Most Forgiving Wedges 2024

We review the most forgiving wedges on the market so you can find the right option for your game

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Most Forgiving Wedges

When it comes to selecting our golf equipment we all have different preferences. Whether it's trying to decide on the best driver or the best irons, we're all different and it's the same when it comes to the scoring clubs, like your wedges. In fact, other than the putter, wedges might be the most personal in the bag. Some golfers demand a soft feel, while others look for exceptional levels of spin. Some golfers place a premium on forgiveness, with the wedge being one of the hardest clubs to use consistently in your bag. 

The best golf wedges usually offer an excellent mix of everything. We hear a lot about forgiveness levels when it comes to drivers, fairways and irons, but it's equally important in wedges even if it is spoken about less.

Chipping and pitching shots require a great deal of skill, and just like driving, it's not always easy for amateurs to repeat the same move and find the perfect contact on a consistent basis. There are models of wedges that will help you with the quality of your short game ball striking, allow you to spin the golf ball better and therefore add greater control to your short game. 

Levels of forgiveness vary from brand to brand, but we've tested some of the most forgiving wedges to help those of you who are in need to find a club that offers that that extra margin for error. We would also recommend reading our best golf wedges for beginners guide if you are new to the game. Also, see some more forgiving clubs in our most forgiving drivers guide, most forgiving irons guide, and most forgiving putters guide as well.

But for now, here are the most forgiving wedges we've tested.

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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)

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

The new CBX 4 Zipcore wedges feature the same technology found in the impressive RTX6 wedges as well as Cleveland's other best wedges. Cleveland removed the heavier steel in the hosel and replaced it with a lightweight but strong vibration dampening material. The weight saved from the heel can then be redistributed across the toe and higher on the face, thus improving MOI and providing optimal CG placement.

These wedges are an excellent option for golfers who are looking to upgrade their wedges this season and need a little bit of assistance. Based on our testing we would say that the CBX 4 Zipcore wedges provide really high levels of performance and forgiveness that can help golfers of all abilities. 

They are probably more aimed slightly more towards the higher handicap golfer due to the forgiveness, feel and size of the head, but low handicappers should not dismiss them out of hand either as any golfer looking for more assistance around the greens could benefit from the spin performance on offer from these wedges.

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 Wedge

TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 Wedge

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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

A great all rounder that will really help mid-high handicap golfers hone their game around the greens. The Hi-Toe 3 from TaylorMade is a brilliantly balanced wedge that offers excellent control, especially for those who struggle with distance from the sand. It has a very low centre of gravity and a wide back that provides extra forgiveness and bounce on much shorter shots which will help you increase your confidence when chipping or playing out of bunkers. 

This is the third generation of the Hi-Toe design and we have to say that it performed brilliantly on the course in our testing. Aesthetically this wedge looks incredible, with its aged copper finish giving a rustic, yet sophisticated look that provides a real 'wow' factor. 

As with many of the best wedges for chipping, the Hi-Toe 3 excels when it comes to adding spin to the golf ball. This is almost certainly due to the micro-ribs added to the face of the club, which provide extra traction between the grooves causing additional friction at impact. We could really feel this work on low, spinny chips onto the greens. 

On the sand wedge, you'll find the Hi-Toe comes with full-face grooves that give extra forgiveness when you miss the center of the face. This is a great wedge for golfers of all abilities, especially as you get a lot of high-bounce forgiveness which makes this wedge fantastic for digging shots out of deep lying bunkers and heavy rough. We would also recommend it as a fantastic lob wedge for any player looking for greater stopping power around the greens. 

Cleveland CBX Full-Face 2 Wedge

Cleveland CBX Full-Face 2 Wedge

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Specifications

Lofts: 50° to 60°
Grinds: 2 (Full & C-Shaped)
Finishes: 1 (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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Feel very good for cavity back head

Reasons to avoid

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

The Cleveland CBX Full-Face 2 stands out due to the grooves which are the full width of the face and also go right up into the toe. This means that when you need to open the face you can get maximum spin on the ball much easier. As you might expect from one of the best Cleveland wedges, it is rammed with technology. 

We see the forgiveness on offer through the cavity-back design. Sometimes cavity-back wedges can lack feel but, the Full-Face 2 doesn't. This is thanks to the TPU gel back insert that sits in the cavity to moderate the sound. It does not sound like a cavity back at all and the feedback is superb.

It is worth noting that the sole features a standard Full Sole grind on the lower lofts (50° & 52°), which helps makes this one of the most forgiving wedges on full shots, while on the higher lofts from 54° upwards, the Cleveland CBX Full-Face 2 uses a C-Shaped Sole which offers more relief in the heel and toe.

Based on our testing we would certainly say that the Full-Face 2 is one of the best golf wedges for beginners, especially as it features in a number of shaft, sole and loft options to cater for whatever your requirement is. A custom fit is recommended though so you dial in exactly what you need.

Callaway CB Wedge

Callaway CB Wedge

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A forgiving wedge that is perfect for those looking for a bit of assistance around the greens

Specifications

Lofts: 48º-60º
Grinds: 1 (Full Sole)
Finishes: 1 (Chrome)

Reasons to buy

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Superb levels of spin and flight control
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Extremely forgiving on all types of shots
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Premium looks in a cavity back design

Reasons to avoid

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Full face grooves only available in the weaker lofts

If you've ever had the yips or chunked a shot with your wedge, then you'll know how important it is to have a forgiving wedge that will help you to hit good shots around the greens. Callaway are well aware of this and produce some of the best and most forgiving wedges in the game to help a full range of golfers.

So if you're the type of golfer who needs a bit of assistance which you get around the greens, then the Callaway CB wedge could be just the club for you.

The large cavity back design offers maximum forgiveness on all kinds of wedge shots, whether it's full approach shots from 100 yards in or little pitch and run shots from around the green, the Callaway CB wedge is versatile enough to handle anything. 

The wide base and full face groove design on the higher lofted wedges (54º to 60º) definitely inspired confidence when we placed it behind the ball during our testing sessions. This full face groove design produces a ton of spin, particularly when playing from out of the bunker. 

The face has the same 'face blasted' grooves seen in the premium Callaway Jaws Raw wedge. These grooves help to create a roughness on the face which generates extra spin irrespective of the weather conditions you happen to be playing in. Even though there's a lot of bounce on these wedges, sliding under the ball really was not an issue at all for us which is why we think this is one of the best high bounce wedges around. In summary, this is one of the best golf wedges for beginners thanks to the assistance and forgiveness it offers around the greens. 

Ping ChipR Wedge

Ping ChipR Wedge

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Specifications

Lofts: 1 (38.5º)
Grinds: 1 (cambered sole)
Finishes: 1 (silver)

Reasons to buy

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Great-looking club
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An absolute guaranteed stroke saver
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So easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Limited versatility

The Ping ChipR Wedge is unorthodox and won't be for everybody, but we think it is a fantastic solution for any player struggling with the chipping yips. Duffing a wedge shot after a booming drive up the middle can be one of the most infuriating things you can experience on a golf course and some golfers are plagued by it. If that's you, this could be your lifeline.

It's also ideal for those who struggle when they get around the green and need to play chip or pitch shots. It's easy for a golfer to lose confidence on those shots but the Ping ChipR Wedge can really take some of the headaches away from chipping from 40-yards out. Ping describes this club as "a fully engineered chipping solution" that combines elements of both your putter and your wedges to make chipping much easier. 

It has the loft of a 9-iron but sits more vertically, almost like a putter. This really helps when it comes to playing little bump and runs around the green and it gives you the feeling you can accurately place the ball next to the hole. It weighs the same as a lob wedge and can still give you the same level of grab thanks to its MicroMax grooves which are situated closer to each other than normal. We found in testing that this allowed us to put more stopping power on the ball and control it from tighter lies. 

Chipping from the fringes with this club couldn't be easier and it's versatility makes it an ideal choice for beginners as well as long time golfers who are having issues around the green.

King Cobra Snakebite Wedge

Cobra Snakebite 2023 Wedge being held aloft on the golf course

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Specifications

Lofts: 48°-60°
Grinds: 3 (Classic, Versatile, Widelow)
Finishes: 2 (Chrome, Black)

Reasons to buy

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Highly forgiving
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Loads of spin
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Soft feel

Reasons to avoid

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Shiny finish won't suit some
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Limited grind options

These sleek progressive-groove wedges from Cobra are packed with technology to increase spin in wet conditions and they offer incredible versatility and forgiveness allowing the golfer to play a wide range of shots with confidence. The wedges are refined, simplistic and easy on the eye.

This is a wedge that performs excellently in all categories. It made an impression on us right from the off with its shiny finish which really gives it a premium look. The lower lofted wedges come in a classic shape with traditional grooves, while the higher lofts have been designed with a wider, shallower shape and full-face grooves.

This means they are highly forgiving in the higher lofts which allows golfers to open the face safe in the knowledge the drop-off in performance for an off-centre strike won't be as stark, which is very handy when in the rough or a bunker. 

In testing, we found the Snakebite to be one of the most forgiving wedges on the market and while Cobra aren't necessarily renowned for their wedges we think they have done an excellent job here.

Cleveland CBX ZipCore Wedge

Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedgeEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Excellent feel on all shots
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Lots of spin on offer
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Really forgiving

Reasons to avoid

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Sound is a bit clicky
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Not the best-looking from the back

The cavity-backed Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedge is a great looking golf club that comes with a choice of steel or a graphite Catalyst Spinner graphite shaft. 

In our testing, it was relatively easy to hit and to flight and that is due to its low-density ZipCore that sits at the heart of the wedge. Zipcore allows for a heavier steel in the hosel to be replaced with a more lightweight material, meaning the weight saved from the heel can be redistributed across the toe and higher on the face, thus improving MOI and giving optimum CG placement.

That makes it a great sand wedge for golfers who can sometimes get a little nervy over their chips or are prone to hitting a shot slightly fat. The cavity-backed head makes this a very forgiving wedge that should reduce the number of costly chunks around the greens that can ruin a score in a hurry.

While we found the club to be very lightweight because of its graphite shaft, the balance and fluidity on longer shots was excellent. The clubface provided plenty of spin but that the club is quite firm and a little clicky perhaps, which might not be to everyone's taste. This is a club that ticks boxes in all key performance areas which is why we included it in the Golf Monthly Editor's Choice Awards for 2022.

PXG Sugar Daddy II Wedge

PXG Sugar Daddy II wedge in two finishes

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Specifications

Lofts: 50°-62°
Grinds: 2 (C, BP)
Finishes: 2 (Chrome, Xtreme Dark)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent levels of adjustability
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Very well balanced
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Easy to control flight and distance

Reasons to avoid

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Custom fitting required to dial in specs

After the success of the original PXG Sugar Daddy wedges, PXG has launched the second iteration of the wedge and we certainly think it is an improvement on their previous model. As we've come to expect with PXG clubs, the visuals are very striking to say the least. The head features six adjustable weights on its back which can be altered to help you change the CG (center of gravity) on the club to suit your personal preference. These weights help to add more consistency to your shots, allowing golfers to hit the same quality and distance of shots with almost every chip. 

The CNC milled full-faced grooves help with spin, while PXG have done away with the teardrop shape seen on the original Sugar Daddy and replaced it with a high-toe design to really help with forgiveness. This does make it look a little more lofted but the net result is that this is one of the most forgiving wedges on the market. 

There are two different sole options, a 13º BP-Grind and a 10º C-Grind. Which one you need depends on the kind of turf you usually play from. The BP-Grind gives greater spin from a sandy bunker or softer turf, while on firmer ground the 10º option is more appropriate and will aid golfers in getting increased traction on their chips. 

Mizuno ES21 Wedge

Mizuno ES21 Wedge

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Specifications

Lofts: 54°-62°
Grinds: 2 (Standard, Wide)
Finishes: 1 (Black)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent spin in all conditions
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Stable and easy to manipulate
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Black finish reduces sun glare

Reasons to avoid