Taylormade ATV

TaylorMade ATV Wedge Review

Hi everyone – its review time once again. Today we will be looking at the TaylorMade ATV, a versatile wedge that preforms well in a variety of different lies.

Look
Taylormade ATV

The TaylorMade ATV wedge differs slightly from a traditional wedge appearance.  The ATV features a sharp satin finish that is common among many wedges.  There is a black and red stripe through the TaylorMade logo on the back of the club face.  In addition, it features a milled groove design and micro-texture across the club face to generate more spin.  The most unique feature of the ATV is the wider sole.  Low handicap players might be scared away from the sight of the wide sole.  However, the sole is designed to handle a multitude of shots and interact with turf, rough, and sand.  Overall, the finish looks really good and the ATV wedge looks relatively easy to hit.  The appearance rates 8 out of 10.

Performance

I tested a 56 degree TaylorMade ATV wedge with a stock KBS Tour shaft.  The ATV stands for All-Terrain Versatility, and that is exactly how the club performs.  Most wedges force you to focus on a few strengths and sacrifice a few other areas.  For example, some wedges perform better from the sand or allow you to hit flop shots with ease.  TaylorMade designed the ATV to excel from a variety of shots including chips, pitches, flop shots, bunkers, full swings from the fairway, rough, and tight lies.  The bounce on the club can be manipulated depending on how you position the club head and face in your set up. The ATV allows you to control the distance and trajectory from a variety of shots.  The club performs well from bunkers and flop shots around the green.  Overall, the club is very versatile and rates 9 out of 10.

Feel

Feel is one of the most important factors when purchasing a wedge.  The ATV performs great from a variety of lies.  The 56 degree ATV wedge has a heavier swing weight of D4.  The heavier weight makes it easy to feel the club throughout the swing and loft the ball in the air around the green.  I particularly enjoyed the full and half wedge shots from 50 – 90 yards from the hole.  The club felt smooth from tight lies in the fairway or thick rough.  In addition, the ATV does a nice job of checking quickly on the green.  Overall, the ATV is a very solid and versatile wedge and rates 9 out of 10.  

Value

The TaylorMade ATV is priced directly in line with the other major companies at $119.99.  The ATV will appeal to players of all ability levels with such a diverse variety of shots. Due to the excellent performance and standard price the ATV should garner a great response from golfers and rates 9 out of 10.

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Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by, today we’re sharing an independent review of the Ping Tour S wedge, which has been around for quite some time now.  If you’re in the market, it’s still a a very solid wedge, and now you can grab it for half the cost or less.  Enjoy the review below.

Looks

The Ping Tour S wedge could be considered a continuation of the Ping s56 blade irons.  They feature a classic appearance and minimal offset with a satin chrome finish or a non-glare rustic finish.  The rustic wedge is designed with an 8620 stainless steel that is known as a softer metal.  In addition, the Tour S produces the rusty finish that helps deliver additional spin.  The satin chrome finish is made from 1704 stainless steel which is similar to other ping wedges.  Similar to the s56 irons, the Tour S wedges feature a thin top line and slender sole.   The polymer insert helps dampen vibrations at impact.  The insert also allows Ping to alter swing weight.

Performance

Ping Tour S Wedge ReviewI tested the Ping Tour S56 degree wedge with a s300 Dynamic Gold shaft and satin chrome finish.  The Ping Tour S wedge provides control and solid feel from any shot including a full swing, punch shot, lob, bunker and even from the rough.  Pitch and chip shots are easy to control and produce spin to check or release depending on the shot.  Full shots stop quickly and consistently on the green.  Solid contact is rewarded while off-center hits will feel awkward and not perform up to expectations.  The Tour S is designed for a player who wants to control the ball on every shot.  The 12 degrees of bounce still allows for easy escapes from the bunker while still performing well from a relatively tight lie from the fairway.  Buried lies in the rough are generally easy to escape as well.  Overall, the Tour S is one of the most versatile and solid wedges.

Feel

The heavier D4 swing weight feels great and helps deliver the confidence I needed to hit any shot with this wedge.  Better ball strikers will likely prefer the Ping Tour S or Anser wedge, while higher handicap players will probably prefer the Ping G20, K15 or Eye2 XG.

Value

 A wedge needs to look and feel comfortable and the Ping Tour S delivers.  It produces a solid performance and is priced according to the competition.  Standard retail price for the Ping Tour S is $119.99.  Higher handicap players may prefer a club with a little more forgiveness.  However, players who really want to control the ball will enjoy the Ping Tour S.  This is one of the best wedges available this year.

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The Titleist Vokey Spin Milled wedges have a reputation as some of the best wedges in golf. The new Titleist Spin Milled c-c features a classic wedge shape and appearance with a non-glare tour chrome finish. The Vokey Spin Milled wedges feature a CNC machine cut face and grooves while a special circular saw style cutting tool is used to create precise grooves.

Performance

I tested the Titleist Spin Milled Vokey CC 64 degree with 7 degree bounce in a stock wedge flex. I have never carried a wedge over 56 degrees so I was very eager to try the Titleist Vokey 64 degree wedge. After trying the 64 degree wedge, I might consider taking a long iron or hybrid out of my bag. I was able to hit shots I have never attempted with my 56 degree wedge. While it is not a club I would typically use for a full swing, it provided a new dimension to my short game around the green. It yielded average results from tight fairway lies, I had difficulty getting the ball to check and stop quickly. However, I felt like Phil Mickelson hitting flop shots. From the rough, I was able to hit flop shots that went up about 30 feet and only travel ten or fifteen feet in front of me. The ball would drop almost straight down and stop immediately. Bunker shots are super easy, the ball just hits and stops with minimal roll.

Feel

The Vokey wedge has a great feel around the green. The ball feels soft coming off the club face. Chips, pitches and flops are easy with the Vokey Spin Milled wedge. However, full swings were a little more difficult to control. Impact feels solid, it was just difficult to hit consistently. At 64 degrees, the ball goes very high and somewhat inconsistent in terms of controlling a full swing distance.

Value

The Titleist Vokey Spin Milled wedge is one of the most successful brands over the past 15 years. They have been the number 1 rated wedge on the PGA since 2004. The Vokey retails at $125 for steel and $150 for graphite.

Ping Tour S Wedge Review

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by, today we’re sharing an independent review of the Ping Tour S wedge, which has been around for quite some time now.  If you’re in the market, it’s still a a very solid wedge, and now you can grab it for half the cost or less.  Enjoy the review below.

Looks

The Ping Tour S wedge could be considered a continuation of the Ping s56 blade irons.  They feature a classic appearance and minimal offset with a satin chrome finish or a non-glare rustic finish.  The rustic wedge is designed with an 8620 stainless steel that is known as a softer metal.  In addition, the Tour S produces the rusty finish that helps deliver additional spin.  The satin chrome finish is made from 1704 stainless steel which is similar to other ping wedges.  Similar to the s56 irons, the Tour S wedges feature a thin top line and slender sole.   The polymer insert helps dampen vibrations at impact.  The insert also allows Ping to alter swing weight.

Performance

Ping Tour S Wedge ReviewI tested the Ping Tour S56 degree wedge with a s300 Dynamic Gold shaft and satin chrome finish.  The Ping Tour S wedge provides control and solid feel from any shot including a full swing, punch shot, lob, bunker and even from the rough.  Pitch and chip shots are easy to control and produce spin to check or release depending on the shot.  Full shots stop quickly and consistently on the green.  Solid contact is rewarded while off-center hits will feel awkward and not perform up to expectations.  The Tour S is designed for a player who wants to control the ball on every shot.  The 12 degrees of bounce still allows for easy escapes from the bunker while still performing well from a relatively tight lie from the fairway.  Buried lies in the rough are generally easy to escape as well.  Overall, the Tour S is one of the most versatile and solid wedges.

Feel

The heavier D4 swing weight feels great and helps deliver the confidence I needed to hit any shot with this wedge.  Better ball strikers will likely prefer the Ping Tour S or Anser wedge, while higher handicap players will probably prefer the Ping G20, K15 or Eye2 XG.

Value

 A wedge needs to look and feel comfortable and the Ping Tour S delivers.  It produces a solid performance and is priced according to the competition.  Standard retail price for the Ping Tour S is $119.99.  Higher handicap players may prefer a club with a little more forgiveness.  However, players who really want to control the ball will enjoy the Ping Tour S.  This is one of the best wedges available this year.

Cobra Trusty Rusty Wedge Review

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by, today we’ve got another independent review for you on the Cobra Trusty Rusty wedge – enjoy!

Looks

Nearly twenty years ago Cobra introduced the golf world to Trusty Rusty wedge, which went on to become one of the most popular wedges in golf.  The Trusty Rusty has been a fan favorite for years and Cobra hopes that with this latest release they’ll be able to bring back the old fan base and turn a new generation of players to the Trusty.

Cobra’s new addition is the oversize Big Trusty Rusty wedge.  The Big Trusty Rusty is available in a pre-rusted satin finish, black PVD and rust finish.  The club will rust over time and offers a non-glare finish at address.  In addition to the oversize club head the Big Trusty Rusty features a unique wide tri-bounce sole.  The grind makes it more playable from a variety of challenging lies.  The wedge is designed with 100% raw unplated 8620 steel.  While many companies make a more compact wedge, Cobra went in the opposite direction to offer superior forgiveness.  The oversize appearance of the Big Trusty Rusty would take require some time to get use to.

Performance

I tested the Cobra 55 degree Big Trusty Rusty with a stock Cobra Dynamic Gold s200 dark steel shaft.  The Big Trusty is available in 3 lofts, 50, 55 and 60 degrees.  Performance should be the most important factor when deciding on a club.  Personally, I am not a fan of the oversize design, however, it performs better than it looks.

Cobra intended to design a club that offers maximum forgiveness.  In my opinion, the Big Trusty Rusty is extremely forgiving.  The tri-bounce sole delivers solid shots from tight lies and long rough around the green.  Full shots travel an expected distance with a high ball flight.  The Big Trusty Rusty offers the ability to control trajectory from half and three quarter swings.  Most shots felt good, however, I felt the Big Trusty Rusty produced only an average amount of spin.

Feel

The Big Trusty Rusty feels lighter than some competitors, yet still features a D3 swing weight.  The wedge offers confidence for any shot.  Well struck shots feel crisp, and off-center hits come up a only a few yards shorter.  The Trusty Rusty performs really strong from the rough.  The grooves look sharp with a chrome outline which makes them pop.  However, the lackluster spin is somewhat disappointing personally.

Value

The Big Trusty Rusty is easy to hit and ideal for a mid to high handicap player.  The price is in line with most other wedges and sells for $119.99.  Cobra designed a solid, but not great performer in the Big Trusty Rusty.  Low handicap players may prefer other wedges that are more compact and allow different playability options.  The strength of the Big Trusty Rusty is forgiveness and ease of use.  If you are searching for an easy wedge to hit give the Trusty Rusty a try.