Best Wedges 2016 Review – Find The Perfect Wedge For Your Game!

Decades ago if you referred to a wedge, it was just a basic 56 degree club with a ‘S’ marked on the sole. Very seldom would you have seen a ‘L’ for lob wedge, that was very rare.

Now wedges are made up of a whole host of loft and bounce variations that it can actually be confusing to even the seasoned golfer. Which bounce is right for you? Which loft is even right for you?

You want to feel like Phil Mickelson who can hit a wedge so vertical it goes backwards. You want to spin it like Phil too. At the drop of a hat.

Phil

You get your ‘also rans’ and then you get the front runners. We’ve picked out the winners for you in our Best Wedges 2016 Review so let’s find out which is best for you.

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Our Editor’s Choice of Best Wedge for 2016 is the Titleist Vokey SM6. As Bob Vokey put it “These are the best wedges we’ve ever made”.

Best Wedges 2016

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Assessment Criteria

With the huge variety of offerings on the market, the most challenging aspect we had was choosing a comprehensive set of wedges to review. We initially cast the net wide, but quickly whittled the list down to our view of the 10 best wedges available on the market at the moment.

Below you can find a side-by-side comparison of our list of best golf wedges for 2016.

All wedges were put to the test against our standard assessment model, where we looked at 5 key aspects: Design and Appearance, Build Quality, Control / Feel, Performance and Value for Money. Individual scores of each of these aspects was then aggregated to give an overall assessment score, as follows:

Overall Mark Score Description
Excellent 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!

Brief Overview of Top 3 Golf Wedges for 2016

Titleist Vokey SM6 Wedge

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Bob Vokey has created something special here and in his opinion on behalf of Titleist “are the best wedges we’ve ever made”.

Key features in the Vokey SM6 are that it is offered in three different finishes – Jet Black our favorite. The TX4 grooves impart tremendous spin on the ball and let’s be honest. Who DOESN’T like a lot of spin!? The Vokey SM6 is our Editors Choice in wedges for 2016.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • 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

CONS:
  • 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!

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Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge

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Best wedges in the game and have been for a while. Roger Cleveland himself has been head hunted by all sorts of other manufacturers to assist in their designs.

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

Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • 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

CONS:
  • Only downside is that the grooves really chew your golf ball so could become costly having to use several balls a round!

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Cobra Tour Trusty Wedge

It is clear that Cobra have designed this wedge with the better player in mind. A straighter leading edge and a thin top line gives the feel of precision and workability.

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.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Beautiful simple aesthetic look
  • Tremendous versatility with Notch K Grind Sole
  • Superb out the bunkers

CONS:
  • 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

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Aerial View of Top 8 Wedges

Here are the 8 best golf wedges we reviewed in 2016. Roll over the images to see the brand and model, and click the link to see our detailed club review.

Side-by-Side Comparison of all Wedges

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the 10 wedges we tested in our Best Wedges 2016 Review. To read our detailed individual reviews just click on your wedge of choice!

Image DescriptionScore Offers
Editor choice
Titleist Vokey SM6 Wedge Review

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$138 $159 See Offer
Best value
2 Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge Review

Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge Review

Cleveland have undoubtedly been a leader in the wedge industry for decades and as our Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge ...

$74 $129 See Offer
3 Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge Review

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4 Mizuno T7 Wedge Review

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5 Cleveland RTX-3 Wedge Review

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$119.99 $129.99 See Offer
6 Ping Glide Wedge Review

Ping Glide Wedge Review

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Best value
7 Cobra King Wedge Review

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$109 $119 See Offer
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8 Taylormade Tour Preferred Wedge Review

Taylormade Tour Preferred Wedge Review

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Callaway MD3 Milled Wedge Review

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10 Mizuno S5 Wedge Review

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