🏅 The Best Wedges of 2021

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Matt Tizzard here from Golf Clubs Guru and my aim is to ease and nurture you towards the best wedges of 2021. So, you can buy the best wedges for your golf game!

I will review the big boys, like Titleist, PXG, and Callaway, and give you a selection from the other key brands. All from my own experience as a scratch golfer.

I will explain a variety of factors that makes a wedge more forgiving, spin more, or easier to hit. Furthermore, this article will include advice and descriptions of the loft, bounce, grind options, and gapping. So, you buy the best wedges for you and your game.

Best Golf Wedges

We all are aware that having a sharp short game is the key to lower scores and better golf. Yet, how often do you buy golf wedges off the shelf, yet spend hours being custom fitted to a 4 and 5 iron! I know I have been there!

So, having the best wedges that suit your short game is essential. In the article below you will find a review of the best wedges on the market right now. Followed by guidance on the bounce, loft, grind, and gapping options you have when buying.

Editor’s #1 Choice

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1. Titleist Vokey SM8

My Dad handed me a Vokey golf wedge before my first bicycle. The SM8 is Titleist's annual release of high-quality Wedges. They have some big technical changes for this year.

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Wilson Staff Model
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2. Wilson Staff Model Wedge

My best friend and PGA Professional Freddie Meikle was a Sales Rep for Wilson. This guy would not stop telling me how good Wilson’s sand wedge and lob wedge has been for his short game. He mentioned the Wedges on more than one occasion. Fast forward to 2021 and Rick Shields even shouts from the hilltops that Wilson Staff clubs are as good as the big boys (and he doesn't even get paid to say that!).

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Callaway Mack Daddy 5 JAWS Wedge
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3. Callaway Mack Daddy 5 JAWS Wedge

The MD stands for Mack Daddy, I thought it sounded silly when I tried these out, but I soon changed my mind. I have a low-ball flight and I found that Callaway mack daddy 5 wedges span the nuts off the golf ball. The production and improvements on the Callaway mack daddy 5 (MD) grooves continue with the JAWS MD 5 Raw wedges.

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KING COBRA MIM Wedge
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4. KING COBRA MIM Wedge

I don’t know about you but when I think of KING COBRA, I just think of a Driver with a loud noise when you strike it. I also think of Rickie Fowler in an orange flat cap swaggering down the fairway. However, the previous wedges I owned were the “Trusty Rusty” Cobra wedges and they were good. The only issue I had was the shafts were painted black and the paint fell off, making the club look ghastly!

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PXG 0311 Forged Wedges

PXG 0311 Forged Wedges

5. PXG 0311 Forged Wedges

Remember my friend Freddie? Well, he is now a stocker of PXG products in the UK, and these sticks are gaining momentum over here.

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PING GLIDE

PING GLIDE 3.0

6. PING GLIDE 3.0

I’m sorry PING, I know these wedges are great. I had a set of PING wedges a few years ago that had similar technology, and to be honest, I struggled with them. The reason was the bulky, heavy feel of the clubs, which later on you will find is a feature and a possible benefit.

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Taylor Made My Hi-Toe Wedge
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7. Taylor Made My Hi-Toe Wedge

Taylor Made continues to produce a variety of golf clubs, and their wedges are no different. The Hi-Toe wedge gives golfers a better opportunity for difficult lies or when in the rough.

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Titleist Vokey SM8

9.9
Editor’s #1 Choice
  • LOFTS: 46˚, 48˚, 50˚, 52˚, 54˚, 56˚, 58˚, 60˚
  • CLUBS: Pitching Wedge, Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge

My Dad handed me a Vokey golf wedge before my first bicycle. The SM8 is Titleist's annual release of high-quality Wedges. They have some big technical changes for this year.

Titleist claims to have improved the consistency of their wedges. By pushing the center of gravity forward. These wedges offer high levels of spin and continue with their trademark milled grooves.

They are a beautiful looking, traditional wedge. These wedges will always perform and there are some key reasons but don't get all caught up in wanting to spin it all the time.

Having a consistent trajectory and flight will improve your score more than the ability to rip one in there, loaded with spin. I played my best golf when I could keep my wedges low and control the flight into the green. It allowed me to control how far the ball went, it didn't matter if the pin was way in the back corner of the green. I was still flying it back there. Don't get me wrong, a little jazz and spin is still fun though!

Back to the Vokey, the change in weight and center of gravity in the wedge achieves what I was talking about. It lowers the trajectory in which the wedge flies. The benefit to players is a more consistent flight and increased distance control. Particularly if you have a little wind blowing into you. For a low handicapped golfer that strikes the ball solid, I would recommend this wedge. The reason is you will be able to control your distance better, because of the lower ball flight.

I LIKE

  • A tried, and tested golf wedge used on the PGA Tour, Vokey always performs. This has been the leading brand in golf wedge for a long time.
  • Vokey wedges come in many different grind options, giving you the flexibility to choose a wedge that compliments the way you strike the ball.
  • Personally, I prefer a sharp leading edge and a lower center of gravity. So, I make the most of using a wedge that has lower bounce and lower grind options.

I DONT

  • Towards the top of the price range when cheaper options also perform.

Wilson Staff Model Wedge

9.8
Wilson Staff Model
  • LOFTS: 48˚, 50˚, 52˚, 54˚, 56˚, 58˚, 60˚
  • CLUBS: Pitching Wedge, Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge

My best friend and PGA Professional Freddie Meikle was a Sales Rep for Wilson. This guy would not stop telling me how good Wilson’s sand wedge and lob wedge has been for his short game. He mentioned the Wedges on more than one occasion. Fast forward to 2021 and Rick Shields even shouts from the hilltops that Wilson Staff clubs are as good as the big boys (and he doesn't even get paid to say that!).

I have used them for a season and I thoroughly enjoyed their performance around the greens. I am not sure if it was a placebo effect that made me stop!

This is the softest wedge made thus far from Wilson Staff, so probably better wedges than the previous model I was using. Wilson uses carbon steel to give more feel around the greens, due to the softer metal. Wilson Staff also features their machine-engraved “score lines” on the clubface. The benefit to players is more opportunity to create spin on the ball. Giving you more around the greens.

I LIKE

  • A great price and a growing brand on the big stage, Wilson Staff offers a great range of golf clubs for all levels of ability.
  • For mid-handicappers, the standard issue of wedge gives increased forgiveness compared to competitors. The benefit will be a wedge that looks and feels like a tour issue. Yet it has the forgiveness of a higher handicapper's wedge.

I DONT

  • Few options available for lefties! The wedges also come with True Temper Dynamic Golf shafts as standard. Players with fast swing speeds or much slower swing speeds may consider changing after buying.
  • I went through the buying process for every wedge we review and found this to be the case. Alternatively, you can contact the retailer before buying, to see what options are available to you.

Callaway Mack Daddy 5 JAWS Wedge

9.7
Callaway Mack Daddy 5 JAWS Wedge
  • LOFTS: 48˚, 50˚, 52˚, 54˚, 56˚, 58˚, 60˚
  • CLUBS: Pitching Wedge, Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge

 The MD stands for Mack Daddy, I thought it sounded silly when I tried these out, but I soon changed my mind. I have a low-ball flight and I found that Callaway mack daddy 5 wedges span the nuts off the golf ball. The production and improvements on the Callaway mack daddy 5 (MD) grooves continue with the JAWS MD 5 Raw wedges.

MD grooves are a feature on Callaway wedges that are designed to increase spin and lower the impact position on the ball. This will benefit players that strike the ball well off tight lies.

I LIKE

  • Despite being marketed as a “Tour” wedge, MD5 Wedges come in a variety of grinds. This gives players of all abilities the chance to benefit from these premium wedges.
  • Callaway explains that the JAW grooves are the sharpest on the market. Meaning you will create a lot more spin on the ball. The advantage is when pitching into the green, the ball will stop quicker because of the backspin created.
  • There are 23 different combinations of loft, grind options and bounce available. Basically, the wedges offer maximum customization for players depending on your swing. All wrapped inside a Tour standard wedge.
  • The benefit for low handicap golfers is that you can design your wedge to best suit the way you strike the golf ball. Choosing your wedge based on either your short game around the greens or from 100 yards and in.

I DONT

  • Callaway offers a variety of different Wedge sets (not just the daddy 5 JAWS wedge).
  • It can be confusing deciding which Callaway set of wedges will best suit your game. Even though the mack daddy 5 jaws wedge is one of the best on the market. Callaway does sell alternative wedges.
  • The problem is that price ranges are similar. There is no clear message of which set of wedges are the best quality and why.

KING COBRA MIM Wedge

9.7
KING COBRA MIM Wedge
  • LOFTS: 48˚, 50˚, 52˚, 54˚, 56˚, 58˚, 60˚
  • CLUBS: Pitching Wedge, Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge

I don’t know about you but when I think of KING COBRA, I just think of a Driver with a loud noise when you strike it. I also think of Rickie Fowler in an orange flat cap swaggering down the fairway. However, the previous wedges I owned were the “Trusty Rusty” Cobra wedges and they were good. The only issue I had was the shafts were painted black and the paint fell off, making the club look ghastly!

I didn’t find them as soft as my Vokey’s. Although, there is some new tech in the MIM wedges which I know will make them as soft as butter.

KING COBRA boasts about their new method. By injecting steel powder into the mould of the club, then heating the club to crazy temperatures, COBRA believes they have the softest wedge, ever.

What this means for players is that this is a truly forged club. When you strike the ball, you will feel the strike-through your palms and fingers. The benefit is an improved short game through greater control over the ball. You will also enjoy increased feedback from the strike of the shot.

I LIKE

  • Way simpler to understand. You can buy these wedges in 3 grinds. Versatile, WideLow & Classic.
  • Ultra-soft metal meaning greater control to your short game. The benefit for good golfers and low handicappers is increased feel and feedback in strike around the greens.

I DONT

  • Having a club this soft, questions will be raised about longevity. How many rounds you will be able to play with these wedges before having to replace them? Probably not as many as other wedges on the market.

PXG 0311 Forged Wedges

9.7
PXG 0311 Forged Wedges
  • LOFTS: 50˚, 52˚, 54˚, 56˚, 58˚, 60˚
  • CLUBS: Pitching Wedge, Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge
Remember my friend Freddie? Well, he is now a stocker of PXG products in the UK, and these sticks are gaining momentum over here. I know in the USA they have taken market share rapidly. PXG thrives from having a no-nonsense approach to golf club design and their wedges are no different. They have created a wedge that performs well in all the tests. It will suit players that have a “tight lie” preference design. A traditional looking wedge that has burst onto the professional scene. Me being me, I didn’t suit these wedges. I prefer to hit the ball off a tight lie, and I like a grind that sits really low on the ball. It suits my short game better than a wedge high bounce. Basically, remove all bounce and grind me into the ball with a cheese knife covered in grooves. So, these do not suit me. I believe they will suit a golfer who is a mid-high handicapper. Someone who has had a full set SW- 4 Iron but wants to introduce some new wedges into the bag.

I LIKE

  • One of the best-looking wedges available, largely down to the traditional design. PXG claims to have the largest legal grooves available in golf. Giving players the most spin control available around the green. However, other brands will say other technologies will increase spin. Not only the size of the groove.
  • The club performs with a lower trajectory than its competitors. Worth noting for players that hit a high shot and are inconsistent in distance control.
  • The design gives the full benefits of a great wedge. Without manufacturing other versions or different grinds. The benefit for players is a great wedge at a more reasonable price.
  • The benefit for club golfers and mid handicappers is that this is one of the easiest wedges on the market to hit.

I DONT

  • Less choice of specification options, particularly in the grind options. If you are a golf geek like me, stay clear. If you want easy to hit wedges that make you look like a Pro, then insert your credit card here.

PING GLIDE 3.0

9.6
PING GLIDE
  • LOFTS: 46˚, 48˚, 50˚, 52˚, 54˚, 56˚, 58˚, 60˚
  • CLUBS: Pitching Wedge, Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge
I’m sorry PING, I know these wedges are great. I had a set of PING wedges a few years ago that had similar technology, and to be honest, I struggled with them. The reason was the bulky, heavy feel of the clubs, which later on you will find is a feature and a possible benefit. I certainly preferred a lighter club that was a little thinner. The PING Glide 3.0 could almost be an extension of a full set of clubs. Don’t get me wrong, there is no doubt they will be great for the majority of golfers, even low, mid to high handicappers. However, for me, they were too heavy. The Ping Glide 3.0 wedges have been described as a big step up since previous versions of PING wedges. There isn’t anything to be said about the grooves. They perform well and they will give you opportunities to spin the ball. The main feature in the PING glide 3.0 wedges are the “Custom Tuning Port." This is a cover that is inserted into the back of the clubface. The result for players is more forgiveness with off-center hits. Meaning that you will be more consistent with the distance you hit, pitch, and chip with your wedge. Even if you don't find the middle of the club.

I LIKE

  • As discussed these are the most forgiving technology on the market. The clubs also come with an optional “Eye2” design, based on the old PING golf clubs that many golfers used to own. If you liked that classic design, then GLIDE 3.0 will suit your eye well.
  • These wedges from my experience would suit mid handicappers or low handicappers.
  • If you prefer to use wedges that look more like a set of cavity back irons, then these will suit your eye well. Yet still offer the performance of a softer, traditional looking wedge like a Vokey or a Callaway MD5.
  • Again, like the PXG 0311 the benefit for club golfers is that the PING is one of the easiest wedges on the market to hit.

I DONT

  • The PING wedges continue to act as an extension of a set of irons. This will not suit players who prefer to play off tight or take a shallow divot.
  • The most expensive Wedge founded in Golf Clubs Guru’s research

Taylor Made My Hi-Toe Wedge

9.6
Taylor Made My Hi-Toe Wedge
  • LOFTS: 50˚, 52˚, 54˚, 56˚, 58˚, 60˚, 64˚
  • CLUBS: Pitching Wedge, Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge

Taylor Made continues to produce a variety of golf clubs, and their wedges are no different. The Hi-Toe wedge gives golfers a better opportunity for difficult lies or when in the rough.

This wedge’s design purpose is to help golfers with chipping, flop shots, and “explosion shots” from the greenside bunkers. One of the simple ways this is achieved is by offering higher lofts of the wedge to players. Including a 64-degree lob wedge that gets the golf ball straight up in the air!

This wedge would suit players that struggle with chipping and bunker shots. The wedges have high degrees of bounce and a “cut design” found in the sole of the club.

I LIKE

  • The website, mygolfspy.com, tested the Hi-Toe wedge. They founded it performed the best in wet conditions. Consider if you are a fair-weather golfer!
  • The design of the toe area is to improve your strike when chipping from the rough and more challenging lies.
  • You can choose your finish, either Copper, Black, Chrome, or Raw. The advantages could be choosing a finish that suits your eye and also reduces glare from the sun.
  • No performance benefit, but you can customize your wedge with your name, stamps, and different colors. That’s pretty cool eh!?

I DONT

  • Like PXG, there aren't many options when it comes to grind and bounce.

What Wedge for me?

Never have there been so many factors to consider when deciding what is the best wedge for me? We have looked at different bounces, lofts, and grind. But what does this mean? Below I give a breakdown of what each wedge specification is, and what it means to you.

BOUNCE

The bounce on a wedge is the area on the clubhead that strikes the ground as the clubface strikes the ball. It is a holistic term for the entire sole of the club that literally “bounces” on the ground as you hit through impact.

High bounce levels are specified as 10 degrees and above. These wedges would suit players that hit deeper divots or play on soft parkland courses.

Low bounce will have a “sharper” leading edge, specified between 4-6 degrees. This would suit players who strike with a long, shallow divot or enjoys playing off tight lies.

GRIND

The grind is how rounded or flat the sole of the club is. The manufacturers literally sharpen the sole of the wedge by grinding it with a grinder.

The advantage of this is certain areas of the sole can be grounded. To improve how your wedge interacts with the turf through impact. (for example, you can grind the heel of the sole or the toe area depending on how you strike the ball). Once you have chosen your wedge of choice, contact your local professional. To see if your strike would benefit from a particular area of your wedge ground.

If your Pro cannot offer such services, be sure to ask the retailer to check how you address and strike the ball. To ensure you are selecting the best grind for you.

LOFT

A Wedge always comes in a variety of lofts, what this means is the angle that the wedge sits from the ground. The higher the loft, the higher the ball will go. The lower the loft the further and lower the ball will go. Therefore, choosing which lofts of Wedge you select is important. Typically, a Gap Wedge would be 52 degrees, a sand wedge would be 56 degrees, and a lob wedge would be 60 degrees. However, if you have a number of woods in your golf bag or do not have the budget for 3 wedges, you could pick a couple in the middle. For example, a 54 degree and a 58-degree wedge.

GAPPING

Keeping loft in mind, gapping simply is how far you hit each club not just for the wedge. Your wedges degrees of loft should be spaced to give you the different options over the ball. Whether that is a full shot or around the green.

It also depends on the conditions, wind, or yardage. Consider how far your Pitching Wedge goes and work down from there. Trying to leave the same “gap” in distance between clubs.

If you do not have the facilities to measure how far your PW travels, then consider googling what degree your PW is. From there you can work down in degree gapping, for example:

– My PW is 48 degrees

– Gap Wedge selection – 52 degree

– Sand Wedge selection – 56 degrees

– Lob Wedge selection – 60 degrees

The above example is exactly what I use. Ok, drum roll… I do have a set of Titleist Vokey Wedges. The main reason for selecting this golf wedge is down to the lower flight, the soft feel they produce.

Also, what I love about these wedges is the center of gravity is pushed forward. Along with the benefit of having many grind options available to me. Particularly when I prefer a wedge with less bounce and more grind.

Finally, I have a natural gapping of 4 degrees between each wedge. Meaning the distances, I hit the ball from inside 120 yards is easier to manage.

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