Which of 2022’s golf wedges spins the most?
There’s a lot more to buying new wedges than just focusing on the spin rate. Getting the correct lofts, bounce and finish is key, as is picking between a blade and cavity back, not to mention things like full face grooves and high toe shapes.
RELATED: Do rusty wedges really spin more?
But wedge spin is still very important. It’s what makes your ball grab when it hits the green, helping you control those all-important short shots. And, as our test showed, there was a substantial difference between the wedges that produced the most spin and those that produced the least spin.
All of the wedges were 52º loft and supplied in our pro Neil Wain’s specs to ensure a fair comparison. To find out more about the wedges, head across to our full 2022 wedges test.
If you’re in the market for any other new equipment this year, make sure you read our tests and guides to the best drivers, longest drivers, low spin drivers, most forgiving drivers, draw drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, mid-handicap irons, high-handicap irons, and putters.
We’d recommend that you use our guides to help narrow your shortlist down before heading to your pro or nearest golf facility and getting fully fitted for your clubs as that’s the only way to optimise new models for your game.
Ben Hogan Equalizer II: 10,520rpm
RRP: £125 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 48° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° / 62° | Finishes: Chrome or Black | Grinds: Standard, Texas Grind | Stock shaft: Choose between four premium options
Today’s Golfer test verdict: Ben Hogan wedges have been firm favourites here at TG for several years now. They’ve always represented excellent value for money, and consistently been among our top performing wedges for backspin each year.
The Equalizer II fills the shoes of its older sibling beautifully. Our data has it down as not only our test pro’s highest spinning wedge of 2022, but also our leading model for carry distance consistency, which of course will help with accurate scoring on the golf course.
While we love the Equalizer’s head shape, feel and feedback along with the shot making capacity and keen £125 price tag (so you could get a three wedge family for £132 less than a set of Vokey SM9s), Hogan have temporarily closed their UK website, so you’d need to order them from the US.
TaylorMade Hi-Toe Raw: 10,248rpm
RRP: £149 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° / 62° | Stock shaft: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 | Head options: Low bounce 58° and 60°, High Bounce Bigfoot (56°, 58°, 60°) | Finishes: Aged Copper only
Today’s Golfer test verdict: Rusty wedges are hugely popular on tour as pros feel there’s extra friction to be had over plated models. TaylorMade’s Raw finish naturally rusts over time, which neatly fits with how the model was our second highest spinning model (10,248rpm) of the test.
Hi-Toe shapes split opinion, but we reckon TaylorMade’s is as good as you’ll find. We like the face grooves in the lower lofts and feel golfers will benefit most from the full-face grooves in the higher lofts (where Cleveland’s Full face have full face grooves in all lofts).
Highest Spinning Wedges: Best of the rest
PXG 0311 Forged: 10,057rpm
Callaway Jaws MD5: 9,971rpm
TaylorMade MG3: 9,910rpm
Cleveland RTX Full Face: 9,884rpm
Titleist Vokey Design SM8: 9,833rpm
Honma T//World TR: 9,774rpm
MacGregor V-Foil: 9,739rpm
Bettinardi HLX 3.0: 9,422rpm
Sub 70 Forged JB: 9,414rpm
Ping Glide 4.0: 9,349rpm
PXG 0311 Milled: 9,331rpm
Cobra King MIM: 9,304rpm
Cleveland RTX ZipCore: 9,289rpm
Ping Glide Forged: 9,242rpm
Cleveland CBX ZipCore: 9,081rpm
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor at
Simon has worked in the golf industry for 30 years. Starting out as trainee professional at Downes Crediton GC where he learned the art of golf club making, before going onto work for Clubhaus Plc and Tony Charles Ltd as a golf club maker, and running Product Development at Benross Golf.
Joining EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) in 2006 as Equipment Editor Simon has worked for Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines and the Today’s Golfer website.
Simon has played golf for 40 years and plays to a handicap of 10. A lack of club speed means he’s short off the tee, but very handy from 125 yards and in.
You can contact Simon here.