Wet Conditions Wedge Test
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Wet Conditions Wedge Test

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Wet Conditions Wedge Test

OUR JOB IS YOUR GAME

Whether from rain, dew or juicy grass, moisture is almost inevitable during a round of golf. The ability to control your golf ball during the variety of situations you’ll face during the round is crucial to shooting lower scores. After 160 hours of research and more than 17,000 shots, we found the average wedge lost about 35 percent of its dry spin. The worst-performing wedges in wet conditions saw more than a 60-percent reduction.

The good news is that the best-performing wedges are almost identical under wet conditions. It’s unlikely many of you have been fitted for wedges in wet conditions but you might want to start thinking about it after reading these results.

Our wedge testing revealed some significant changes in spin rates and launch angles when moisture is introduced. Here are your comprehensive head-to-head wet/dry wedge test results.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

In order to ensure a real-life scenario, moisture was applied to both the turf and the ball for all shots in our test.

1. SPIN WILL CHANGE

The most impactful effect is that, in wet conditions, typically there will be less spin.  A fair number of wedges see minimal loss of spin with moisture present. Our outlier, the best-performing wedge, PING Glide 4.0, actually spins more in wet conditions. Mind-boggling.

Whether it is retaining or even gaining spin (PING), more spin leads to better distance control.

2. LAUNCH ANGLE WILL CHANGE

In most cases, launch angle is going to increase in wet conditions. In our testing, the poorest-performing wedges averaged a 4.64-degree increase in launch angle.

Why does this matter? Because it introduces unpredictability. Precise distance and spin control are lost when launch angle is affected. A higher trajectory can equate to uncertain yardage and inconsistent spin.

Here, once again, the confounding PING Glide 4.0 offers another unlikely result. In wet conditions, its launch angle actually decreased by 0.5 degrees.

3. SPIN RETENTION IS IMPORTANT

Trusting your yardages is key to scoring. But unless you play only when it’s warm and dry, at some point moisture is going to affect your usual yardage with your wedges. Consistent spin is vital. It will assist with distance control and how the ball will react on the green. It can make the difference between a five-foot putt and a 20-footer. Our testing demonstrated how critical spin retention is and which wedges offer effective spin retention in wet conditions.

If a wedge loses no more than 10 percent of its normal spin, it is performing effectively. In total, 11 of the 18 models tested were able to retain at least 90 percent of their optimal spin.

However, in wet conditions, you can lose up to 65 percent of spin depending on which wedge you are using. If you are losing that much spin, consistent distance control is unlikely. Furthermore, if an approach shot is not spinning, you’ll probably see your ball end up farther from the hole than you expect.

WET CONDITIONS RESULTS

The table below displays the spin differential for each wedge in wet conditions versus its dry spin number.

WET CONDITION RESULTS

PRODUCTSPIN RESULTS
PING Glide 4.0PING Glide 4.0

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+174 rpm
Jucie tHJucie tH

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-132 rpm
PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy IIPXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II

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-207 rpm
Cleveland CBX ZipCoreCleveland CBX ZipCore

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-297 rpm
TaylorMade Milled Grind 3TaylorMade Milled Grind 3

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-371 rpm
Cleveland RTX Full-FaceCleveland RTX Full-Face

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-421 rpm
Titleist Vokey SM9Titleist Vokey SM9

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-504 rpm
Proto Concept ProtoC ForgedProto Concept ProtoC Forged

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-537 rpm
PXG 0311 3x ForgedPXG 0311 3x Forged

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-560 rpm
Edison Forged WedgeEdison Forged Wedge

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-619 rpm
Callaway JAWS Full Toe RawCallaway JAWS Full Toe Raw

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-635 rpm
Honma T//World W21Honma T//World W21

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-905 rpm
Jucie tTJucie tT

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-1664 rpm
Sub 70 JB Full GrooveSub 70 JB Full Groove

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-1879 rpm
Tommy Armour 845 CBTommy Armour 845 CB

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-1934 rpm
New Level SPN ForgedNew Level SPN Forged

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-2371 rpm
Argolf AR-F18ArGolf AR-F18

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-4156 rpm
Haywood Signature WedgeHaywood Signature Wedge

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-4381 rpm

BEST WEDGES FOR WET CONDITIONS

1. PING GLIDE 4.0

PING Glide 4.0

For two years now, we’ve seen PING excel in wet conditions. This year, PING Glide 4.0 wedge is without a doubt the best wedge for wet conditions. During testing, Glide 4.0 produces more spin in wet conditions versus normal conditions. This is borderline unbelievable. However, it is a phenomenon that PING confirms is true. Although the Glide 4.0’s overall performance isn’t near the top of our ranking, it is unique in this scenario.

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2. JUCIE tH

Jucie tH

A newcomer this year, the Jucie tH performs exceptionally in wet situations. If you’re in the market for a wedge that spins consistently under all conditions, this is worth your consideration.

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3. PXG 0311 SUGAR DADDY II

PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II

Although the price might make you hesitate, the PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II is a model of performance consistency. Not only does it rank third for wet conditions, it ranked third overall in the 2022 Most Wanted Wedge Test. If price isn’t a factor, the Sugar Daddy II is certainly a strong option.

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4. CLEVELAND CBX ZIPCORE

Cleveland CBX ZipCore

Once again, Cleveland has produced a wedge with exceptional performance. The CBX ZipCore proved to be the fourth-best wedge for wet conditions.

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5. TAYLORMADE MILLED GRIND 3

TaylorMade Milled Grind 3

The TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 (our 2022 Most Wanted Wedge) was the fifth-best wedge for wet conditions. Not only did it excel across several metrics, it also maintains spin consistency in wet conditions.

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BOTTOM LINE

At MyGolfSpy, our job is to provide independent, unbiased and objective testing so you can make more confident purchasing decisions. We hope our 2022 Most Wanted Wedge Test is an indispensable guide for the off-the-rack buyer or for anyone looking for insight before their next fitting.

We are committed to a data-driven approach with each test we conduct. Our data shows just about every wedge is negatively affected by wet conditions—something to consider when buying a new golf wedge. The wedges that perform well in wet conditions have the potential to help you score better because they retain spin more effectively. Keep this in mind next time you’re in the market for a new wedge.

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      Tom

      10 months ago

      What factor such as the specification of groove, surface finishing or condition make the spin on the wet condition, you think?

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      Noah

      1 year ago

      Was the Taylormade HiToe 3 wedge tested? I am curious to see how it compares to the Callaway Jaws Full Toe.

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      Ben Hoagie

      1 year ago

      I play in the mornings so I’d be interested in knowing how much of an effect on spin a wet ball vs dry ball, using a clean/dry clubface.

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      Mike

      1 year ago

      I noticed that some of the “off”brands listed cost about as much as a name brand. Their mediocre wet performance notwithstanding, I tend to avoid such brands. I sell my clubs after a few years & because I take care of them so well, I get great prices on eBay. At times, I’ve even traded them into a big box store if they had a promotion (i.e. 50% above PGA trade value). But with some of these brands, you’ll get nothing from a big box store & they’re hard to sell on eBay. Hence my reason for avoiding them.

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      Mathieu

      1 year ago

      I used to love MGS reviews until lately. Datas are great, but now you just compare the products of the same year. We can’t figure out what is really the best product of the category. It has less impact when we think about buying golf stuff.
      It’s not because it’s new that it’s better, and I would love to have the reviews of most of the products I can buy in stores, either I has been out in 2022 or in (late) 2021.

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      RT

      1 year ago

      Where is Wilson-Staff tour model ? Mizuno ? I have never heard of some of these !!!!!!!

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      mackdaddy9

      1 year ago

      I would love to know the wet and dry wedge spins for the Renegar wedges. I have been in love with them since you all did the test on them many years ago.

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      Ray B

      1 year ago

      Did you test the Mizuno T22’s? That’s actually the marketing pitch for the T20’s from last year yet they are not even listed here?

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      MyGolfSpy

      1 year ago

      Mizuno T22 does perform well in wet conditions. However, it was tested in our 2021 Most Wanted Wedge Test. It retained more than 85% of its spin rates during this test – http://mygolfspy.com/2021-most-wanted-wedge/

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      Paulo

      1 year ago

      Surely to assist the consumer you should be testing each current wedge model regardless of it was tested last year? It’s still a valid to test to see how they stack up to other manufacturers available wedges , this or last years…

      Andrew the Great!

      1 year ago

      Safe to assume that *more* spin when wet is no better or more desirable than *less* spin when wet, in the context of this column?

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      Daryl

      1 year ago

      Love the data. Here is what I do not understand and cannot find a solid answer for: If the majority of stopping power comes from landing angle and then spin, why do people only talk about spin and not the increased landing angle of lower spin shots? What is the NET IMPACT? If I hit a wedge 60 yards that has 2,000 less revs but floats higher with steeper landing angle, how much does the net distance change? In my personal and very unscientific testing, it doesn’t seem like much but it would be great to see the increased or decreased dispersion circle of a great vs poor retention wedge with rollout and final distance.

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      Jhap

      1 year ago

      The drop in spin, isn’t necessarily related to stopping power, because as you said, the land angle increasing can offset the change in spin.

      The drop in spin has a massive impact in distance control. Just dropping 6-800 rpms in spin can dramatically increase the distance the ball flies.

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      Steve

      1 year ago

      A list full of bargain bin brands nobody has ever heard of, and no Mizuno? TXG has the T22 spinning more when wet exactly like the Ping does.

      But I guess that hurts the “Jucie #2” narrative….

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      Phillip Bishop

      1 year ago

      Steve, Mizuno T22 does perform well in wet conditions. However, it was tested in our 2021 Most Wanted Wedge Test. It retained more than 85% of its spin rates during this test – http://mygolfspy.com/2021-most-wanted-wedge/

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      Micah

      1 year ago

      So MGS, what does this loss of spin mean on a 30 yard pitch? A 50 yard? A full 50 degree shot? How much more roll out are you seeing on these shots wet vs dry? How much does a 500 rpm loss matter on a shot that’s air born for 1.5 seconds? Is a loss of 500 revolutions per MINUTE impactful? It sounds like a lot, but how many more feet of rollout can we expect?

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      George

      1 year ago

      Piling onto this, what kind of shots were your panel trying to hit? Because 6600 RPM is a lot less than any of my wedge full shots. I’ve not hit 1/2 or other ‘finesse’ wedges on a Trackman though, so perhaps the spin #s listed are more typical for those shots?

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      Phillip Bishop

      1 year ago

      All of the shots were hit from 50 yards.

      Stuart

      1 year ago

      Interesting. But here in the UK we always carry a towel to dry the club face before we play a shot. And in the wettest part of the year we also have preferred lies on fairways so we can also dry the ball. Perhaps a towel review next??

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      bob

      1 year ago

      Precisely, just use that towel that we all have with our golf bags. Also, a wet and softer green will help hold the ball and nullify the loss of spin.

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      cksurfdude

      1 year ago

      Simple solution for me for better spin? Don’t play in the rain ????????????????
      ..kidding kidding…

      Good info, thx. As an aside imho the more impactful studies from MGS come out of the Ball Lab. Keep up the great work .. thx!!

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