Best Lob Wedges 2024

We review the best lob wedges on the market so you can find the make and model that's perfect for your game

Lob wedges
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Wedges have to be versatile due to the different shots that have to be played around the green. One of those is the lob shot, which can be one of the hardest, but most satisfying shots, when pulled off correctly!

In this guide, we detail the best the market has to offer as you search for a lob wedge to fall in love with. 

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To play that Phil Mickelson-style shot, one which sees the ball land like a butterfly with sore feet, requires no small amount of skill - as well as a club with lots of loft (typically 58°-64°). The best golf wedges don't just give you the power to play a crowd-pleasing flop, but with the spin it creates, this club offers you a lot of options around the green. 

We've been busy testing the best lob wedges on the market to help you decide which one will suit your game, so be sure to read our full reviews to see how they performed. Some images below are for the 56° models, although these same wedges are available in higher lofts. For more wedge buying advice check out our other guides on other facets of the short game - such as the best wedges for chipping, the best sand wedges, or the best gap wedges.

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Best Lob Wedges

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Titleist Vokey SM10 Wedge

Titleist Vokey SM10 Wedge Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 46° - 62°
Grinds: 5 (F, S, M, K, D)
Finishes: 4 (Tour Chrome, Nickel, Jet Black, Raw)

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

Although the changes made, aesthetically, have been fairly subtle, Titleist have introduced new design benefits like a more centrally placed CG, which has been shifted forward and further from the heel. In testing, this translated to lower launch and higher spin numbers, all of which help to hone gameplay and precision. 

On the lower lofts, from 46° through to 52°, we noticed a smaller head shape compared to the higher lofted options available. The higher lofted options have less of a straight leading edge than lower lofts, but the marginally bigger heads will inspire confidence for players standing over tricky chips from difficult positions or bare lies when a lob wedge is forced into their hands.

Ping S159 Wedge

Ping S159 Wedge Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 46° - 62°
Grinds: S, W, E, H, T, B
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

Our testers loved the simple design of the Ping S159 lob wedge. The topline of the wedge is both slim and compact, but the overall shape of the wedge is slightly bigger than rival lob wedges on the market. We liked the size, which we felt helped add to confidence levels when chipping from tricky spots.

The S159 adds exceptional spin levels to the clean look, arguably the best on the market. Wheel-cut grooves are precision milled which provides consistency with spin and how the ball will react on the green, making it one of the best wedges for chipping on the market.

Cleveland RTX Full-Face 2 Wedge

Cleveland RTX Full-Face 2 Wedge Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 50° - 62°
Grinds: 2 (S & C)
Finishes: 2 (Tour Satin & Raw)

Reasons to buy

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High levels of spin
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Clean, premium looks
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Full face grooves provide larger hitting area

Reasons to avoid

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Won’t suit the eye of the traditionalist

For improving wedge play, the Cleveland RTX Full-Face 2 is a really great club choice. This blade-style wedge features full-face grooves for increased hitting space, which makes it a really smart option for newbie golfers. The traditionalists may not love the full-face aesthetic, but it'll work for those who care more about results that looks. 

This wedge - which does have a slight spoon-like appearance at address - is compact enough to work for players with a little more finesse to their gameplay, in addition to those who are new to golf. It's not just a wedge made for the higher handicapper players, it can produce superb results for players of all handicap ranges - beginners, mid-range handicaps and even the low men and women!

Mizuno T24 Wedge

Mizuno T24 Wedge Review

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Specifications

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

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 finish scuffs up quickly

For competent golfers looking to upgrade their lob wedge, the Mizuno T24 is worth considering. Forged from one-piece Grain Flow Forged HD Boron in Japan, the T24 model has seen a number of refinements made to it to help set it above its predecessor, the T22, enhancing look, feel and performance. 

Mizuno's wedge works beautifully no matter the lie, slope or playing conditions. The T24 comes with five different bounce options to suit your game, while the raw finish will develop natural rust for extra spin and control on chip and pitch shots. The raw finish does cut up quite quickly, though, which is worth noting before purchase.  The wedge looks wonderful in your bag and is as good as any on the market right now.

Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Wedge

Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Wedge held aloft on the fairway

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Specifications

Lofts : 46º - 60º
Grinds: 4 (Low, Low+, Mid, Full)
Finishes: 1 (Stainless Steel)

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

Thanks to the unmistakable C grind of the Cleveland RTX 6 Zipcore, there’s no arguing with the fact that it is one of the very best golf wedges available to buy. What impressed us about the RTX 6 was it's playability - it's not necessarily tailored to less or more experienced players, its truly a wedge that can be used by all skill bases and produce nice results. 

What we noticed when testing this club out is how it offers additional balance, bounce and grip. This is thanks to the UltiZip grooves on the clubface which are embedded at deeper and sharper angles than previous iterations of this wedge. This helps spin control, a key factor in the best lob wedges. This wedge is on the heavier side of things, so if you prefer lighter clubs or have a particularly steep downswing, this wedge might not be the one for you.

Overall, there is very little to fault in the RTX 6 ZipCore wedge. It has every option covered and the balance, bounce and grip means it is one of the best Cleveland wedges on the market.

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 Wedge

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 Wedge Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 50º - 60º
Grinds: 3 (Standard, Low, High)
Finishes: 1 (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

The TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 wedge boasts a number of fantastic upgrades on its predecessors, with the new lob wedge improving the user experience even further. While the copper finish of this club may not be to all golfers' tastes, we love the look of this rusty-hue, especially as it begins to blend nicely with the rust that developed on the Raw face over time. 

This wedge is so, so spinny - which is what we want from a lob wedge. This may be due to the raised micro-ribs situated between the grooves on this club - these mean that there’s additional texture on the face for boosted friction. We were able to attack short chips with a low ball flight because we could rely on the spin levels to check the ball up when needed - it's particularly satisfying watching your ball spin the way you intended with this wedge. 

Only one bounce option on lower lofted wedges is a little disappointing, but the Hi-Toe 3 remains a fantastic option for your lob wedge.

Callaway Jaws Raw Wedge

Callaway Jaws Raw Wedge in both matte black and steel finishes

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Specifications

Lofts: 48° - 60°
Grinds: 4 (X, Z, S, W)
Finishes: 2 (Chrome & 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 quite firm
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Swing weight a little light

This lob wedge was designed by Rob Cleveland and, according to Callaway, features the very deepest and most aggressive grooves in golf. When we put this lob wedge to the test, it’s safe to say that we were totally blown away by the results.

In terms of aesthetics, the Callaway Jaws Raw Wedge has the same shape and visuals expected from the Jaws range. It's a gorgeous looking wedge that incorporates a weight system that works well to help players create bounce when playing off the turf. 

During testing, the club’s micro-grooves combined with the Raw face produced excellent spin levels which helped us with those short to mid-range chip and pitch shots.. We also felt that the amount of spin on shorter chips was great, in addition to the fact that this club offered really great control over different shots. What's more, we noticed that it seemed fairly easy to get under the ball thanks to the Z Grind sole that has been created to skim seamlessly along the turf, rather than digging down into it.

The wedge is on the lighter side of things in contrast to the Cleveland RTX6, while the face felt a little firm in comparison to other options we tested. We recommend trying as many of these wedges out as possible to find out exactly what you're after when it comes to your short game. 

Wilson Staff Model Wedge

Wilson Staff Model wedge held aloft on the course to show its minimalist design

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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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Soft feel off the face

Reasons to avoid

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Not a lot of bounce and grind options

The Wilson Staff short-game offering has undergone a serious overhaul, with the introduction of the Staff Model and the Staff Model Hi Toe, both of which are fantastic clubs to play with - and have beautiful looks to match. 

We've gone with the Staff Model here, as we were extremely impressed with how it delivers such a great combination of look and feel to gameplay, also helping to increase confidence at address. What we found was that, at impact, this lob wedge is extremely stable and forgiving, which makes it a good choice for players of a diverse range, from newer golfers to more experienced players. 

A lack of bounce and grind options is a little disappointing, especially in comparison to the likes of the Vokey SM10s, but this is still a wedge we really liked in testing.

TaylorMade MG4 Wedge

TaylorMade MG4 Wedge Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 46° - 60°
Grinds: 7 (Low, Standard, High, LBV, SBC, HBW & TW)
Finishes: Two (Chrome & 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 casual golfer may think of drivers and woods more so than wedges when it comes to Taylormade golf clubs, but the manufacturer have made some of the best wedges available on the market today. 

The Raw face technology of the MG4 wedges means that they’re able to maintain high spin generation in even the wettest of weather conditions - once the Raw face has been exposed to the elements and has had the chance to rust over time, that is. 

This wedge also features raised micro-ribs between each groove, to help improve spin and precision during gameplay. There’s also the introduction of the new tread technology that helps to push moisture away from the point of impact to optimise speed further. 

The look is simple but clean and attractive, and with the wedge coming in two different finishes (chrome and black), it's a wedge that will sit pretty in your golf bag and over the ball. 

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.

We pride ourselves in our reviews because they are made for golfers, by golfers. With decades of experience testing golf equipment, our process is built on this experience and genuine love for the game - meaning if a product is good or bad, we'll tell you in full honesty. There are no links to manufacturers, nor the opportunity for them to 'buy' a good review, we simply call it how we see it after testing each bit of equipment. 

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 brand claims its wedge is the ultimate bunker club, we will test that theory from any and all lies possible.

Specific to the best lob wedges, we tested every one thoroughly to assess the consistency when it came to spin, feel and distance control on offer. We were also keen to find out how easy it was to hit full shots with each model was and analyze differences in flight and dispersion.

What to consider when buying new wedges

As wedges are some of the most technical clubs in your bag, getting the right wedge for your swing and the kind of golf you want to play can be a tricky task. That's why we here at Golf Monthly always recommend anyone buying a new wedge or club attends a club fitting session, to get a club that is tailored to your needs as a golfer. But we also have a some helpful tips you should keep in mind when looking to get a new set of wedges. 

1. Gapping 

It's vitally important to fill yardage gaps in your golf bag. There is nothing worse than facing a yardage that you don't have a specific club for, so filling each gap will put you in the best place for success. If your pitching wedge flies 130 yards, it's crucial to get a wedge that can then fly 120 yards or so. Fill those gaps and shoot low scores, it's that simple.

2. 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.

3. Finish

Look good, feel good, play good. We're sure you've heard that expression before. If your wedge looks nice at address, that boosts your chances of hitting a good shot. The same work the other way - not liking the look of a club is a bad start to your relationship with it. Pick the right look and finish to set yourself up for success with your wedge game.

4. Grooves

While grooves are now tightly regulated and less spinny than they used to be, it is still well worth keeping up to date with the latest designs that now 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. Clubs with full face grooves can prove more forgiving and produce higher spin rates than those without full face grooves, so it's worth trying them all out to see what you like.

5. Forgiveness

Playability is a huge factor that any golfer needs to bear in mind when buying a new lob wedge. We all know how unforgiving wedges can be and how infuriating it can be to fluff your chip shot after playing a smashing drive right down the middle of the fairway. 

Even some the professionals struggle with wedge shots around the green given how unforgiving they can be compared to other clubs in the golf bag. So for that reason, if you're less experienced, you want to need to sacrifice a bit of control in your wedge game to gain a little more consistency. And if you fall into that category of player, you may want to look out for wedges that come with a wider sole and a cavity-backed design.

For more advice on some of the best wedges on the market, visit our in-depth guides to the best pitching wedges, best sand wedges and best high-bounce wedges.

FAQ

What is the best lob wedge degree?

The most traditional loft when it comes to lob wedges is 60° but that doesn't mean to say it's the best. Nowadays, brands manufacture lob wedges that range from 58° all the way through to 64°, meaning golfers have more options than ever. If you find yourself needing to play a lot of flop shots, you might find a model on the higher end of the loft scale would suit your game best.

What makes a good lob wedge?

A good lob wedge should inspire confidence at address, allow golfers to play an array of short-game shots, and produce plenty of spin. All of these things come down to personal preference so make sure and do some testing to find your ultimate lob wedge.

What is the easiest 60-degree lob wedge to hit?

There aren't really any bad lob wedges made nowadays, meaning each model offers great forgiveness and consistency. However, lob wedges featuring a cavity-back design and a high MOI will generally be the easiest to hit. 

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Sam De'Ath
Staff Writer

Sam has worked in the golf industry for 12 years, offering advice on equipment to all levels of golfers and as Staff Writer, he tests and reviews equipment throughout the bag. Sam graduated from Webber International University in 2017 with a BSc Marketing Management degree while playing collegiate golf. His experience of playing professionally on both the EuroPro Tour and Clutch Pro Tour, alongside his golf retail history, means Sam has extensive knowledge of golf equipment and what works for different types of golfer.

Sam is a member of North Hants Golf Club in Fleet, Hampshire, where he won the club championship 3 times in succession from 2015-2017. His golfing highlight to date is shooting a round of 10-under 60 at his home club, narrowly missing a wedge shot for a magical 59.

Sam’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2, 9°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus, 15°

Hybrid: Ping G430 19°

Irons: Titleist T-100 4 iron, Titleist 620MB, 5-PW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54°, 62°

Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x 2021 

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