Wedges


TSG’s Top 5 Best Performing Wedges!

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It’s not easy choosing the right wedge there a lot of variables come into play from your type of swing to your conditions plus more all play a strong hand in how well you do with wedges,  In this post I’d like to talk about what I feel are the best of the best on the market today when it comes to Japan Forged and Hand Made Wedges.  So you may be wondering why does it have to be Japan Forged, well of course TSG is highly discerning about what is good and what is not but bottom line is anywhere in life you want to start with the best materials and it’s fact that J.I.S standards are the better and highest  when you look into the mineral structure in S15, S20, S25C Japan reigns supreme in this regard,  so basically we start with the best ingredients and you can’t always tell yes we are splitting hairs in some cases but again you only live once why not strive for knowing what you hold in your hands to score is special.

Why Handmade? For so many reasons while automation and mass production is more precise it’s no craft,  China,  Taiwan and other countries don’t have the skilled grinders to do this type of artisan work,  this is a skill passed down with many years of apprenticeship it’s very personal and with experience you can look at wedges and know where they came from and who the grinder is there is just something special about not every wedge being 100% the same also et’s not forget finish &  feel best is RAW or a Golf Specific NiCr Japanese Satin/Mirror holds no equal in feel and beauty.

These examples apply anywhere in life,  handmade motors are best!  handmade pasta is better!  we lust over hand crafted watches and clothing, Knives and more there is without a doubt something inherently better about the product that’s made by human hands and costs more to produce, I know I’d rather buy a single wedge that had manufacturing costs 8X-20X higher in price than mass a produced product.  Rant Over! Time to Follow the Jump to see what is TSG approved…
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RomaRo Tour Stream Wedges – Forgiveness for the Better Player

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The word “Tour” in this case signifies that this is the RomaRo Alcobaca wedges most compact with less offset model and compared to other compact players wedges it’s still slightly oversized.  I’ve always suggested the Alcobaca to players who request a higher MOI very forgiving wedge and I’d suggest disregarding the word tour and consider this much of the same a high spin forgiving wedge that is good really for all levels,  for the high handicap who wants a wedge to grow into or the low handicap who doesn’t mind looking and hitting something a bit larger.

RomaRo threw the kitchen sink at this one with a ton of good attributes,  I will explain this with more pics after the jump….

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Honma TW-W FORGED ** CuStoM BLaCk NiCKeL **

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You are looking at Sakata Factory Custom Black Nickel Honma TW-W Forged Wedges!  Hideto Tanihara had a hand in working togeher with Honma in the development and testing of these wedges.  Geared to the low handicap / pro player it’s designed for a lower trajectory with what he calls “incredible spin”,  he plays both the AW & SW on the JPGA tour with Vizard IB-95W Shafts which are also unique in that Tanihara-san wanted a shaft that would produce a more accurate lower launch result that still stopped on the greens quickly.

I have not hit the Black Nickel version but I do have a few rounds under my best with the standard finish model and they not only feel great but are top of the food chain when it comes to quality of fit, and finish we wouldn’t expect any less from Honma.  Follow the Jump for more feedback and photos….

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Honma W106 Wedge

Honma W106 Wedges

Honma’s W106 Wedge is a high MOI high spin wedge that is slightly oversized for more stability and forgiveness as a result.  They use two types of finishes,  one side to produce more spin called the “Spin Zone”  the sole is a double finished “Slide Zone” that goes smoothly through the turf.

It features a larger sweet spot and increased moment of inertia to reduce distance loss on bad shots making it a very good options for the average player.  We have a bunch more pics and some chit chat about the grind and what else this wedge features after the Jump…

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New Crazy Toyoshima 104W Wedges by TSG Club Works

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Crazy Toyoshima 2016 Wedge –  Isn’t she lovely?  The standard finish is satin while this one is TSG Club Works modified. We receive the heads from Crazy then send it to a Japanese copper factory where they are dipped,  then several weeks later we get them back and soak them in a chemical agent to apply its outer most dark layer for a beautiful smooth finish that we have dubbed “Smoked Copper”

We have been perfecting our smoked copper finish,  this is the latest iteration it’s different from before as its smoother visually in its darker areas and applied more evenly.  Kaizen as they say,  always improving.   Enough about the mod job it recieved as these wedges are some of the best and those who know anything about Toyoshima-san’s wedges or have ever owned a Crazy Wedge can automatically assume these will play just as good if not better than previous versions.  Follow the Jump we have 2 more finishes to show you and photos from all angles…

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TSG Club Works | Titleist Cold Forged Vokey | Custom Finishes

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The Cold Forged Vokey has been one of the most popular wedges sent to TSG Club Works for a refinish and in the above image you can see why, here we have a beautiful copper satin that at sunset or sunrise will glow almost orange.  Some of these finishes are not for the faint of heart let’s take for example copper mirror or satin each time the oil from your fingers touch this finish it leaves a fingerprint in a darker bronzy color that over a short period of time becomes a rusty patina immune to glare or glow as it once was.

Below is copper mirror and like the satin it wears easily,  you never lose the copper you simply gain the patina over it and it is an acquired taste,  Please follow the Jump to see more images of cold forged vokey refinishes including black oxide,  black boron and copper mirror + satin…

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Mizuno’s “ON FIRE” Yoro MP-R5L Series Wedge!

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Yesterday we had the boat load of inquiries asking about those tricked out MP-5’s in the previous blog post,  today we want to follow up with another truly unique item from the team at Mizuno’s Yoro Craft department,  these guys deserve some praise and as I said yesterday Mizuno comes second to none in having a custom options department that no other brand comes close to touching.

 Introducing the Japan Only Mizuno MP-R5-L Wedge geared toward the player who comes into the ball steep,  there are two versions of the new R5 the W & L and the W is for the slider or golfer who’s impact comes into the ball more level,  as a steep swinger myself I had to get what I could hit best so the L it is.  Great pics after the Jump so please follow…

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Titleist Cold Forged Copper Wedges by TSG Club Works

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TSG Club Works presents the 2015 Titleist Cold Forged Vokeys in Smoked Copper Finish – It’s trendy and many of our customers have been sending in a variety of wedges for our Japanese Hand Made Smoked Copper treatment for a couple of reasons,  the first is with copper the heads have a softer sticker feel at impact,  second is after several rounds you begin to see them transform into a beautiful patina finish which people seem to enjoy.

It’s a more rustic and crafty appearance for sure andworth noting is more than 70% of PGA Tour pro’s use wedges that will wear in a raw form,  or oxide style finish but smoked copper seems to not only trump those in feel but also in character after long term use.  More pics after the Jump….

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