Originally Posted by bunkerputt
Get something with a lot of bounce. And pay a lot of attention to feel (construction) and swingweight. Those three factors are probably the most important, IMO. Beyond that, shaft flex, COG location and grind, in that order. Wedges are wedges. Don't break the bank unless you just want to. Try out all the "gold standards" first. Hit some Vokeys, see if you like the look of the leading edge. Grab some Clevelands, shape is different, feel is different. Find out what kind of wedge you like to look at, then just settle on a brand and find one with the features I mentioned.
Can't say I agree - COG? Seriously? Yeah, see that in marketing materials all the time. Shaft flex? They're all about the same in OEM wedges - S200, S300, Spinner +, Spinner. All OEM wedges are mostly D4, D5, D6. It's not as if it fluctuates greatly between wedges.
What fluctuates between OEMs is head shape and grind.
Wedges are not wedges. If that were true, it would be an easy decision - it's not, not if you know what you're doing.
Appearance is first - a wedge has got to look good or you don't have confidence.
If it looks good, sole grind (and bounce). It's what interacts with the turf and allows versatility.
And yeah, 54, and then 58 or 60 is a good combo. Some think they can do more with a 58 than a 60. I grew accustomed to a 60 after having a 58. You get a little more backspin with a 60.