One area of the short game that the best golf wedges have to be able to deal with is the sand. As most golfers know, playing from bunkers can be one of the most challenging parts of the game. From the tricky lies that come associated with playing from the sand to getting the ball up and over the lip of the bunker, sand hazards can be very hard to conquer. Plus, you also have to judge your swing speed to get the ball up into the air with enough height and spin to land it comfortably on the green.
That means finding the right sand wedge for your swing type is vital to help give you confidence around the greens and out of bunkers. That can really help change your mindset on the course and help you make more ups and downs. As the name would suggest, the sand wedge, a club with a loft typically between 54° and 58°, was created to help golfers escape from bunkers. The best sand wedges use design and technology to help make this as easy as possible for a wide range of abilities.
Additionally, we don't just use sand wedges to pop the ball out of the sand, they are much more versatile than that. Often it's the best, or only, choice of club when you need to hack it out of thick rough; it's the club you'll go to from 80 yards, and for many, it is the club they'll reach for immediately whenever greenside. For that reason, the sand wedge is one of the most important clubs to have in your bag. So, in this guide, we'll be walking you through some of the best sand wedges that you can buy right now. And while it's important to have a good sand saver in the bag. you're going to want to also ensure you have the right gapping in your wedges, so why not also take a look at some other excellent wedge options on the market right now on our guides to the best wedges for chipping, most forgiving wedges and best wedges for beginners.
An extremely high-spinning wedge that delivers a consistent mid-flight through the loft range, the MG3 delivers the control golfers are looking for with ample versatility and a soft, solid feel.
With six grinds and a total of 23 different loft and bounce options, the new SM9 range continues to be extremely versatile, allowing golfers to dial in their wedges based on their swing.
These sleek wedges are packed with technology to increase spin in wet conditions and offer incredible versatility for a wide range of shots. The wedges are refined, simplistic and easy on the eye.
A brilliantly balanced wedge that has a high centre of gravity for easy trajectory and distance control. The raised micro-ribs positioned between the grooves produce brilliant levels of spin, while the hi-toe shape delivers forgiveness on short shots in particular.
The Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore wedge brings more forgiveness and wet-condition spin to the course in a classy looking head. A new low bounce option adds to the full range of lofts and grinds so there should be one for everyone.
The new Callaway Jaws Raw wedge delivers loads of spin and looks stunning from all angles. There are also plenty of loft and bounce options available to suit a variety of techniques. The feel is a little firm, which might split opinion.
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The Bettinardi HLX 5.0 wedges should be taken as a serious competitor within the wedge category. High-end production and design has meant these wedges are some of the most versatile and best looking on the market. Two grind options and pronounced cut grooves.
The classic design of the S23 looks great both in the bag and at address. The innovative centralised sweet spot technology delivers a more consistent strike by making it easier to find a more repetitive action and produce reliable high-spin numbers.
The Cobra Snakebite X is easily one of the most forgiving wedges on the market right now. The oversized shaping provides a lot of confidence for a range of shots. While this may not be every golfer's cup of tea it definitely made life easier on the course.
An excellent wedge that delivers high levels of spin and looks inviting behind the ball. With four different sole designs available, golfers can also tailor their wedge set-up to their specific needs and for those who struggle out of bunkers, the Eye2 option could well be a game-changer.
It was extremely forgiving and easy to hit on full shots, while closer to the green, the spin was excellent. The sound was a little clicky, which is the only criticism, but overall this is a great wedge for a wide range of handicaps.
With such a wide variety of lofts (they go all the way up to 64°) and five grind options to choose from, a fitting is a must. Go through that process and you’ll leave happy in the knowledge you are equipped with the best possible tools to hit those scoring shots into and around the greens.
There’s no doubt the Sugar Daddy II is an improvement on its predecessor. The extra grind option as well as the unique levels of adjustability make it a highly versatile wedge and one that would stack up against any on the market.
It’s hard for a wedge to blow you away but the pinpoint accuracy and consistent performance of the Glide Forged Pro wedge genuinely took us by surprise - in a good way. The control and versatility allows you to be confident and aggressive.
Is this the best Mizuno wedge to date? It has to be right up there given the looks, feel, spin performance and raft of finishes and grinds available.
The MacGregor V Foil Wide Sole Sand Wedge is not for everyone. It is designed for those who struggle to chip well, or who lack confidence doing it. For these golfers, it offers clear benefits.
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