Best New Wedges
Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the award-winning wedges on the 2016 Hot List.
Released on 2/2/2016
I'm getting tired of talking about golf clubs
because I feel like we've been talking
about golf clubs since August.
The Hot List isn't a some of the time thing,
All the time thing, okay? There you go.
But I tell you what, you know
what we worked the hardest on at the Hot List
every year is wedges.
We hit more balls with wedges than we hit
with any other club because our players
and our evaluations, they're looking
at pitch shots, they're hitting chip shots,
they're hitting bunker shots, and they're making full swings
and that's the only way because wedges,
most versatile clubs in the bag.
Well, not only the most versatile club in the bag,
but probably the most used club in the bag
for most everyday player.
I mean, you're what?
14-handicapper, you hit four, five greens a round.
That means you've got 13, 14 greens a round
where you've got a wedge of some sort in your hand
and it might be from 80 yards, it might be from 40 yards,
it might be from 20 yards, and that's why
you need to know not only that you can't just...
You know, the guy has got a P and an S
on the bottom of his wedges and that's it.
I mean, he's doing himself a disservice
because you need more tools than that
and more importantly, you need to know
exactly what those tools are going to do.
And you talk about tools, I think the manufacturers,
we all remember six years ago when the Groove Rule
went into effect and we talked about
how the USGA rolled back the performance of your wedges
for less spin, particularly from shots from the rough.
And manufacturers had to adapt and figure out,
I think like we've seen with almost every rule change,
it doesn't limit manufacturers, it almost inspires them.
And that's what we've seen in the last few years
with wedge design, a whole new way of thinking
about this section of your bag.
The grooves today are every bit as good
as the U-grooves, maybe even better
because I think they allow actually as much spin,
but with more control.
Yeah, let's not badmouth it, the Groove Rule
has clearly had an effect on performance out of the rough,
whether it's a full swing or a shorter swing,
your groove performance is probably
not going to be as good out of the rough.
Apples to apples, but I do think what they've done
is make it more possible for you to get pure contact
with your wedge and that's where you're
gonna generate the most spin.