ClubTest 2007: Wedges

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ClubTest 2007: WedgesGOLF Magazine asked 40 golfers just like you to hit the newest wedges on the market. Here's what our ClubTesters had to say. Mizuno MP-R Black Nickel $99; mizunousa.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 52°/7° (loft/bounce), 54°/10°, 56°/13°, 58°/10°, 60°/5°, 60°/9° in steel shaft Company line: "Round heads with a black nickel finish that's softer than chrome. Grain Flow Forged from Pure Select mild carbon steel for soft, solid, consistent feel. Computer milled, square grooves." Our Test Panel says: Take these seriously; just shy of the top wedges; buttery soft, responsive feel; classic lines, love the finish; precise in different lies; sole glides effortlessly through sand or turf; would prefer more spin [and control] from rough; off-center shots surrender too much distance. A pleasure to look at and even better to hit. — Steve Sesko
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Nicklaus Dual Slot $79; nicklausgolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 52°/8° (loft/bounce), 56°/12°, 58°/11°, 60°/10° in steel shaft Company line: "The dual-slot heel-relief design provides more versatility and control in short-game situations. Club has an ultra-flat CNC-milled face for extra spin." Our Test Panel says: Yields predictable results; the two slots act like a fin on a surfboard, helping the wedge track through sand without diving or fluttering; unremarkable, vanilla styling; not the crispest feel for a wedge, but not harsh, either. Delivers a variety of trajectories as needed. — Jim Hurley
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Nike SV Tour $89; nikegolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 50°/10° (loft/bounce), 52°/10°, 54°/12°, 56°/10°, 56°/14°, 58°/10°, 60°/06°, 60°/10° in steel shaft Company line: "Classic profile and grind provides a clean look with maximum versatility. The CNC-milled flat face delivers consistent response for more accurate shots." Our Test Panel says: Above average; nice satin finish gives soft appearance; good feedback; produces lots of bite, shots hop and stop; not too bad on tight lies, only so-so from rough; controlled, predictable distances from fairway. Really spins it, like a cheese grater on your ball. — Lee Neisler
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TaylorMade rac Satin TP $119; taylormadegolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 52°/8° (loft/bounce), 54/10°, 56°/12°, 58°/8°, 60°/6° in steel shaft Company line: "Milled Y-cutter grooves offer a clean, sharp, consistent edge that grips the cover and delivers additional spin. Larger 'feel pockets' channel unwanted impact vibration to strategic locations in the head, promoting softer feel." Our Test Panel says: Just a work of art around the green — think about holing chips rather than getting them close; handles any lie; stop where you tell 'em; distance loss almost non-existent; smooth feel; deadly accurate from fairway, can play any shot, very reliable distance control. Like a Swiss watch — accurate and precise. — Don Ytterberg
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Wilson Staff Tw 7 $99; wilsongolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 52°/6° (loft/bounce), 56°/10°, 60°/8° in steel shaft Company line: "Cast 431 stainless steel heads with a gun metal finish to reduce sun glare. 'Control grooves' are deeper and steeper than standard for more spin, bite and better control." Our Test Panel says: Acceptable performance, but it's up against some wonderful clubs; spins the ball well; stable during swing; impact is more seen than felt; contact does not give substantial enough feel; competent better-player wedge; mid-handicappers struggle to guide it. Decent playability. But nothing truly distinctive. — Michael Kaye
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WINNER Titleist Vokey Spin Milled $109; titleist.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. Video: ClubTesters talk about Titleist Vokey wedges. We tested: 54°/10° (loft/bounce), 54°/14°, 56°/10°, 56°/14°, 58°/8°, 58°/12°, 60°/4°, 60°/8° in steel shaft Company line: "Classic teardrop shape with CNC-machined grooves and face create a rougher surface for better spin retention on partial shots. Thirty-percent more groove volume than conventional wedges provides more consistent and higher spin." Our Test Panel says: Tight lie? No prob. Sitting up in the rough? Check. Buried in the rough? Bring it on. Downhill lie? That's a go; great look and feel; superior performance; beautifully balanced; this baby has teeth — face grips the ball in rough and wet grass. A perfect blend of playability, feel and responsiveness. — Zach Fasman
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WHAT THEY BOUGHT Testers tried all the latest and greatest sticks. Now see the clubs that they bought with their hard-earned cash. Nike SV Tour Michael Kaye (handicap 14) TaylorMade rac Satin TPC. J. Bush (17)