There’s an old saying, ‘drive for show and putt for dough’, but next to the putter your wedge might be the most important and useful club in your bag. We take a close look at the best 60-Degree Wedges.
The approach shot into the green, allowing you the best chance for a two-putt or maybe better, is where the wedge comes into play. The best and most versatile of these wedges is the 60-degree or lob wedge.
Types of Wedges:
The traditional full set of irons would usually include a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. As golf has evolved over the years and precision has become paramount, two more wedge options have been added as an option. Many professional golfers carry all four options in their bags, depending on the type of course to be played.
- The pitching wedge has a loft of 46-50 degrees and plays from about 100 to 120 yards out from the green.
- The sand wedge loft is 54-60 degrees with a much shorter shot distance of 40-70 yards but usually used for getting out of bunkers.
- The gap wedge fills that ‘gap’ with a 50-56-degree loft and is also useful for getting out of sand, long grass, or wet muddy conditions.
Ryan Benzel explains when to use a 60-degree wedge in this video.
The latest addition to the stable of wedges is the lob or 60-degree wedge. With a loft of 60-64 degrees, this is a very versatile club that can get you out of all sorts of trouble and shave numbers off your scorecard.
Benefits and Features:
- The 60-degree lob wedge will really come into its own on courses with a lot of hazards. It is great for getting over obstacles such as trees, water, and bunkers. The big benefit of this wedge is the ability to stop the ball quickly on the green. With practice and as your skill improves you may even begin to emulate the pros with some great backspin.
- Often this lob wedge could be preferred to the sand wedge in a bunker situation, especially if the bunker also has a high lip. The extra loft will lift the ball over the lip and put it down gently on the green.
- Imagine your ball has run through the green with the pin at the back, leaving you no green to work with. This is known as being on the ‘short side’. The lob wedge will get the ball airborne quickly and drop it softly on the green. The roll could be 3 or 4 feet, but your pitching wedge would probably have rolled 10 feet or more.
- An elevated green is another tricky situation to face as there is always a good chance of running through the green into a bunker or rough. Again, the lob can get you in the air with a soft landing.
- You should seldom play this wedge as a full shot, as you might lose accuracy, it would in most situations only require a 50-75% swing.
- When looking for the right 60-degree wedge to add to your bag there are some essential things to look for. Ideally, there should be about a 4-degree gap from your 3 iron down to your wedges, so the first thing to check is the lofts of your current irons.
- Most golfing brands have a 60-degree wedge that could be added to your bag and the look and feel should be similar to what you are used to.
- Many people think that the 60-degree wedge is difficult to hit but it’s just another club to get practice and master. Most often miss-hits occur when the ball is skimmed off the surface, this could either be your technique or the bounce of the club.
- It is wrong to think that the club sits flat when you place it on the ground at address. The ‘bounce angle’ is the angle between the leading edge of the club, that part of the club face that strikes the ball first, and where the sole of the club meets the ground.
- Some players prefer to sweep the ball off the surface and take little or no divots, they would go for a club with low bounce. High bounce wedges are used by players who take deep divots or when playing in softer conditions. Mid-bounce wedges are the most versatile and most common.
- “Sole grind” is the shaping the manufacturer applies around the heel and toe of the club. The grind is done by machine and shapes the club to enhance the ability to cut through the turf better.
- Lastly consider the shaft and the finish. Most wedges have steel shafts as you are not making full shots and don’t need the flex, but some manufacturers may offer alternatives. The finish and durability are also important as this is going to be your game changer.
The Best 60-Degree Wedges
Quick Overview: Our Top Picks for The Best 60 Degree Wedges
|Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|TaylorMade MG2||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Callaway Mack Daddy 5 Jaws Woman’s Wedge||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Wilson Harmonized Wedge||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Cleveland CBX Full Face||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
Fortunately, there are many amazing options that might help your short game. The following are considered to be among the best 60-degree wedges on the market:
What Tiger does for TaylorMade, Phil Mickelson does for Callaway. Combined with the legendary designer Roger Cleveland the Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind is a classy looking club and a high performer.
The unique design features of this club are the high toe with the higher CG, and the increased offset. The C grind sole is another essential feature.
The super high toe of the club face gives the impression that it is larger than average. With the grooves covering the face of the club, edge to edge, the confidence level is high when standing over the ball at address. The raised ridges of the surface roughness pattern is canted at a 20-degree angle to the grooves. This design feature provides better open-face contact.
The combined effect of the high toe, the higher CG and the increased offset is to provide more control on trajectory on full or partial shots. The C-Grind sole allowing additional relief at the heel and toe makes clean crisp contact possible from various lies. We can’t all be Phil and play a low shot with backspin, but this club configuration makes that possible.
Some players have a problem with lifting the front of the club on delivery and bouncing off the back edge of the sole. This club has a more rounded leading edge which allows you to get in under the ball and make better contact. This makes it much more forgiving, especially from tight lies.
To compensate for the higher toe weight had to be removed from the sole. This was achieved by drilling four holes in the sole and the green filling adds to the dramatic look of this club.
These very attractive clubs are available in Platinum Chrome or Tour Grey finish.
TaylorMade is one of the biggest names in golf equipment, help in no small way by the influence that Tiger Woods has had in the design process.
The MG stands for Milled Grind, and the 2 is the upgrade from the original.
TaylorMade’s patented Raw Face Technology is one of the most innovative developments in recent years. The raw face tends to rust over time while the rest of the face maintains it’s original finish. The rusted portion tends to center the ball nicely and as it wears shows where you predominantly strike the ball.
When you purchase your brand new MG2 is will have a sealed airtight cover over the face, once removed oxidation starts to take effect. The theory is that the rust effect will increase the grip on the ball and thereby the degree of spin that will be generated.
This is quite a boast considering the groove technology already on the club face. Deeper grooves are cut within the existing groove and then further enhanced with laser-cut grooving in between. These new ZTP 17 grooves have a steeper sidewall and sharper edges.
To eliminate the inconsistency of hand grind finishing of the club, TaylorMade has perfected the machine grind to ensure that each club has consistent performance and interaction with the turf, with great feel and feedback.
The weight has been redistributed giving a thick-thin effect to the wedge and enabling the optimum location for the C of G. What is known as a TPU insert has been placed in the back cavity of the club, designed to absorb vibration on impact. This further enhances the feel and performance of the wedge.
The TaylorMade MG2 is available in a shiny chrome finish where the raw face is great in reducing glare. The better more popular option would be the matte black finish.
Women are built differently from men and on average are shorter, lighter, and less muscular than men. Generally, women would be looking for shorter and lighter clubs to suit their build and strength. Woman’s golf is a growing market yet sadly the range of options for ladies’ clubs is not as diverse as that for men. When looking for a 60-degree ladies’ wedge the options are not as readily found in all the brands.
With the lower club head speeds that most women have a 60-degree wedge would be a tremendous asset. Using a high-performance club with terrific backspin should not be a reason to be afraid of adding it to your bag.
The Callaway Mack Daddy 5 Jaws features all the same high-tech face and groove design of the brand but there are some critical changes to assist the ladies’ game. A wedge that is too heavy often leads to mis-hitting the ball. To lighten the feel and control on this club Callaway has fitted a graphite shaft more ideally suited to the female swing style.
Finished in Platinum Chrome with the ports filled in blue and a blue JAWS 5 logo on the back, this makes for a most attractive and classy addition to your bag.
When looking for the best 60-degree wedge we have to consider the high handicap player and those who might have budget restrictions. Not all golfers need the high end, high tech products on the market. Wilson Harmonized perfectly fills this need.
The Wilson Harmonized wedge has a classic blade shape with a high polish finish and looks perfect in your bag. Although the groove-in-groove technology is not featured, the grooves are still aggressive and really grip the ball. The club is very versatile and displays great backspin and ball stopping ability.
The True Temper steel blades are high performers with great reliability and durability.
The modified bounce angle on the blade shape enhances the versatility and provides the required stopping spin from the fairway rough or sand.
The sole grind is designed to allow for the club ace to be opened when you need a good lift out of a deep bunker or over an obstacle.
This wedge is specifically built for the high to mid handicap golfer especially for those with a slower swing speed. With this in mind, the shaft is a mid-weight steel shaft with standard steel wedge flex.
With the name Cleveland, it is not surprising that this CBX Full Face also features an extended toe with edge-to-edge grooves as the name suggests.
This larger face design allowing the grooves to be extended makes this club much more versatile. You will feel far more confident facing some of those tricky greenside shots that have hurt your scorecard in the past. The high toe profile allows you to be more aggressive as it slides in under the ball.
The Cleveland CBX Full Face wedge is designed with a half blade, half cavity head. The cavity being near the heal and the weight, or muscle, out toward the toe. This positions the center of gravity away from the heel and closer to the strike pattern enhancing feel and consistency.
The high-tech face displays Cleveland’s Rotex Milling, Lazer Milling, and Zip Grooves which are standard in all Cleveland wedges. Standard also is the grip and spin delivered from these clubs and greater forgiveness.
The last important feature is the low C-shape sole design, making those open face shot far more effective and easier to execute.
Taking this club out on the course you will find it to perform equally well, not only around the green but also from the bunkers and out of the rough. If you happen to hit the ball a bit fat or thin the forgiveness is such that the result will still be excellent.
The club sports an attractive gunmetal grey color and the option of steel or graphite shafts.
If you are looking for some fun, try the 64-degree option, you can stop your flop on a dime.
The short game approaches into the green are where many golfers need to shave numbers from the scorecard. The major problems are getting out of or over obstacles, running through the green, or not being able to stop the ball near the pin. Once you get used to the flexibility of the 60-degree lob wedge you will wonder why you never had it before.
Trying to choose the best from the top three above would be a hard task. Personally, I don’t like to see rust on my clubs and would probably opt for the Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, but it remains very much a personal choice.
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Nick Lomas is the founder of GolfSpan, an avid golfer, not quite a pro but has over 15-years of experience playing and coaching golfers from all over the world. His mission is to bring the golfing community a better experience then it comes to choosing the right golf gear, and finding the right set up for your game.