Welcome to our Best Golf Wedges 2018 review!
In this comprehensive guide we have sifted through the absolute best golf wedges currently available on the market. The guide separates wedges by category and features to help you find the best golf wedges for your game.
We have tried to keep our selection pretty broad in terms of handicap suitability, but admittedly, most of the wedges featured below are for low single figure to mid-teen handicaps.
If you are just beginning golf or are a high handicapper we recommend you check out our review of the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners.
Let’s jump into our Best Golf Wedges review and find out which is best for you and why!
Best Golf Wedges 2018
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- Editor’s Choice – Titleist Vokey SM6
- Best Value – Cleveland RTX-3
- Best Price – Cobra King
- Best Seller – Callaway MD3 Milled
- Worthy Competitors – Cobra Tour Trusty, Taylormade Milled Grind, Cleveland 588 RTX, Mizuno T7, Taylormade Tour Preferred, Ping Glide 2.0
Editor’s Choice – Titleist Vokey SM6 Wedge
On every metric we tested – feel, distance control, spin and versatility – the SM6 range just shone!
The Vokey SM6 is our Editors Choice in wedges.
- Buttery soft feel at impact and boy oh boy do they look good! Especially the jet black
- Bucket loads of backspin, you can stop these things on a dime on the hardest greens around
- Precise distance control
- You are going to struggle to find any con about this particular wedge, but if we had to be nit-picky it would be the price, being slightly on the expensive side!
Best Value – Cleveland RTX-3
The rough, milled face delivers crazy spin out of almost any lie and the new, circular milling results in consistent back spin, even on open face shots.
The RTX-3 is versatile, durable and generates huge spin, making it the perfect wedge for any single-digit player.
- Trusted and familiar design
- Improved consistency in distance and dispersion
- Loads of spin for greenside shots
- Huge variety in finish and bounce
- Slightly pricier than most wedges although still good value
- It will cause your balls to wear a bit faster than perhaps you are used to
Best Price – Cobra King Wedge
There are six loft options, three different sole grinds, and one chrome plated 8620 carbon steel finish. It’s a pity there aren’t a couple of other options like some other manufacturers, but that doesn’t take anything away from how good the King wedge is. Thumbs up.
- The Tour Notch (which has been around with Cobra for almost 20 years) is superb and really provides you with confidence in terms of getting under the ball and striking it well
- The feel is absolutely superb. Buttery is the term given to it by Cobra and they aren’t just trying to use that as a sales technique. It is fantastic.
- Consistent launch angle and ball flight right through the wedge curve due to differing gaps between grooves depending on what loft it is
- Pity there aren’t any other finishes offered in the King wedge – only one being chrome plated 8620 carbon steel
- Do your homework on your own game before picking the right sole grind. If in doubt stick with the Classic!
Best Seller – Callaway MD3 Milled Wedge
The varying groove pattern options are a plus and in turn results in higher spin with the higher lofted wedges. The longer or less lofted the wedges the more control you’ll have coming into the green.
The MD3 is just fantastic and we’ll be reviewing the Mack Daddy 4 in due course, which we are sure is just that much better.
If you are a low to low-mid handicapper and are looking to improve your game around the greens in particular then put these wedges in your bag. Just make sure before purchasing that you know which lie and lofts you are suited to and then get involved.
- An appealing design that looks fantastic behind the ball at address
- The reduced weight provides a superb penetrating ball flight that is easy to control
- All players are accommodated with the wide variety in lofts and sole grinds
- It is not forged, which may not appeal to all golfers
- Could be a little confusing in deciding which of the grinds suits you particularly
Taylormade Milled Grind Wedge
Whilst the wedges don’t spin a huge amount, they still provide plenty of consistency inside of 100 yards. A consistent trajectory also aids in having a narrower margin of error in terms of both distance and dispersion.
Judging on quality alone, the Milled Grind are superb and offer plenty of positives. To read the full review click here.
- Fantastic control and easy to judge spin on chips and pitches
- A smooth appearance make it look exceptionally classy
- Three bounce options cater to wide spectrum of golfer
- Unfortunately a touch expensive so better deals could be had elsewhere
Cobra Tour Trusty Wedge
The slight dent in the center of the sole really allows the club get ‘under’ the ball better both at address and impact and gives a psychological confidence to help most players…especially out of the bunkers!
Great price for a quality piece and definitely best priced wedge in our books. To read the full review click here.
- Beautiful simple aesthetic look
- Tremendous versatility with Notch K Grind Sole
- Superb out the bunkers
- Off center strikes don’t feel great at all – a little on the dead side
- Straighter leading edge and minimal offset might hinder mid to higher handicap players
Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge
Many of the world’s best players opt for Cleveland if their contracts allow and the 588 RTX is superb.
Workability, versatility, spin and beautiful trajectory on all shots make it a rock solid value for money option. To read the full review click here.
- Exceptional value for money from a leader in the wedge industry for years and years
- Extended longevity which helps not having to replace your wedge(s) too often
- Maximum spin – these you can spin from just about anywhere
- Only downside is that the grooves really chew your golf ball so could become costly having to use several balls a round!
Mizuno T7 Wedge
Mizuno have a new milling tool that has made the edges sharper in the Quad-Cut grooves and along with the metal composition allow for longevity in groove performance. Mizuno wedges have never seemed to have the ideal launch angle and spin, but that’s all changed in the T7 – low off the clubface on full shots and plenty of action upon landing. To read the full review click here.
- Beautiful in both the Blue IP or White Satin finishes with custom stamping an option too if that tickles your fancy
- Wide variety in loft offerings all the way from 45 – 62 degrees in one degree increments (although only 12 are standard stock items)
- Longevity is the biggest factor with the new boron infused carbon steel T7 allowing grooves to not wear as easily whilst still retaining performance
- With there being so many loft options it can confuse you as to which suits best, but if in doubt then stick to the conventional standard loft options
- A touch expensive relative to competition so if you find this for a deal then take advantage
Taylormade Tour Preferred
The wedges are available in the solitary Tour Satin, which may be a negative to some but they are beautiful. When looking down at the thin top line at address, the traditional head shape help ooze confidence, particularly for the lower handicap player. The Tour Preferred wedge is slightly heavy however the micro texture face and heavy textured surface between the grooves do produce tremendous spin.
There is only one sole grind too, but with a variety of lofts ranging anywhere between 50-60 degrees, Taylormade are more than satisifed that their design meets the preferences better players search for in a wedge. Taylormade have had a huge market share for a number of years now and with this kind of product this is pure evidence as to the reason why. A clean, beautiful look along with a high performance and versatile edge. To read the full review click here.
- Exceptionally good distance control and consistency shot after shot
- Beautiful clean look both from the back of the club and at address
- The micro-textured clubface produces phenomenal spin and control which all golfers love – let’s be honest!
- A touch on the heavy side which is not ideal for a wedge
- When striking it off center it doesn’t feel too good
Ping Glide 2.0
The second factor is Ping have given you four different sole grinds with each matching separate angles of attack and divot characteristics in order to make your wedge game as easy as possible.
The Glide 2.0 looks and feels good and serves great value for money whether you are a low or mid handicap player. To read the full review click here.
- Despite being slightly simple it is beautiful from every angle – particularly that of the address position
- Superb ball flight and launch angle primarily due to the sharpened groove edges and the water repelling hydropearl finish
- Wide variety of lofts, lies and sole grinds to choose from each providing their own unique fit to your ball flight and angle of attack
- Good value for money coming at a suggested retail of $140 and less than some major competitors
- Would be nice to have black satin or matte black option for Ping wedges. Many other manufacturers do it and it just provides that little extra spice in a trusted authoritative brand that golfers are searching for
Assessment Criteria – Best Golf Wedges
There are a number of manufacturers who have released and/or updated existing wedge models. The challenging aspect we had was choosing a comprehensive set of wedges to review. We have tested a number of wedges over the last 6 months and given our selections as to Editor’s Choice, Best Value For Money, Best Seller and Best Price’d options.
Below you can find a side-by-side comparison of our list of best golf wedges.
All wedges were put to the test against our standard assessment model, where we looked at 4 primary factors: Build Quality, Control & Performance, Design & Appearance and Value for Money. Individual scores of each of these aspects was then aggregated to give an overall assessment as follows:
|Outstanding A+||9.6 – 10||Stop the clock and buy now. This piece of equipment will change your game.|
|Excellent A||9.0 – 9.5||Superb piece of gear. Amazing quality, performance and value for money.|
|Great B+||8.6 – 8.9||Great offering. This piece of gear won’t let you down.|
|Good B||8.0 – 8.5||Solid piece of gear with only minor issues to criticise.|
|Average C+||7.6 – 7.9||Adequate offering, but not the best value for money.|
|Average C||7.0 – 7.5||Not the most exciting piece of gear, seek alternatives.|
|Weak D+||6.6 – 6.9||Leaves lots to be desired. You can do a lot better.|
|Weak D||6.0 – 6.5||Steer well clear of this gear. Not worth the money!|
Golf Wedges Buying Guide
Plenty of factors to assess in build quality. How soft is the metal used? How many loft options? What bounce options? Are there varied sole grinds available within the particular model? Have the clubface & grooves been milled?
Build quality is exceptionally important and when it comes to a wedge – trust the sales numbers and brands that have stood the test of time hanging around the upper ranks. They know what they’re doing.
Control and Performance
Whether you like it or not, 95% of you will choose spin as the first thing you are after when selecting a wedge. But there are other factors to consider. Feel is exceptionally important being that these are the clubs you need to get cute with around the greens occasionally.
Launch angle & Ball flight are what we look out for. Those trajectories that seem to come out low, but still stay in the air what feels like forever because of the spin & control. Versatility is another that plays a big part being able to use it just about anywhere and for any shot within 100 yards of the green.
Design and Appearance
Each to their own on this one, but we’re in the camp of looks are important. You want to look down at a wedge behind your ball that builds or sparks confidence. Something that you can’t get enough of and can’t wait to take it out the bag.
Something with as little detail as possible on the back, but yet still has enough pizzazz and sexiness to keep your eyes peeled.
Value for Money
Wedges are generally not seen as powerful as drivers are. Or as important as putters are, but truth be told wedges are exceptionally important. Being confident with a wedge in your hands can get you up & down for pars or within range for regular birdies thus saving plenty strokes over time. If you’re a serious golfer then do yourself a favor and invest in a quality set of wedges that may cost a bit, but will be great value.
If just a social golfer that enjoys the game we still suggest a quality wedge, perhaps something a bit more lenient on the budget that’s still going to help knock a few shots off the handicap.
How Do I know When My Grooves Are Worn Out?
There are a couple of methods to use and the first is to obviously take a close look at the clubface of the wedge and pay attention to the lower grooves. If the grove edges are starting to look a bit worn your wedge is close to or already in need of replacing.
Secondly, hit a few balls on the range and pay attention to the ball flight. If the ball flight is high-ish and falls out of the sky quickly then the grooves are worn. The ball should come out with a low to mid trajectory with the ball flight being penetrating yet hanging at the same time. Generally (depending on amount of times you play a year) wedges will last you between 12 – 18 months before needing to be replaced.
What Does ‘Bounce’ Mean On A Wedge?
The bounce on a wedge is the angle between the leading edge and the trailing edge of the sole of the club. Bounce has a primary role of reducing resistance to the sand when striking a ball out of a bunker, but also aids in other areas too. A low bounce wedge allows more versatility when around the greens and helps you get the ball up in the air quickly. High bounce wedges help in softer conditions and for players who have steep angles of attack.
Which Wedges Have Which lofts?
Traditionally the wedge lofts are as follows:
Pitching Wedge – 48 degrees
Gap Wedge – 52 degrees
Sand Wedge – 56 degrees
Lob Wedge – 60 degrees
Over the years though manufacturers have provided several other lofts which fill the gaps in between the above wedges and allow for you to split your wedge lofts more evenly between a PW and LW. Ie. having a 48 degree wedge, a 54 degree wedge and lastly a 60 degree wedge.
What Is The Highest Legal Loft On For A Wedge?
Currently there are no legal limits, but very few players have anything more than a 60 degree wedge in their bags. Phil Mickelson used a 64 degree wedge for a while, but it is not recommended for the regular mid to high handicap amateur players. Sure – it will help you get the ball up quicker when in a difficult spot around the greens, but it will not help you from further than 50 yards away from the green and will almost be a waste of space in your bag.
Have Your Say!
We put this article together to help players, like yourself, find a pair of golf wedges or wedge that suits their specific game, level and budget. By keeping this guide updated and via feedback from the GA community, we hope this article becomes a great resource for anyone looking to get a new wedge. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.