Best Golf Wedges 2024

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A razor sharp short game can be the key to maintaining the momentum of a round and getting us out of trouble, yet many golfers don’t give enough thought to the wedges they use. If you are serious about improving your performance around the greens and from 100 yards, the importance of getting the best golf wedges for you cannot be over-stated.

How do you know which wedges are best for you? Well there are a few key things you need to think about. For example, what bounce angle will suit your action, and which grinds and lofts you'll need. Lofts are especially importing for gapping in your bag and it will determine how many wedges you want to carry.

You should also have a think about what you like aesthetically as most wedges come in a variety of finishes, such as satin, chrome, black or a raw finish that will rust over time. There are performance benefits to the raw finish but not everyone will like a rusted faced club in their bag. So take a look at our selection of the best golf wedges on the market to help you hone your short-game skills and lower your scores.

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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 and the best performing models. 

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Titleist Vokey SM10 Wedge

Titleist Vokey SM10 Wedge Review

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Our pick

Specifications

Lofts: 46°-62°
Grinds: 6 (F, S, M, K, L, D)
Finishes: 3 (Chrome, Matte Black, Nickel)

Reasons to buy

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Improved spin performance
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Lower launch for more control
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25 lie, loft and bounce combinations

Reasons to avoid

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Raw finish is no longer a standard offering

Vokey wedges have long been considered the gold standard, offering premium looks, exceptional performance and market-leading versatility. Titleist has designed the new SM10 wedge to build on the huge success of the SM9 and Vokeys continue to be the most used wedges in professional golf. Last year on the PGA Tour, more than half the wedges put in play every week were Titleist Vokey Wedges, which is quite an incredible stat considering the wealth of quality on offer from other brands.

The aesthetics of the SM10s have changed very little at first glance, but there are a few subtle differences, such as progressive shaping which gives them a superb look at address in all loft options. The stronger lofted wedges are a little smaller in head shape compared to the more lofted wedges and feature a straighter leading edge in comparison to the sand and lob wedges in the line-up. 

While the Vokey SM10 wedges offer only minor changes cosmetically, under the hood Bob Vokey and the engineers at Titleist have been hard at work to make these the best performing wedges they have ever created. They have been designed to fly slightly lower, spin more and have improved feel over SM9. In our testing this was confirmed as the SM10 did indeed fly lower and spin more than its predecessor.

Callaway CB 2023 Wedge

Callaway CB Wedge

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Exceptionally forgiving wedge with strong looks

Specifications

Lofts: 48°- 60°
Grinds: 1 - Full Sole
Finishes: 1

Reasons to buy

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Superb levels of spin and flight control
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Extremely forgiving on all types of shots
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Premium looks in a cavity back design

Reasons to avoid

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Full face grooves only available in the weaker lofts

The CB wedge may not be as sleek in design as some of the best golf wedges on the market, but there are significant performance benefits on offer for those who struggle with consistency from 100 yards in. We would not hesitate to name this as one of the most forgiving wedges money can buy.

The Callaway CB wedge is constructed for ease of use and in our testing it provided clean turf interaction from various lies. It's especially impressive around the greens and out of sand. The full face design we tested certainly inspires confidence when placed at address and helped create plenty of spin, particularly in bunker shots or playing shots with an open face, making this one of the best wedges for chipping

Available in multiple lofts with the option of full face grooves on the higher lofted wedges, the CB wedge provides plenty of spin and feel, all in a cavity back head

Cleveland CBX 4 Zipcore Wedge

Cleveland CBX 4 Zipcore Wedge Review

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A superb performing wedge that offers plenty of forgiveness

Specifications

Lofts: 44°-60°
Grinds: 3 (V, S and C)
Finishes: 1 (Chrome)

Reasons to buy

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Great feel on fuller shots
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Generous amounts of spin
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Wide sole helps with strike consistency

Reasons to avoid

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Larger head size may put some better players off

The CBX 4 Zipcore wedges feature the same technology found in some of the best Cleveland wedges that include the impressive RTX6 wedges. This Zipcore tech allows for a heavier steel in the hosel to be replaced with a lightweight but strong vibration dampening material. The weight saved from the heel is then redistributed across the toe and higher on the face which improves MOI and gives optimum CG placement.

The CBX 4 wedges are a really strong option for those looking to upgrade their wedges this season. They provide really high levels of performance and forgiveness that golfers of all abilities will benefit from and they produced a strong showing in our testing. 

While we would say they are aimed slightly more towards the higher handicap golfer due to the feel and size of the head, low handicappers should not dismiss them out of hand as any golfer looking for more assistance around the greens could benefit from the spin performance on offer from these wedges.

Ping S159 Wedge

Ping S159 Wedge Review

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A forgiving, versatile wedge that offers excellent spin control

Specifications

Lofts: 46°-60°
Grinds: 6 (SS, WS, TS, Eye2)
Finishes: 2 (Chrome, Black)

Reasons to buy

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Premium looks
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Produces extremely high levels of greenside spin
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Mid-sized head will inspire confidence for those who need it

Reasons to avoid

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Clean look could limit shelf appeal for some

Ping has released some of the best wedges in recent times and the S159 wedges look to continue this trend, following on from the Glide 4.0 and Glide Forged models.

The S159 wedges are targeted towards the mid-low handicapped golfer and more confident ball striker who is looking for a classic looking wedge with the addition of some of the latest technology to help with performance. 

These wedges blew our socks off in testing. The feel from the face, particularly with fuller shots, was soft and despite a vibration dampening slot placed on the back of the head, these wedges offered plenty of feedback. Shots had a really consistent, mid-high trajectory, which allowed us to attack pins and be really aggressive on full shots. Around the greens the Ping S159 wedges produced more spin on chip and pitch shots than any other wedge we've tested in the last year, without over-spinning on fuller wedge shots. 

Ping have created the WebFit Wedge App which allows golfers to complete a questionnaire online (it takes less than two minutes) about their wedge game. Based on the answers the app will provide one or two grind options that will suit your game best so you know that you are playing the right grind and bounce options for your game, while avoiding the need to pay for a custom fitting!

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 Wedge

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 Wedge

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A premium looking wedge that offers a soft yet stable feel on all shots

Specifications

Lofts: 50-60°
Grinds: 1 (Three bounces)
Finishes: 2 (Chrome & Aged Copper)

Reasons to buy

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High level of spin control
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Incredible looks from every angle
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Ample versatility from the four-way cambered sole

Reasons to avoid

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Only one bounce option available in the low and mid lofts

With its aged copper finish this wedge looks incredible. Looking down at address or even just looking at it sitting in the bag, the Hi-Toe 3 is a feast for the eyes and will blend in with the Raw face as it rusts over time. 

In testing we were impressed with the spin of offer which we put down to the raised micro-ribs which are positioned between the grooves. These add texture to the face for increased friction and more spin around the green, and we could really feel this at work as we were able to hit those low, spinny chips, even with a lob wedge. 

Full-face grooves on wedges of 54° and higher provide more forgiveness and spin even on off-center strikes, while the taller toe design is particularly useful when you need to open the face in the bunker or the rough. Ultimately, this is a brilliantly balanced wedge that has a high centre of gravity for easy trajectory and distance control while the hi-toe shape delivers forgiveness on shorter shots in particular.

TaylorMade MG4 Wedge

TaylorMade MG4 Wedge Review

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Arguably one of the best looking wedges on the market

Specifications

Lofts: 46°-60°
Grinds: 7 (Low, Standard, High, LBV, SBC, HBW 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

The MG4 is a great looking wedge that spins at a consistently high level regardless of conditions. A raw face is contrasted nicely by the outer body of the wedge to boost confidence behind the ball, while multiple bounce and loft options mean that golfers can get fully dialled in.

Raw face technology has become a real trend in wedges and the MG4 has an un-plated surface material that rusts over time to maintain consistently high spin generation in wet conditions. As with the Hi-Toe 3 mentioned above, TaylorMade has also added Raised Micro-Ribs between the grooves to aid spin and precision around the greens. Spin tread technology has also been implemented to push moisture away from impact to optimise spin and in our testing we found the spin on offer to be excellent.

There are now seven bounce options - low standard and high, LBV, SBC and HBW along with the TW grind. From a looks perspective, we really liked these wedges in both the chrome and the black finishes. The profile is very traditional and the wedges are progressive through the lofts in lots of ways - hosel length, toe height, blade length, and offset.

Cobra King Snakebite Wedge

Cobra Snakebite 2023 Wedge being held aloft on the golf course

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Most forgiving

Specifications

Lofts: Traditional grooves 46°- 54°, Full face 56°- 60°
Grinds: 3
Finishes: 1

Reasons to buy

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Highly forgiving
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Loads of spin
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Soft feel

Reasons to avoid

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Shiny finish won't appeal to some

These sleek wedges from Cobra are packed with technology to increase spin in wet conditions and they offer incredible versatility for a wide range of shots. The wedges are refined, simplistic and easy on the eye.

In testing, we found the Cobra King Snakebite Wedge to be one of the most forgiving wedges on the market and the performance was equally impressive in wet and dry conditions.

It's a versatile wedge with a classic profile and traditional, full-face grooves which help to provide a lot more control from a variety of conditions like sand, rough and the fairway.

The brand says its Snakebite grooves are 11% deeper and 40% sharper. Along with forgiveness, the workability and spin on offer from Cobra's new groove technology is superb when it comes to helping golfers create more 'bite'. 

Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Wedge

Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Wedge

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Aimed at more competent ball strikers offering a soft feel and versatility

Specifications

Lofts: 46-60°
Grinds: 4 (Low, Low+, Mid, Full)
Finishes: 3 (Satin, Rack Raw & Black)

Reasons to buy

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Tri-bounce sole works from all conditions
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High level of spin on all shots
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Great looks
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Wide range of lofts and bounces

Reasons to avoid

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Felt a little on heavy side

The Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore wedge brings more forgiveness and wet-condition spin to the course in a classy looking head. It's packed with technology but most of the innovations in the RTX6 are not visible to the naked eye. For instance, in the hosel, the ZipCore insert is made of up to 95 percent more aluminium and silicon material than before, saving weight that can be moved elsewhere in the head to make the RTX 6 more forgiving by increasing the MOI by up to 20 percent. 

The UltiZip grooves on the face are sharper, deeper and closer together than before and vary in dimensions according to the loft on the face. The space between the grooves also includes laser milled lines and the whole face is treated with HydraZip blasting and a more matte finish than before to maximise friction.

There are a wide variety of lofts from 46° to 60° in a good range of bounces including a new 8° Low+ option in the 54° and 56° heads. 

It performed well in our testing and it is definitely one of the best Cleveland wedges that you should definitely consider for your bag.

Mizuno T24 Wedge

Mizuno T24 Wedge Review

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Some stunning finishes match the exceptional performance and versatility

Specifications

Lofts: 46°-60°
Grinds: 5 (S, D, V, X, C)
Finishes: 3 (Chrome, Raw, Denim Copper)

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

A product that earned five stars in our review, the T24 wedges from Mizuno have that timeless look to them comparable to the Titleist Vokey SM9, which is widely regarded as the industry leader in the wedge category. We tested the Mizuno T24 wedge in the Soft White Satin finish, which was our personal favourite, although these wedges are also available in a striking Denim Copper and Tour Raw finish, just like on the T22 range.

A classic looking wedge that is designed to be extremely versatile and please golfers of all abilities. The compact head will certainly suit the eye of the better player, although several high bounce options and a high-spin face mean every golfer is catered for.

We tested this wedge extensively around the greens, in tricky lies and with more full shots and we were extremely impressed with the performance on offer.

If you are a competent ball striker who likes the look and feel of the best golf blades or Mizuno irons and are looking to upgrade your wedges, then the Mizuno T24 may just be what you have been looking for.

Callaway Jaws Raw Wedge

Callaway Jaws Raw Wedge

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Exceptional control comes from the raw face with added friction

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Incredible levels of spin
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Inspiring looks
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Easy to flight

Reasons to avoid

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Feel off the face is quite firm

This wedge is designed by legendary wedge guru Roger Cleveland and is said to feature the most aggressive grooves in golf. In testing we were particularly impressed by the spin on offer from the milled micro-grooves and Raw face. Removing the plating allows for a more direct contact and we saw this in action across every length of shot, while it is particularly effective from wet grass.

The versatility on offer really stood out too. Whether floating the ball a little higher or chasing something close to the ground, the level of control was amazing. This was helped by the introduction of the new “Z Grind” that has been designed to skid rather than dig into the turf. 

Aesthetically this is one of the most impressive wedges on the market. From every angle, this wedge looks incredible and regardless of whether you prefer the chrome or black plasma finish, you will not be disappointed. Over the ball, the classic shaping, straight leading edge and minimal offset combine to inspire confidence, while from the back, the subtle style touches and weight system make it a wedge that also sits pretty in the bag.

The Jaws Raw is available in lofts from 48° through to 60° as well as in four grind options: S (standard), W (wide), Z and X. There are a total of 17 loft and bounce combinations per finish, so there is something to suit golfers of all styles and levels of ability.

MacGregor V Foil Wide Sole Sand Wedge

MacGregor V Foil Wide Sole Sand Wedge revealing its very cool sole grind

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A forgiving budget option for inconsistent strikers around the green

Specifications

Lofts: 66° only
Grinds: 1
Finishes: 1

Reasons to buy

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Helps to reduce fat and thin chips
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Promotes straighter shots
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Confidence-inducing

Reasons to avoid

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Right hand only

The MacGregor V Foil Wide Sole Sand Wedge is very much a specialist club and not one for the more accomplished player, but we think it's fantastic and gave it the full five stars in our review. 

This is aimed at golfers who see chipping as a big weakness in their game. It's designed to make it much easier for high handicap golfers to be more efficient around the greens, with the wide sole helping to reduce mishits by eradicating thin and fat shots, which can plague new golfers or the less skilled player. 

Due to the design of the wide sole, it is very difficult to dig into the turf and the club is shaped in a way that it will glide over it, reducing the chances of a chunk shot as well as a thin shot that can be caused by the club bouncing. The degree of loft is 66 which is significantly higher than the standard 56-60 degrees found on most sand wedges. This extra loft is very helpful to higher handicap players as it helps them to get the ball into the air without having to open the face, so it's ideal when you need to get the ball up and stop it quickly.

You won't be able to create or craft a lot of different shots with it and good chippers are unlikely to be attracted to it, but then it was never intended for them. If you struggle around the greens then give it a try.

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.

How to choose new 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. This is an important part of your bag setup to get right across the entire bag too, because knowing your gaps can allow you to fill out your bag correctly whether that be carrying two, three, or four wedges, which can then impact how many clubs you can carry at the top of the bag. The opposite is true as well. We have also created a guide on the best gap wedges as well so check that out for more information.

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. Alternatively there are classic chrome and silver designs as you can see above so it is a case of picking a design you like the look of not just at address, but in the bag as well.

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. Additionally there are several brands that have brought out wedges with grooves that stretch across the entire face. Admittedly this does take a little bit of time to get used to, but for those players who may struggle with strike, a full faced wedge might do you some favors when creating spin towards the toe. 

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 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 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 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.

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A superb performing wedge that offers plenty of forgiveness

Specifications

Lofts: 44°-60°
Grinds: 3 (V, S and C)
Finishes: 1 (Chrome)

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
Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

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.

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 86 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 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x

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