Best Wedges 2022

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What are the best golf wedges 2022?

We’ve tested 22 of the current models head-to-head on a launch monitor to determine the year’s best wedges (read how we conducted the test, view the data and see how we analysed the data).

The top-performing clubs receive a coveted Today’s Golfer Best of 2022 Award. These are the cream of this year’s offerings and highlight which hybrids will perform for you, golfers, based on data from our launch monitor.

Note that we tested Titleist’s Vokey Design SM8, not the SM9. The brand were unable to supply us with the new model in time for our testing. We will test the SM9 separately and publish the results on the SM9 review page.

The best golf wedges of 2022.

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.

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Now let’s dive into the best wedges to find out which models deserve a place in your golf bag in 2022. Click your favourite clubs name to read more about the model.

Best Golf Wedges 2022

The Cleveland CBX Zipcore wedge.

Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedge

RRP: £139.99 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 44° / 46° / 48° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° | Finishes: Satin | Grinds: Progressive V, S and C Grinds depending on loft | Stock shaft: Dynamic Gold 115 Spinner Tour Issue (s) Project X Catalyst 80 Spinner (g)

Today’s Golfer test verdict: What Cleveland have achieved with their cavity back CBX wedges is quite remarkable. We’ve seen enough over the years to say CBX should be the starting point for club golfers looking to buy new wedges; if you use cavity back irons your short game and bunker play will thank you for it.

Our test data might not instantly highlight the CBX as our pro’s top performing model, but it’s important to remember the wider sole and slightly higher bounce (which impeded his typical strike, and is exactly why we advise a fitting) are just the attributes that will help club golfers neutralise the effects of off-centre hits and less-than-perfect strikes.

We love how the new CBX has a lightweight compound inside the heel. It frees up mass, so MOI forgiveness is improved, and the centre of gravity is pushed towards the centre of the face, so feel and accuracy are boosted, too. An intelligent wedge choice for lots of club golfers.

The Honma T//World TR wedge.

Honma T//World TR wedge

RRP: £149 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 48° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60º | Finishes: Satin | Grind options: I-Sole, C-Sole, S-Sole | Stock shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 115

Today’s Golfer test verdict: A big part of the story behind the T//World wedge is having the right blade profile for the right shot situation (so the lower lofts have flat blades, where the higher lofts have a revered taper design, so more mass is positioned higher to maximise consistency and predictability), and our test data supports how the idea can help real-world golfers.

The T//World is among our favourite wedges of the year as it’s a really desirable shape. It’s biggest attraction though goes more than skin deep. The model gave our pro his smallest amount of backspin drop-off (the difference between highest and lowest spinning shots), while hitting shots into the second smallest area and generating the third best carry distance drop-off, which of course all adds consistency and predictability on the course.

The TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 wedge.

TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 (MG3) wedge

RRP: £149 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts:
46° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° Finishes: Satin Chrome, Satin Black | Grinds: Standard bounce, low bounce, high bounce, Tiger Grind | Stock shaft: True Temper Tour Issue S200

Today’s Golfer test verdict: If you’re the type of golfer who just wants a brilliant traditional shape wedge with a familiar groove pattern, and you want a ton of loft, sole grind and finish options then the MG3’s will be right up your street.

The MG3 was among our five highest spinning wedge models this year. It also gave our test pro his second lowest carry distance drop off (8 yds / 8.2%) and we love the super simple look and straight leading edge at address.

If you’re adamant your short game is best served by tour level bladed wedges then the MG3 is an absolute beauty that will stand the test of time.

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The Ben Hogan Equalizer II wedge.

Ben Hogan Equalizer II wedge

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.

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The Titleist Vokey Design SM8 wedge.

Titleist Vokey Design SM8 wedge

RRP: £160 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 46° / 48° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° / 62° | Finishes: Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel, Jet Black, Raw | Grinds: Six sole grinds (F, M, S, D, L and K) | Stock Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S200

Today’s Golfer test verdict: By the time you read this Titleist’s new SM9 wedges will be hitting the shelves. Unfortunately our test was done in January, before SM9 samples were available. But because Vokey wedges have such a long and rich history we knew no legitimate wedge test would ever be complete without them, so we’ve included the previous SM8s with the intention of testing SM9 once it’s widely available.

Vokey wedges have been cracking tour level models for 20-odd years, and while our data might not have it as flat-out best in any particular area, nobody can argue they’re not beautiful to look at and very solid across the board in terms of spin and forgiveness. Because there’s six sole grinds to choose from, as well as plenty of shaft options, you really should seek out a proper fitting session.

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Wedges Test 2022: Best of the Rest

The Ping Glide 4.0 wedge.

Ping Glide 4.0 wedge

RRP: £160 (s), £170 (g) | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 46° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° | Finish options: Hydropearl 2.0 Satin | Grind options: T Grind, S Grind, W Grind, E Grind | Stock shaft: Ping Z-Z115 Wedge or AWT 2.0 Wedge (s) Ping Alta CB Red (g)

Today’s Golfer test verdict: Ping’s fourth gen Glide 4.0 wedge is brand new for 2022. We like it because it’s almost a halfway step between full-on blade wedge and a much deeper traditional cavity back.

By splitting weight low and high in the blade, stability is increased, and compared to previous models we reckon there’s a slightly shorter blade length, which definitely improves the cosmetics.

A lovely wedge that can’t be faulted, even though it didn’t quite nudge its way into the upper echelons of our data charts.

The PXG 0311 Milled wedge.

PXG 0311 Milled wedge

RRP: £355 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts:
50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° / 62° / 64° Finish options: Chrome or Xtreme Dark | Grind options: Low bounce 58° and 60° Stock shaft: True Temper Elevate (s) Mitsubishi MMT (g)

Today’s Golfer test verdict: Yes, PXG’s CNC milled wedges are outrageously expensive (the price recently came down from £720!), but it doesn’t stop them being the most accurate and precise wedges money can buy.

The 0311’s head shape is outrageously good, we love the straight leading edge and how the club sits at address, the satin finish is cracking, too. If you have the dosh to treat yourself these are very special.

The Cleveland RTX Full Face wedge.

Cleveland RTX Full Face wedge

RRP: £139 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts:
50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° / 64° | Finish options: Tour Satin, Black Satin, Tour Rack | Grind options: C- Grind only | Stock shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner Tour Issue

Today’s Golfer test verdict: Full-face wedges with high toe shapes and grooves running across the entire face are all the rage right now. While they may not be our test pro’s favourite wedge look (at address) there’s no doubt tons of golfers want to put them in play.

The RTX has a cracking shape and decent levels of feel, but what’s more impressive is how the model was our test pro’s second best wedge for protecting backspin drop-off (consistency) and hit shots into the third smallest area (22 models tested).

Anyone not attracted to the full-face shape has the brand’s brilliant RTX ZipCore as a tour level alternative.

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The TaylorMade Hi-Toe Raw wedge.

TaylorMade Hi-Toe Raw wedge

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).

The Callaway Jaws MD5 wedge.

Callaway Jaws MD5 wedge

RRP: £149 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts:
46° / 48° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° / 64° Stock shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue 115 | Head options: Four Sole Grinds (C, S, X, W) | Finishes: Platinum Chrome, Tour Grey

Today’s Golfer test verdict: If we only took data from only our test pro’s highest spinning shot with each wedge, Callaway’s MD5, with its micro protrusion face, would be our king of spin. It produced an impressive 11,159rpm of stopping power.

Being a tour-style wedge, the MD5 does have a pretty sharp leading edge, which can be good for nipping shots from tight lies, but also means you need to be a precise and accurate ball striker, especially from damp turf or sand.

A lovely wedge that will be most at home in the hands of above-average golfers.

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Which other golf wedges did we test?

We tested 22 wedges to find the best models of 2022, with the data showing how every model performed and how forgiving it is shown in full below.

As well as the ten we’ve highlighted as the standouts above, we tested the MacGregor V-Foil, Bettinardi HLX 3.0, Sub 70 Forged JB, Cobra King MIM, PXG 0311 Forged, Cleveland RTX Zipcore, Ping Glide Forged, Mizuno T22, Mizuno ES21, Callaway Jaws Full Toe, Wilson Staff Model Forged, and the Cleveland CBX Full Face.

Best Golf Wedges 2022: Launch Monitor Data

The launch monitor data from our 2022 golf wedges test.

Best Golf Wedges 2022: Forgiveness Data

The launch monitor data from our 2022 golf wedges test.

How we carried out our 2022 golf wedges test

– We created an indoor test lab at Keele Golf Centre to ensure a controlled environment

– The leading brands supplied their 2022 wedges in our Test Pro Neil Wain’s spec.

– We used premium TaylorMade TP5x golf balls and a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor to create the most reliable data possible.

– We rejected major misses but recorded how shots launched, span, peaked and dropped out of the air, before crunching the numbers to come up with our conclusions.

How we analysed our best golf wedges data

Before we came to any conclusions, we analysed the data for each club tested; on distance, spin rates, forgiveness. The latter we refer to as drop offs; the differences in ball speed, spin and carry between our test pro’s on- and off-centre hits.

This insight gives a reliable indication of how forgiving each model will be on the course, as we’ve argued for years that dispersion can be very misleading as it’s based on how you swing on a particular day. We analysed all that data before choosing winners.

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