Top 10 Rated Golf Wedges 2014
By S. Dee Davis
Oil Can Finish
This is the wedge #1 ranked Rory McIlroy plays currently. It’s got the new conforming SM4 spin mill technology and that nice matte oil can finish is great to look at when setting up…read more
Forged Black Pearl Finish
Another great gap loft selection. The Cleveland 588 definitely rivals the Vokey wedges in precision craftsmanship…read more
Oil Can or Black Finish
The same as the above wedge from Vokey but with a 52 degree loft which gives you the perfect distance for the average golfer to hit 100 yds. Otherwise, called a gap wedge…read more
Another intriguing choice in loft – the 54 degree wedge loft might allow some very nice flexibility in your bag. The 54 degree is also available in 8 degree loft and has a forged construction…read more
Degree Loft: 60
Same as above except you have the option of 3 bounce angles 4.0, 7.0, or 10.0. If you have an average swing angle attacking the ball then try the 7.0. Some of the improvements…read more
These wedges from Mizuno feature a more rounded head shape which many players prefer in their wedges. It also has quad-cut grooves and specific loft geometry…read more
Loft: 60 Degree
The CG15 Cleveland wedge has tour zip grooves and is a very finely milled and constructed wedge. The matte black finish prevents glare. The traditional shape of the wedge…read more
These wedges may give you a little more spin with their modified tour grooves. The grips are Lamkin soft tour very nice. The ATV Sole lets you play all critical shots…read more
Golf Wedge Buying Guide
Bounce Angle and Course Considerations
When it comes to selecting a wedge one of the most important considerations is the bounce angle and the style of swing you execute wedge shots with. Generally, the steeper your angle of attack when ball striking, the more bounce you want from the wedge. This helps prevent taking too deep of divots and catching the ball fat. It also helps with keeping the club more shallow through the sand.
If your swing angle with wedges is shallow – meaning you take little divot with them then you will want to choose wedges with a low bounce angle to help prevent thinning your wedge shots.
Shallow swing angle = low bounce angle.
Neutral swing = medium bounce angle.
Steep swing deep digger = high bounce angle.
One other very important consideration is course condition. If the course you play is usually very soft and you find yourself hitting a lot of shots fat – take a wedge with more bounce. If the course is routinely too firm and hard then you will want a wedge with lower bounce to keep from hitting shots thin.
|As an avid golfer and tennis player for most of his life, he enjoys researching the latest in golf and tennis technology as well as analyzing his own game. He has been a writer and reviewer for a dozen years… See more about S. Dee Davis|
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