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Bridgestone West Coast Design Wedges

Photo: Schecter Lee

From Golf Magazine (Buyer's Guide, May 2009)

It's for: All skill levels

Hideo Shimazaki, Club designer: "Our black finish gives you the ability to play a different finish than what you're used to. This particular one is the result of Tour feedback because they want a finish for bright, sunny days. Folks will love the shape and its soft feel, too."

How it works: WC Design (stands for West Coast) wedges now come in three finishes: black nickel, satin or liquid copper. Heads are cast from 8620 mild carbon steel, for a soft sensation through impact. Each finish features the same CNC-milled clubface, milled U-grooves to maximize spin and "variable bounce" technology. This simply means that you get full bounce on a square setup. However, the bounce decreases when you close or lay open the face around the green. The biggest difference among the three finishes is that black nickel cuts glare more so than the others.

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