Sharpen up that short game: Wedge Buyers’ Guide

Ask any good golfer what the best way is to lower scores, and they will tell you to work on your short game.

Yes, spending hours at your local driving range or on the golf course will help, but having the right equipment also makes a significant difference. Have you considered whether you are playing the right bounce? When was the last time you checked those grooves? Are you aware of the new advancements in wedge tech available now?

There’s always a stroke to save, and adding the right wedge is probably the fastest way to do it. So without further adieu, check out our Wedge Buyers’ Guide.

Mizuno T7


The T7 wedges are the first by Mizuno to benefit from being infused with Boron, which makes the clubhead material much stronger, for longer-lasting spin control. A new, more precise milling tool allows the loft-specific grooves to be cut as tight as possible. You can still expect the classic Grain Flow Forged feel you’ve come to know from Mizuno, though. Oh, and a sweet Blue Ion finish is available. Picture a couple of those in your bag.


Cleveland RTX-3



Cleveland just released their new RTX-3 line of wedges, and they look superb. With new innovations such as V-Shaped Sole Grinds (3 options to choose from), a next-gen Rotex Face, and Feel Balancing Technology, this wedge truly has everything. The RTX-3 wedge comes in cavity back or traditional blade, with three finish options  (Tour Raw, Tour Satin & Black Satin) available on the latter.


Edel Signature


If you like your clubs custom, then this wedge could be for you. Built from the ground up, Edel clubs combine industry-leading technology with old-world craftsmanship. The Edel Signature Wedge is offered in a variety of lofts and with three different grind configurations that allow players to choose a wedge that encourages proper turf interaction based on individual swing characteristics. Each Edel Signature Wedge is made of 304 stainless steel, hand-ground to a precise weight by an Edel Master Craftsman. They’re then hand-stamped with loft numbering and the Edel logo, fitted with a premium KBS HI-REV shaft, and topped with a PURE Grip.


Titleist Vokey SM6


You know what you’re going to get when Bob Vokey makes a wedge: a quality, Tour-validated product. If it’s good enough for Spieth and co., it’s good enough for us hackers, right? The SM6 was designed with Progressive Center of Gravity, moving the sweet spot with the loft as you go from your pitching wedge to lob wedge. 5 grinds are available, meaning the options are near limitless. Finally, new TX4 grooves help with one-hop-and-stop spin control.


Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind


When we heard Phil Mickelson wanted a special wedge just for his short game, Callaway had us interested. And when the legendary Roger Cleveland was brought in to work it out, they had our attention. Influenced by the old PING Eye2 wedges Phil used to play, the shape is a little different than that of a traditional wedge, with 39% more groove area, which allows you to be more aggressive through the ball on every kind of shot. The look at address will give every golfer the confidence they need to pull off—or at least attempt—the classic Phil Flop.


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