Fairway: Spin Rate 3,808 rpm and Launch Angle degrees 40.60
Rough: Spin Rate 4,812 rpm and Launch Angle degrees 31.20
Srixon WG-706 Jim Furyk plays this club in a raw finish, but we mortals can only buy the satin version (though it, too, does a nice job of reducing glare). Forged from soft carbon steel, the WG-706’s U-grooves—which conform to the proposed USGA regulations—can make even a Pro V1x feel like a balata. And a trimmed-back trailing edge makes flop shots a breeze. $169. Call 888-477-4966 or visit srixon.com.
Hot Stix Stats: Srixon WG-706
Fairway: Spin Rate 5,054 rpm and Launch Angle degrees 33.36
Rough: Spin Rate 5,576 rpm and Launch Angle degrees 29.08
Nike SV Tour Black Satin If the SV’s rich satin finish doesn’t provide enough temptation to play it, then its clean lines and shaping just might. It’s a nicely weighted wedge, just heavy enough to feel throughout your swing, and the milled face seems to generate consistent spin. The SV comes in five loft/bounce combinations, from fifty-two to sixty degrees. $120. Call 888-799-6453 or visit nikegolf.com.
Hot Stix Stats: Nike SV Tour Black Satin
Fairway: Spin Rate 4,509 rpm and Launch Angle degrees 35.88
Rough: Spin Rate 3,726 rpm and Launch Angle degrees 31.94
Tour Edge Exotics Extreme Spin Tour Edge continues to bring technical innovation and high-quality fit and finish to its Exotics line. This thin-faced wedge stands out for its adjustability. Players can alter the weight of the club through the port in the lower rear, which houses a two-, four- or six-gram screw. These screws change the swingweight from D-6 to D-8, a difference that experienced golfers will definitely feel. $129. Call 800-515-3343 or visit exoticsgolf.com.
Hot Stix Stats: Tour Edge Exotics Extreme Spin
Fairway: Spin Rate 4,743 rpm and Launch Angle degrees 34.96
Rough: Spin Rate 4,630 rpm and Launch Angle degrees 30.84