New Golf Wedges: The Latest in Short-Game Weapons

Golfers often refer to our wedges as the "scoring clubs," because we use them on close-in approaches to the green, on pitch shots and chip shots - on shots where we are expecting, or at least hoping, to get the ball close to the hole on the green. So finding wedges that suit your game and your eye is important.

Here are the new golf wedges on the market now, or coming soon (we add new clubs to the top as they are released):

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Cleveland RTX 4

Cleveland RTX 4 wedges

Cleveland Golf

 

Launching in North America on Sept. 14, 2018, are the newest tour-performance wedges from Cleveland Golf, the RTX 4 wedges.

Featuring the fourth generation of Cleveland's proprietary Rotex face technology (hence the RTX 4 in the name), these wedges have the sharpest grooves and most aggressive face milling in Cleveland's lineup, for extra bite.

These wedges have tour-developed sole grinds (four options available) and less offset, as preferred by many better golfers.

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TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe Wedges

TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe wedge
TaylorMade Golf

TaylorMade's latest short-game weapon, the Milled Grind Hi-Toe wedge, is built to add versatility to the golfer's greenside arsenal. The Hi-Toe is designed for control over a variety of short-game shots and conditions.

The higher toe helps create a high, more central center of gravity location, and that helps give shots a lower launch with more spin to boost control.

The wedge's leading edge is high-bounce and it comes in lofts of 58, 60 and 64 degrees. The finish is aged copper. The MSRP is $169 and retail availability begins on March 2, 2018. See taylormadegolf.com for more info.

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Titleist Vokey SM7

A trio of Titleist Vokey SM7 wedges
Acushnet Company

Updating the Vokey Design Spin Milled 6 wedges, Titleist's new Vokey SM7 wedges are scheduled to reach golf retail outlets on March 9, 2018.

These wedges come in six sole grinds and matching your swing to wedge grinds is the key. The six grinds, with descriptions from Titleist, are:

  • F Grind: Full sole designed primarily for full swings and shots hit with a square face. For that reason, F is the only grind available in the 46º-52º models. The 54°/56° F Grind is the most played sand wedge on the PGA Tour.
  • S Grind: Designed based on feedback from Steve Stricker, the S is best for square faced shots with a touch more versatility than the F Grind. Simple mechanics are best with this wedge.
  • M Grind: Voke’s favorite, the M grind is designed for players that like to rotate the club face open and shut to manufacture shots around the green.
  • D Grind: The player’s high bounce wedge, the new D Grind offers high measured bounce with the crescent shape of the M Grind for shot making versatility.
  • K Grind: The highest bounce wedge in the lineup, the K Grind is the ultimate bunker club and the most forgiving wedge in the lineup for all shots.
  • L Grind: The L Grind features a narrow crescent shape allowing maximum green side versatility, but it is the least forgiving wedge in the lineup.

In all, 23 different combinations of loft, bounce angle and grind are available in the SM7 lineup. Golfers can also choose from three different finishes, Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel and Jet Black. The MAP for each Vokey SM7 wedge is $149. See titleist.com for complete details.

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Miura PP-W01

Miura PP-W01 wedges
Miura Golf

The latest extension of Miura Golf's Passing Point line of clubs - designed to be more forgiving to appeal to a wider range of golfers - is the PP-W01 wedge.

The Miura PP-W01 wedges have the widest soles (30mm) in the Miura line, helping the clubface return to square at impact and increasing the playability for a wider range of shots and golfers.

These wedges have undercut cavities and CNC-milled grooves. They come in a satin finish and lofts of 48, 52 and 56 degrees. For more info, visit miuragolf.com.

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PXG 0311T Milled Wedges

PXG 0311T Zulu milled wedge
The Zulu model from PXG's 0311T Milled Wedge collection. PXG

Parsons Xtreme Golf has a new family of milled wedges on offer under the name PXG 0311T. The models in the family are 100-percent milled from 8260 soft carbon steel. Those models are:

  • Sugar Daddy: PXG calls it the one-size-fits-all model in the 0311T lineup - the wedge that best suits the widest range of golfers and lies.
  • Zulu: Relief in both the heel and toe parts of the sole make the Zulu wedge best-suited for playing from tight lies and firm ground.
  • Romeo: Ideal, PXG says, for high rough or soft sand based on the fact that opening the clubface creates an "extreme" amount of bounce.
  • Darkness: Moderate heel relief and a slightly larger head for added forgiveness. Darkness is so named because it's black.

Sugar Daddy is available in 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60-degree lofts, while Zulu and Romeo will be available in 58-degree and 60-degree lofts, and the Darkness in 55-degree and 60-degree lofts. pxg.com

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Fourteen H030 and RM-22J

Fourteen Golf H030 wedges
The H030 wedge by Fourteen Golf. Fourteen Golf

Fourteen Golf has two new models of wedges aimed at all levels of golfers, the H030 wedge and the RM-22J wedge.

The RM-22J wedges are an offshoot of the RM-22 model, which is one of Fourteen Golf's tour-level designs. The RM-22J, however, add an offset hosel to the design to help mid- and higher-handicappers with alignment and forgiveness, while maintaining the same spin profile.

The RM-22J wedges have heads made of forged nickel and come in lofts of 46, 52 and 58 degrees; the MSRP is $200.

The H030 wedges have hollow-body clubheads and are designed for maximum forgiveness. They come in lofts of 38, 50, and 56 degrees. The MSRP is $280. fourteengolf.com

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TaylorMade Milled Grind

TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges
TaylorMade's Milled Grind (or MG) wedges. TaylorMade Golf

"Grind" is a term we often hear in relation to wedges, and it shows up in the name of these new wedges, the TaylorMade Milled Grind (or MG) wedges.

What does it mean? Just think of "grind" as the shaping of the sole of a wedge. (The term derives from the days when every wedge sole - every iron sole - was literally ground down on a wheel into shape.)

The MG wedges come in three sole grinds:

  • The LB model has a low effective bounce angle for the least ground resistance (best for firmer conditions or for golfers who have shallow swing angles into the the ball);
  • The SB model has the standard grind for median ground resistance;
  • The HB model has a high amount of bounce and a wider sole for the most ground resistance (best for softer conditions or for golfers with steep angles of attack).

The grooves have also been tweaked to reduce launch angle and increase spin rates, relative to previous TaylorMade wedges.

The TaylorMade SB Milled Wedge comes in six lofts, from 50 degrees to 60; the LB wedge in four lofts from 54 to 60; and the HB model in three lofts from 56 to 60.  taylormadegolf.com

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Ping Glide 2.0

Ping Glide 2.0 wedge
One of the 16 models of Ping Glide 2.0 wedges. Ping Golf

It's all about the grooves in the Ping Glide 2.0 wedges. Most obviously, the grooves are just a smidge closer together, but enough so that there is one additional groove going across the face compared to the original Glide wedges. Might not sound like much, but it helps create more friction between clubface and ball at impact, which means more spin, which means more trajectory control.

And on the higher-lofted models, there are two additional grooves. Additionally in the higher-lofted models, the grooves are sharper and steeper than in the lower-lofted Glide 2.0 wedges, creating still more spin.

The Ping AWT 2.0 Wedge shaft is the stock option, but the KBS Tour, Dynamic Gold, N.S. Pro Modus3 105, XP 95 and Project X shafts are also available at no upcharge. The finish is what Ping calls "hydropearl chrome."

There are 16 loft/bounce combinations, plus four sole grinds, in the Glide 2.0 family of wedges. With steel shafts the MSRP is $150. ping.com