Best Wedges 2017

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Best Wedges 2017: We bring you our top 10 wedges of 2017 - tried and tested as part of our biggest ever golf club equipment guide, Top Gear.

From the Callaway MD3 Wedge to the Mizuno T7 and TaylorMade Milled Grind, the latest generation of wedges showcase the great advances in golf club face technology in recent years, yet the basic shape of the head has remained fairly traditional. 

In our biggest ever equipment test we reviewed hundreds of golf clubs, and when it came to selecting the best wedges of 2017, these were our top 10 on the market right now.

From the high priced Titleist Vokey SM 6 wedge to the low-budget Lynx Predator Wedge, there are plenty of options available when it comes to suiting every type of golfer's needs in 2017. 


Callaway MD3 Wedge: £89

Lofts: 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 degrees
Head options: 
Versatile, Classic and Wide Low sole
Shaft: 
True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 

Tech:

These sole grinds let you fit each loft to your own game, meaning the Callaway MD3 Wedge is a serious offering when it comes to something for every golfer. With progressive groove optimisation, Callaway's MD3 wedge will ensure you generate spin where you need it most.

Callaway MD3 Wedge

Our verdict:

A golf club for the masses, there is simply nothing not to like about the MD3. In our opinion the head shape is spot on, and the 8620 steel transmits good feel to the hands. Best all, the Callaway MD3 Wedge ranked well up our list of best wedges in terms of spin.

Best Wedges 2017: Watch our Callaway MD3 Wedge review below 

Bottom line: 

Thanks to it's numerous bounce and grind options, this wedge has a great feel and offers the ability to fit any type of golfer. We loved the Callaway MD3 wedge last year and the flame is far from burning out in 2017. Callaway might have a newer forged wedge on the market but for less money we reckon the MD3 is difficult to beat.


Titleist SM 6 Wedge: £140 (s), £155 (g)

Lofts: 46 / 48 / 50 / 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60 / 62 degrees
Head options: F, S, M, K, L. Sole Grinds & Tour Chrome, Gold Nickel and Raw Black Finishes
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 

Tech:

A progressive CG on the Titleist Vokey Spin Milled 6 Wedge means there is extra control over spin, trajectory, and distance for improved gapping between lofts on this golf club. The new TX4 grooves also create a more textured face, delivering tighter tolerances and spin.

Titleist SM 6 Wedge

Our verdict:

We found that the feel, spin and shot making versatility were first class, which means so long as you know the number to the flag, you’re giving yourself a great chance to hit it consistently close with these Titleist Vokey SM6 wedges.

Best Wedges 2017: Watch our Titleist SM 6 Wedge review below 

Bottom line:

The Titleist SM6 Wedge is straight out of the top drawer, which should be expected as they’re the priciest in test. We love the new groove and center of gravity tech, as it demonstrates just how far manufacturers are going to improve your game. With so many loft, bounce, grind and finish options you can’t fail to find a perfect set up with this golf club - which is why it makes our list of best wedges in 2017.


Mizuno T7 Wedge: £120

Lofts: 46 / 48 / 50 / 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60 / 62
Head options: 
Finishes; White Satin or Blue IP
Shaft: 
True Temper Dynamic Gold (plus 16 others at no upcharge)

Tech: 

For the first time in their club making history Mizuno has used boron in a wedge, saying it makes the grooves more durable so you get a sharper performance for longer.  

Mizuno T7 Wedge

Our verdict: 

The Mizuno T7 Wedge didn’t quite break through the magic 10K spin ceiling for any full shots, although it did though come very close which for us says it’s a great all round blend of strong solid performance, decent looks and masses of options.

Best Wedges 2017: Watch our Mizuno T7 Wedge review below 

Bottom line:

The Mizuno T7 wedge didn’t come out right at the very top of the tree for spin, but it was right in and amongst the premium brand pack. Plenty of loft options mean you can fill loft gaps really easily and because there’s an option on shafts at no extra cost you can also tailor performance and feel to match your irons. 


Cleveland RTX-3 Wedge: £99

Lofts: 46 / 48 / 50 / 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60 / 62 / 64
Head options: 
Sole; V-LG Low bounce, V-MG Mid bounce sole, V-FG Forgiving full sole. Finishes; Black Satin, Tour Satin
Shaft: 
True Temper Dynamic Gold

Tech: 

A shorter hosel removes 9g of weight on the Cleveland RTX-3 wedge, and by redistributing this mass engineers have positioned the center of gravity closer to the center of the face - which means better feel and a tighter shot dispersion. 

Cleveland RTX 3 wedge

Our verdict:

The Cleveland RTX-3 wedge is based on the brands legendary 588 head shape, and we particularly liked the straighter leading edge which gives the sense of being able to nip shots cleanly and confidently from tight lies and makes it easier to set up square to your target.

Our testers generated over 10,000rpm of backspin (the magic tour player benchmark) with 44% of full shots, which was well above our 28% test average. It means you’ll have no difficulty nestling shots down next to the flag in any conditions.

Best Wedges 2017: Watch our Cleveland RTX-3 Wedge review below 

Bottom line:

Tiny things like the direction of the face milling to maximise grip when opening the face, and protecting every face groove from the finishing process (so it’s razor sharp) means the Cleveland RTX-3 wedge is right at the top of the pile when it comes to performance, value for money and of course options to allow you to work them into your own bag.


TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedge: £139

Lofts: 50 / 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60
Head options: 
SB; Standard Bounce, HB; Wide Sold, C Grind; Low Bounce, Satin and antique bronze finishes
Shaft: 
True Temper Dynamic Gold 

Tech: 

The CNC-Milled sole grinds on the TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges offer both excellent precision and consistency. A weight port in the hosel removes weight to the center of gravity and there's new, sharper ZTP grooves with steeper side walls to maximise spin on shorter shots.  

TaylorMade Milled Grind wedge

Our Verdict:

In his prime, Sir Nick Faldo picked his favourite individual irons from 20 different sets, having realised each hand ground head was slightly different. What TaylorMade have done with the Milled Grind wedge is take that consistency question out of the equation.

It's really clever and pretty costly to set up but it means club golfers will now play exactly the same sole and bounce set-up as TaylorMade's tour pro's. The head is pretty high in the heel and generously propotioned, but spin was well above average.  

Best Wedges 2017: Watch our TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedge review below 

Bottom Line:

The TaylorMade Milled grind is a really nice quality wedge, which generates lovely feels and oodles of spin. With plenty of loft and bounce options and two finishes they an fit into anyone's bag for 2017. 


Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge: £130 (s), £140 (g)

Lofts:  46 50 / 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60
Head options: 
TS; Thin Sole, SS; Standard, WS; Wide, ES; Eye Sole
Shaft: 
Ping AWT 2.0 Wedge 

Tech:

The precision-milled tour-spec grooves on the Ping Glide 2.0 wedges have steeper side walls and sharper edges for maximum grab and grip on shorter shots. 

Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge

Our verdict:

Ping have obviously worked their magic with the new Glide 2.0’s, as they produced not only the highest average spin results for two testers but also the highest number (67%) of full shots over 10k rpm too.

We loved how the white bottom groove and darker groove area really focused attention at address, and how the longer grip gives you consistent grip down positions to alter shot length. 

Best Wedges 2017: Watch our Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge review below 

Bottom line:

Ping have made some great wedges over the years and thanks to such a strong performance we reckon the Ping Glide 2.0 wedges will be another hit. Yes the blades are a fraction longer than some, but the heads are completely un-offensive and because there’s plenty of loft and sole options we reckon anyone looking at spending over £100 on a wedge this year should at least put these on their shortlist.


Callaway Mack Daddy Forged Wedge: £139

Lofts: 50 / 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60
Head options: 
Nickel Chrome, Brushed Slate
Shaft: 
True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Tech: 

Forged soft 1025 carbon steel maximises feel and feedback on the newest Callaway Mack Daddy Forged Wedges. A refined head shape and a progressive CG lowers trajectory for extra control, while new groove maximises spin, especially on shorter chips and pitches and an R-grind sole increases versatility.

Callaway Mack Daddy Forged Wedge

Our verdict:

The whole forged vs cast wedges debate at one time was intense. It has subsided a lot recently thanks to new materials and heat treating processes that mean cast heads can feel a lot like forged ones, so it’s interesting Callaway felt the need to bring back a forged model.

Compared to the Callaway’s MD3 Milled wedges Roger Cleveland’s done some very subtle tweaking to the head shape, and we really liked the sharper and squarer leading edge which is geared up for some accurate ball striking. 

Best Wedges 2017: Watch our Callaway Mack Daddy Forged Wedge review below 

Bottom line:

Callaway wedges are well respected and played on tour, which is what you’d expect if you’re employing a wedge legend like Roger Cleveland as a designer. We like the Callaway Mack Daddy Forged Wedge because it’s a lovely club, but if you don’t specifically want a forged wedge we’d challenge you hit it alongside an MD3. Then decide for yourself if the Forged head and Tour Issue Dynamic Gold shaft are worth an additional £30.   

** If you need to know how the Forged performed against Callaway’s MD3 our consistent hitting test pro saw very little movement between them in terms of launch and spin, but the slightly firmer MD3 carried shots on average 4 yards further.


Wilson Staff PMP Wedge: £85 - £110

Lofts: 48/ 50 / 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60 / 62
Left hand: Yes
Head options: 
Traditional Tour Grind and Wide Sole grinds. Tour Frosted. Gun Blue and Oil Can finishes
Shaft: 
KBS Hi-Rev 2.0

Tech: 

"Precision Milled Performance" technology widens the milled grooves for maximum spin on full shots with the Wilson Staff FG Tour PMP Wedge, in addition to eleven laser etched micro spin lines between each groove which will increase spin on partial shots. 

Wilson Staff PMP Wedge

Our verdict:

Cast your eye over our list of test wedges and not many golfers would pick the Wilson as the wedge they’d want to try first. But our results suggest you should give them another look.

You can’t fail to spot how wide and aggressive the grooves look and these along with the laser etched micro grooves, milled face and high spin KBS shaft meant the Wilson Staff PMP wedge punched well above is weight in terms of spin. We tested the 52deg and 58deg heads with the Traditional sole grind which we felt sat really nicely with the leading edge just off the deck, offering really good shot versatility.

Best Wedges 2017: Watch our Wilson Staff PMP Wedge review below 

Bottom line:

A lovely no fuss, no frills wedge. We particularly liked the two dots on the longer than standard grip on the Wilson Staff FG Tour PMP Wedge. These mean you can alter your grip position consistently to cover off various yardage gaps, which has to help your scoring potential inside 100 yards.      


Cobra King PUR Wedge: £89

Lofts: 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60
Head options: 
Versatile, Classic and Wide Low sole
Shaft: 
True Temper Dynamic Gold S200

Tech: 

The Cobra King PUR's new raw finish provides maximum spin, as over time it's designed to rust, adding friction between club and ball. A 304 stainless steel head maximises feel, and it has an 100% CNC-milled face.

Cobra King PUR wedge

Our Verdict:

The roundness of the head shapres are perhaps a nod back to Cobra's "Trusty Rusty" heritage and the shape was the first thing our test pro picked up on.

It was very quickly followed by superlatives about how soft and responsive the Cobra King PUR wedge's felt. Head shape is subjective so we have absolutely no doubt plenty will like it, along with its excellent ability to produce well above average spin on both full and shorter shots. 

Best Wedges 2017: Watch our Cobra King PUR Wedge review below 

Bottom Line:

Remember the Cobra King PUR's head is raw, which means it's not plated, so it will rust. But if you're a lover of more rounded head shape and want decent value for money, then the PUR is an excellent option if you're looking for the best wedges of 2017.


Lynx Predator Wedge: £40

Lofts: 52 / 56 / 60 / 64
Head options: 
Loft and paint fill colours only
Shaft: 
True Temper

Tech: 

Designed to be a great looking wedge at an affordable price point, the Lynx Predator Wedge wedge has a head based on a popular tour shape and is a great option if you don't have a big budget. 

Lynx Predator Wedge

Our verdict:

Here at TG we love helping you choose between the premium brands, but we realise not everyone’s got a suitcase full of cash to spend on shiny new golf clubs so we always try to highlight a good budget option too. And that’s where the Lynx Predator wedge fits into our Top Ten Wedges for 2017, as an excellent value option.

It doesn’t come with any fancy head finishes, there’s no CNC milled face or grooves, no laser milled face patterns and you certainly won’t get tons of loft and bounce options either. But it didn’t stop this £40 wedge spinning shots right up there alongside the very best.

Best Wedges 2017: Watch our Lynx Predator Wedge review below  

Bottom line:

It’s incredible that a set of three of these Predator wedges will set you back £20 less than buying a single Titleist Vokey SM6 (the most expensive wedge on test) and for that very reason we reckon its worth further attention if you’re shopping on a budget.

The loft choices are basic, the head shape is un-offensive and it has a shiny polished finish, but trust us it does perform, if you’re talking feel and spin.

To view the rest of the wedges we've reviewed in 2017, go to our ultimate golf club guide.