Best Golf Wedges 2022

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Best Golf Wedges
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Best Golf Wedges 

While we all know how important a sharp short game can be to the outcome of our round, we perhaps don’t give enough thought to the wedges we use. If you are serious about improving your performance from 100 yards and in, and most importantly around the greens, getting the best golf wedges for you cannot be underestimated.

There are a few key things you should consider, though. For example, what bounce angle will suit your action, and which lofts you'll need, something that may depend on how many wedges you want to carry.

You should also have a think about what finish you want on your wedge because most models these days come in satin, chrome, black or other finishes. Additionally, with some of the models below you can create a custom wedge, too.

Joel Tadman tests out the latest wedges out on the golf course and picks his favourites

We’ve recently tested the best golf wedges currently available, and these are our picks. All the wedges here have been reviewed by our team, which means testing over multiple rounds out on the course, seeing how versatile they are and how well they spin the golf ball. This guide is updated on a regular basis to make sure it includes the latest releases.

If you are looking to upgrade your wedges, check out our additional guides on the most forgiving wedges, best lob wedges and best wedges for chipping.

Best Golf Wedges

Titleist Vokey SM9 wedge in three finishesEditors Choice 2022

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Our pick

Specifications

Lofts: 46°-62°
Grinds: 6 (F, S, M, K, L, D)
Finishes: 4 (Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel, Jet Black, Raw)

Reasons to buy

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Incredible trajectory control
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Unrivalled looks
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Loads of bounce and grind options

Reasons to avoid

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Limited gains over SM8

Titleist Vokey wedges continue to stand out from the crowd when it comes to the best golf wedges on the market. The SM9 is a case of evolution rather than revolution from the SM8 but Titleist says it has developed the groundbreaking Progressive Centre of Gravity (CG) design to improve distance and trajectory control. In testing, we found it very easy to square-up on full shots and deliver excellent consistency of spin and flight from closer to the green.

Back again are Titleist’s six grind options - F, S, M, K, L and D - making the Vokey SM9 range highly versatile for every golfer and their unique swing. In total, there are 23 different loft and bounce options and we took advantage of that in our custom fitting to optimise our wedge set-up for improved performance. 

A new spin milled cutting process means grooves are sharper, while each groove is specifically cut based on loft and finish. Titleist also inspects every single groove on every wedge to guarantee conformity. 

As of right now, the SM9 is set to be available in four finishes - Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel, Jet Black and Tour Raw - but it remains to be seen whether the eye-catching Slate Blue will make a return in 2022. 

Read our full Titleist Vokey SM9 Wedge Review

Callaway Jaws MD5 Wedge

Best feeling wedge

Specifications

Lofts : 46°-64°
Grinds: 5 (S, W, C, X, L-W)
Finishes: 3 (Platinum Chrome, Tour Grey, Custom)

Reasons to buy

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Soft feel and exceptional spin control
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Wide variety of loft and sole grind options

Reasons to avoid

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Some may prefer a straighter, longer leading edge for easier alignment

The Jaws MD5 wedges are constructed from 8620 mild carbon steel and the Centre of Gravity (CG) of the wedges is precisely placed to create a soft, crisp feel. A big focus has also been on the shape of the wedge, with Roger Cleveland using his 23 years of experience to create a profile that is appealing from all angles.

Anyone going through a fitting process - which is a must given the wide variety of loft and grind options - can be certain that they are equipped with the best possible tools to hit those scoring shots into and around the greens.

Read our full Callaway Jaws MD5 Wedge Review

Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedgeEditors Choice 2022

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A superb performing wedge that offers plenty of forgiveness

Specifications

Loft: 44°-60°
Grind: 3 - (V, S and C)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent feel on all shots
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Lots of spin on offer
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Really forgiving

Reasons to avoid

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Sound is a bit clicky
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Not the best-looking from the back

Cleveland has added another model to its impressive wedge line-up, with the CBX ZipCore wedge providing superb forgiveness thanks to a cavity/muscle back design. 

Although it may not look the best wedge from the back, all forgotten when standing over the ball at address as the classic teardrop shape and chrome finish inspire bags of confidence. Another positive, from a visual standpoint, is the all-black Catalyst Spinner graphite shaft.

Aesthetically pleasing at set-up, it also performs superbly, with the ZipCore extremely easy to hit and surprisingly easy to flight, something that’s likely a consequence of the low density ZipCore that sits at the heart of this wedge to shift the centre of gravity and raise the MOI for maximum forgiveness. Because of the performance it has earnt a place in our 2022 Editor's Choice Awards.

TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 wedges in two finishes

Best looking

Specifications

Lofts: 46°-60°
Grinds: 4 (Low, Standard, High and TW)
Finishes: Two (Chrome and Black)

Reasons to buy

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High levels of spin
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Traditional shaping

Reasons to avoid

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Arguably lacks versatility for the more creative golfers

Raw face technology means the wedges have an un-plated surface material that rusts over time to maintain consistently high spin generation in wet conditions. TaylorMade has also added Raised Micro-Ribs between the grooves to aid spin and precision around the greens. This is because the abrasive surface further enhances the friction between the ball and the clubface.

The Milled Grind Sole process continues with each leading edge and sole grind being individually CNC milled for accuracy. There are three bounce options - low standard and high - for versatility with a more aggressive TW (Tiger Woods) grind available in the 56°.

Read our full TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 Wedge Review

Ping Glide 4.0 WedgeEditors Choice 2022

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Best for spin

Specifications

Lofts: 46°-60°
Grinds: 4 (SS, WS, TS, Eye2)
Finishes: 1 (Chrome)

Reasons to buy

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Unrivalled spin
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Excellent grind options
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Looks great over the ball

Reasons to avoid

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Feel takes a while to get used to

The Ping Glide 4.0 wedge looks exceptional - especially in the more traditional teardrop shape that is available in three of the four sole options. It also has the classic Ping Hydropearl 2.0 chrome finish, which reduces glare as well as flyers from the rough in damp conditions while also adding a touch of style to the aesthetics. 

There are four sole options to choose from - WS, SS, TS and Eye2 - which we took advantage of. The versatile SS (standard sole) offers relief for golfers with a moderate angle of attack and looks a little smaller than the prior version on the Glide 3.0. 

But the WS (wide sole) is where we enjoyed the most success. Turf interaction was exceptional on short shots, making it one of the best wedges for chipping we've ever tested. Finally, unique to Ping’s line-up is the Eye2 sole, which is available in lofts from 54°-60° and is described as the ultimate bunker club - a theory we put to the test. It is undoubtedly one of the best sand wedges on the market due to its forgiveness from various lies and distances.

Most impressive, however, was how easy it was to spin the golf ball. Even when hitting shots that came off a little hotter and lower than expected, the ball sat to attention quicker than most new wedges. This could well have been down to the new Emery face blast, which adds a little more friction to the hitting surface.

Read our full Ping Glide 4.0 Wedge Review

Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedges in two finishes

Most versatile wedge

Specifications

Lofts: 46°-62°
Finishes: 3 (Tour Satin, Black Satin, Tour Raw)
Grinds: 3 (Low, Mid, Full)

Reasons to buy

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Impressive forgiveness on full shots
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Plenty of loft and grind options

Reasons to avoid

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Better players may prefer to see a straighter leading edge

The RTX is Cleveland’s tour-driven wedge family, designed for better players seeking feel, versatility and spin control in a traditional look. The foundation of the RTX ZipCore wedge, which replaces RTX 4, is a unique core at the heart of the muscleback design that is four times lower density than the steel head it lies within.

This frees up 10-15g of weight, along with the shape of the head, to make the sweetspot better aligned with impact location by shifting the centre of gravity away from the hosel.

We found the RTX ZipCore to be a surprisingly user-friendly muscleback wedge that puts control at the heart of the performance, which also made it worthy of inclusion in our best gap wedges guide too because the control on offer allows it to blend well with irons.

Meanwhile, the sole grinds ensure golfers have the versatility to play the shots that come most comfortable to them around the greens.

Read our full Cleveland RTX ZipCore Wedge Review

Mizuno T22 wedges in three finishes

Versatile finishes

Specifications

Lofts: 46°-60°
Finishes: 3 (Chrome, Raw, Denim Copper)
Grinds: 4 (S, D, X, C)

Reasons to buy

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Super spin control
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Wide range of finishes available

Reasons to avoid

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Raw finishes scuffs up quickly

The T22 wedges feature a microlayer of copper beneath the nickel chrome, just like on the MP20 irons, to improve the feel at impact.

They feature a slightly more compact, ‘modified teardrop,’ profile with an extensively bevelled top edge to make it appear thinner. The spin weighted blade design, created by tapering the upper portion of the blade, helps create more consistent spin and a more penetrating trajectory.

Mizuno’s HydroFlow Micro Grooves deliver great wet weather performance as they’re laser etched to release moisture and reduce spin drop off, while the Quad Cut milled, and loft specific, grooves are cut into Boron infused steel to offer a longer effective lifespan.

Three finishes are available - Denim Copper, Satin Chrome and Raw. The Raw finish comes without the copper underlay, but it will rust over time for a look requested by many of the Mizuno tour players.

Read our full Mizuno T22 Wedge Review

PXG Sugar Daddy II wedges in two finishes

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Most forgiving

Specifications

Lofts: 50°-62°
Grinds: 2 (C, BP)
Finishes: 2 (Chrome, Xtreme Dark)

Reasons to buy

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Extremely forgiving
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Unique levels of adjustability 
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Well balanced
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Extra bounce and grind option for 2022

Reasons to avoid

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High-toe design won't suit some

The visuals of this wedge are striking thanks to a weight that's been added at the back of the head as well as the introduction of full-face grooves and a high-toe design. Believe it or not, all that was done after PXG received feedback from its tour staff. 

One of the first things we noticed was the balance on offer. It's incredible and makes playing all lengths of shot easy. In addition, there is a new bounce and grind option for 2022, meaning golfers have more options to tailor the set-up to their unique delivery and turf conditions. For us, that meant switching into the higher 13-degree bounce model.

Although the high-toe design wasn't to our liking aesthetically, it worked to make this one of the most forgiving wedges we've ever tested. When pitching and hitting full shots, controlling the flight was more simple than usual, while the spin was comparable to anything on the market. It also comes in two finishes: chrome and xtreme dark, which is a really nice addition.

Read our full PXG Sugar Daddy II Wedge Review

Honma T//World wedge

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Best for chipping

Specifications

Lofts: 48°-60°
Finishes: 1 (Grey)
Grinds: 2 (I, C)

Reasons to buy

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Looks and feels great
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Variety of sole shapes available

Reasons to avoid

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Compact shape may be intimidating for some

One of the finest looking wedges on the market, Honma's T//World wedges, pack a compact look at address which will suit the better golfers looking for a thinner top line.

The thinner top line is not to say these wedges are unforgiving, in fact Honma have added aluminium back inserts to improve the CG location and make these wedges more forgiving from off-centre hits.

When we tested the T//World wedge, we loved how consistent the ball flights were with the 52° wedge, ideal for a club you'll be using for full shots more often.

There are three sole shapes available too, allowing you to custom fit these to suit your swing or turf conditions you most commonly play on.

The C-SOLE, which is across the 56°, 58° and 60° wedges, has a thicker design on the upper portion of the head for greater versatility and we loved using these around the green.

Read our full Honma T//World Wedge Review

Callaway Jaws Full Toe wedge

Best for control

Specifications

Lofts: 54°-64°
Grinds: 1 (C Grind)
Finishes: 2 (Raw Chrome, Raw Black)

Reasons to buy

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Provides excellent control
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High levels of versatility

Reasons to avoid

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Triangular in shape 
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Won’t look pristine over a long period

Brought in to replace the PM Grind wedge, the Jaws Full Toe combines four distinct technologies that create as much spin as possible. Callaway’s Jaws grooves have been extended all the way across the face to provide spin anywhere that the golfer makes contact.

Callaway has also added a raw face for the first time in a wedge and, coupled with offset groove-in-groove technology, the wedges are said to give golfers the spin and control needed to approach any shot with confidence. The Full Toe shape and a specialised C-Grind is said to make bunker shots, high flop shots, and short pitches and chips easier to hit from a multitude of lies around the course.

The Jaws Toe Pad pushes the CG higher, creating a lower, more controlled trajectory ideal for improved control on full wedge shots.

Read our full Callaway Jaws Full Toe Wedge Review

Ping Glide Pro Forged wedge

Best for low handicappers

Specifications

Lofts: 50°-62°
Grinds: 2 (S, T)
Finishes: 1 (Chrome)

Reasons to buy

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Compact shape frames the ball well
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Exceptionally soft feel

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks forgiveness off centre

The tour-inspired, high-spinning design is offered in two grind profiles and multiple loft options to fit players who rely on precision and control to shoot lower scores. The smaller heel-to-toe head, which is forged from 8620 carbon steel, creates a captured look at address, giving players the confidence to manipulate the head to help execute any shot they are facing.

In combination with the precision-milled face and grooves, the new Emery face blast adds more texture to the hitting surface, creating higher friction and more interaction between the club and ball for more spin and a lower launch.

The 50° and 52° lofts feature wheel-cut grooves with a 20° sidewall to optimise performance on full shots commonly associated with gap wedges. Meanwhile, the 54° to 62° options are milled with a 28° sidewall and tighter radius to provide more spin and precision on the finesse shots around the green and from the sand.

Two grind options in multiple lofts expand the offering to ensure a wedge choice is available for a wide range of golfers to match specific playing conditions and angle of attack.

Read our full Ping Glide Forged Pro Wedge Review

Mizuno T20 wedges in two finishes

Best for custom finish options

Specifications

Lofts: 45°-62°
Grinds: 3 (S, M, C)
Finishes: 4 (Satin, Blue, Raw, Custom)

Reasons to buy

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High levels of spin even in damp conditions
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Soft feel and consistent flight

Reasons to avoid

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Thick topline may not please the eye of the better player

Mizuno has brought back its T-Series of wedges in the form of the T20 which has a classic teardrop profile made from 1025E carbon steel for enhanced greenside feel. To ensure consistency and predictability in the scoring zone, each head features precise CNC-milled grooves and is mechanically milled to the highest possible tolerances after Grain Flow Forging to ensure a perfectly flat striking face and consistent levels of spin.

The wedges are available in three different finishes – two plated models (Satin Chrome and Blue ION) plus a RAW and ready-to-rust option. We are sure you agree, in terms of clean looks, the T20 is one of the best golf wedges on this list.

Having tested the wedges, we're confident they will appeal to players who prioritise a soft feel. Golfers of all levels will enjoy the consistency and control it provides when trying to attack the flag and get up-and-down.

Read our full Mizuno T20 Wedge Review

Wilson Staff Model wedge

Best to control flight

Specifications

Lofts: 48°-60°
Grinds: 2 (Classic, Tour)
Finishes: 1 (Grey)

Reasons to buy

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Consistent flight through the loft range
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Super soft feel at impact

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t generate as much spin as others

Wilson has revamped its short-game offerings with the introduction of the Staff Model and the Staff Model Hi Toe wedges. The Wilson Staff Model wedges have been constructed with soft-forged 8620 steel and machine-engraved scorelines to create Tour-calibre spin and control.

Meanwhile, the Hi Toe model combines a high toe and wide sole with a 431 stainless steel head and a precision-milled face for ultimate creativity around the green. The scorelines also stretch right across the face to ensure consistent contact at impact, too.

Read our full Wilson Staff Model Wedge Review

Cobra King Snakebite wedge

Cobra King Snakebite Wedge

One-length options available

Specifications

Lofts: 48°-60°
Grinds: 3 (Versatile, Classic, Wide Low)
Finishes: 2 (Grey, One Length)

Reasons to buy

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Full face and conventional grooves available
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Three grinds on offer make these a great option to get custom fit for

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly similar to the MIM wedges

Cobra's most recent offering in the wedge market comes in the form of the Snakebite wedge, designed to provide more spin and 'bite' - see what they did there? - around the greens. It should come as no surprise then that this wedge also made our guide on the best wedges for chipping too.

As you can see, the overall shape of the wedge is very similar to Cobra's MIM wedge - as seen above - but it is on the face where Cobra has worked its magic. On the 48-54° lofts, where you'd be using the club with a square or de-lofted face to approach the green, the groove are a conventional length across the face but are narrower and deeper to optimise spin.

On the 56°, 58° and 60° wedges, the grooves are full face and are wider and shallower than the lower lofts to create more spin on the wedges you'd be using with an open blade around the green.

There are three grind options and lofts from 48° down to 60° and - especially with the different groove patterns down the set - the Snakebite wedges are ideal to get custom fit for a full set that can all do a very specific job in the bag.

Mizuno ES21 wedge in a black finish

Best out of bad lies

Specifications

Lofts: 54°-62°
Grinds : 2 (Standard, Wide)
Finishes: 1 (Black)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent spin that is maintained from wet lies
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Surprisingly forgiving and consistent

Reasons to avoid

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Unusual looking from multiple angles

Traditional wedge designs tend to have a sweet spot that is slightly towards the heel due to long wide hosels and high lofts, making it hard for many players to find consistency. But the ES21 wedges feature a higher, more central sweet spot which delivers a squarer strike and greater levels of more controllable spin.

A multi-piece stainless steel construction features a hollow body for a higher and deeper centre of gravity that promotes more vertical gearing for increased spin, while the high toe and low heel keep the wedges extremely stable when the face is opened.

Hydroflow Micro Grooves, which are vertically etched, help release moisture and maintain spin even in damp conditions.

Read our full Mizuno ES21 Wedge Review

TaylorMade Hi Toe Raw wedge

TaylorMade Hi-Toe Raw Wedge

Best to use out of bunkers

Specifications

Lofts: 50°-62°
Grinds: 2 (Standard, Low)
Finishes: 1 (Aged Copper)

Reasons to buy

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Obvious added control on open-faced shots around the green
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Ample versatility and feel

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively high bounce won’t suit everyone’s technique

The Hi-Toe’s full-face scoring lines ensure consistent ball contact out of the rough, while the high bounce leading edge and channel cut midsole make for cleaner turf. The sole cavity features three trapezoid-shaped pockets that optimise weight distribution, which in turn enhances the wedge’s feel.

The Hi-Toe Raw builds on the success of the original Hi-Toe wedge by adding an expanded toe area and adding grooves which now have score lines between them. Together, these things have really helped maximise the spin on offer and also. makes it one of the most forgiving wedges we have tested.

Additionally, we found it really easy to flight, which is obviously important when playing fuller shots and dealing with any sort of wind that my be blowing. Available in a wide range of bounces, golfers will also be able to pick the option that suits their specific swing and course they play.

How we test

When it comes to wedges, we take the testing process very seriously. Whether we are sent a product or buy it ourselves, we put everything through its paces to ensure we can provide thorough and reliable advice. Every member of the Golf Monthly team is an avid golfer and as such, knows what does and doesn't make for a good wedge.

As far as our methodology goes, we review all wedges properly, which means we have used each one across multiple rounds and in practice to assess every aspect of performance in all conditions. For example, if a wedge claims to be the ultimate bunker club, we will test that theory from any and all lies possible.

Specific to the best wedges, we tested every one thoroughly to assess the level of spin, feel and distance control on offer. We were also keen to find out how forgiving each model was and if there were any differences in flight.

This comprehensive testing style is not just exclusive to wedges as we test with the same level of thoroughness across all gear categories.

What you need to consider when buying wedges

Gapping: Measure your current wedge yardages and how often you are in between clubs to help decide if you need to carry extra options.

Bounce: Low bounce wedges are more suited to hard fairways and tight lies, while high bounce wedges are better for softer ground conditions and bunkers. The most bounce you will ever see on a wedge is about 18°, but it can be as low as 2°. The type of bounce you opt for should largely depend on things like your normal angle of attack, the firmness of your fairways and the type of shots you like to hit around the greens.

Finish: Options like black PVD and copper are becoming increasingly common. The difference is mainly cosmetic, but dark finishes can help reduce glare.

Grooves: While grooves are now tightly regulated, it is still well worth keeping up to date with the latest designs, which use new milling processes and groove shapes to help move water and dirt away from the ball at impact to create extra spin and improve control.

FAQs

Which are the best golf wedges?

The answer to this is subjective and can only really be found through a custom fitting. However, contained in our list above is a selection of the best wedges currently on the market - all of which will deliver exceptional performance.

What are the most forgiving golf wedges?

Typically, the most forgiving wedges are those that come with full-face grooves. This is because golfers will still be able to generate lots of spin and control, no matter the strike location. In addition, there are also a host of cavity-back wedges, which might not look as nice, but the high MOI design will make them easier to hit consistently.

What is the most used wedge in golf?

Again, this probably depends on each golfer's specific game, but in a general sense, the pitching wedge is the club most commonly used at that end of the bag. 

What is the easiest golf wedge to hit?

Wedges with a high MOI offer added stability and forgiveness, which leads us to conclude that cavity-back designs are likely the easiest to hit. And from a loft perspective, it will depend on how your wedge set-up complements your swing and the type of turf you tend to play from.

Joel Tadman
Joel Tadman

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. 


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58° 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x