Best Sand Wedges 2024

We take a look at the best sand wedges that are currently available on the market right now

Best Sand Wedges
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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

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Best Sand Wedges

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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

First up we have the TaylorMade Milled Grind 4 wedge which is arguably one of the best looking wedges on the market. Available from 46 to 60 degrees, the MG4 spins at a high level regardless of conditions. This is thanks to the Raw face technology on the MG4 which has 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. 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.

Titleist Vokey SM10 Wedge

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Continued performance from generation to generation

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. 

There are subtle differences in the aesthetic department when comparing the SM9 and SM10, chief among which is the progressive shaping which gives a premium look at address, regardless of the loft. 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. 

The improvements are not just in the looks department though. The SM10 has been designed to fly a little bit lower, offer a bit more spin, and have improved feel over the SM9. In all three elements, our testing showed the SM10 certainly achieved these goals and lets not forget the wedge set-up options with 25 different combinations of loft, bounce and grind.

Cobra Snakebite 2023 Wedge

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A soft feeling wedge that offers fantastic versatility

Specifications

Lofts: 48º-60º
Grinds: 3 (Versatile; Widelow; Classic)
Finishes: 2 (Satin Steel; Matte Black)

Reasons to buy

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Soft feel 
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High spin from range of lies 
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Classic simplistic design 
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Good bounce and grind options

Reasons to avoid

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You'll sometimes get glare from the satin finish

The Cobra Snakebite 2023 Wedge is one of the best looking sand wedges on this list. It comes in a stunning satin finish that offers bags of shelf appeal and looks fantastic when stored in your bag. While Cobra may not necessarily be the first brand you think of when looking to buy one of the best golf wedges, the performance on offer, particularly in wet conditions, made this a real winner when we took it out on the golf course. 

Cobra has introduced a new face milled blast in order to maintain spin rates in wet conditions and increase spin by 50 per cent over the previous model. The CNC-milled groves are very sharp and helped us add a ton of spin onto each shot, particularly out of the bunkers. While some may not be big fans of the full-face grooves on offer here, we found them to be really useful when playing shots from the sand and from thicker lies. We also enjoyed playing with the ball flight on these clubs and found it very easy to get the ball up in the air and flight it from further out. Distance control here was impressive too and we think these clubs would also match up to the performance on offer in some of the best gap wedges on the market.

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 Wedge

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 Wedge

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A high spinning option great for playing out of the bunker

Specifications

Loft: 50° to 60°
Grind: 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

This brilliantly balanced wedge offers excellent control around the greens for those who struggle with distance from the sand. The Hi-Toe 3 wedge from TaylorMade has a very low centre of gravity and a wide back that provides extra forgiveness and bounce on much shorter shots. This is the third generation of the Hi-Toe design and we found it performs brilliantly on the course. Aesthetically, this wedge looks incredible, with its aged copper finish giving a rustic, yet sophisticated look. 

Akin to many of the best wedges for chipping, this club excels when it comes to adding spin to the golf ball. We think that is partly due to the micro-ribs added to the face of the club that give extra traction between the grooves, giving the face of the club additional friction. And you can really feel this work when you strike low, spinny chips onto the greens. 

In the sand wedge editions of this club, you'll also find the Hi-Toe comes with full-face grooves, that give extra forgiveness on off-center strikes. The only drawback we can think of is that it won't suit players who tend to get a steep in their downswing, but that being said, it is a great wedge for golfers of all abilities. Plus you also get a lot of high-bounce forgiveness, meaning it is fantastic for digging shots out of deep lying bunkers and heavy rough.

Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Wedge

Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Wedge

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A versatile sand wedge that has every shot covered

Specifications

Lofts: 46° - 60°
Grind: 4 (Low, Low+, Medium, 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

What makes the Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore wedge one of the best sand wedges is that it has a more pronounced C grind and, like all the RTX 6 heads, the tri-bounce sole features different types of leading edge to match the type of shot you wish to play. In our testing, we found that the RTX 6 ZipCore has every shot option covered. From playing out of the sand to getting up and down from the second cut, this club offered us bags of spin that really helped us play from a variety of lies. This is due to the balance, bounce and grip which comes from the UltiZip grooves on the face. These are sharper, deeper and closer together than before and vary in dimensions according to the loft on the face.

Featuring a relatively heavy 126g True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft, the club feels slightly heavier in hand and, during the swing, the extra weight gave us more control. It's worth noting that it does come in a graphite shaft option for a lighter feel. There is very little to fault in this comprehensive range of performance RTX 6 ZipCore wedges from Cleveland. It has every option covered and the balance, bounce and grip from the RTX 6 means it is one of the best Cleveland wedges around.

Callaway Jaws Raw Wedge

Callaway Jaws Raw Wedge

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A iconic club that delivers on its promise of extra spin

Specifications

Loft : 50º- 60º
Grind: 4 (Z; S; X; W)
Finnishes: 2 (Silver; 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

The latest addition to the Callaway Jaws wedge line-up is the new Raw wedge, designed by Roger Cleveland and supposedly boasts the most aggressive grooves in golf. We put that to the test at the Royal Troon golf club and were not disappointed. The wedge comes in two finishes; a classic chrome finish and a sleek black plasma color. Those look stunning against the four weights that we have become a staple of the Jaws wedge over the years. 

They also boast a classic profile with a straight leading edge and minimal offset, which gave us confidence over the ball. Performance-wise, we were seriously impressed with the level of spin on offer from the micro-milled grooves on the face of the Raw. On shorter chips, the level of control was exceptional and we were amazed at how well the club performed over a variety of different shots, from bump and runs to floated flop shots. 

That is helped by the introduction of the new Z Grind that skids across the turf rather than digs into it. That was particularly helpful when playing on firm ground and when escaping from bunkers that had minimal sand. But there were a few drawbacks with this club, the sounds being one of them, which at impact is very firm. But the level of customization that is on offer here makes this one of the most versatile wedges on the market, with 17 loft and bounce combinations available per finish. It's clear that Callaway have put a lot of thought into designing this club, which is without a doubt one of the best wedges on the market.

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

Getting straight to the point, the S159 wedges from Ping 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!

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)