Smithworks Golf wedges are a premium product from the manufacturer with the promise of providing maximum spin. But how good are they?
There are two ranges of Smithworks Golf wedges – the Extreme Range, which is not approved for competitions but good for general play, and the Elite Range.
The Elite Range is laser milled and stands up their with Titleist SM8 Vokey and TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 wedges, while the Extreme Range is cast milled. Both wedge options comes in Satin or Gun Metal options.
What Smithworks says about their range of wedges:
“(The Extreme Range is) simply the most advanced, controllable, spinning, fun wedges ever made.
“This wedge has not been submitted to the R&A or USGA for official approval in elite events. It was designed for endless enjoyment and extreme spin around the greens. Stand out in your four ball!
“(The Elite wedge) is newly Approved Conforming Wedge that produces incredible spin and ultimate control around the greens. If it’s extreme spin you’re after check out our Cast Milled Wedge”.
Smithworks Elite Range Laser Milled Wedge Review
The Elite Range from Smithworks Golf features laser milled wedges and are the model fully approved by the the R&A and USGA.
Smithworks promise that the wedges produce excellent spin levels and control aroud the greens thanks to a laser milled face with Super X.
The Elite Range is produced from high carbon steel and is cold forged, has a unique ceramic blast finish for extra adhesion and features full face grooves in the design. The face is also vertically balanced.
The sole is CNC milled to produce a flow-through impact on any surface, making the wedges the ideal for all-round short game performance.
The wedges are available in either stain or gun metal, and in five loft options (48 degrees, 52 degrees, 56 degrees, 58 degrees and 60 degrees). Four weight distribution holes are also unique to each loft.
Smithworks Extreme Range Cast Milled Wedge Review
The Extreme Range has not yet been submitted to the R&A or USGA for official approval in elite events, but everyday golfers can use it.
The feature yet to be approved in the precision grooved face, which has full face grooves and produces maximum spin to really get bite on all short game shots and around the greens. The face is also vertically balanced.
The wedges are cold forged from high carbon steel, are finished with a unique ceramic blast and have cast milled Super X for extra adhesion.
Like the Elite Range, the sole in this model is also CNC milled to produce a flow-through impact on any surface, and have four weight distribution holes which are unique to each of the loft options.
The wedges are available in either stain or gun metal, and in five loft options (48 degrees, 52 degrees, 56 degrees, 58 degrees and 60 degrees).
Verdict: How good are the Smithworks Golf Wedges?
If you want a wedge that produces exceptional spin, then the Smithworks Elite and Extreme models should be on your radar.
They retail for around the same price as most premium wedges, so aren’t going to break the bank, and compared favourably with the products from the likes of Titleist, TaylorMade and Callaway.
What you might find with the Smithworks wedges is that the groove patterns can impact on the ball, if the outer layer of your ball is soft. You could notice that the strong grooves wear a ball quicker than normal.
If you are planning to play in competitions, the Extreme in non-conforming and is not permitted for use.
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How much do Smithworks Golf Wedges cost?
The wedges are sold at £120 / $160 each. Smithworks do offer a distance for bulk purchases of three wedges.
What lofts do the Smithworks Golf Wedges come in?
The wedges are sold in 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees lofts. They are available in steel or gun metal colours.
What is the difference between Elite and Extreme Smithworks wedges?
The Elite wedge is permitted in competitions, but the Extreme wedge has not been submitted for USGA or R&A approval and is therefore non-conforming. The grooves mean the Extreme produces greater spin levels.
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