Cleveland took a different approach when it focused an entire wedge line on the 84 percent of golfers (its estimate) who play game-improvement irons. (Why play a blade wedge when you would never play blade irons, they asked.) The wedges emphasised forgiveness, shape, sole and even the shaft while retaining the tour-grabby grooves it’s known for. Its second generation of regular-Joe wedges brings even more help, removing weight from the back cavity, hosel and heel. This nudges the sweet spot towards the toe where Cleveland says average golfers tend to hit it, so even less-than-perfect shots feel pretty good. A gel insert behind the face helps soften vibration to deliver a more solid feel at impact. There are even larger, high-loft options in which the grooves stretch right across the face.
SPECS 12 options (46 to 64 degrees); 3 sole grinds; 2 finishes
“Good weight, not too heavy or light. Easy to control. Consistent distance and just the right amount of spin. Lands softly.”