Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

PGA National (Champion Course)



Hot List

Best Wedges of 2024

Your swing is a mess. You’re missing greens right, left, long and short. All day you must get up and down to save par. Fear not. Whether your preference is to get properly fit into a model with north of 20 loft/bounce options or your pick is more of a point-and-pitch model, there are plenty of options. Need help producing green-grabbing spin? The surface roughness of grooves is much more advanced specific to the loft because lower-lofted wedges behave differently than higher-lofted ones. We’ve put our stamp of approval on the wedges on this year’s Hot List. Trust us, they’ll help you get the job done.

Callaway Jaws Raw
$180 | Golf Galaxy
5.0
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Hot List Gold
$180

Golfers dream of sucking the ball back like they’re playing walk the dog with a yo-yo. Callaway’s groove design is an effort to get players there. A 37-degree wall angle enhances the sharpness of the groove edge for extra grab on full shots. Micro-milled grooves between the regular grooves are milled at a 20-degree angle, helping spin on greenside shots. The variable-length hosels on the sand and lob wedges help control trajectory and improve forgiveness. Tungsten—used for the first time in a Callaway wedge—helps position the center of gravity in the middle of the face for enhanced control and feel.

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Cleveland CBX 4 ZipCore/CBX Full-Face 2
$170 | Golf Galaxy
4.5
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Hot List Gold
$170

In 2017, Cleveland said that because 84 percent of everyday golfers were playing cavity-back irons, it made little sense to play with a wedge that didn’t match the rest of the irons in the bag. That led to the development of the wider-soled, cavity-back CBX wedge. Since then, the line has built on the original premise, adding more features along the way. The latest is the introduction of a loft-dependent face finish that increases friction at impact and combines with sharper, tighter spaced grooves for more spin.

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Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore/RTX Full-Face 2
$170 | Golf Galaxy
5.0
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Hot List Gold
$170

When you have a proven winner, the temptation is to make modest improvements and move on. Not with these wedges. The amount of weight removed from the lower heel and replaced with the company’s ZipCore compound is nearly double from last year. The compound is a quarter of the weight of the steel it replaces, saving 21 grams that has been moved elsewhere to position the center of gravity toward the toe. This slightly increases the moment of inertia in the heel-toe and high-low directions to help mis-hits.

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Mizuno T24
$180 | Golf Galaxy
4.5
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Hot List Gold
$180

The T24 line has a thinner topline, shorter, more compact blade lengths and heads that transition in shape depending on loft compared to the T23. A straight-line look on the lower, full-swing lofts (for easier transition from the short irons) moves to more of a rounded look on the higher lofts to emphasize shot-making finesse (open-face shots in particular). Throughout though, the T24 maintains the classic teardrop shape better players prefer. Two new groove designs that are specific to higher and lower lofts provide more opportunity for the groove edges to interact with the ball for maximum spin.

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Ping S159
$200 | Golf Galaxy
5.0
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Hot List Gold
$200

With 25 stock options and six sole grinds, Ping wants to help as many kinds of swings as possible deliver the club efficiently through the turf. Spin is another important area of emphasis. The design of the grooves changes depending on the loft. Lower lofts feature volume to channel maximum debris on full shots. Grooves on the lower lofts (54 to 62 degrees) are tightly spaced so that the edges contact the ball cleanly. Throw in a friction-adding face blast, and you get more bite than an angry Rottweiler.

TaylorMade Milled Grind 4
$180 | Golf Galaxy
5.0
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Hot List Gold
$180

A clean design from groove to sole, the latest Milled Grind benefits from the machined sole shaping of its predecessors with enhanced spin. The grooves are the same as the Milled Grind 3 but have laser-etched diagonals on the flat areas between each score line to increase spin on partial shots and reduce spin loss in wet or dewy conditions. Redistributing weight to the perimeter on the higher lofts improves feel. Increasing the thickness of the flange in an area in line with the center of the face enhances sound and feel.

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Titleist Vokey Design SM10
$180 | Golf Galaxy
5.0
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Hot List Gold
$180

The new SM10 line is beyond complete with plenty of options for those savvy enough to get fit for wedges. The center-of-gravity location received particular attention. The smaller profile and shorter hosel lengths (on lofts 46 to 52) help drive the CG low to make the transition from short irons easier. In the 54- through 62-degree models, the CG has moved up, forward and toward the center to promote a lower, more controlled flight. The “spin milled” grooves have been updated and when combined with a texture between the grooves increase spin by as much as 300 revolutions per minute.

Callaway CB
$160 | Golf Galaxy
4.0
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Hot List Silver
$160

Average players, rejoice: This wedge combines a high-spin face with a forgiving sole! More than a wedge for golfers who have difficulty escaping bunkers, the CB features a revised sole design that allow a wider variety of shots to be played. Not sure what bounce (i.e., the angle between the wedge’s leading edge and the lowest point of the sole) you should play? Callaway has done the work for you. The sand wedges have a healthy amount of bounce (14 degrees on the 54- and 56-degree) and less bounce on the lob wedges (12 degrees on the 58- and 60-degree) for more efficiency on short shots from tighter lies around the green. The lower lofts have between 10 and 12 degrees of bounce.

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Cobra Snakebite
$160 | Golf Galaxy
4.0
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Hot List Silver
$160

Cobra knows golfers have issues generating as much spin as they would like. This wedge revs up the golf-ball revolutions per minute by having narrow, deeper grooves for the 48- to 54-degree wedges and full-face grooves that stretch across the entire face on the higher lofts. A face-mill blast is applied after the chrome finish to reduce the loss of spin in wet conditions. For those seeking a tour-pro shape, a new raw finish is available through custom order.

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Edel SMS
$200 | Golf Galaxy
4.0
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Hot List Silver
$200

Most equipment technology focuses on what happens when the club meets the ball. Conversely, Edel designs clubs that help players get to impact more efficiently. The Edel SMS wedge is the latest example, using three adjustable weight ports in the back of the wedge not so much to adjust the wedge’s center of gravity (moving the heavy weight among the three ports only moves the CG slightly), but to adjust the way the wedge feels and matches your swing type, producing significantly better and more consistent distance, dispersion and spin compared to the other settings.

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Mizuno S23
$160 | Golf Galaxy
4.0
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Hot List Silver
$160

Because wedges often feature long hosels and substantial mass toward the heel, the center of gravity leans toward the heel, but that doesn’t make for an efficient wedge, particularly for average players who tend to hit out on the toe. Mizuno addresses this by using a shorter hosel and a cavity in back that stretches from just right of center all the way to the heel, leaving more mass in the toe area. This creates a more centered CG and extends impact for maximum spin.

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TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3
$180 | Golf Galaxy
4.0
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Hot List Silver
$180

TaylorMade’s Hi-Toe wedges, developed by staff players seeking more spin on open-face shots, came to have an almost secret following. It wasn’t easy to discern whether the wedge was designed for the game’s elite or simply a hacker’s helper. The answer is both. Although tour pros gravitated toward this model, TaylorMade’s team studied the impact location of 130,000 golfers and found nearly two-thirds had impact locations toward the toe. This led to the high-toe shape with grooves that stretch across the face in lofts 54 degrees and higher.

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Tour Edge Wingman
$140 | Golf Galaxy
4.0
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Hot List Silver
$140

A good amount of offset in irons is viewed as helpful but is often eschewed in wedges. That’s curious because the same theory should hold—that offset makes it easier to square the face. PGA Tour Champions legend Bernhard Langer worked with Tour Edge to develop this wedge with a noticeable three millimeters of offset. Extra weight high in a wing toward the toe section raises the center of gravity. The higher CG helps flatten trajectory and control spin. Thermoplastic polyurethane inserts low in the back body save mass and help to create a softer feel by absorbing unwanted vibration.

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Wilson Staff Model ZM
$150 | Golf Galaxy
4.0
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Hot List Silver
$150

Designing a groove with more spin than a Taylor Swift dance move while reducing frightening flyers and other variations can be daunting. Wilson reviewed its manufacturing method, particularly its cutting tools to produce a steeper angle in the groove shoulder angle for more bite and less loss of spin in wet conditions. Using a Garnet blast, surface roughness on the face (120 micro inches, up from 85 micro inches) was significantly improved, which is particularly helpful on short pitches and chips. The True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip complete a package tour pros and amateurs alike can appreciate.