

      Reply

      Brad

      3 years ago

      Here’s what I’ve discovered from trying (demo) and owning many, many, many brands and types of wedges over the past few years. You will get the best performance out of the wedge or wedges that you like the look and feel of (specifically how it gets through the turf in your playing conditions) and that you practice with the most. Everything else, you will adapt to quickly.. If you know your wedge spins a lot, you will throw it further. If you know it doesn’t spin as much on certain shots, you will land it shorter and let it run. People get way too caught up in a few hundred or even a 1,000 revs of spin when most golfers are affected zero percent by this because they don’t have the skill level for it to make any difference. THEY are the biggest variable, not the wedge.

      Reply

      100% agree. Bounce and grind are most important.

      Reply

      John

      3 years ago

      Frankly, The last sentence perfectly sums up 99% of all amateur golfers. They just cant admit to the fact that its US, not the equipment. Im no Pro either, but i do know my money is better spent on a lesson than another wedge I cant use properly. To each their own i guess..

      I recently saw a well known KF tour player hit Ping I3 Wedges at a local range. He flushed everyone of them, all day long. Impressive..

      The truth is SKILL matters far more than a fancy wedge grind.

      Reply

      Juanma

      3 years ago

      Sooo many 56º wedges that where in fact 54º or similar… Is this a way to match other brands in terms of spin and distance modifying the loft? Or just the typical 27º 7 iron?

      Reply

      Louis Davy

      3 years ago

      Having waited nearly 3 months for MG2’s and the. Being sent them with the wrong shafts in late August I switched my order to the MG3’s. They arrived the day after these results were published so I was pretty pumped to receive them… they did not disappoint. I have gone for a 50-56-62 setup and found the tapping to be perfect for me. I play mizuno my-20 hmb irons and these instantly fit in brilliantly despite zero range time, straight out of the box, peeling off the wrappers on the first tee (where I hands over my Ping glide 2.0 wedges to my mate). The feel off the face is great, felt like I was throwing arrows and they stop. Dead. The 62 I opted for in a hi-toe rather than MG 3 but as a set I feel they are close to perfect. I’ve played vokeys, Cleveland, Ping and these are, for me, the most perfect wedge I have played.

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      CrashTestDummy

      3 years ago

      I’d like to see the testing on grass. Hitting off grass is totally different than mats. Interesting test though.

      Reply

      Stephen Gengaro

      3 years ago

      I am curious how much of the accuracy, consistency, and dispersion is due to the shaft versus the head? I know you test with stock shafts, but seems like the data would make more sense if you could normalize for shafts. Thoughts? Thanks!

      Reply

      G. Sa

      3 years ago

      8hp and I’ve played a few different wedges over the last 3 years. The cleveland cbx2 is what has stayed in the bag all year this time. The forgiveness is off the charts. Super versatile to which is what makes it such a special wedge IMHO. It would have ranked very high if included this year.

      Reply

      Richard R

      3 years ago

      I was just about to post about the CBX2. I’m. a mid-handicapper and I find my 54 and 58-degree CBX2 wedges blend quite well with my Ping G400 irons in terms of performance and most importantly, FORGIVENESS. At address, it’s basically an RTX Zip Core wedge with all the forgiving tech out of sight.

      The lack of grind options make them a bit less versatile, but I think having the ‘standard’ bounces and grinds Cleveland offers will appeal to most golfers.

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      Kyle Sinclair

      3 years ago

      Funny how it changes from one swing to another. I have played Cleveland, Vokey, TM, and others…
      I’ve been gaming the PXG forged for awhile now, & they are absolutely phenomenal!!!!
      Good luck finding the best for you! ????

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      Jonathan

      3 years ago

      Really thankful for this test. One observation and one nitpick:
      1. The Tour Edge Exotics EXS Blade and the Sub70 286 results look great to my eyes. Highest spin rates is not a big priority for me, but the accuracy and consistency metrics are certainly the biggest priorities.
      Tour Edge EXS Accuracy 91.7, Consistency 89.5
      Sub70 286 Accuracy 93.0, Consistency 87.1
      Taylormade MG3 Accuracy, 90.5 Consistency 93.8

      So for me those are the top 3. Tour Edge and Sub70 are both great economical choices also and will let you try one of those models and return them, so I will probably try those first.

      2. I realllllly wish Edison wedges had been a part of the test.

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      John

      3 years ago

      I’ve played two wedges that I really like. Callaway MD Jaws and the Ben Hogan Equalizer II. I find them almost interchangeable.. I’ve tried some of the others, and they just don’t seem to work as well. I especially like the fact that I can customize these wedges for shaft and lie angle..

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      Dustin M

      3 years ago

      I’m an 11 handicap. I bought the tommy armour 845’s. A weeks back and for the price that have been outstanding.

      Reply

      Ryan

      3 years ago

      As someone who applies the bomb and gouge philosophy, I’d love to see the 1/2 shot spin rates with grass in the grooves. You’d think the clubs that performed the best wet, would also perform well out of the rough.

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      Troy Dessert

      3 years ago

      Great article. I know you cannot test every wedge that is not possible. next time around if you can include Hogan?

      Reply

      Scott Minor

      3 years ago

      Good morning, I have played with a lot of different wedges over the years. The latest was the MAck daddies from PXG. I just received my wedges from JP. They are the best I have played. I have dropped over the last week 1.4 points off my index. The are truly beautiful to look at and to play with. Please consider asking him to participate.
      Scott

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      Lloyd Davis

      3 years ago

      Mack Daddies are from Callaway, not PXG.

      Reply

      Paul Lagrotteria

      3 years ago

      I believe you meant to say Sugar Daay wedge from PXG.

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      Jon

      3 years ago

      While it’s definitely interesting to see the variation in spin rates in wet and dry conditions, have you ever tested and can you quantify what effect landing on a wet green has on a ball too?
      Huge variance in spin might seem a lot in terms of numbers, but if landing on a wet green means that the higher spin still slips and can’t “take” anyway, the end result might become almost immaterial with ball (horizontal) speed and landing angle remaining the key factors.

      Is it not possible that when landing on a wet green, the wedges that create an increased launch angle with reduced spin can still end up getting end results as clubs that retain a lower launch angle and higher spin if the ball just slips when it hits the surface anyway?

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      Bill

      3 years ago

      That’s a really good question Jon, I would love to see if someone could accurately test the wet ball on the wet green idea.

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      John

      3 years ago

      Your question is perfectly logical. id like to see that result also.

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      Stephen DiBari

      3 years ago

      Having a hard time grasping the accuracy metric. To me this is so player dependent based on their skill level. You could put a Vokey SM3 in the hands of a scratch golfer with fresh grooves and knock it stiff versus a 25 Handicapper with an new SM8 who can’t put it within 25 feet of the hole

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      RC Richardson

      3 years ago

      I have Vokey wedges since the 200 series. I’ve tried a ton of wedges in that time, I always go back. For me, knowing exactly how a wedge is going to react on every shot is priceless. I play 90% of my golf in AZ, it’s firm and dry, and. Vokey SM8 paired with a Pro V1 is hard to beat. They all make good stuff, the New Level M -Type wedges are money.

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      Jim

      3 years ago

      Curious why the Ping Glide 3.0 was left of the list especially as the previous model did so well the last time? All reviews I’ve read indicate this wedge is an improvement over the former model which leads me to believe it would have done very well in this test. Just curious.

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      Jeff

      3 years ago

      This was also confusing to me. With the increased cost of the Glide Forged Pro, one would guess that there are many more Glide 3.0 wedges in play as well. Would have loved to see results on the 3.0.

      Reply

      jerry

      3 years ago

      also very confused why there is no glide 3.0 included

      Reply

      Bryan

      3 years ago

      Same. I bought the 3.0’s the beginning of this year with the previous test being a big part of that decision. Have the 54 & 58. Curious as to why it wasn’t included.

      Reply

      Charlie Townsend

      3 years ago

      Great read. I appreciate the attention to detail.

      Reply

      robert pace

      3 years ago

      lots of good info.
      shafts…….
      I heard somewhere that shafts play a huge role in how the club performs.
      too many variables to justify one over the other.
      shaft flex, bend, mass, profile, account for more to do with spin and accuracy
      than anything else.
      so …it would be nice to know what shafts come stock and upgrades available.
      I could look it up, but since you have them in hand why not post?

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      whitey

      3 years ago

      shafts, exactly! as an aging golfer, who was once a 1 , now 9, I cant make the off the rack wedges work, it seems to me they all come with a Tour Wedge, dynamic gold, etc (stiff) shaft, likely too stiff for me, and many others. The focus seems to be on the clubhead. I wonder how the results are skewed by the testers having a too stiff or too weak shaft?

      Reply

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