I always have a trusty 60 degree wedge in my golf bag. It is one of those clubs that is just so fun to use when you get the chance, I want to put some major top-spin and height on the ball when approaching the green. However, if you dont use it correctly, it will frustrate the hell out of you. I’ve tried several different 60 degree wedges and I’ve put together a criteria for the perfect 60 degree wedge. I also made a list of my top 3 wedges (no long top 10 list here, there are only a few that I’d really suggest). It is definitely something you should consider combining with your other golf irons
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- Raw Face Design
- Greater Speed
- TPU Insert
Cleveland CBX 2
- Highly Accurate
- Great Impact Feel
- Eye Catching Design
Wilson Harmonized Wedge
- Greater Forgiveness
- Best Value For Money
- Straighter Trajectory
1. TaylorMade MG2
Arguably taylormade’s best club, the Milled Grind 2.0 (MG2) is everything a club needs to be; its affordable, its eye-catching, it performs remarkably well and it evolves as it gets older. This club is the perfect compliment to your iron set.
Construction and Technology
The key feature on this club is its club face. It is designed to rust over time, creating more grip on the ball. This CNC milled face has no finishing protecting it from corrosion, allowing it to age nicely as you use it more often.
This clubface begins oxidising as soon as you peel off the protective wrapper. The face of the club feels rough (very similar to sandpaper) and the grooves feel deep to the touch. It’s clear to see how this club face grips the ball, causing it to spin very fast.
When I first tested this club, I noticed that it immediately started cutting up my fresh golf balls on the first few hits, this thing grips hard! In addition to this fancy club face, the club heel and toe make it swing like a knife through butter. Get this wedge at 60 degrees and you’ll enjoy lobbing the ball right up to the pin, it really is a confidence booster.
This new club face design/material is definitely a new approach to lob wedges. At this price point it might be the most fun club for the money. If you’re looking for top-spin and getting more air-time, this is the easiest club to get the job done. The only thing I’m worried about is: will this club face (with its rusting feature) last long? or will the groves soon start to degrade and lose ball top-spin?
2. Cleveland CBX 2
This is a much more all-round lob wedge, it tries to combine the latest technologies and materials with the forgiveness of a typical cavity back golf club. This makes it great for beginner golfers looking for a lot of forgiveness. If you’re looking to purchase your first wedge to replace the wedge you started learning golf with, this might be the one. I’ve played a total of 140 holes with this club, and I must say its hasnt let me down. Yet, it hasnt really amazed me either…
Construction and Technology
This club is all about being as forgiving as beginner cavity-irons, but as aggressive and accurate as a speacialist wedge. The TPU insert will ensure the impact is soft when you hit the ball, making it fell like a smooth motion.
the Cleveland CBX wedge comes in 3 variations, each offering a different Sole grind. The 60 degree wedge in this case has a relatively narrow sole grind, it seems to have more of a “C-shape”. This allows the golfer to manipulate the club face a little more than the other wedges. This will allow you to get the ball up higher into the air.
the club face is also a little grippier than your regular iron, but it isnt as “sticky” as Taylormade’s MG2. That might just be a preference thing.
The club has its grooves ingraved by using a laser milling technique, so its not a lack of quality. I think they simply decided to take a less aggressive approach.
This club is very predictable and quite forgiving, making it a great option for high handicap golfers.
This wedge is a club I’d call a great “all-rounder wedge”. It feels great on impact, its relatively affordable and it has a pretty good balance between performance and forgiveness. The big question is, is it a club that will help me evolve as a golfer? Does it force me to be better? The previously mentioned Taylormade MG2 literally forces me to control the backspin and grip. While the CBX 2 club seems to facilitate my lack of golf skill. My insights might be a little too philosophical for the average golfer, but it did cross my mind.
3. Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge
Aaah… The Wilson wedge, the underdog of golf wedges. At an amazingly low price-point, Wilson has made a golf wedge that people actually like and use. This was the first wedge I bought before moving on to larger golf brands. The decision to move on from the Wilson wedge was one out of curiosity, not because this club couldnt perform, because it can! I have been playing with the Wilson Harmonized 60 degree wedge for years, and it is a great tool to have in your kit. It will get your golf ball high in the air and give you the same short-game options as any other high-end branded wedge.
Construction and Technology
The technology here is nothing new, I guess Wilson decided to stick to the mantra: “if it aint broke, dont fix it”. It claims its got a new innovative sole design giving players more options around the green. I think the design changes are so minimal that you wouldnt notice a difference. Nevertheless, its still got that classic high polish finish and classic blade shape. Similarly to the CBX 2, its just a great all-round wedge that you can use on the fairway, in the bunker and in the rough.
the club face is nothing really special, it just works the way it is. It probably feels most comparable to your typical iron’s club face.
This wedge is also available in a really cool black version. If you’re looking for something a little different in your golf bag, and something that wont hurt your budget. Check out this black version:
This club is exactly you can expect from a beginner wedge. It works fine, and get the job done. But honestly, I didnt think the balls I landed on the green landed as crisp as with the other two wedges I reviewed earlier.
This is a great wedge if its your first time playing with a 60 degree wedge. It can teach you how to play with such an angle, and it definitely adds some options to your range of shots. Having this club in your bag is a no-brainer, but lets make one thing clear; the biggest selling point of this club is the value for the price! This club is CHEAP!
Why use a 60 degree wedge?
For me, the result I’m trying to achieve with a 60 degree wedge is to get the ball high in the air and then drop straight on the green, at an angle so steep that the ball does not roll when it lands. I want the ball to drop dead on the green. Doing this can get your ball close to the hole without over-shooting it. What I often see in big golf tournaments on TV, is tiger woods putting so much top-spin on the ball that it lands on the green, and then roll backwards into the hole. This is high-level stuff, and is definitely cool if it works out. But it isnt a result I can replicate regularly. I’m happy if I can get close to the whole. This is known as a flop shot, or a lob shot. The downside of a shot that stop the ball right next to then pin, is that if your shot isnt perfect, you may have just landed the ball far from the pin without the ball rolling. This makes the flop shot such an unforgiving shot. The 60 degree wedge can also get you out of serious rough and high grass. This is mainly thanks to the loft of the club being able to get that ball up high in the air. A 60 degree wedge can also carry your ball out of the bunker.
What makes a good wedge?
Aside from being fitted for your body posture and swing, I think everyone will agree that all good wedges need to have enough grip. This is caused by the groves in the club face. These are often milled by machines and are what grips the ball, causing it to spin the ball on impact. After several years of playing, a wedge may begin to lose grip as the grove are not as sharp or defined. Just like any other club in your bag, a wedge needs to look and sit comfortable behind your ball, this will make swinging in tall grass or rough much easier.
Should I get a 60 degree wedge?
This is obviously a very personal question that depends entirely on your golf game, goals and handicap. Some people are happy using their sandwedge and their pitching wedge. If you’re looking to add something like a flop shot to your arsenal of golf shots, you may want a 60 degree wedge. To be honest, it may not be the best option for high handicappers, mainly because it is such a high-risk-high-reward shot. You may think 60 degrees is really too much of an aggressive angle for your style. Then you may want to think about getting a wedge with a different degrees. If, for example, you’re carrying pitching wedge with 46 degrees in your bag. You will probably go for a setup that is 52,56 and 60. This will give you a nice even range of variety of lofts. Therefore, if you’re using a pitching wedge that is 43 degrees, you might consider going with 48, 54, 58 degree wedges.