These wedges recorded the highest spin rates during our robot testing

ping glide 4.0 wedge

Tour winner Michael Thompson uses Ping's Glide 4.0 wedges.

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The numbers listed below from a 56-degree wedge test with Golf Laboratories’ swing robot will most benefit golfers on the slower end of the swing speed spectrum who struggle to generate enough spin on the course. Too little spin makes it difficult to hold the green — a problem older golfers tend to deal with.

The good news is a wedge can help you gain some additional zip, and then some.

At 80 mph (the robot’s speed for this test), we saw a couple of wedges top 11,000 RPMs during testing. That should be music to the ears of spin-deficient golfers.


1. PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II (11,414 RPMs)

PXG Sugar Daddy II Custom Wedge

Introducing the PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II Wedges: Elevate your short game to new heights with optimal bounce, insane accuracy, and fine-tuned stopping power. These 100% milled wedges feature Full Face Grooves, High Toe Weighting, and two innovative sole designs – the BP-Grind and C-Grind. The BP-Grind is designed for lush turf conditions and deep sand traps. Its wider sole and slight taper provide additional bounce and maximum forgiveness, making it perfect for golfers with a steeper attack angle. For skilled golfers looking to perform in firm turf conditions, the C-Grind’s narrow sole and aggressive taper deliver moderate bounce and versatility around the green. Choose from two captivating finishes – Chrome and Xtreme Dark – to suit your style and make a bold statement on the course. These wedges are not just visually stunning; they are also meticulously engineered to enhance your performance and lower your score. Experience the power and precision of the PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II Wedges. Unleash the potential of your short game and leave your competitors in awe. With their artful engineering, unparalleled accuracy, and fine-tuned stopping power, these wedges are the ultimate game-changers. Elevate your performance, lower your score, and experience golfing excellence like never before. Choose PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II Wedges and revolutionize your game.
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2. Ping Glide 4.0 (11,121 RPMs)

Ping Glide 4.0 Custom Wedge

$154.99 (was $224.99)
A precision-machined face and grooves and new textured face blast increase spin and control, a larger CTP and softer steel improve the feel, and four distinct grind options maximize versatility on full and finesse shots around the greens and from the bunker. The compact, refined profile provides a confident and captured look at address. 8620 CARBON STEEL BODY, ELASTOMER CTP INSERT The multi-material construction combines 8620 carbon steel with a larger and softer elastomer insert to provide a soft, responsive feel. The additional volume of the custom tuning port allows for 36% more face contact. COMPACT SHAPE The Glide 4.0 setup appeals to the eye with its rounded, compact design that benefits from advancements to the lead edge and hosel transition. MILLED GROOVES & FACE BLAST In combination with the precision-milled face and grooves, the new Emery face blast adds more texture to the hitting surface, creating higher friction and more interaction between the club and ball for more spin and lower launch. FULL SHOTS: Lower-lofted wedges (50° and 52°) feature a 20° sidewall milled to maximize groove volume. AROUND THE GREEN: Higher-lofted options (54° – 60°) are milled with a 28° sidewall and a tighter radius to impart more spin and precision on shorter finesse shots and from the sand. FOUR GRIND OPTIONS Four differentiated sole grinds (S, W, T, E) are designed to match your angle of attack and typical turf conditions for improving your performance and versatility on full and partial shots. S GRIND Trail edge/heel relief Ample bounce Rounded lead edge Fits most golfers W GRIND Traditional full-sole design Most forgiving through the turf Rounded lead edge Optimized for square-face and bunker shots E GRIND High toe Improved lead-edge shaping Dished sole and tapered hosel for bunker performance T GRIND High lead-edge bounce Half-moon sole shaping Increased center bounce width
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3. Cleveland CBX Full Face 2 (10,851 RPMs)

Cleveland Golf CBX Full-Face 2 Custom Wedge

Featuring the largest clubface ever in a CBX Wedge, plus HydraZip, ZipCore and UltiZip technologies, CBX Full-Face 2 lets you strike it anywhere with complete con dence from any greenside position or condition. HydraZip A new, dynamic face blast and laser-milled line pattern, HydraZip maximizes friction for improved spin consistency in wet or dry conditions. Visually, CBX Full-Face 2 Wedge faces are much more matte than past Tour Satin offerings, noticeably reducing glare at address. ZipCore Set in the heart of the Wedge, ZipCore is a new addition for CBX Full-Face 2. Our proprietary, lightweight and low-density core technology, ZipCore reduces vibrations while also perfecting the CG and boosting MOI for increased feel, control, consistency and forgiveness over last generation. UltiZip UltiZip’s full-face network of sharp, deep, and tightly spaced grooves maximizes performance at contact. By slicing through and channeling debris to bite harder, UltiZip offers purer spin, more control, and more consistency. Larger Full-Face Profile Hit more extreme, open-face shots with a larger face size—the largest contact area ever on a CBX Wedge. More face means more grooves from hosel-to-toe and more forgiveness, no matter where you strike it. Forgiving Sole Designs A new Full Sole design on the 50˚–52˚ lofts provides forgiving performance on full swing shots. For the C-Shaped Sole featured on 54˚–60˚ lofts, we added bounce in the center yet shaved material off the heel for the ideal combination of forgiveness and versatility. And all lofts also feature a new bounce chamfer near their leading edge to reduce chunking around the green.
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4. Cobra Snakebite (10,732 RPMs)

Cobra Snakebite Custom Wedge

Designed with our most aggressive groove to date, SNAKEBITE Wedges deliver superior control and the BITE your game has been missing SNAKEBITE GROOVES. MORE SPIN. Maximize spin and performance in any conditions with the ultra-precise CNC Milled SNAKEBITE grooves that are 11% deeper and feature 40% sharper edges. TOP NOTCH VERSATILITY Overcome the most daunting lies with a versatile notch design that moves our classic COBRA notch towards the heel (58° & 60°) for improved clubhead delivery through any turf or sand conditions. SUPERIOR SPIN PERFORMANCE SNAKEBITE Wedges feature full face grooves that provide superior spin performance on those shots that live out on the toe. (Only available in 56,58,60 degree options)
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5. Mizuno S23 (10,710 RPMs)

Mizuno S23 Custom Wedge

ENGINEERED FOR SPIN ONE-PIECE GRAIN FLOW FORGED / CENTRAL SWEET SPOT Comprehensively engineered for extreme backspin – the S23 combines the precision and playing profile of a player’s bladed wedge with the aggressive performance of a toe-weighted design. A shorter hosel and heel-orientated cavity allow greater mass pushed towards the toe and a centered sweet spot (located heel-side in conventional wedges) . The centered sweet spot contributes to longer impact time, less head deflection and higher spin from both full and partial shots. Delivered with the unmistakable feel of a Mizuno one-piece Grain Flow Forging.“That check and spin you see from the pros isn’t purely because of newer grooves – most of us don’t have the consistency of strike to get that kind of action. For the vast majority, a centralized sweet spot is much easier to find and get that repetitive action.” David Llewellyn FORGED IN HIROSHIMA JAPAN One-piece Grain Flow Forged HD at Mizuno’s iconic facility in Hiroshima Japan – where Mizuno irons have been produced since 1968. SPIN CENTRAL Weight pushed to the toe delivers a more centred sweet spot, more consistent strike and reliable high-spin numbers. TOUR-READY DESIGN The S23’s partial heel-cavity and short hosel, centralizes the sweet spot, whilst maintaining a players preferred versatile look at address. LOFT SPECIFIC PROFILE Stronger lofts feature a tear-drop straight edge. Flowing gently into a more rounded lob wedge – with grinds to suit. WET WEATHER PERFORMANCE Mizuno’s HydroFlow Micro Grooves are laser etched to release moisture and reduce spin drop off. PRECISE GROOVES THAT LAST LONGER Quad Cut Milled and loft specific – cut into Boron infused 1025 mild carbon steel for a longer effective lifespan. WHITE SATIN BRUSH CHROME OR COPPER COBALT Two durable finishes to purely suit your visual preference.The expanded grind options include:S Grind – with minimal sole grind for fuller shots and lower loftsD Grind – with moderate heel and toe relief, allowing gentle manipulation of the clubfaceC Grind – with heavy heel and toe relief for more skilled players and firmer conditionsX Grind – with extreme heel and toe relief for the real short game maestros.
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Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour. He can be reached at

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