ClubTest 2016: Nike Engage Wedge

Nike Engage Wedge
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NIKE ENGAGE

 

PRICE: $120
WE TESTED: "Square" sole: 52°, 58°, 60°; "Toe Sweep" sole: 56°, 58°, 60°; "Dual" sole: 58°, 60°. All with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The Dual sole model (above) has an unchromed finish.

PROS

LOOK: Lots of tech, with three distinct grinds: the full, "Square" sole; the narrower, sloped "Dual" sole; and the radical, undulating "Toe Sweep," with a ton of heel relief and mass behind the toe; dull, raw-steel finish rusts almost immediately.
FEEL: Heavy enough to handle anything, but still smooth on full swings; slightly crisp impact nicely communicates contact; mass out on the toe dominates the Toe Sweep -- a unique feel.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Not an issue for any of the grinds -- baseline consistency gives a good starting point for making adjustments; gets all the yards you need out of the thick stuff; hefty head helps cover up greenside indiscretions.
PLAYABILITY: The Toe Sweep turns sand traps into a day at the beach, opens up easily and holds its own on turf; Dual sole fares a bit better from tight lies; aptly named Square sole shines when squared.

CONS

Traditionalists turn up their noses at the hump-soled Toe Sweep, and a few guys report okay results on full swings; the other two grinds don't move the needle enough in a crowded field; lacks the flashy style of Nike's other clubs, and tends to rust after a wet day on the links.

BOTTOM LINE: An all-around solid club with very intriguing grind options. Higher-handicappers looking for a guarantee in the sand (with a bit of versatility outside it) should give the Toe Sweep a try.

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