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

Transcript

00:06
I'm getting tired of talking about golf clubs
00:08
because I feel like we've been talking
00:09
about golf clubs since August.
00:12
The Hot List isn't a some of the time thing,
00:14
it's a--
00:15
All the time thing, okay? There you go.
00:17
But I tell you what, you know
00:18
what we worked the hardest on at the Hot List
00:20
every year is wedges.
00:22
We hit more balls with wedges than we hit
00:24
with any other club because our players
00:27
and our evaluations, they're looking
00:31
at pitch shots, they're hitting chip shots,
00:35
they're hitting bunker shots, and they're making full swings
00:38
and that's the only way because wedges,
00:41
most versatile clubs in the bag.
00:42
Well, not only the most versatile club in the bag,
00:44
but probably the most used club in the bag
00:46
for most everyday player.
00:48
I mean, you're what?
00:49
14-handicapper, you hit four, five greens a round.
00:52
That means you've got 13, 14 greens a round
00:55
where you've got a wedge of some sort in your hand
00:58
and it might be from 80 yards, it might be from 40 yards,
01:01
it might be from 20 yards, and that's why
01:03
you need to know not only that you can't just...
01:08
You know, the guy has got a P and an S
01:11
on the bottom of his wedges and that's it.
01:13
I mean, he's doing himself a disservice
01:15
because you need more tools than that
01:17
and more importantly, you need to know
01:19
exactly what those tools are going to do.
01:22
And you talk about tools, I think the manufacturers,
01:26
we all remember six years ago when the Groove Rule
01:29
went into effect and we talked about
01:31
how the USGA rolled back the performance of your wedges
01:34
for less spin, particularly from shots from the rough.
01:38
And manufacturers had to adapt and figure out,
01:41
I think like we've seen with almost every rule change,
01:45
it doesn't limit manufacturers, it almost inspires them.
01:49
And that's what we've seen in the last few years
01:51
with wedge design, a whole new way of thinking
01:54
about this section of your bag.
01:57
The grooves today are every bit as good
02:00
as the U-grooves, maybe even better
02:03
because I think they allow actually as much spin,
02:06
but with more control.
02:07
Yeah, let's not badmouth it, the Groove Rule
02:11
has clearly had an effect on performance out of the rough,
02:14
whether it's a full swing or a shorter swing,
02:17
your groove performance is probably
02:18
not going to be as good out of the rough.
02:21
Apples to apples, but I do think what they've done
02:23
is make it more possible for you to get pure contact
02:27
with your wedge and that's where you're
02:29
gonna generate the most spin.
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