The best golf wedges 2018 – 10 models tested

The best golf wedges 2018 – 10 models tested

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Best golf wedges 2018 – Titleist Vokey SM7

In a nutshell: The number one wedge on the PGA Tour used by the likes of Jordan Speith, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

We haven’t seen wholesale changes from the SM6 models but anyone upgrading from SM5 or SM4 will notice a major improvement.

Bob Vokey has refined some of his classic shapes and grinds and tweaked the centre of gravity locations to improve consistency.

With six grinds to choose from, lofts from 46˚-62˚ and three finishes, the only way to get the best out of these wedges is to get a proper custom-fitting.

But if you’re not getting your wallet out from the looks alone, the feel, spin and performance will make it very hard not to.

Read and watch our full review here.

SRP: £150

More information can be found on the Vokey website.

Best golf wedges 2018 – Cleveland RTX-3

In a nutshell: If you’re after classic shaping but with all the latest groove and spin technology then the RTX-3 must be considered.

Cleveland have been very specific with the CG locations actually taking some weight away from the hosel to move it slightly nearer to the toe.

They also use clever techniques to ensure the grooves, and most importantly, the spin will last longer than in previous models.

Check out the Tour Raw finish if you like your wedges to rust over time.

SRP: £109/£129

More information can be found on the Cleveland website.

Best golf wedges 2018 – Cleveland CBX

Best golf wedges 2018

In a nutshell: Cleveland say more golfers should be using cavity-back wedges if they are playing cavity back irons.

They believe the jump from chunky cavity-back pitching wedge to skinny blade is just too much for many.

Best golf wedges 2018

So with the CBX Cleveland say you won’t be sacrificing any of the spin and control you’d get from the RTX-3 but you’ll get more forgiveness from the cavity and high bounce design.

We think it makes sense but recommend testing out both styles to see which one suits best.

Read and watch our full review here.

SRP: £129

More information can be found on the Cleveland website.

Best golf wedges 2018 – Callaway Mack Daddy 4

Best golf wedges 2018

In a nutshell: Featuring what Callaway call groove-in-groove technology for more spin, the Mack Daddy 4 have been a huge hit on tour with players such as Sergio Garcia.

Wedge guru Roger Cleveland spent two years on tour researching what the world’s best wanted from a look and feel point of view and the Mack Daddy 4 is the result.

Callaway Mack Daddy 4

Despite being favoured by many tour players, there are some really forgiving grind options, in particular the wide-sole W-grind which is so easy to use from any lie.

Choose from a chrome or black finish.

Read our full review here.

SRP: £139

More information can be found on the Callaway website.

Best golf wedges 2018 – Ping Glide 2.0/ Stealth

Best golf wedges 2018

In a nutshell: The Stealth is a new finish added to the Glide 2.0 range which was released in 2017.

The Glide 2.0 feature a 8620 carbon steel head with precision-milled grooves to deliver a softer feel and higher-spinning shots.

Ping have added a new half groove near the leading edge on the 56˚, 58˚ and 60˚ to improves spin and control on those shots hit slightly low on the face.

The black ‘Stealth’ finish is designed to reduce glare and was introduced following feedback from tour players.

Read and watch our full review here.

SRP: £130

More information can be found on the Ping website.

Best golf wedges 2018 – TaylorMade Milled Grind and Hi Toe

Best golf wedges 2018

In a nutshell: Most of the TaylorMade big guns – Rory, Rose, Rahm and err… Dustin – are using a mixture of these.

The Milled Grind feature a precise milling process which adds more consistency from wedge to wedge.

The brand said wedges can often fail to main consistency during the manufacturing process so two wedges that say the same thing on the sole might not have the same exact specifications.

Basically, they believe it’s too difficult to do the grinds by hand and get them all the same.

And there are three specific grinds.

The low effective bounce (LB) grind provides the least amount of ground resistance.

A standard grind (SB) with mid-bounce, and a high bounce (HB) grind features a wider sole that offers the most ground resistance.

The Hi Toe wedge, available in 58˚, 60 and 64˚ features a higher, more centrally-located centre of gravity.


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