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post #1 of 15
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Has anyone had any experience with wedges that sell for about 40-50 bucks brand new? 

 

There's a golf shop I've been in to a few times that sells these particular wedges in every degree (I can't remember the brand name now).

 

The brand is essentially unknown...but they go for a bargain price. They seem decent-- they're nicely wrapped in plastic, they have a clean design, weight feels good, etc.

post #2 of 15

Personally, when I see a product that's priced WAY below the competition, I tend to shy away from it. There's usually a reason for any product to be priced way below market value. I'll stick with the products, no matter what it is, that has a good reputation, which is usually a brand name, like Ping, Mizuno, Taylormade, ect. Just my 3 cents. 

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Hammer 4 View Post

Personally, when I see a product that's priced WAY below the competition, I tend to shy away from it. There's usually a reason for any product to be priced way below market value. I'll stick with the products, no matter what it is, that has a good reputation, which is usually a brand name, like Ping, Mizuno, Taylormade, ect. Just my 3 cents. 
I totally agree. If you want cheaper stuff just find some clubs from the reputable brands from years past
post #4 of 15
I bought several sets of those cheap wedges in a 3 pack that Adams used to sell. Seems like the 3 pack was under $50 at that time at Academy Sports.

I'm still playing with a set of them so...
post #5 of 15

I'm playing with some Hogan Riviera wedges I found in eBay -- about $30 each after shipping.  I like them quite a bit.

 

I also have a "Hippo Golf" wedge - 52 degree.  I bought it new from Rockbottom (I don't think they have them anymore) for next to nothing. ...and I hate to admit this, but it's probably my go-to wedge.  I've thought of upgrading several times, but... it works well, and I'd rather spend the $$$ on other things.

post #6 of 15
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for.....
post #7 of 15
Wedges are ALWAYS going on clearance. I would save your $50 and keep an eye on the flyers or check online once a week until you see a deal.

I bought my Mizuno 60* for $50 brand new. It's a MP-T11 or something like that. Top quality, grain-flow forged Mizuno - $50 and they had a ton of them in 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 IIRC. Even had a couple of different bounce options. I'll take that over a no-name or off-brand any day. Hell, if I decide to sell it I can probably get my $50 back because mizzy's have great resale value and the list price of these wedges are triple what I paid anyway.

I frequently see Clevelands on sale for $78 down from $150 so there are certainly deals to be had, especially when it comes to wedges.
post #8 of 15
Watch for a Hopkins promo. I got two with free stamping in my choice of grinds with KBS HiRev shafts for 99.00 shipped. And they sent a towel, tees and ball markers with it as a gift. Wouldn't be surprised if they have a promo now for Easter. I like them so much I bought a duplicate set to stash.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Dave2512 View Post

Watch for a Hopkins promo. I got two with free stamping in my choice of grinds with KBS HiRev shafts for 99.00 shipped. And they sent a towel, tees and ball markers with it as a gift. Wouldn't be surprised if they have a promo now for Easter. I like them so much I bought a duplicate set to stash.
How do you like the Hopkins wedges? They look very nice.
post #10 of 15

There has been very little technological change in wedges in recent decades.  It's not like drivers where a good quality titanium headed club even from a budget brand is going to run $100 and up.  With wedges, the biggest difference between a $30 club and a $130 club is often going to be the name on it.  For some, it may be worth paying for forged rather than cast, but even that is more about "feel" than performance. 

 

If you are willing to spend a little more and want get the most out of your investment, find yourself a good professional club fitter, before just buying off the shelf name brand products.  If you are the point where you can spend $100 per club, you ought to also be willing to pay $100 for a comprehensive fitting session to find out what is best for your game.  A good custom fitter/builder can probably even put together a full set of custom clubs tailored to your game for no more than the cost of an off the shelf set name brand set. 

 

And there are some good bargains on quality name brands either used, or just buying slightly older models on clearance. But those can be less a bargain if all you can find is standard lengths and flex if that isn't the right fit for you.  For wedges, length and flex may be a little less critical than with longer clubs, but there are also differences in things like bounce and grind that a club fitter (or good teachng pro) could help you with.  

post #11 of 15
Well last summer I traded in my two old clevelands for a new cleveland 588 , 52-8 wedge, at a golfsmith and at the same time bought two MacGregor tournament wedges in 56 and 60 degrees, for 100$ ..and Ive used them and like them but, I have no clue what the bounce is on them lol... but they do the job, but its hard to get away from my vokeys...
post #12 of 15

If you never have used better, you probably won't complain. My father was always a quantity over quality guy. Bought Master grip irons and was always trying to convince me that they were great clubs. I was getting fitted for Pings and had him try some. Next thing I know he is buying Pings to replace his Master Grips... I agree with other posters, you get what you pay for, but if you get more satisfaction out of 3 wedges for the price of one  Vokey, then go with the quantity deal.

post #13 of 15
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How do you like the Hopkins wedges? They look very nice.


Because I formerly played Cleveland wedges I love them. More or less it's an affordably priced customized Cleveland.

post #14 of 15

As Ernest Jones says, Mizuno wedges often go on sale.

 

This spring, Mizuno JPX wedges have been on sale here and there for $50 each. Mostly GW and LW, not many SWs.

 

Also, consider the Adams Watson boxed set wedges: a GW, SW and LW for about $100 total.

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by WUTiger View Post
 

As Ernest Jones says, Mizuno wedges often go on sale.

 

This spring, Mizuno JPX wedges have been on sale here and there for $50 each. Mostly GW and LW, not many SWs.

 

Also, consider the Adams Watson boxed set wedges: a GW, SW and LW for about $100 total.


The reason I play the Adams wedges is not because I'm cheap (even though I am). :-D 

 

I just happen to like them better than some more expensive wedges I used to have and gave away. I do have Project X 6.0 Rifle Shafts in them though.

 

My son jokes about me having expensive shafts and the cheap wedges.

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