WEDGES FACE OFF
Callaway and Vokey are big players on Tour, but which model is best for you?
Callaway and Vokey wedges go head to head.
It has a slightly larger profile than other premium wedges and a curved leading edge that offers more turf forgiveness. You can feel the friction from the Micro-positive surface texture with your fingers.
The sound is quite ‘clicky’, which gives the impression that the feel is quite firm. However, you do feel like you’re imparting a lot of spin so the face is working well to create a soft launch and flight.
The ball launched through the windows as you would expect. There’s a lot of technology in the grooves and face and you can generate a lot of spin, although this can be inconsistent on off-centre hits.
The less lofted clubs are stable and move through the turf well on pitch shots, while the more lofted clubs are delicate to chip with and allow you to be very inventive around the greens. The MD4 will be a good fit for a wide range of golfers in terms of swing style and ability. The larger profile, curved leading, high levels of spin and versatility will inspire confidence and improve many people’s short games.
It has a classic Vokey look with a narrow heel and more gradual angle from the hosel into the fat of the clubhead, and a pretty square leading edge. The CG location has been optimised for each loft.
It’s a really well balanced wedge to swing. It delivers a very firm hit that makes the ball feel lighter off the clubface and there’s plenty of feedback as the sound and feel does change on off-centre hits.
The launch varied more with different attack angles of different players, but it was consistent for each individual. It produces a strong flight thanks to those moving the CG higher on lower lofts.
Vokey has done a great job in understanding what is required from each shot and club. The stronger lofts deliver a mid-trajectory while launch and spin are good as the ball rolls up the more lofted faces. The SM7 is an excellent wedge that will appeal to the purist. It performs well in every area and there are a huge number of customisation options available, although they aren’t as forgiving as some wedges.