After striping a drive down the middle on a recent round, I was left with a mere flick into the green of the par 4. I was eyeing my first birdie of the day… but the problem was, I got a bit cute with it and shanked it horrifically – and a devastating double-bogey followed.
A week later, a very radical wedge arrived in the office. It came with the usual 56° of loft, and was nicely-finished. But the design was something I hadn’t seen before. The product is an F2 SS and after a year doing the rounds in America, it is heading to these shores. It has been designed to remove the risk of a shank and improve your ability to score well from 100 yards and in.
Essentially, the face of the wedge has been moved forward and the hosel out of the way which should make for cleaner contact from all manner of lies. Now, I’m not a regular visitor to hosel o’clock, but I was intrigued to test this model. The first thing to say is it’s not the easiest on the eye – in fact, the design just looks wrong. But these unusual aesthetics do serve a purpose – when you’re faced with a chip or a full shot out of the long rough, there’s a good chance that the grass can tangle around the hosel and alter the face position at impact. But with the F2, there’s no chance of that because of the new location of the hosel.
I had a good go with it from a variety of lies, and was pretty impressed with the performance – it seemed to deliver good levels of spin, and there were very few surprises compared to more established wedges that I’ve used in the past. But, you certainly have to be prepared to get past the looks – because it won’t be like anything you’ve seen before. Manage that and you may well enjoy it.