PLAY­ING WITH … CALL­AWAY SURE OUT WEDGES

Cost: $189.99 each. Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Aus­tralia Writer (GA Hand­i­cap 9.4)

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Strug­gling with your bunker play? Call­away’s Sure Out wedges are per­fect for es­cap­ing any and ev­ery sand trap.

MODEL PLAYED: Call­away Sure Out 58° and 64° lofts, fit­ted with KBS 90 Wedge shafts. FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: Loft, grooves and bounce! As soon as I laid eyes on the Sure Out wedge it was clear what it was de­signed for. The wide, un­der­cut sole with plenty of bounce looked per­fect for es­cap­ing any and ev­ery bunker found on any golf course around the world.

Both wedges ap­peared to have more loft than what was stamped on the head when be­hind the ball, par­tic­u­larly the 64°, which looked as if it might go straight up in the air.

The grooves all the way to the toe aren’t new for Call­away and in­stilled con­fi­dence that the Sure Out wedges would keep up with other wedges in spin, es­pe­cially in bunkers, where con­tact can of­ten be to­wards the toe. HOW IT PER­FORMED: To say I was im­pressed with the per­for­mance from the out­set is an un­der­state­ment.

Af­ter my first out­ing on the course and first shot struck with the Sure Out I was well on my way to be­ing con­vinced of the de­sign and ben­e­fits of the club.

Af­ter throw­ing a few balls in a green­side bunker and re­mov­ing the plas­tic from the 64° I set­tled in to my stance, aim­ing square to the tar­get with the club­face square as Call­away en­cour­age with the Sure Out. A solid thud threw the ball com­fort­ably from the bunker, a bounce then check and the ball dis­ap­peared into the hole!

Although the Sure Out didn’t con­tinue to find the bot­tom of the hole ev­ery time I hit a bunker shot, it did con­tinue to im­press with per­for­mance from the sand. From all dis­tances and no mat­ter what swing I made or lie I man­aged to find or cre­ate in a green­side bunker, the Sure Out did as promised, get­ting ‘out’ ev­ery time, bar one.

The only oc­ca­sion I left a shot in the bunker in my en­tire time of test­ing was in a steep faced, sod­den bunker while chan­nelling the worst bunker player’s swing I have seen. The ball still al­most cleared the lip, even with my in­ten­tional lack of a fol­low through and hor­ri­ble lie.

With the square ap­proach Call­away en­cour­ages, the Sure Out re­li­ably throws the ball high with spin, and while it won’t turn you into Seve Balles­teros it will give you a re­li­able and con­sis­tent re­sult no mat­ter the qual­ity of strike. With the club­face slightly opened the high bounce and en­hanced cam­ber of the sole help the ball fly out higher still, with more zip.

To com­pletely test the Sure Out’s per­for­mance and de­sign, I made ev­ery bad bunker swing I have seen. From the back-foot flip to the no fol­low through dump of the club into the sand, ev­ery shot and swing achieved al­most the ex­act same re­sult, a soft-land­ing es­cape onto the green.

As was ex­pected the wide sole and high bounce were not ideal when chip­ping from tight lies, but the Sure Out was us­able from any lie around the green, pro­duc­ing con­sis­tent re­sults and ex­celling in heavy, thick rough thanks to the sole de­sign.

Longer shots from the fair­way were con­sis­tent and cer­tainly good enough to over­look the slight lack of ver­sa­til­ity in favour of the out­stand­ing bunker per­for­mance.

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