In today’s market, buying yourself three new wedges can be an expensive business. The Signature wedges from Kirkland may not offer the options you’ll find from other, more premium-priced brands but in terms of basic performance, they more than hold their own. Offering classic looks, impressive spin and plenty of versatility into and around the greens, we think these represent excellent value for money.
Simple, classic aesthetics
Impressive levels of spin and greenside versatility
Solid feel and soft-ish sound
Chrome finish reflects the glare in bright sunlight
No alternative loft and sole grind options
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Kirkland is a brand that has gathered momentum in recent times for its solid performing, affordable golf equipment most notably, the Kirkland Signature 2.0 golf ball. With that in mind, we wanted to test the performance of the Kirkland Signature 3-Piece wedge set and purchased a box from a Costco store in the UK for just under £150.
We put them up against a more premium-priced model on a launch monitor and on the course at West Hill Golf Club to from a proper comparison. In the video and article below, Neil Tappin runs through the results...
No matter what your exact equipment preferences, every golfer wants a set of wedges that look superb both in the bag and behind the ball. The Kirkland Signature wedges impressed us with their simple, classic aesthetic. In terms of their size and shape at address there is not much to choose between these and the best golf wedges you'll find on tour.
They have a simple chrome finish which looks very smart albeit it did reflect the glare from the sun on a couple of occasions during our testing.
We started by testing the Kirkland Signature wedges up against a premium model using a SkyTrak launch monitor and Titleist Pro V1X golf balls. Firstly, we hit a series of 50-yard shots with both 52˚ options - predominantly to check the spin levels (both wedges were brand new). It was good to see the Kirkland spinning at just over 7000 rpm - which was just over 700 rpm more than the premium model.
We then jumped up to hit some 100-yard shots. The performance across the board was very similar - the Kirkland launching 3˚ higher and spinning a fraction more.
It was good to see that for such an affordable price, you aren’t giving up on any essential spin control. However, it is worth pointing out that our test didn’t extend as far as being able to see how the spin numbers hold up as the face of the wedge wears over a longer period of time.
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We then took the two more lofted options onto the course at West Hill - hitting a host of pitch, chip and bunker shots. The benefit of going for a 3-piece wedge set like this became clear in this environment. As you change wedges and the shots you hit require small technique adjustments, the consistency of the look and shape made these alterations easier to make.
The 60˚ wedge in particular offered impressive versatility. From bunkers shots, using the full effect of the bounce, to delicate chip shots where more of the leading edge was needed, it provided good, all-round playability. The difference in the lofts and sole designs between the three models give you plenty of choices around the green. Whilst very simple, what Kirkland are offering here is effective.
For those golfers looking to fill gaps in the bottom end of the bag, the Kirkland Signature 3-Piece Wedge Set offers an affordable way to do it. Whilst you only have the one, standard set of loft and bounce options, they are nicely spaced out. This should improve your distance gapping and then when you get closer to the green, the spin and versatility on offer from the higher lofts could unlock more performance in your short game.
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In July 2023, Neil became just the 9th editor in Golf Monthly's 112-year history. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he has also presented many Golf Monthly videos looking at all areas of the game from Tour player interviews to the rules of golf.
Throughout his time with the brand he has also covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons: PING Blueprint S (4&5), PING Blueprint T (6-PW) Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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