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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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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Cleveland CBX

Cleveland CBX wedge
Cleveland Golf

Do you use cavityback irons? If you're like most golfers - nearly 85-percent of golfers - the answer is yes. And Cleveland Golf believes you might, then, prefer to use cavityback wedges, too.

The Cleveland CBX wedges launch in North America on Sept. 15, 2017. The MAP with steel shafts is $129.99 per wedge; with graphite shafts, $139.99.

The cavityback is intended not just to provide extra forgiveness in the short-game weapons, but also to blend in with the look of the rest of the cavityback irons in a golfer's set.

These wedges include Cleveland's Rotex face technology to keep spin rates high despite the game-improvement cavityback; and a Dual-V sole grind that expands options for golfers out of turf and bunkers.

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Cleveland Smart Sole 3 Wedges

Cleveland Golf Smart Sole 3 wedges
Cleveland Golf

Struggle with your wedge play and chipping? Then you might already know about the Smart Sole line of wedges from Cleveland Golf.

Launching on July 24, 2017, is the third generation of Cleveland Smart Sole wedges, the Smart Sole 3 S and Smart Sole 3 C.

Both models are built to smoothe turf interaction (through a three-tiered sole design) to provide a better, more balanced feel through a repositioned center of gravity. The widened soles help create more forgiveness and are particularly useful on bunker shots.

Men's and women's models are offered. The MAP is $119.99 per club or, for a men's version with graphite shafts, $129.99. clevelandgolf.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. The are scheduled for retail release on March 3, 2017, with MSRPs of $150. 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

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Wilson Staff Tour FG PMP

Wilson Staff Tour FG PMP wedge
Wilson Staff Tour FG PMP wedge in gun blue PVD finish. Wilson Golf

The PMP in the name of these new wedges from Wilson Staff stands for "Precision Milled Performance." The milled grooves are widened which, Wilson says, increases spin rates on full shots.

And on half-shots or partial shots? The laser-etched "Micro Spin" lines (11 of them) between each groove still provides the golfer the gift of "grab" to create proper spin and control.

The Tour FG PMP wedges are made in three sole designs (traditional, tour grind and wide) and across those three grinds there are 14 combinations of loft and bounce. And a golfer who goes through custom fitting will have 97 possible variations from which to choose.

The stock shaft is the KBS HI-REV 2.0. There are three finishes, and the pricing varies depending on finish: tour frosted ($100), gun blue PVD ($120) and oil can PVD ($120). wilson.com

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Odyssey X-Act Tank Chipper

The Odyssey X-Act Tank Chipper
Odyssey X-Act Tank Chipper by Callaway. Callaway Golf

Golfers who miss a lot of greens but who struggle with traditional wedges, or who prefer using putter from off the green rather than chipping, might want to try a chipper.

The X-Act Tank Chipper by Odyssey has a heavier head weight (355 grams) and a heavier grip for a more counterbalanced feel that can help promote a smoother swing.

The X-Act sole is a hybrid-like sole designed to improve turf interaction on the tight lies found in green surrounds - areas where many golfers tend to chunk or blade (hit it thin) chip shots with wedges.

The chipper also uses Odyssey's Marxman alignment system, plus a polymer face insert to provide a soft feel. The Odyssey X-Act Tank chipper comes in lofts of 37 and 46 degrees, right-handed only. odysseygolf.com