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Good Sand Wedges

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[=3][/] Hello all. I'm interested in purchasing a new sand wedge and wanted some input. I have a set of G10 irons now and was thinking about just getting the matching sand wedge, but I wanted to see if there is a "must have" SW out there. Thanks!
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No must have wedges out there.  Personal preference pretty much.  If you want to stay with Ping you could pick up one of their new Anser wedges.  They are pricey though.  Their Tour-S wedge is cheaper.

The Cobra Trusty Rusty is a nice wedge.  So are the Titleist Vokeys and the Callaway wedges.  I think the things you need to think about most is what you plan to use it for most often and what type of playing conditions you usually face.  If you will primarily use it out of the sand and your course has soft sand bunkers then go with something close to 56* and 12*-14* of bounce.  If you will primarily use it as a full swing club from the fairway and don't hit into bunkers very often then maybe choose a 54* of 55* with less bounce.  If you are just looking for a good all around sand wedge I'd go with 56* and 12* of bounce.  The Titleist Vokey with a chrome finish is a good choice.

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The Ping Tour S wedges are dirt cheap. They are not for high handicap golfers, but if you can make good contact these are great clubs. I play a 58' myself for when I need to flop/lob a shot.

EDIT: Just to throw some other good ones out there... Cleveland 588, Vokey, Cleveland CG15. Can't really go wrong with those, but they tend to be more expensive. Check out 3balls.com for used clubs.

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Does a place like Dick's let you test irons? I am not sure if they only let you hit drivers or woods.
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Originally Posted by kbreit

Does a place like Dick's let you test irons? I am not sure if they only let you hit drivers or woods.

They'll let you test irons.  Probably wedges too.

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Originally Posted by pixel5

The Ping Tour S wedges are dirt cheap. They are not for high handicap golfers, but if you can make good contact these are great clubs. I play a 58' myself for when I need to flop/lob a shot.

EDIT: Just to throw some other good ones out there... Cleveland 588, Vokey, Cleveland CG15. Can't really go wrong with those, but they tend to be more expensive. Check out 3balls.com for used clubs.

I agree with pixel5...The Ping Tour S wedges are great.  I was a Cleveland wedge player for 10 years before they stopped making the loft/bounce combination that I play with.

Picking a substitute was a painful process but I love the Ping Tour-S wedge so much I don't plan on switching any time soon.  (54/12 and 60/10)

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I had a TM Burner SW that I used for a long time and didn't have any problems with it.  I imagine they are very cheap now (mine was $40-50 brand new when I got it years ago).  I just switched over to the Cleveland 588 wedges and love them!  There were a lot of other nice wedges I tried as well... but the Cleveland's just seemed to be the most comfortable for me.

And yea, Dick's or Golf Galaxy will let you hit wedges (if they have a net, which pretty much all of them do).  You might be better off at a local pro shop though... they'll usually let you take them out to the practice green to chip and to the range to hit full shots.

Good luck!

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To me sandwedges and other wedges are like putters.  They don't need to match your bag, they need to look and feel comfortable and inspire confidence.  I used to do it in reverse and pick irons based on teh wedges I liked.

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The new Cobra Trusty Rusty wedges are supposed to be good, and Cleveland are known for theirs. It would really depend on your personal preference and what kind of feel you want.

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Cleveland Niblick sand wedge!

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Titleist vokey, Callaway jaws, Scratch (8620 or 1018), and Nike VR are my favs.

If you live somewhere with dry conditions, get less bounce. Otherwise find a 56/12 or a 56/14

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Another vote for Ping Tour-S wedges.  They present themselves similar to your G10s (the white line on the lowest groove).  They are very good wedges.  I have the G10 irons myself.  Give them a try!

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I played a cleveland cg15 56*  before I demoed my miura K grind.  was very very happy with the cg15.........but that K grind....there is nothing I cant escape from with that rediculous club......it never ever gets hung up.

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