Best Golf Lob Wedges 2023
We review the best golf lob wedges from Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping and more.
Before we get into revealing and reviewing the best golf lob wedges, let’s quickly cover the biggest questions when it comes to the highest lofted wedges, their uses, and what you should look for when making your choice.
What is a lob wedge?
A lob wedge is typically any wedge with a loft of 58° or more. They generally top out at 64°, but a few lesser-known manufacturers have released wedges with as much as 70° of loft – these are sometimes known as “ultra lob wedges”.
A lob wedge is the most-lofted golf club in your bag, generating the greatest height and the least distance.
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What is a lob wedge used for?
A lob wedge is ideal when you need to hit a shot with plenty of height that stops quickly on the green. But the best lob wedges can be surprisingly versatile. In fact, a lot of players choose to use their lob wedge for every short shot, having developed the skill to hit low bump-and-run shots with their lob wedge as well as floaty flop shots. Short game wizard and 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry is one of many tour pros who use their lob wedge for every shot around the green.
Many golfers also use their lob wedge for greenside bunker shots, as the high loft helps get the ball up and out of the sand.
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What does “full toe” mean on wedges and what is the benefit of a full toe wedge?
In recent years, a number of manufacturers have released “full toe” or “full face” wedges. The shape in these wedges is often tweaked from the standard version, but the most noticeable difference is that the grooves cover the entire clubface. This is to ensure you get maximum grip and spin, even when playing a variety of shots around the green, which may involve opening the clubface and making contact more towards the toe. The look can take a bit of getting used to, but it makes a lot of sense and the performance benefits make it well worth a try.
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Now we’ve established what a lob wedge is and what it’s used for, let’s look at the best lob wedges available…
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Best Lob Wedges
Titleist Vokey SM9 Wedge
RRP: £169 | VIEW OFFER
Highest Loft: 62º | Grinds: F / S / M / K / L / D | Finishes: Tour Chrome / Brushed Steel / Jet Black / Raw
Titleist’s wedge guru, Bob Vokey, rarely puts a foot wrong, and the Vokey SM9 wedges are no exception. In fact, we’d go as far as to say the Titleist Vokey Design SM9 wedges are the most versatile, accurate and forgiving wedges the legendary designer has ever created.
The Vokey SM9 wedges are beautiful to look at and it’s no surprise they are the most widely used wedges on tour. They provide versatility, distance control and great spin in a stunning package that can be tailored to suit any golfer.
There’s an extensive range of grinds available, meaning you can find the perfect fit for your swing type (steep, neutral, shallow) and the course conditions you normally play (firm, neutral, soft).
That does mean that a fitting is required to make sure you’re getting the best-fitting wedge for your individual needs.
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TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3
Highest Loft: 60º | Finishes: Brushed Copper
With the TaylorMade Hi-Toe Raw (below) now past its 2nd birthday, the brand have taken inspiration from their MG3 family and come up with the brand new Hi-Toe 3.
The TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 features tiny, raised Micro-Ribs (they’re just 0.02mm tall and 0.25mm wide) protruding between each groove on the face.
These raised ribs – which also feature on the TaylorMade MG3 wedges – create a more textured abrasive surface which interacts more with the ball, generating additional spin. They come in especially useful when tackling delicate approaches with less than a full swing.
TaylorMade have also tweaked the design to move the centre of gravity more towards the middle, providing lower launch, better distance control, and greater spin.
A new sole shape makes it easier than ever to slip the Hi-Toe 3 under the ball, particularly from tight lies. TaylorMade say their leading edges are the lowest in the industry, which means they’re able to offer lots of bounce with a leading edge that doesn’t sit off the ground when the club face is opened to play lofted approach shots.
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Cleveland CBX Full Face Wedge
RRP: £139 | VIEW OFFER
Highest loft: 64º | Grinds: C-Shaped | Finishes: Tour Satin / Raw Tour Rack
The Cleveland CBX is our first port of call when recommending wedges for the majority of club golfers. If you use cavity back irons, it makes a lot of sense to use cavity back wedges as well, and benefit from the increased forgiveness on less-than-perfect strikes.
If you hit fullish shots with your lob wedge, that is particularly important, as you’re more likely to miss the middle of the face when making a full-length, full-speed swing.
As a lob wedge, the Full-Face version is particularly appealing as it comes into its own when opening the face to hit shots with extra height.
The grooves cover the entire face, maximising spin even on flop shots where the ball tends to climb the clubface and interact more with the toe of the club.
It is available in just one grind option – C-Shaped – which Cleveland say offers maximum versatility whatever shot you want to play.
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Callaway Jaws Full Toe Wedge
RRP: £159 | VIEW OFFER
Highest loft: 64º | Grinds: C | Finishes: Raw Face Chrome / Raw Black
Callaway have always been highly focused on maximising spin rates with aggressive wedge constructions that increase bite on the green, hence the name “Jaws”.
In keeping with that aim, and targeting everyone from tour pros to casual golfers, Callaway call the Jaws Full Toe a “Spin Machine”. The altered head shape and full groove pattern are designed to give you control on all wedge shots, from chips, pitches, flops and bunker shots, to full shots into the green. That’s thanks to the renowned Jaws grooves having been extended across the face to provide maximum spin regardless of where on the face you make contact.
But there’s more to the Jaws Full Toe than just spin. The new wedge offers incredible greenside versatility thanks to a combination of the full toe shape and a specialised C-Grind. Callaway say this combo makes bunker shots, high flop shots, short pitches and chips easy to hit regardless of your lie thanks to the C Grind increasing heel and toe relief.
The straighter leading edge makes it easier to align to your target, while less offset than the other wedges in the Jaws lineup makes it easier to use and control on full shots.
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TaylorMade Hi-Toe Raw Wedge
RRP: £149 | VIEW OFFER
Highest loft: 62º | Grinds: Standard / Low / Big Foot | Finishes: Raw
Originally developed in close association with then-staff player Justin Rose in 2018, Hi-Toe is designed to add short-game versatility and the opportunity to hit explosion shots from anywhere. TaylorMade took the Raw tech from their MG wedges into the 2021 Hi-Toe model and another update is expected in August 2022.
Hi-Toe has been put in played by Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Robert MacIntyre and Gary Woodland down the years, proving its worth.
A toe height that is 5mm higher than a standard wedge allows a higher of centre of gravity, providing a flatter ball flight and higher-spin performance on full approach shots or finesse shots around the green, while full-length face grooves ensure consistent contact from the rough.
There’s also a Hi-Toe Raw Big Foot version, aimed at game-improvers with an ultra-wide sole (32mm compared to the traditional 26mm) making it easier to use regardless of the conditions, but especially out of bunkers.
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Ping Glide 4.0 Wedge
RRP: £160 | VIEW OFFER
Highest loft: 60º | Grinds: Standard / Wide / Thin / Eye | Finishes: Hydropearl Satin
We like the Ping Glide 4.0 because it’s almost a halfway step between a full-on blade wedge and a much deeper traditional cavity back.
The weight is split between low and high in the blade, which increases stability, while a slightly shorter blade length than previous models improves the cosmetics.
There are four grind options to choose from, the S (Standard) Grind should fit most golfers, with trail edge/heel relief, ample bounce and a rounded leading edge.
The W (Wide) Grind has been optimised for square-face and bunker shots, with a traditional full sole design and rounded leading edge. It is the most forgiving of the four grinds.
The T (Thin) Grind has high leading edge bounce, with half-moon sole shaping and an increased bounce width in the centre.
The E (Eye) Grind is inspired by Ping’s famous Eye2, the high-toe design made popular by Karsten Solheim’s iconic sand wedge developed in the early 1980s. It features a blended hosel and dished sole design similar to the original Eye.
A clever addition sees all four grinds fitted with a longer-than-standard 11″ grip, making it easier when choking down on the club around the greens.
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Mizuno T22 Wedge
RRP: £155 | VIEW OFFER
Highest loft: 62º | Grinds: S / D / C / X | Finishes: Chrome / Copper / Raw
If you play forged irons to ensure feel and feedback consistency, it’s very likely you’ll want to play forged wedges too. The likes of Vokey, Cleveland, Callaway and TaylorMade don’t offer forged wedges, but Mizuno do.
The Mizuno T series wedges were developed with input from short game maestro Luke Donald, and the T stands for teardrop, in reference to the high toe and flowing head shape so treasured by the Englishman.
Compared to previous models, the T22s are slightly more compact, with an extensively bevelled top edge so the head appears thinner at address.
There’s also a tapered blade design which positions extra mass higher in the blade to deliver more spin consistency, as well as a penetrating flight irrespective of where shots impact the face.
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TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 Wedge
RRP: £149 | VIEW OFFER
Highest loft: 60º | Grinds: Low / Standard / High / Tiger | Finishes: Chrome / Black
Where the TaylorMade Hi-Toe pushes what’s acceptable in terms of wedge shape and full-face grooves, the Milled Grind wedge family has always been about classic and traditional wedge shapes. This version – thanks to raised micro ribs on the face and an optimised thick-thin design – pushes backspin and CG placement to the optimum.
If you’re not sold on the Hi-Toe head shape and the look of full-face grooves, the TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 should suit you down to the ground. It was one of our highest-spinning wedges on test in 2022 and one of the best at preserving distances on mishits.
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Cobra King Snakebite Wedge
RRP: £109 | VIEW OFFER
Highest loft: 60º | Grinds: Widelow / Versatile / Classic | Finishes: Satin / Black
The Cobra King Snakebite wedge features wedges that are 11 per cent bigger and 40 per cent sharper than previous models, producing greatly increased spin rates. Cobra have achieved this, in part, by replacing cutting tools more often.
The 56º-60º Snakebite wedges feature wider and shallower grooves that cover the entire face, maximising spin on shots hit with an open face, where the ball is more likely to make contact with the high toe area. The faces and grooves are CNC Milled on each wedge to create the most precise face and groove shapes for optimal spin and trajectory control.
Cobra continue to cater to golfers favouring one-length irons, so the Snakebite comes in a 37.5″ One Length option as well as the standard.
The Cobra King Snakebite comes in a choice of three grinds: Versatile is perfect for medium to firm conditions; Classic grind suits neutral to steeper swings on a variety of course conditions; while Widelow grind is a low-bounce, wide sole option designed to prevent the leading edge from digging. It’s also great from soft sand.
The Cobra King Snakebite wedge is great value, too.
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