Best Wedges For Chipping 2024

Looking to save shots around the green? Here, we take a look at the best wedges for chipping

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Best Wedges For Chipping

We all know how important it is to have a short game you can rely on. Not only do you need a reliable routine and swing, but equipment plays a huge factor, with some of the best golf wedges designed to help improve your score. Put simply, if you can make a few extra up-and-downs a round, the impact on your entire game will be profound. 

One of the biggest aspects of short game is chipping and we believe the best wedges for chipping - models which have been designed to turn bogeys into pars - can truly help in bringing your handicap down. However, what makes a good wedge for chipping? Well, the best can help to produce spin and provide extra control. Ask any tour pro what the secret is behind creating spin around the greens and they'll tell you that it's all about the strike. 

Because everyone wants to save shots around the green, we have created a guide to help, a guide that focuses on wedges that generate a lot of spin and control for those fiddly chip shots.

If, however, you are after a certain type of wedge, then why not also check out our guides on the most forgiving wedges, or even the best sand wedges and best lob wedges, if you are due an upgrade in either of those departments.

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Best Wedges For Chipping

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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

The newest iteration from Titleist, the SM10 now features progressive shaping which, we think, makes these wedges look great at address in all the lofts available. Despite the changes over the previous model, the Vokey SM9, being small, we did notice that in the stronger lofts, 46° through to 52°, there is a slightly smaller head shape than the higher lofted options. There is also a straighter leading edge in the stronger lofts. 

Performance-wise, the spin is fractionally higher in the SM10, which we think is likely down to individually cut TX9 grooves that differ based on the loft or finish of the wedge. Also, Titleist have provided the SM10 with micro-texture between the grooves, this helps create more friction on the face which, in-turn, helps create further spin and more control around the greens.

Not only did they perform excellently around the greens then, but pitch shots from 50-75 yards also had plenty of control with the SM10 producing a lower ball flight than its predecessor. Importantly, there are still various lie, loft and bounce combinations so there should be a set-up for everyone.

Cleveland CBX 4 Zipcore Wedge

Cleveland CBX 4 Zipcore Wedge Review

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Specifications

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

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

One of Cleveland's new additions is the CBX 4 ZipCore, which is designed to provide a confidence-inspiring look at address via a larger club head and face. To begin with, the rounded leading edge allows for a more versatile approach to shots around the greens so, in testing, we found that we could get more creative with ball flights and spin when looking to get to different pins. 

Technology-wise, the CBX 4 has a Hydrazip face. This is a laser-milled line that helps increase friction on the face's surface, therefore creating more spin whether it is damp or dry.  Along with the HydraZip face, there is also ZipCore technology, something that you get in some of the best Cleveland wedges

You may wonder, what is ZipCore technology? Well, it allows the more heavier steel in the hosel to be replaced with a lighter weight and strong vibration-decreasing material. With this weight saved, Cleveland's engineers have redistributed the weight across the toe and higher up on the face for more Moment of Inertia. This is one of the reasons why we have included the CBX 4 ZipCore, because of the forgiveness on offer.

Ping S159 Wedge

Ping S159 Wedge Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 46°- 62°
Grinds: 6 (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

Although the topline of the S159 is slim and rather compact-looking, it still provides plenty of confidence when down behind the ball. It's worth noting that, with the recent release of the Blueprint T and Blueprint S irons, which are considered some of the best irons for low handicappers, Ping are providing a more blade-style look on the S159 wedges. 

In testing, these wedges were mightily impressive. The overall feel from the face, mainly on full shots, was soft and, even though Ping has added a vibration-dampening slot at the back, the feedback from these wedges was really good, which a lot of golfers will like. 

When it came to chipping, we thought that the Ping S159 wedge produced, frankly, a ludicrous amount of spin, so much so that we deduced it was more than any other wedge we've tried in the last year! This is a positive thing though, as it meant we could predict exactly how the ball was going to react when hitting into the greens.

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 Wedge

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 Wedge

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Specifications

Loft: 50° - 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 wedge is very well-balanced and gave us great control around the greens, especially when it came down to distance-control. Looks-wise, the Hi-toe 3 Wedge has a low center of gravity paired with a wide back, this provides extra forgiveness and better bounce on the shorter shots. Personally, we think this wedge looks great and performs great when out on the course. 

As with many of the best wedges for chipping, this wedge does excel when it comes to getting more spin on the ball. Our thoughts are - this is partly because of the Micro-Ribs that have been added to the face of the club to apply additional friction. When striking low and spinny chips around the greens, you can really feel this in action. 

One thing to note is that this is one of the best sand wedges on the market, due to the fact that you can get the Hi-Toe in full face options as well; essentially, it gives you a lot more forgiveness on off-center strikes. Lastly, we think this wedge won't suit those who have a steep downswing. 

Cleveland CBX Full-Face 2 Wedge

Cleveland CBX Full-Face 2 Wedge

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Specifications

Lofts: 50º - 60º
Grinds: 2 (Full, C-Shaped)
Finishes: 1 (Stainless Steel)

Reasons to buy

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Cavity back design offers more forgiveness for full shots
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Full face grooves maximise contact for spin
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Feels very good for a cavity back head

Reasons to avoid

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Feel is very good but not quite as sharp as a blade wedge

With a HydraZip blasted face, the CBX Full-Face 2 has much-improved spin capabilities in the wet and, with it paired alongside the UltiZip grooves that are sharp, deep, and tightly spaced, this really is a great wedge when it comes to chipping.

Not only does it perform well but, on fuller shots, this is one of the most forgiving wedges we have tested, especially when you move into the higher lofts. How is it so forgiving? Well, it has a wider sole that provides a greater margin for error on tighter shots. This is something that will also help with chips around the green.

Callaway Jaws Raw Wedge

Callaway Jaws Raw Wedge

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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

Aesthetically, these wedges have a more classic style with a straight leading edge and not much offset. In testing, we found this gave us ample confidence when stood over the ball. 

When it comes to performance, the Jaws Raw wedge really impressed us, especially with the levels of spin that were on offer thanks to the micro-milled grooves. When it came to shorter chips, we found the level of control really good and were pleasantly surprised by the performance on bump and runs to flop shots. 

The last aspect we must mention, in regards to chipping, is the amount of grinds and options available. We tested the Z grind and found it really helped us around the greens, with the ball skidding across the turf rather than digging into it. One drawback we did come across was that the sound was a little firm at impact, but that is only minor and wouldn't bother some people.

TaylorMade MG4 Wedge

TaylorMade MG4 Wedge Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 46° - 60°
Grinds: 7 (Low, Standard, High, LBV, SBC, HBW and TW)
Finishes: 2 (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 MG4 wedge has Raw Face tech, meaning it has an un-plated surface that will rust over time, helping it to keep high levels of spin even in the wetter conditions. As well as this, TaylorMade have also included Raised Micro-Ribs which are in between the grooves, this adds to the spin and precision when playing shots around the green. 

Another new bit of tech is the Spin Tread, this helps to push any moisture away at impact which, in turn, optimizes spin. In testing this was certainly the case as there was a great level of spin on offer. 

Finally, this wedge has a milled grind sole and leading edge which has been individually CNC milled for accuracy. There are also now seven bounce options, low, standard and high, LBV, SBC, and HBW and not forgetting the TW grind, so there's bound to be a fit for everyone.

Ping ChipR Wedge