ClubTest 2016: Fourteen RM-22 Wedge Review

Fourteen RM-22 Wedge
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FOURTEEN RM-22

 

PRICE: $185
WE TESTED: 47°/6°, 58°/8°, 58°/12° with True Temper Dynamic Gold wedge-flex steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The blade gets thicker near the top to increase consistency and spin.

PROS

LOOK: Its strongest attribute; gorgeous, debonair and clean-cut -- the RM-22 is ready for its close-up; glare-free satin finish contributes to the total package.
FEEL: Strong but soft, even when you don't catch it pure -- tells you exactly what you did wrong but in the kindest terms; one of the heavier-swinging wedges -- stability isn't an issue.
DISTANCE CONTROL: No problem ramping up or scaling back swings to cover the gaps; steady mileage out of the rough; decent stopping power to hold most greens.
PLAYABILITY: It can make all the shots, but you need to provide the skill; lower flight plays nicely in the wind; can pick the ball cleanly off tight spots or pop it from hairy ones; fairly wide sole is a sure thing out of bunkers.

CONS

Its functionality doesn't equal its look or feel, according to some testers; not all that forgiving -- for high-handicappers, it's more art than instrument; seems similar to the RM-21, and the price is on the high side.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the best-looking wedges, with all the feel you need. When you're good, it's great -- when you're not, buckle up. The RM-22s are best left to good players with a bit of a hipster streak.

 

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