You and your wedge need to be best friends. A wedge can make or break your day on the golf course. The wedge can be the club that saves you from a double bogey, and it can be the club that causes a double bogey. Having the right golf wedges in your bag will make a world of difference when it comes to scoring.
With all the golf wedge choices out there, it can be challenging to find the ones that are going to fit your game best. We have put together a comprehensive list of the best golf wedges for 2020. With these clubs in your bag, there will be no stopping you around the green.
Golf Wedges For 2020
Best Overall: Cleveland ZipCore Wedge
Believe it or not, the brand new Cleveland ZipCore has earned a spot at the top of our list. It didn’t take long for golfers to start realizing the effect that these improved grooves and progressive center of gravity could have on their golf game.
Cleveland has had some great wedges in a variety of sole grinds the last few years, but Titleist Vokey and Callaway Mack Daddy were continually beating them out. In 2020, Cleveland stole the show. The ZipCore is a blade type design, and it will be better suited for the mid to low handicapper that wants lots of feel and control over their shots. Be sure to check out our detailed review of the RTX ZipCore wedge from Cleveland Golf here.
- UltiZip Grooves
- Three different sole grinds
- Heat treatment for longevity
- Brand new technology, priced a bit higher than other options
Cleveland RTX 4
Now that Cleveland has released their ZipCore, they had to lower the price on the RTX 4. If you have been looking for a deal on a set of high-quality wedges, now is the time to pick up a few RTX 4.
The Cleveland RTX 4 wedge was made in four different bounce options. The extra low bounce was new for Cleveland, and they stopped making it with the ZipCore. If you don’t like much bounce on your wedge, now is the time to purchase the RTX 4.
We love the different finishes that you can get the RTX in, and they, of course, have the Tour Zip Grooves that have made Cleveland a leader in the short game world for the last few years. The RTX 4 is a blade wedge, so the lower handicappers will love the feel on this one.
- Just lowered the price
- Tour Zip Grooves
- Lots of greenside spin
- Not the latest release/newest technology
TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe
The TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges are known for being both forgiving and high performing. This is the wedge where TaylorMade took all of their technology and went for it. The Hi-Toe design allows the sweet spot to be much larger on this wedge than other comparable options.
With the larger face, you can get spin across the entire club head. The grooves on the Milled Grind are ZTP-17, and they offer a ton of spin. If you struggle in any way to get the ball to back up on a green, the TaylorMade Milled Grind will absolutely help you spin the ball.
- Can hit a variety of shots around the green
- Large clubface/sweet spot
- 4-way cambered sole
- One of the more expensive wedges on the market
Cleveland CBX 2
Most wedges are going to be a blade style, and they will cater more towards the lower handicap golfers. If you are new to the game or struggle to keep your shots around the green consistent, the CBX 2 is a great choice to consider.
The CBX 2 is a cavity back design with a wide sole and a clean leading edge. This wedge is going to offer more forgiveness on missed shots than any of the blade-style wedges. We love the CBX 2 for full swing wedge shots as well.
Cleveland keeps things simple with a few bounce options and the one finish. You can get the CBX 2 is a variety of lofts. If you are a higher handicapper using wedges from more than four or five years ago, you should seriously consider trying out the CBX 2. The wedge technology has come quite a long way.
In case you missed it previously, here is our in-depth review of the CBX2 Wedge from Cleveland.
- Lower center of gravity
- Great pricing
- Good for full swing shots
- Not preferred by lower handicappers
- Won’t have the same feel around the greens
Callaway Mack Daddy 5
The Callaway Mack Daddy series of wedges has been a top performer for Callaway. These are more compact player type golf wedges that lower handicappers’ love because of the feel and grind options. If you want something that is going to feel like a custom fit for your short game.
The Mack Daddy 5 wedges are made from 8620 mild carbon steel. They come in a variety of grinds if you like to open the club or play the wedge as it lies, there is a bounce/sole grind option that will work for you on the Mack Daddy 5. You can see our review of the Mack Daddy 3 forged wedge here.
Another great thing about this wedge is the ability to customize. If you want to change the look or add some custom marks on your wedge, you can do so. Of course, those additions will cost you a bit more money, but Callaway wants you to feel as though they made wedges made just for you.
- Compact design
- Lots of spin
- Grind options for lower handicappers
- Not the most forgiving wedge
Cleveland Smart Sole 3
When a golfer gets older, their swing speed starts to slow down. This can make accelerating through a chip shot that much more difficult. Luckily Cleveland understands this and has created a Smart Sole series of wedges just for this exact purpose.
The Smart Sole wedges are swung almost like a putter, and they have just enough loft and spin to get you on the green and up by the pin. This is not a club that you will want to take a full swing with; it is, however, one of the most forgiving golf wedges you will ever use.
Many golfers refer to a wedge-like this as a chipper. The lofts on these Smart Sole wedges are lower than a traditional golf wedge, but they give you just enough to get your shots over the trouble and rolling towards the pin. The best news is that there is very little room for error with this club in your hand.
- Hard to miss, extremely forgiving
- Allows golfers to keep a simple swing
- Available in a few lofts
- Will not get as much height and spin as other wedges
- Not suitable for full swing shots
Now that you know the best wedges on the market for 2020, it’s time to start narrowing down which one is the best for you. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when purchasing a new wedge.
Make sure that your wedges have a few degrees of loft between them. There is no reason to have a 56 degree and a 58 degree in your bag. The difference between these two wedges will not be enough to get you the versatility in shots that you need. Take a close look at what your pitching wedge loft is before you purchase any other wedges. Build off of the loft of your pitching wedge to make sure you don’t have large gaps in between your clubs.
Most golf wedges are going to come with a standard wedge flex shaft. This is a steel shaft that will have the flexibility of a regular/stiff shaft. As far as the weight is concerned, the wedge flex shafts are a bit on the heavy side. Having some weight in a wedge shaft is a good thing as it can allow you to get the ball up in the air and out of bunkers.
If you don’t play standard steel golf shafts in your irons, you may want to consider a wedge with a graphite shaft or lighter steel. Don’t purchase the wedge flex if your swing will not be able to handle the stiffness or the weight.
Golfers sometimes have a hard time deciding what bounce they want on their wedges. The low bounce wedges are suitable for harder playing surfaces and full swing shots. The higher bounce wedges will help you fly the golf ball out of thicker rough or bunkers. It makes sense to vary the bounce options on your wedges so that you have a tool for every situation you may find yourself in.
Hopefully, our guide of the best wedges for 2020 has helped you realize some of the tremendous technology that is on the market. The grooves on wedges will wear out after a few years. When you look at the face of a wedge, you can see when it is time to replace it. If you have had your wedge in your bag for a long time and you think it’s time to make a change, you will see a significant improvement with any of the choices on our list.