Many players, beginners in particular, spend a lot of time and money on selecting the best driver, woods and irons for their game.
However, many times we find ourselves with difficult lies closer to the pin, be it in the rough or even in the dreaded bunker. Let’s face it, for most of us ‘duffers’ it’s the short game that makes or breaks a score. So, here come the wedges – the probably most undervalued of all golf clubs in the bag. They are the ‘life savers’ from tough lies and deserve some serious credit.
A new club that has only just hit the market is the Classic Grind Wedge. It is modelled after the Cleveland CG10 Wedge which has received good reviews in the golfing community. The wedge itself comes in four different lofts and bounces, representing (in the order of increasing bounce): Utility Wedge (UW), Lob Wedge (LW), Approach Wedge (AW) and Sand Wedge (SW).
Here’s how it works
The terms ‘bounce’ (often also called ‘bounce angle’) is only used when describing wedges and is defined as the angle that the sole of your wedge creates when compared to the ground.
To illustrate this grab a wedge and put in the address position. You will see that there is a space between the ground and the leading edge of the wedge. It is small, and the bounce angle describes how much space there is. Wedges with very little bounce or a smaller bounce angle are usually designed for approach shots from short grass and tight lies. The smaller angle makes it easier to get under the ball. In contrast sand wedges have a higher degree of bounce, this prevents the wedge from digging into the sand and instead allows it to glide through while displacing the sand. You should keep in mind that the condition of the sand will also determine the effect of the bounce on the sand wedge. For example a 12 degree SW is more effective in firm sand, while a 14 degree SW is more effective in loose sand.
You should buy your wedges based on personal preference and condition of the course(s) you play most often. It’s a good idea to have at least a few different ones for you to choose, depending on weather and course conditions.
Let’s put ’em to the test
We tested the whole set of four Classic Grind Wedges from various tough lies, including bunker, rough, and other difficult situations requiring high loft and good shot control.
All four wedges are very smooth and provide great spin. Ball control is generally easy, with maybe the exception of the Approach Wedge (AW). We found that the rounded edge, together with the higher loft, causes the occassional sculled shot. If the edge were a bit sharper this would make a great club as well, but as is I think a beginner may be better off with a Tour Leader Wedge for the AW.
The other wedges are great to play with, no problems there. In particular the Sand Wedge (SW) cuts thru the sand like thru butter, a very smooth feel – a great club. The looks of these wedges is very pleasing, and workmanship on all wedges was great as expected from Pinemeadow. This is a good and very playable set of complementing wedges, and we can recommend the Classic Grind Wedges to help you to get out of trouble spots.
Classic Grind Wedges are good looking clubs with excellent playability. If you’re in the market for some new wedges, in particular a SW, you should give these clubs a closer look.