I had the opportunity to review both the 60* PB and 73* wedges from Feel Golf over the past week. Here is some background information about the wedges, and then I’ll get to the review.
“PB” Classic Satin Wedge
The PB design has more of a conventional bounce angle and a leading edge preferred by some players. Comes in a classic Satin no glare finish with a graphite or steel shaft.
The 73 Degree Satin Wedge
What makes this wedge so easy to use, is the fact you take your full swing on every shot and ‘The 73′ eliminates the little half swing that cause problems. No need to play around with opening the face, or lack the confidence for those perfect high flop shots when short sided. The 73 glides through the rough just like a big mowing machine and bunker play is made so much easier…it slides through sand like a knife through hot butter.
Just find your personal ball position, which will range from the front foot to the rear foot, for your desired distance, and take your “full swing”. “The 73″ degree does the work and eliminates the “in between” club syndrome.
Look and Feel
I have played with the Feel wedges for about a week, and the look and feel are amazing. These clubs set up awesome, and just look good to the eye. The 73* wedge, which is the first of it’s kind, even looks normal at address which I did not expect. They have a very classic look, especially the 60* PB wedge. Lee, from Feel Golf, compares this wedge to the Cleveland and Vokeys and he’s right.
These clubs have just the right amount of weight on them too. You can easily feel the clubhead, but at the same time, they aren’t so heavy that you feel like you have to work your hands to close the face.
They come equipped with “Pro Release” grips from Feel. These grips are designed to help with your release of the clubhead. They are very narrow at the butt end of the club, and increase in width to extremely wide at the bottom of the grip. These take some getting used to. However, if you are someone who has trouble with his release, a set of these on all your clubs may be in order. However, when you first grab them, they do feel strange.
Both wedges also play at 36″ which is longer than what most major OEMs deliver wedges at. I spoke to Lee at Feel Golf about this, and he made a very good point. Most players do not swing 100% at their wedge, and the little bit extra length allows the player to gain a few yards keeping his 80% wedge swing.
I’m going to break the performance category into 2, one for each wedge. These wedges are dramatically different in what they are designed to do, and it wouldn’t be fair to compare them together.
60* PB Wedge
For starters, this wedge spins the heck out of the ball. Stopping a ball, even compared to a Vokey Spin Milled 60* or a Callaway X Tour MD 60* is a piece of cake. With that performance, however, comes damage to the golf ball. If you take a full swing with this club, be prepared to wipe parts of the ball out of the grooves when you are done. This effect may go away after more use, but even after hitting a ton of chips/pitches/flops/etc with this club, a 3/4 swing or more will tear up your ball.
The launch angle of these wedges is also higher than the Vokey or X Tour. I looked at my normal “trajectory window” for a 60, and couldn’t find my ball. It was above it every time. Because of this, I noticed a little bit of distance loss on these comparable swings/hits. Maybe 5 yds. However, the flight was VERY consistent, and the club head was very forgiving in terms of mishits.
The place this club really excelled, however, was chipping/pitching around the greens. I found the Pro Release grip and this setup was a natural for chip/runs and pitch/runs. First time out on our practice green, I put a group of 10 no further than 2 1/2 feet from the cup. I couldn’t come close to that with the other 2 wedges.
Out of the bunker, this club was also very easy to hit. The sole grind on the bottom allows the wedge to cut through soft sand and wet sand with ease. I loved playing these from the bunker.
I know your first thought is, “why do I need a 73* wedge?” That was mine. However, if you are one who struggles with flops and opening up the blade, this club is for you! It’s also a perfect club for those who play tiny greens and find themselves with not much green to work with.
My very first shot with this wedge was on the 1st hole at my course. I played the hole out, and then dropped one 5 yds into the rough, in a decent lie, with 5 paces of green to work with. I normally would not need to flop this shot, but I wanted to try the club. I took a 3/4 swing with the ball slightly ahead of center, and watched the ball hit pin high, jump a fraction of an inch forward, and then spin BACK about 4-5 inches. Yes, I was able to spin back a 10 yd shot. It left me about 2 feet. I continued to use the club throughout the round, and found even in heavy rough, where you’d expect it to slide right under the ball, that did not happen! The ball came out.
After my 9 holes, I went to the practice green and really worked with the club. If you get one of these clubs, make sure you practice with it some before playing with it. You’ll need to dial in the ball position/swing that will deliver the distances you need. This is no different than your flops, but you haven’t hit flops like this before.
Also, be prepared, just like with the 60* PB, to replace balls. The 73 did put some cuts on the ball if you tried to hit it more than 5-6 yds. For the record, the furthest I was able to hit this club, with the ball way back in my stance, was 27 paces in the air, 21 paces net distance.
Lastly, if you go the driving range that has a second deck on it, leave this club in the car. You’ll hit the roof of the 1st deck every time!
I thank Lee Miller from Feel Golf for the opportunity to review their product. He was very responsive to all my questions, and shipped out the wedges very quickly.
I would recommend the 60* to anyone looking for 1 wedge that can be used in many different places. Also, if your current wedge is lacking spin, this wedge is for you! It will definitely help you stop the ball on the green. It will also help you dramatically out of the rough, as these clubs tend to not stick in the rough and go right through it.
As for the 73*, I love the club and it’s a LOT of fun to play with. The only issue I have with it is it’s really good for flop shots only. If you are very comfortable opening your 60 degree as I am, you may not want to use up one of your 14 clubs on flop shot club. However, if you play small or firm greens and struggle on that shot, this club is IDEAL. I hit some of the best flops I have ever hit with this club, even off tight firm lies.
With all that said, give Feel wedges a shot! I’m glad I did, and depending on course conditions, both clubs have a chance to get into the bag…