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Best Golf Wedge

Although no golfer wants to hit the ball into a sand trap, there are many great options for sand wedges that can easily put the ball onto the green in a prime scoring position. A great sand wedge can reduce strokes by getting the ball out of the trap in one try and close to the pin. These best sand wedges considered were all close to the same loft and bounce, so an accurate comparison can be made between all of the wedges on the market. This list will focus on the features of each wedge based on the ease of play, spin imparted on the ball, feel at impact, and overall look.

Cleveland Golf Men's 588 RTX 2.0 Cavity Back Wedge

The Cleveland 588 wedges have been a mainstay in the golf world for a number of years now, bringing some of the best golfing technology to the game. Whether you’re looking to chip the ball just 5 yards, or you’re looking to blast it out of the greenside bunker, the 588 sand wedge wins in balance and feel. It features a subtle cavity as opposed to traditionally blade leaning wedges. Additionally, the 588 utilizes perimeter weighting that really goes a long way to ensure you don’t feel like the weight is too much at the toe of the club. The 588 sand wedge also features Cleveland’s Full Sole Grind which makes getting through deep greenside rough a thousand times easier.

Nike Golf Men's VR X3X Dual Sole Wide Golf Wedge

Nike Golf Men's VR X3X Dual Sole Wide Golf Wedge

The greatness of this particular sand wedge really comes down to a couple really important features. For most players, getting through the longer turf and maintaining control is by far the most difficult thing to accomplish. This wedge features a wide sole and narrow heel to get through deep rough without having the hosel bend, twist, or contort right before the moment of impact.

If that’s not enough, Nike added high-frequency grooves that are deeper and simplify creating spin. This club definitely takes the challenge out of stopping the ball when using the wedge around the green. The weight distribution on this club is also very good because it won’t make you feel like you’re swinging a club that’s heavier in one portion or another.

Titleist Vokey Spin Milled Sand Wedge

Titleist simply cannot be forgotten when it comes to wedges. While the company might be remembered largely for their golf balls, the Vokey design is one of the biggest players in the wedge game and , Titleist’s latest addition to the Vokey family doesn’t disappoint. Titleist uses handcrafted, Spin Milled technology to deliver quality on every single one of their wedges.

This incredible sand wedge features a compact design, incredible weighting distribution from the toe to the heel of the club, and precise grooves for stopping the ball from anywhere around the green. Grooves are etched deeper into the face of the club with better graining on the face to further enhance spin, making them unstoppable amongst other competing wedges.

Cobra Men's Big Trusty Rusty Wedge

While the name of this sand wedge might make some people laugh, it’s certainly no laughing matter when put to the test. Cobra built this wedge from 8620 steel and is literally left untreated so that it can rust and take on its own look and feel depending on the player’s preferences. This sand wedge is built with spin in mind. The grooves and the rusting create the ultimate amount of feel and optimal spin with each shot. This club is also built to be forgiving with a unique level of bounce created at the sole of the wedge; this makes for an ultimately forgiving sand wedge that can be played from a good lie or bad lie alike.

TaylorMade TP ATV Wedge

TaylorMade takes a total-approach with the All Terrain Versatility (ATV) wedge. The sole was specifically designed to ensure players are able to get good, explosive hits out of the deep rough, the bunker, dry and baron position, and even on the fairway. From a design perspective, this club takes a different approach than most wedges. Starting from the heel, and working out toward the toe of the club, many wedges will feel as though they’re fading out, or opening up as they get further away from the hosel. Instead, the ATV wedge will appear to close up, instead of open up when looking at it from the heel to toe. While that might sound like a nuance, it actually makes a big difference, especially when players are traditionally longer shots.

Golf Tour Preferred Wedges

This uncomplicated pitching wedge offers a simple, traditional design featuring a classic grind which means the wedge plays clean from virtually anywhere around the course. This wedge has an incredibly aggressive groove pattern along with an ultra-classic design and head shape, making it ideal for longer-approach shots. At the same time it won’t fail you if you need to bump and run a shot onto the green.

This wedge is constructed with soft, 304 stainless steel which allows for the utmost control on approach shots and even shots around the green. Ultimately, wedges are played for their control  and this wedge offers a ton of control from everywhere around the green and even the fairway.

Wilson Staff Men's TC Tour Wedge

This pitching wedge is great with short shots as well as longer, full shots. However, this wedge really delivers on design and specifications, making it a great club to use from virtually anywhere including shorter approach shots. This wedge also  features 11 laser-etched, micro-spin enhancers placed between the grooves of the score line, allowing players to generate extra spin on shots from even the thickest of lies. It also helps a great deal from around the green as well, generating spin on shorter shots.

With one of the widest soles in the game and it’s Tour Y groove design, this wedge allows for the utmost creativity. It also provides lot of balance to assist players who struggle with wedge shots so they can make something happen on every hole.

Adams Idea Hybrid Iron Wedge

Adams Idea Hybrid Iron Wedge

Adams has always been known for their innovation and technology in the area of hybrid clubs and this wedge delivers on a level other simply do not. This club features a Cut-Thru Slot design so ball speed isn’t compromised when shots are hit off-center. Similarly, it adds extra distance on all shots including off-center hits, thereby mitigating errors commonly made around the green. There’s also a 44 percent larger face and sweet spot than you’ll find with more traditional wedges. While this isn’t the most-ideal club for exclusively working around the green, it offers a great experience for longer wedge shots.

Cleveland Golf Men's Black Wedge

The pitching wedge is billed as the ideal choice for players looking to blend distance and forgiveness in what’s referred to as the scoring zone. The club features a uniquely designed, high-strength titanium face for increasing ball speed and maximizing distance. It also features a cavity back design that’s especially positive for getting extra yards out of a wedge which is otherwise is reserved for forgiveness and feel. There’s also a very low center of gravity thanks to Deep Undercut technology as well as a compact head design, making this wedge perfect for anyone looking to get all-around performance out of their pitching wedge.

Mizuno Golf JPX S2 Series Approach Wedge

This is definitely one of the most solidly built pitching wedges on our list and certainly not your typical blade style wedge. It features Quad Cut Grooves, a feature exclusive to Mizuno which delivers an incredible amount of spin as well as a Milled face so every shot strikes cleaner and more precisely than the last. The sole is filed down to ensure bounce is strong and that the club cuts through turf accordingly. This wedge also features Harmonic Impact Technology which contributes to the clubs incredibly solid feel and weighting.

TaylorMade RSi 2 Gap Wedge

TaylorMade RSi 2 Gap Wedge

This wedge capitalizes on the fact that 76 perfect of shots hit by golfers are mis-hits. The ultimate goal of this club is to mitigate and limit those mis-hits from happening. This is accomplished thanks to FaceSlot technology which creates uniform flexion across the entire face of the club so it will feel like it has a significantly larger sweet spot than other wedges on the market. For a wedge that’s often times played from the rough or fairway on those 50+ yard shots, it really delivers.

This wedge also features ideal weighting for professionals and amateurs alike. The weighting offers a great in-between loft to bridge the gap between the pitching wedge and sand wedge, giving every player a great opportunity to score. The scoring pattern on the sole also makes cutting through the rough on errant shots a little easier.

TaylorMade TP ATV Wedge

TaylorMade takes a total-approach with the All Terrain Versatility (ATV) wedge. The sole was specifically designed to ensure players are able to get good, explosive hits out of the deep rough, the bunker, dry and baron position, and even on the fairway. From a design perspective, this club takes a different approach than most wedges. Starting from the heel, and working out toward the toe of the club, many wedges will feel as though they’re fading out, or opening up as they get further away from the hosel. Instead, the ATV wedge will appear to close up, instead of open up when looking at it from the heel to toe. While that might sound like a nuance, it actually makes a big difference, especially when players are traditionally longer shots.

Cleveland Golf Men's 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Wedge

Aside from the Vokey wedges by Titleist, the Cleveland 588 series of wedges might be the most well-known name in golf. The 588 RTX 2.0 combines a traditional design with an incredibly progressive sole design allowing for change throughout the wedges. This gap wedge plays particularly well from the rough and other places which are challenging to get out of due to the progressive sole design along with the 588 series weighting.

A discussion about this wedge cannot be had without mentioning the spin technology placed in the club. The Rotex 2.0 spin control grooves entirely change how spin occurs; instead of being entirely reliant on the grooves, Cleveland included micro-grooves which add even more spin to the club thus making it one of the best gap wedge options on the market.

Titleist Vokey Spin Milled Sand Wedge

Titleist simply cannot be forgotten when it comes to wedges. While the company might be remembered largely for their golf balls, the Vokey design is one of the biggest players in the wedge game and , Titleist’s latest addition to the Vokey family doesn’t disappoint. Titleist uses handcrafted, Spin Milled technology to deliver quality on every single one of their wedges.

This incredible sand wedge features a compact design, incredible weighting distribution from the toe to the heel of the club, and precise grooves for stopping the ball from anywhere around the green. Grooves are etched deeper into the face of the club with better graining on the face to further enhance spin, making them unstoppable amongst other competing wedges.

Callaway Men's Mack Daddy 2 Wedge

Callaway is trusted name in golf which players gravitate toward because of their high-quality clubs and the Mack Daddy 2 wedge really takes advantage of this reputation. The wedges 5V Groove Pattern creates 39 percent larger grooves which make for 25 percent more spin on shots coming from the rough.
This wedge also features laser-milled micro grooves which increase spin and makes for a more rigid face; that rigid face equates to better shots out of the thick rough and more spin on the shorter shots. If that’s not enough, the club also features a smooth sole design which drives through the ball well and will allow any golfer to shave a few strokes off around the green.

Titelist Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 Lob Wedge

Titelist Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 Lob Wedge

The Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 wedge brings more spin than any other wedge in the game, giving players an incredible opportunity to stick it close to the pin on every shot around the green. The tour-inspired TX3 grooves deliver an incredibly soft experience, allowing your ball to land like a feather on the green and cozy right up to the pin. They also have a wide-range of sole shapes, giving this wedge customization options which contour to any players game and skill set. If that isn’t enough, there’s a number of finishes allowing for slightly different feels around the green. The technology and design of the club make this by far the best lob wedge option currently on the market.

Nike Golf Men's VR Chrome Forged Golf Wedge

Nikes VR Forged wedges deliver a standardized, tour-inspired design along with the highest-quality manufacturing materials. The club is made with long-lasting 1025 carbon steel chrome which brings some of the highest-quality spin to the game as well as some impressively shaped grooves. The Dual Wide Grind provides low bounce and high spin which makes shots out of the rough around the green particularly easy and ultra-forgiving. This unique combination, along with an incredible sole design makes this club a must-have for anyone looking to improve their game around the green. The weighting on this club is also very fair and well-balanced, something every golfer will love to have.

Wilson Staff Men's FG Tour TC Black Traditional Sole Wedge

Wilson Staff delivers an incredible wedge featuring unique Traction Control technology, ensuring great feel is easily achieved. Whether you’re playing from the deep rough or the thinnest of lies, this club will make any shot feel uniform. That same technology also enhances spin on shots especially quarter or half swings where it’s more difficult to actually create spin.

This club also has a tour-inspired sole allowing for great balance and ease when getting the club head through the ball on those thick rough shots. The groove technology inside this club creates a very basic, yet controlled experience that’s perfect from start to finish. Wilson Staff isn’t typically the first name people think of when it comes to golf, but their FG Tour TC lob wedge delivers in a very big way.

Cleveland Golf Men's 588 RTX 2.0 Wedge

Cleveland has been delivering with the 588 series for years, and now they’ve combined some of the most-intense spin technology ever seen in a golf club. The RTX 2.0 groove design, combined with great balance, makes this one of the best wedges in the game. This versatile and trustworthy club incorporates varied sole designs which make its abilities even more comprehensive. The full sole found on the wedge delivers great spin and control while you’re getting the ball through the rough. On the fairway, it allows the player to really focus on making the right swing while leaving the club to generate the spin.

Taylor Made Tour Preferred Lob Wedge

This club takes simplicity and adds a few pieces of technology which make for a high-quality wedge. The simple, wide-sole design gets you through the rough while the tour-inspired weighting and feel make it a great option around the green. Players of any skill level can benefit from the micro texture face that adds drastically to the amount of spin the club generates. Additionally, the aggressive groove pattern is key to playing through the multitude of lies around the green. It also features a raw, Tour Satin finish, permitting the clubs natural potential to shine while allowing the material to age which adds to the clubs control and feel. This is one of the most confidence-inducing clubs you can add to your bag.

Josh Durso
Previously employed by Nike, Adidas, and Puma I am constantly testing the newest, and most popular golf equipment on the market. I've been playing for 21 years, but use my connection to the brands, as well as the industry to learn about new technology, new products, and new methods.
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