If you're looking to make a mid-season wedge change, one of these sleek models will probably suit the way you play, the way you swing, the conditions you play in -- even your sense of style. And if you think your old, worn wedges generate as much spin as these new weapons, remember that Tour players replace wedges several times each season to help keep their short games dialed in. Here's your chance to follow suit and get maximum spin and control, shot after shot.
The King comes in three grinds to accommodate a range of swing types and playing conditions. The "WideLow" grind features a wide sole with low bounce for steep swingers who play in wet or soft conditions. The "Classic" grind has a thinner sole and more bounce for those with medium attack angles who play in many different conditions. The "Versatile" grind for "sweepers," with shallow angles of attack, sports a softened leading edge plus lots of heel and toe relief. Made from soft carbon steel, the King wedge's muscleback design offers added mass behind the hitting zone and CNC-milled grooves for spin consistency. Lofts: WideLow - 56º to 60º; Classic - 52º, 56º, 60º; Versatile - 50º to 60º.
CALLAWAY MD3 MILLED GOLD NICKEL
The striking Gold Nickel finish is only available in the S-Grind, which features a medium sole width for swings that have a sweeping to moderate attack angle. Progressive groove designs optimize spin for specific shots -- pitching and gap wedges have deep, narrow grooves to prevent fliers on full swings out of the rough. Sand wedges have more standard grooves. Lob wedges feature wide, sharp grooves to control short shots around the green. Plus, the wedges have a high toe, as well as ports in the back of the head to reposition mass higher.
TITLEIST VOKEY DESIGN SM6 RAW
The raw finish is untreated carbon steel that rusts with time. Beyond that, SM6 Raw has the same features as the standard SM6, including a progressive CG in line with the impact position of each loft to improve distance gapping, flight and feel. Compared with SM5 wedges, the CG is lower in the 46º to 52º lofts, which helps increase ball speed by 1.5 mph and distance by three to five yards. The 54º and 56º have the same CG location as before, while the 58º to 62º have a higher CG to improve trajectory control. Milled TX4 grooves and a new face texture deliver up to 200 rpm more spin, on average, than previous Vokeys. The grooves are built with specific shots in mind: 46º to 54º have narrower, deeper versions for full shots, while wider, shallower grooves in the 56º to 62º optimize spin on partial swings and open-face shots. SM6 Raw comes in six lofts (50º to 60º) and four sole grinds (F, M, S, and K), in 12 combos.
HARRY TAYLOR SERIES 305
Price: $150, chrome; $170, black
Former PGA Tour pro Harry Taylor spent 30-plus years as a club designer for TaylorMade, Mizuno and Founders Club. Now he's doing his own thing. First up is the Series 305. Precision milled for consistency and control, each 303-stainless steel head has a C-grind sole for players who hit down with a fairly steep swing. The U-shaped grooves and surface roughness on the face help boost spin. Comes in 52° loft/9° bounce, 54°/10°, 56°/11°, 58°/11° and 60°/9°, with chrome or black finish, and is sold at harrytaylorgolf.com. Get 33 percent off your order by signing up for the company newsletter, and $20 cash if someone you refer makes a purchase. (That person also receives 33 percent off.)
TOUR EDGE RALLY
Price: $80, steel; $100, graphite
The high-toe design is easy to lay wide open for soft flop shots. A concave sole with medium bounce angle should minimize digging regardless of the lie in the fairway, rough or bunker. Four lofts (54°, 56°, 58° and 60°) are available for right-handed players, while only the 50° and 60° are available for lefties.