Updated: May 29, 2015

Golf Wedge Reviews:

Looking to improve your golf score? Want to quit wasting those strokes from 120 yards and in on the golf course? We suggest sharpening up on your wedge play. It's estimated that 70% of all shots in a golf round are from 120 yards and in which means being proficient with your golf wedges can be a real benefit in reducing your score. Wedges can be the most accurate club in your bag or your worst enemy on some days. Many people have eliminated a 2-iron and 3-iron from their golf bags so they can carry a few more wedges and be really exact on their approach shots or in chipping the ball. Wedges are divided into 4 types - pitching wedges, gap wedges, sand wedges, and lob wedges.

Most of us golfers are familiar with the pitching wedge - usually has a loft 47-50 degrees and used for those longer shots into greens and sometimes around the green for chips. Pitching wedges are often included with your set of irons when you buy them. A sand wedge (says SW on the club) has somewhere around 56 degrees of loft and was originally designed to get you out of greenside bunkers although many people choose to chip or hit approach shots with it. A gap wedge is between 51 and 56 degrees of loft and fills the "gap" between your pitching wedge and sand wedge. A gap wedge is a great club for those fairway shots between 80 and 100 yards - often your layup zone on par 5's. Keep reading to find out more about lob wedges and "bounce" and "loft" with your wedges.
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The final type of wedge is the lob wedge - often with loft degrees of 60 or above. You see lob wedges more often today than even a few years ago as golfers realize the benefit to carrying a lob wedge. Though not used in an approach shot, a lob wedge is great for getting out of deep rough around the greens and having the ball stop much faster with the increased loft on the ball. Some golfers even prefer them in bunkers near the green to get that extra spin and control. The loft of a wedge is the angle it hits the ball off the ground. Most professionals carry 4 wedges with lofts ranging from 47-64 degrees and amateurs almost always carry 2 wedges and often have a 3rd these days. The higher the loft on a wedge the more height on the shot which means your ball should go higher and not as far as with lower lofted clubs. You'll often hear someone say the "bounce" of a wedge is critical.

Just what is the "bounce" feature? The bounce of a wedge is determined by the part of the club that hits the grass and subsequently "bounces" your golf wedge through the golf ball. It's often referred to as the bounce angle. For tight lies you would prefer a low bounce and for fluffier lie a more standard bounce of say 16 degrees. Again, I have found that the wedge game in golf is all about feel (much like putting) and certain players prefer different degrees of loft for the same type of shots. It's all about what you feel comfortable and confident hitting. You have to be committed to the shot or else you might "skull" the ball (low and hard) or hit it "fat" (too big of a divot and very short). Almost all wedges are manufactured with steel shafts (some are graphite). Wedges also come in a variety of finishes like the traditional chrome or in black nickel, nickel, rusty, oil can, or beryllium copper. The top maker of wedges in golf is Cleveland followed closely by Ping and Titleist with Nike, F2, Callaway, and Taylor Made trying to catch up in this competitive marketplace. We researched the best selling golf wedges online and read consumer reviews on the latest golf wedges to come up with a quick list of the "best of the best" (see below). You can browse the most popular golf wedges here.

Best Pitching Wedge (PW):

The Ping iWedge edges out Cleveland in this category although it is close. Golfers (intermediate and experts) enjoy the feel and accuracy of the Ping wedges and their 50 and 52 degrees lofted wedges are top sellers. Owners say they work well on both full shots from the fairway and on short chips around the green. Many users have tried Mizuno wedges and Vokey wedges and say the Pings come out on top and allow them to "hit at more flags" and feel more "confident" while standing over shots in the fairway. Golf is mostly about feeling confident and having a club in your hand that lets you just "swing away" is a huge plus. The deep, multi-level cavity on the iWedge from Ping is what gives the club it's unique touch and feel. You can view all the top selling pitching wedges here.

Best Sand Wedge (SW):

The Cleveland Tour Action 588 RTG 56 degree Sand wedge ($70) is not only the most popular but it gets the best reviews on Golfreview.com and other consumer golf sites. Amateurs and professionals need to have a go to club they can rely for distance control, accuracy and feel and the Cleveland sand wedge is rated #1. From my own experience, the leading edge on my Cleveland wedges help create more crisp shots than any other wedges I've ever used. The added spin produced by this wedge holds the green better and it works wonders in tight lies in the fairway. Users say they feel more confident with Cleveland wedges and they tend to get better results than with Titleist or Nike wedges. With players like Vijay Singh and David Toms using their wedges, Cleveland has 2 pro golfers that solidly back their products.


Top Lob and Gap Wedges:

The Titleist Vokey 200 Series are preferred by top players more often than any other brand when it comes to lob wedges and gap wedges. They cost around $125/each and the Vokey Design 200 Series wedges have the classic "teardrop" profile, a shallow heel and high toe. The Titleist Vokey 60 degree lob wedge comes in both a 4 degree and 8 degree bounce for different swing types. Users say the Titleist wedges offer greater control and accuracy than other wedges and have helped "lower" their scores on the golf course. The milled Titleist Vokey wedges create "unbelievable spin" says one golfer and another praises the clubs ability to "get up and down" more often. You can check out the entire selection of Titleist wedges online here.

Short Game and Wedge Play Video/DVD:

If you want to improve your short game, start with buying a quality wedge (perhaps one of the ones listed above) and then practice at a range or on the course. For improved performance, consider buying a Golf DVD on the short game or specifically on wedges. Pelzgolf.com is the website of famed "short game guru" Dave Pelz. He offers the Fundamentals of Wedge Play ($30) which is an excellent visual training tool for golfers to watch and see how wedge shots should be played. The key is to choose the appropriate wedge (PW, SW, GW, LW) and commit to the shot knowing the club will produce the result you want. Remember that your wedge play will ultimately help cut 10 or more strokes of your round of golf if you become proficient with them.