The short game is arguably the most important part of golf, and having a wedge to suit your abilities cannot be overstressed. Thats why leading club manufacturers are constantly updating technology to make this aspect of the game easier for both beginners and advanced players. Start getting up and down with any of the fine clubs below.
Callaway X-Tour Satin Chrome
Inspired by two-time major champion Phil Mickelson and designed by legendary clubmaker Roger Cleveland, these wedges offer tour-proven precision for the more accomplished golfer. The new and improved head shape creates confidence on both full swings and delicate green-side shots. Choose from among eight different loft/bounce combinations which feature aggressively-sized Mack Daddy grooves maximizing spin, trajectory and distance control.
TaylorMade Z TP
Thanks to TaylorMades Z Grooves, which fit the maximum allowable width and depth for tremendous spin, golfers can find the green with remarkable consistency. The Z TP is available in five loft/bounce options, three of which (the 54, 56 and 58) feature the C grind sole, which makes it ultra-easy to open the face by varying degrees so golfers can play a variety of wedge shots. These sleek-looking sticks also feature a smoked PVD finish, reducing glare and improving focus.
Titleist 200 Series
Vokey wedges have long been a favorite of Tour pros and weekend warriors alike. Titleist now offers the 200 Series wedges, which feature a classic teardrop profile with a high toe and shallow heel. Available in pitching, gap and lob wedge models, these short-game beauties allow for precise spin control thanks to their U grooves. Each club is available in either glare-reducing Oil Can or Tour Chrome finishes.
Mizuno MP-R Forged Chrome & Black Nickel
Offered in dark Black Nickel and classic Chrome finishes, these babies are made using Mizunos Grain Flow Forged mild carbon steel for a soft and consistent feel. The tour-inspired Workshop Grind Sole is designed to reduce turf drag and enhance shot versatility which gives golfers better ball-striking ability. With a round head shape, they give players a consistent look at address regardless of the shot theyre attempting.
Incorporating the same crescent cut technology as the companys popular 4.1 models, the new Series 7.1 delivers a blade design that allows for fantastic feel at impact. Available in three loft-bounce combinations, each wedge is built with a lowered leading edge which allows for better playability in tight lies and reduces the risk of skulled shots on open-faced swings. Also, Golfers will love the classic-looking polished finish.
Editor's note: Bill Kliewer is Senior Equipment Advisor of The Golf Warehouse (TGW.com), the worlds largest online golf store.