Best Wedges 2018

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Best Wedges 2018: We bring you our top 10 wedges of 2018 - tried and tested as part of our biggest ever golf club equipment guide, Top Gear. For our 2017 best wedges, click here 

From the Cleveland CBX to the Mizuno S18 and TaylorMade Hi-Toe, there are plenty of different wedge options on offer in 2018.

In our biggest ever equipment test we reviewed hundreds of golf clubs, and when it came to selecting the best wedges of 2018, these were our top 10 on the market right now.

From the high priced Titleist Vokey SM7 wedges to the lower-budget Wilson Staff PMP Raw wedges, we found there are numerous options when it comes to suiting every type of golfer's needs in 2018. 


Mizuno S18 Wedge
- £140

Website golf.mizunoeurope.com
Lofts 1° increments from 46° - 62°
Head options: Most lofts are available in low, mid and
high bounce options
Finishes: Chrome or Black IP
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold

s18

You need to know:

A midsize rounded profile gives the ultimate short game performance say Mizuno. Weight is moved higher in the blade (by fattening up the top line) in the higher lofts to increase spin consistency when shots are hit higher in the face, which Mizuno say is common with more extreme lofts. Sole grind, profile, top line and groove depth are loft specific to tailor performance to the conditions each is typically used from. 

We say:

Mizuno are much more well known for their forged irons than their wedges, yet they’ve made some cracking wedge models overs the years. The S-18s are a huge improvement over Mizuno’s T7s (from last year), as the heads have a really nice non-offensive shape and the stealth Black IP finish hides the extra size beautifully. Our test pro thought the feel was a bit firmer than some, but he loved the decent amount of tech on offer along with how the sculpted back brings a degree of forgiveness to the party. If you’re after a very specific loft and bounce combination the S-18’s 29 options should satisfy all comers. By posting 7222 rpm of backspin (averaged between the three testers) the S-18 was right on our test average.               

Verdict:

We’re not convinced huge numbers golfers will pick Mizuno wedges over a Vokey, Callaway or Cleveland but for golfers who do buy them to match a set of Mizuno irons, they’re extremely good. Simon was the biggest fan reckoning the S-18 was amongst his favourite wedge head shapes of 2018.     

Cleveland CBX Wedge - £109

Website www.clevelandgolf.com
Lofts:  46° / 48° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60°
Head options: One bounce only
Finishes: Satin only
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold 115

cbx

You need to know:

The wedge that’s designed for 84% of golfers. If you use cavity back irons you really should be playing cavity back wedges. You get all the same spin tech as Cleveland’s RTX-3 tour wedges but there’s better accuracy and a slightly lighter feel thrown in for free. A Dual V-sole is shaped from front to back and heel to toe to keep the head moving through turf and sand preventing excessive digging and heavy shots.

We say:

We can’t believe brands haven’t thought harder about cavity back wedges before, what Cleveland have done with the CBX is absolutely genius. It sounds daft but have we all seriously been thinking, somehow when we pull a wedge from the bag our ball striking and consistency improves to tour player levels? 84% of golfers use cavity back irons, surely it makes sense for most to use cavity back wedges to match their lighter more forgiving irons? Yes the CBX have slightly bigger heads and wider soles, and they only come in a single bounce option. But lets not forget they also boast of all the same spin tech that’s packed into Cleveland’s RTX-3 tour style wedges too, which for us makes them a brilliant option if you play cavity back irons.      

Verdict:

Unlike lots of game improvement concepts the CBX come with absolutely no drawbacks. There’s a good chance you’ll hit them more consistently and accurately than a typical blade wedge so what’s to lose? We can’t recommend them highly enough to club golfers in 2018.  

Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedge - £139

Website www.callawaygolf.com
Lofts 46° / 48° / 50°/ 52°/ 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° / 64°
Head options: 4 sole Grinds, C, S, W, X
Finishes:  Matte Black, Satin Chrome
Shaft:  Dynamic Gold Tour Issue 115 

callaway md4

You need to know:

New micro-positive protrusions between each face groove gives the Mack Daddy 84 contact points to grab and grip the ball at impact. An extra “nip it” 16th groove closer to the leading edge maximises spin especially on shorter shots. Callaway say loft optimised grooves give consistent spin for full shots and more aggressive control on higher lofts to maximise control out of the rough and around the green. They’re the wedges Sergio Garcia has in his bag for 2018.   

We say:

Callaway’s previous MD 3 Milled wedges were the highest spinning wedges in Top Gear 2017, so it’s no surprise thanks to micro protrusions on the face they generated more spin than any other wedge (averaged across three testers) this year too. We’ve got no idea how Callaway’s R&D boffins got the “protrusion” idea past the games ruling bodies, but it’s a bit of masterful thinking. Our test pro loved the versatility of the MD4s feeling he could open them up really easily to increase shot-making potential. Like the Stealth wedge from Ping and Mizuno’s S-18 we’re big fans of the matte black finish, feeling it helps disguise the profile, which is perfect if you’re not entirely sold on a wedges head shape. The 115g shaft is the same weight as Cleveland’s CBX, which is more closely matched to a set of slightly lighter cavity back irons, than most wedge shafts in this test.          

Verdict:

Wedge maestro Roger Cleveland has clearly worked his magic on the Mack Daddy 4s, the micro groove protrusion story alone is down to some seriously clever thinking. Averaged between our testers they are the highest spinning wedge of 2018. If you insist on new tour style wedges this year you really should have a look at the MD4s before splashing any cash.

Cleveland RTX-3 Wedge - £99

Website www.clevelandgolf.co.uk
Lofts  46° / 48° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° / 62° / 64°
Head options: Sole - V-LG Low bounce sole, V-MG Mid bounce sole,
V-FG Forgiving full sole.
Finishes Black Satin, Tour Satin.
Shaft:

True Temper Dynamic Gold

rtx 3

You need to know:

A shorter hosel removes 9g of weight. By redistributing this mass engineers have positioned the centre of gravity closer to the centre of the face, which means better feel and a tighter shot dispersion. V Soles improve turf interaction and deliver a 23% reduction in head speed loss. Loft specific milled faces, micro milled lines, and deeper narrower grooves with sharper edges optimise spin from all lies and distances. 

We say:

Cleveland started out in 1979, and since then they reckon their wedges have captured 350 PGA tour titles, 26 majors and been played by 11 world number ones.  So we reckon it’s fair to say they know a thing or two about getting up and down in two. The RTX-3 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 9,000rpm of backspin with 44% of full shots, which was well above our test average. It means you’ll have no difficulty nestling shots down next to the flag in any conditions.

Verdict:

By being short game specialists Cleveland focus lots of time on improving every aspect of the wedges they produce, and it’s clear to see plenty of thoughts gone into the RTX-3. 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 RTX-3 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

Website www.taylormadegolf.com
Lofts 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60°
Head options: Standard Bounce, HB – Wide Sole,
C Grind – Low Bounce.
Finish Satin and antique bronze
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold

taylormade milled grind

You need to know:

CNC Milled sole grinds offer precision and consistency like never before. A weight port in the hosel removes weight to centre the CG and there’s new sharper radius ZTP grooves with steeper side walls to maximise spin on shorter shots. Three sole grinds and two finishes mean the Milled Grind can be tailored to your own game and the turf you usually play on.     

We say:

Wedges are really personal bits of kit just like putters. Get the look right and chances are you’ll use them pretty well, if you don’t you’re struggling from the off. For us the Milled Grind’s new bronze finish is a real step forward (over last years satin), it means the head shape becomes a secondary thought, even though in our opinion the MGs straight leading edge makes it a real beauty to look at. Combine the excellent looks with a decent amount of loft, bounce and finish options as well and a third-place in our spin ranking (it was Simon’s second highest spinning wedge) and it’s plain to see the MG is well equipped for some serious all round performing.     

Verdict:

A very good performance was backed up with plenty of positive comments in terms of feel, spin and looks. All three testers would happily put the Milled Grind wedges in their own bags for 2018, which has to say they’re well suited to a decent range of abilities. 

Wilson Staff PMP Raw Wedge - £89

Website www.wilson.com
Lofts: 48° / 50°  / 52°  / 54°  / 56°  / 58°  / 60°  / 62°
Head options: Traditional, Tour Grind and Wide sole grinds
Finish: Frosted, Gun Blue, and Oil Can 
Shafts: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0

wilson staff pmp raw

You need to know:

The Wilson Staff FG Tour PMP wedges feature Precision Milled Performance technology, which widens the milled grooves for maximum spin on full shots.        Eleven laser etched Micro Spin lines between each groove increase spin on partial shots. New for 2018 is how the heads made from 8620 steel so feel is matched to Wilson’s forged irons. Wilson say tour players prefer the feel and because the head is left raw, feel and spin are increased. Over time the head will rust.

We say:

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 PMP 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.         

Verdict:

A lovely no fuss, no frills wedge, which comes in for less than any other wedge on test per 1000 RPM of backspin. We particularly liked the two dots on the longer than standard grip. It mean’s you can alter your grip position consistently to cover off various yardage gaps, which has to help anyone’s scoring potential inside 100 yards.      

Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedge - £130 (s) £140 (g)

Website www.ping.com
Lofts 46° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° /60°
Head options: SS Grind, WS Grind, TS Grind, ES Grind
Shaft:

Ping AWT 2.0 (s) Ping CFS (g)

ping glide 2.0 stealth

You need to know:

A softer 8620 carbon steel head than Ping’s standard Glide 2.0 (431 stainless steel), which Ping say along with the precision milled grooves delivers softer feel and higher spinning shots. The tour-inspired black finish yields less glare and makes the head appear smaller. An extra groove low on the face of the 56°, 58° and 60° lofts increases spin and control for shots hit low on the face. 

We say:

We’ve gone all out to stress how good a concept cavity back wedges are this year but if you don’t want to go the whole hog the Glide 2.0 are an excellent midway step. A small cavity is teamed with a hollow weighting port behind the face, increasing MOI and aiding forgiveness over a full-on tour style blade. All three testers were very positive about the Stealth’s head shape, size and colour but it was only by testing on a launch monitor and analysing the data afterwards we saw how backspin was quite low. It doesn’t mean the Stealth don’t spin, but it means you should select a shaft very carefully as it will help maximise across the board performance.      

Verdict:

Dark, stealth like finishes are all the rage for 2018, and on looks and feel alone the Ping’s right amongst the very best. We loved how the straight leading edge of the SS Grind sits nice and tight to the turf which is perfect for nipping shots from the barest of lies.     

Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Wedge - £150

Website www.titleist.co.uk
Lofts 46° / 48° / 50° / 52° / 54° / 56° / 58° / 60° / 62°
Head options: Six sole grinds (F grind, M Grind, K Grind,
S Grind, D Grind, L Grind)
Finish: Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel, Jet Black
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S200

titleist vokey sm7

You need to know:

Increased shot versatility, improved distance and trajectory control with more spin say Titleist. Vokey reckons a progressive centre of gravity means the CG is aligned with the impact position of each wedge (so higher on the high lofts and lower on the low). Every groove of each SM7 produced is inspected by quality control which Titleist say leads to tighter tolerances, and on average gives up to 100rpm more spin.

We say:

To many golfers Vokey have set the benchmark for wedge design for years, for us although the SM7s barely changed from the SM6 it’s the best shaped Vokey for years. We’re really picky when it comes to wedges and by testing the jet-black head instead of a chromed model the head shape and size (it’s actually pretty small) are heavily disguised, meaning it’s difficult to spot the quirks which ordinarily catch the eye. There’s plenty of spin tech wrapped up in the SM7 yet backspin was 500rpm down on our very highest spinning model. That’s certainly not a reason to write the SM7s off, they’re beautifully designed, available in tons of options (lofts, sole grinds and finishes) and you can rest assured they’ve been optimised to perform in decent players hands.    

Verdict:

Our SM7s came with shafts matched to our irons, it gives a similar feel, which if you want to maximise consistency seems like a sensible way to go rather than just buying off the rack. To ensure correct gapping and grind selection we’d always recommend attending a proper short game fitting, which Titleist hold up and down the country throughout the season.        

TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe Wedge - £139

Website www.taylormadegolf.com
Lofts 58° / 60° / 64°
Head Options Loft only
Shaft KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 115g

taylormade hi toe wedge

You need to know:

Developed in close association with Justin Rose, specifically to add short-game versatility and the opportunity to hit explosion shots from anywhere. The Hi-Toe’s been put in play by Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. The Hi-Toe’s design gives a more centred centre of gravity for lower flighted but higher spinning shots, full length face grooves ensure consistent contact from the rough.    

We say:

When you’ve got the likes of DJ, Jon Rahm, Rory, Justin Rose and Jason Day beating down your office door wanting gear to hit very specific shots you’re obliged to sit up and listen. You only need look at how quickly Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm adopted the Hi-Toe concept once it had appeared in Justin Rose’s bag to realise the ideas got merit amongst the best players in the world. Our testers were split on the relevance of the Hi-Toe for the average club golfer though, as very high lofted wedges have a reputation for being difficult to consistently handle on the golf course. Simon found he could hit a 60 yard shot (with the 60 deg) with a drop and shot trajectory which usually is an achilles heel. Our test pro reckoned he could see why the games best want the Hi-Toe in their bags, as from 30 – 40 yards he could nip and stop shots on the second bounce, which isn’t always the case with more traditional wedges. 

Verdict:

Experience tells us 60deg (and above) wedges are not for everyone, as they’re unpredictable in the hands of club golfers. If like some of the worlds best players you’re looking to add an extra dimension to your short game, the Hi-Toe might be worth trying at a demo day. Err on the side of caution before opening your wallet though.  

Bettinardi H2 303 SS Wedge - £139

Website www.bettinardi.com
Lofts 50deg / 52deg / 54deg / 56deg / 58deg /60deg
Head options: Loft only
Shaft: Either KBS Hi Rev or True Temper Dynamic Gold S200

bettinardi

You need to know:

Bettinardi reckons by forging the H2 wedges golfers get a sturdier feel, longer lasting grooves and a more forgiving club head. Rougher face milling is combined with Bettinardi’s distinctive Honeycomb pattern which he says creates more friction at impact. C-Shaped grooves give tighter spin in both wet and dry conditions, and a versatile sole grind opens up perfectly for flop shots and hitting knock down wedge shots.    

We say:

A seriously impressive performance from a brand many golfers wouldn’t even realise made wedges. The data tells an impressive high spin story as the H2 was not only our test pro’s second highest spinning wedge but it also ranked second highest for spin across our whole test (averaged across three testers). Head shapes are always completely subjective and whilst some will love the H2s round shaping we weren’t massive fans. The H2s got a tendency to roll open at address which is pretty intimidating for everyday golfers. Our test pro though reckoned the H2 generated excellent feel and feedback which is partly down to how shots seemed to stick to the face longer than the other wedges he tested.  

Verdict:

Everything about the Bettinardi is top drawer, the forged 303SS head feels great, there’s plenty of surface roughness between each groove to maximise spin and the shaft and grip are premium. The price is fair and performance was amongst the best on test, yet no tester felt the H2 tugged at their heart strings enough to really want them in their own bag for 2018. 


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.