Best Lob Wedges 2022

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

Best Lob Wedges
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Best Lob Wedges

Wedges have to be versatile because of all the different shots that have to be played around the green. One of these is definitely the lob shot. As rewarding as a 300-yard drive straight down the middle of the fairway is, a perfectly executed flop shot that finishes next to the pin is more satisfying, right?

To play that Phil Mickelson (opens in new tab)-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 (opens in new tab) don't just give you the power to play a crowd-pleasing flop, but with the spin they create, 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 (opens in new tab), the best sand wedges (opens in new tab), or the best gap wedges (opens in new tab).

Best Lob Wedges

titleist vokey sm9 wedge review

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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

In 2022, the Titleist Vokey SM9 remains the one to beat, with the wedge still arguably the best golf wedge (opens in new tab) on the market.

The first thing to say is that SM9 has retained the classic Vokey look at address from the impressive SM8 wedge (opens in new tab). When hitting full shots, the shaping and lack of offset inspire confidence, while around the green they look inviting behind the ball. You could argue the lower lofted wedges in SM9 have a slightly straighter leading edge, which helps with alignment on full shots and the transition from your irons.

A huge bonus is the amount of adaptability within the range, with there being six grind options - F, S, K, L, M and D - and a total of 23 different models ranging in lofts from 46° to 62°. 

TaylorMade hi-toe raw wedge

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Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Full-face scoring lines offer great control, especially on off-centre strikes
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Loads of spin on offer

Reasons to avoid

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Raw finish will wear off quickly

Building on the success of the original Hi-Toe wedge, TaylorMade has gone a step further with its latest iteration. As well as the expanded toe area, the full-face grooves now have score lines between them, which really maximise the spin on offer across and makes it one of the most forgiving wedges (opens in new tab) 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.

Cleveland CBX Full Face wedge

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Specifications

Lofts: 58°-64°
Grinds: 1 (C)
Finishes: 1 (Black Satin)

Reasons to buy

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Very forgiving for those who struggle with consistently
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Rotex face provides loads of spin around the greens

Reasons to avoid

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Not as easy to work as other models

Building on the success of the Cleveland CBX2 wedge, the renowned brand has launched a full-face model, which provides ample spin no matter the strike location. As well as this, the half-cavity design means Cleveland has been able to optimise the centre of gravity for ultimate forgiveness, making it not only one of the best lob wedges, but also one of the best golf wedges for beginners (opens in new tab).

But for all the spin and forgiveness, the feature we liked the most was the C-shaped sole design. What this does is provide relief from the heel and toe of the club, meaning golfers can expect less of the dreaded duffs and start to grow in confidence.

Callaway Jaws Raw Wedge

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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

Designed by Roger Cleveland and said to feature the deepest, most aggressive grooves in golf, Callaway have added the Jaws Raw wedge to their well-renowned family of golf wedges. We tested this club out at Royal Troon and it's safe to say we weren't disappointed with the latest offering. Looks-wise, it features the same shape and visuals as we've come to expect from the Jaws range. It is well designed and features a subtle weight system that helps players bounce the club off the turf.

We were really impressed with the spin on offer from the club's micro-grooves and Raw face. Spin on shorter chips was impressive and the control this wedge offered over a variety of different shots is what stood out most about this club. We also found it very easy to get underneath the ball thanks to the Callaway's Z Grind sole that has been designed to skid along the turf rather than dig into it. On firm ground, that makes the Raw Jaws a very handy club to have in your bag. It is a fantastic club for any player looking to generate greater stopping power around the greens.

Wilson Staff Model wedge

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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

Wilson Staff has revamped its short-game offerings heading into the new decade, with the introduction of the Staff Model and Staff Model Hi Toe, both of which warrant inclusion on this best lob wedges list. We've gone for the basic Staff Model option however, as it delivers an excellent blend of looks and feel.

Inspiring confidence at address is key and that's what this wedge does. And at impact, it's very forgiving and stable, making it suitable for a wide range of players. One thing we did feel was that it offered slightly less spin than some of the other models on this list but it's minimal and shouldn't detract from what is otherwise a superb club.

Callaway Jaws MD5 wedge

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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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Exquisite looks and feel
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Plenty of bounce and grind options

Reasons to avoid

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

The Callaway Mack Daddy 5 was actually shaped by the legendary Roger Cleveland so it's no surprise it looks so good. And thanks to the new Offset Groove-In-Groove technology, which basically means there are diagonal score lines between the JAWS grooves, this is one of the spinniest options on the market this year.

It has no obvious weakness and we really liked the buttery soft feel on all lengths of shot, which is partly down to the mild carbon steel used to create the heads, the muscleback design and the soft and tacky Lamkin UTX grip. 

Additionally, there are a number of bounce and grind options, allowing golfers to tailor their choice to their specific needs.

Mizuno T22 wedge in three finishes

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Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Highly versatile
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Exceptional spin control
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Soft feel

Reasons to avoid

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Raw finish rusts 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.

TaylorMade MG3 wedges in two finishes

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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°.

Ping Glide Forged Pro wedge

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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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Doesn't move things on a great deal from the Glide 3.0 or Glide Forged

The tour-inspired, high-spinning design from Ping 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.

Cleveland RTX ZipCore Wedge

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Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Impressive forgiveness on full shots
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High-spinning and soft-feeling

Reasons to avoid

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Better players may prefer to see a straighter leading edge

Taking the bold move to redesign a classic wouldn't always be advised, but that's what Cleveland (opens in new tab) has done to terrific effect with the RTX ZipCore. Featuring sharper grooves, higher MOI for extra control, and a face that's been heat treated for more durability, this wedge truly delivers on all fronts, making it easily one of the best lob wedges on the market.

In particular, we were really impressed with how user-friendly this club was and how much spin it generated on all shots. And while we didn't review it long enough to put the durability claim to the test, user feedback is extremely encouraging on this front. 

Additionally, it comes in low, medium and high bounce options, meaning golfers can choose the best option for them.

Callaway Jaws Full Toe wedge

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Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Great loft options for a lob wedge
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Really versatile club
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Loads of stopping power

Reasons to avoid

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Shape won't be to everyone's taste

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.

How we test

When it comes to wedges, we take the testing process (opens in new tab) 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 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.

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

What to consider when buying 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. Getting the right yardage gaps is very important if you want to be as efficient as possible especially when it comes to the scoring clubs. 

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.

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.