Hot List

Proto-Concept

Forged

Hot List Silver 2022

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: Produced in cooperation with the famed Endo forging house in Japan, these “small batch” wedges emphasize the importance of the right sole grind—by simplifying it. All swing types can find a home in its three sole grinds, but even then, only the 56-, 58- and 60-degree lofts offer more than the standard grind as an option. There’s a wide-sole version for shallower swings and a “cut down” grind for improved performance on open-face shots.

WHY WE LIKE IT: Here’s to unfettered fresh thinking. Unlike many competitors, these grooves aren’t milled but rather are part of a more elaborate forging process designed to be more precise than milling. Meanwhile, the dot pattern between the grooves is designed to create consistent friction for reliable spin.

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Price: $400
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Ratings
Performance

45%*

Innovation

30%*

Look / Sound / Feel

20%*

Demand

5%*

* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
Low-Handicapper

“The turf interaction is so good. It levels out instead of digging or bouncing. It performs well in every scenario.”

Mid-Handicapper

"Never heard of it, but it cuts through the turf like an elite wedge with the forgiveness and consistency of a game-improvement iron."

High-Handicapper

"Good penetrating trajectory, easy to flight low. Great spin, piercing trajectory. Really consistent in all aspects."

Club Specs

Lofts

10 options (48-60 degrees); 3 sole grinds; 1 finish

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