The United States Golf Association (USGA) implemented new rules relating to the grooves on wedges and irons that went into effect at the start of 2010, resulting in many new wedge options. Many models offer new technology for spin control because the grooves may be shaped or spaced differently than previously allowed. Most golfers carry several wedges, ranging in loft from 46 to 64 degrees.
Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled
Long considered a leader in wedge technology, Titleist's newest Vokey wedge is rated the top wedge for 2010 by Golf Digest. On the technical side, the spin milling process allows Titleist to create clubs that have deep grooves with steep angles on higher-lofted clubs and shallower grooves with more gentle angles on lower-lofted clubs, according to Golf Digest. These wedges are available in 17 combinations of loft (48 to 64 degrees) and bounce, and each has a unique sole design. It comes in black nickel, tour chrome and oil can finishes. The newest Titleist Vokey wedge was awarded gold status by Golf Digest.
Adams Tom Watson Wedge
Golf Tips Magazine rates the new Adams Tom Watson wedge as the best in class for price, and the club was awarded silver status by Golf Magazine. Watson wedges are sold separately or in three wedge sets, according to Golf Tips Magazine. The grooves are milled with a special tool that creates precise control, while the teardrop shape allows for forgiveness and versatility. The club is available is six combinations of loft (52 to 64 degrees) and is available in a satin or chrome finish.
Awarded silver status by Golf Digest and included in Golf Tips Magazine's top wedge list, the Callaway X-Forged wedge is all about versatility and forgiveness. In some models (50 to 54 degrees), two types of grooves are available, including one that promises more spin control. The sole is beveled, which means the club cuts through grass with more ease than other wedges, and also allows players to use it for an open- or closed-face shot. The club is available in 12 combinations of loft (48 to 64 degrees) and may come with a white chrome or gunmetal vintage finish.
Cleveland CG 15
Selected as the "editors pick" by Golf Tips Magazine, the Cleveland CG 15 wedge is laser milled and is available with aggressive or non-aggressive grooves. In either case, the laser milling makes the clubface rougher and offers good spin control. The club is available in more than 20 combinations of loft (46 to 64 degrees) and bounce and comes in black pearl, satin chrome, oil quench or DSG oil quench finishes. Golf Tips Magazine says, this Cleveland wedge retails is easy to hit. The hosel may be personalized or a logo may be added to the sole.