ClubTest 2014: Hopkins CJ-1 Wedges
Hopkins CJ-1 Wedges
WE TESTED: 50°/8°, 52°/8°, 58°/12°, 60°/12° in Full sole grind with Hopkins OTM steel shaft; 60°/12° in Wide sole grind with Hopkins OTM steel shaft; 56°/14° in Arc, Channel, Heel, and Shelf sole grind with Hopkins OTM steel shaft; 54°/12° in Heel/Toe grind with Hopkins OTM graphite shaft; 56°/14° in Full sole grind with Hopkins OTM graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Custom stamping is available, as well as seven custom grinds for a variety of swing types and conditions.
PLAYABILITY: Testers applaud the array of sole grinds for a range of playing conditions—guys hit chips, pitches, and bunker shots well; the heavy head destroys tough lies and sand; controls full shots from lots of different lies.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Good, predictable results on most greenside shots; does the job on full shots when you know your exact distance; pretty consistent when struck well.
FEEL: The solid weighting makes it easy to sense where the head is throughout the swing; minimal twisting creates a stable sensation; ball comes off the firm face with zip.
LOOK: No complaints—a good profile that sets up well; traditional shape that’s reminiscent of classic wedges; the milled face functions as an alignment tool.
Face feels harder than many prefer; some models perform better on full swings from the fairway in terms of distance and accuracy; a few guys say shots roll out a bit more than they like.
BOTTOM LINE: Solid all-around performer with a large selection of sole grinds and a look that you’re likely to recognize and appreciate.
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