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VOTE NOW!! Members Choice presented by 2nd Swing: Best wedge of 2023


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Best wedge of 2023  

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    • Adams Idea
      0
    • Bettinardi HLX 5.0
      2
    • Callaway Jaws Raw
      30
    • Callaway Jaws Raw Full Face
      4
    • Callaway Jaws Raw Full Toe
      14
    • Cleveland RTX6 ZipCore
      87
    • Cleveland RTX Full Face
      7
    • Cleveland CBX Zip Core
      32
    • Cleveland CBX Full Face 2
      6
    • Cleveland Smart Sole
      0
    • Cobra Snakebite
      1
    • Cobra Snakebite X
      0
    • Edel SMS
      5
    • Edison 2.0
      3
    • Epon Tour Wedge Type M
      0
    • Epon Tour Wedge Type S
      1
    • Epon Tour Wedge Type L
      0
    • Fourteen RM-4
      5
    • Honma Beres
      0
    • Honma TW W21
      0
    • Miura K-Grind 2.0
      2
    • Miura Milled Tour
      5
    • Miura Tour Wedge
      3
    • Mizuno T-22
      31
    • Mizuno S23
      16
    • Ping Glide 4.0
      37
    • Ping Glide Pro Forged
      5
    • Ping ChipR
      3
    • PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II
      19
    • PXG 0311 3X Forged
      0
    • TaylorMade Milled Grind 3
      37
    • TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3
      21
    • Titleist Vokey SM9
      219
    • Tour Edge Exotics EXS Forged
      0
    • Vega Alcor
      0
    • Vega Alcor Tour
      0
    • Vega VWY
      0
    • Vega VWX
      0
    • Wilson Staff Model
      2
    • Wilson Staff Model HT
      0
    • Wilson Staff Model TG
      2
    • Wilson Staff Model TG
      0

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I voted for the Callaway Jaws Raw. I actually moved out of SM9s and into Jaws Raw for two reasons: 

 

1. I LOVE the leading edge chamfer. It's hugely helpful in keeping my wedges from digging. That's by far the biggest difference I noted with the Jaws Raw vs. the SM9 -- I was playing similar bounces (54/12W at 55/13 in my Jaws Raw sand wedge vs. 54/14F in my SM9 sand wedge, and 60/8Z in my Jaws Raw lob wedge vs. 60/08M in my SM9), but the Jaws Raw are significantly less diggy for me.

 

2. The W and Z grinds rock. I play the W in my sand wedge and Z in my lob wedge. The W is super helpful on the softer midwestern turf I play on -- really keeps my sand wedge from digging. I use it on as many 105-ish and in shots as possible. And then the Z is perfect for a lob wedge. I can get the leading edge down even when the face is open, but thanks to that leading edge chamfer I mentioned, it still doesn't dig. 

 

I also find that I get a lot of spin on open-face shots -- might have something to do with the micro-grooves cut at an angle. That angle makes it really hard to clean the wedges, but it does seem like it might make a difference. 

 

Other wedges I like are the Glide 4.0 and Glide Forged Pro -- especially that 59 degree Eye2 Toe -- and the RTX6. I've only hit the Cleveland indoors on a mat, though.

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Driver: Ping G430 LST 9* | Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6X

3W: Ping G430 Max @14* | Fujikura Speeder NX Blue 70X

Hybrids: Ping G430 3H, 5H @25* | Tour 2.0 Chrome 85S

Irons: Ping i230 5-UW | Fujikura AXIOM 105X

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw 54/12W@55/13W, 60/12X | Nippon Modus 125 Wedge

Putter: Bettinardi 2024 BB1 Wide 

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Callaway Jaws Full Toe 54 and 58

Gives me grooves all the way out on the toe where I can miss the golf ball. With proper weighting out there still helps me pull off not abysmal results. Also like black wedges so the both options for that and the Jaws Raw is great.

 

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I voted Cleveland over Vokeys. They dont offer the same array of grinds, but they suit me well and I like to have a raw wedge (full!!! raw, not face only) without having to sell a kidney. Feel, looks, and versatility are superb

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Been a Hi-Toe convert for a while.  Once I got used to the shape, I have loved these wedges.  Multiple bounce options, and the  versatile sole grind on the sand and lob wedges make these the best for me.  Recently moved to the low bounce option in the 58*.  It has been a good addition, enough bounce not to dig, but easy enough to slide under the ball on tight or firm lies.  The addition of the full face grooves on the 54* didn't look great at first, but the consistent lower launch window and turf interaction of the Hi-Toe 3 are worth the fact that they won't win any beauty contests.  These are beasts through and through.

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The RTX6 Zipcores have performed well for me. Very reliable (more than the player....)

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I have really been enjoying Ping's wedges. I think they nailed it with the Glide series.

 

Vokey has a lot of customization options and grinds, I just never really have gotten along with them, and all the grind options can be confusing for a simpleton like me. I can see why they are ranked highly though amongst members here and are a mainstay on tour.

 

So for me, it's the Glides. Unless they really change something up (for the worse), I'll continue to consider Pings wedges come time to upgrade.

 

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The Vokey Raw SM9's represent the best balance of feel, accuracy, spin, and playability.    While I love the sweet feel of my Miura K Grind set, the Vokey Raw heads are scoring demons.  

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I own about 16 Vokey's of various lofts and grinds and I have always been a Vokey user.    Been fooling around with a 56 degree CBX Zipcore for the past month that a friend of mine tossed at me.  The CBX just might retire my Vokeys.

 

Traditional look at address.   Real nice looking actually.

 

Great feel.

 

Clipping the ball off tight lies.

 

Flops.

 

Hooded down and high shots.

 

Works about as well from hardpan fairways as it does on plush fairways.

 

It has a different sound than my Vokey's but not unpleasant.

 

Good from powdery and firm bunkers.

 

Slightly more forgiving overall than any of my Vokey's.

 

 

 

 

 

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On 7/11/2023 at 6:45 AM, Bunkersarebigcups said:

I voted Cleveland over Vokeys. They dont offer the same array of grinds, but they suit me well and I like to have a raw wedge (full!!! raw, not face only) without having to sell a kidney. Feel, looks, and versatility are superb

I have to agree with this. 
 

I’m currently playing these and am quite impressed. 
 

They offer plenty of bite and control. 
 

I like the DG spinner shaft a lot. 
 

Raw is the way to go…

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I owned both the SM9 and MG3's. 

 

For me personally, the MG3's performed better, but absolutely hated the look of the Raw face, which was really the only reason I got rid of them.

 

Praying that the upcoming MG4's won't have the Raw faces...if so they'll be going straight into my bag!!

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I'm telling all of you right now, there is not an easier wedge to hit than the CBX Zipcores and there's not a close second in my opinion.


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Taylormade MG3 are the best wedges and kicked Callys and SM9's out of my bag.

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I just had my first experience with the RTX 6 Zipcore the other day, and was absolutely blown away!!

 

I’ve had 2 stints with the OG Zipcore’s, and was very skeptical that Cleveland could improve on them.

 

But the RTX 6 Zipcore’s are absolutely better! Feel and control is just as good, but they seem way easier to hit, better for full swings, and the spin and control on chips and partial swings is fantastic as well!

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Cleveland RTX6 ZipCore

 

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