Most of the courses
in each region of the United States
have very similar types of grass and turf conditions and,
therefore, play the same way.
At Hopkins Golf
we've determined which custom
wedge grinds are best suited for the
exact conditions in each region.
A custom grind on the sole of a wedge is designed to create more options around the green.
For example, a wedge with a heel grind will play with medium bounce
when hit squarely. When that same wedge is played with an open face, the effective
bounce is reduced due to the grind. A wedge with no custom grind will also
play with medium bounce when hit squarely but when opened,
the effective bounce actually increases.
Full SoleHeel/ToeShelfArcHeelChannelWide
Square Mid Mid Low Low Mid Low Mid
Open High Low Mid High Low High High
The Full Sole is the standard sole design on Hopkins wedges.
With a medium effective bounce on square shots and a high
bounce on open-face shots, this sole design is best played in
normal and soft turf conditions. The Full Sole is most effective
on full shots, square-faced chips and standard bunker shots.
The Heel/Toe Grind offers the lowest effective bounce of all of
our custom grinds. This grind has material removed from the
heel, toe and along the trailing edge of the sole. The heel and
trailing edge relief lowers the leading edge of the face to insure
it gets under the ball on the tightest of lies. This grind is best
used for tight lies and firm turf conditions.
The Arc Grind reduces bounce on square-face shots, but
maintains a high effective bounce on open-face shots since no
material is removed from the heel area. The removal of material
near the middle of the sole makes this grind great for normal to
firm turf and soft sand conditions. This grind is also
great in deep rough.
The trailing edge relief on the Shelf Grind provides a lower
effective bounce on square-faced shots, but keeps a medium
effective bounce on open face shots. This grind is great for full
shots in firm conditions, long-distance sand shots and
chips around the green.
The Heel Grind removes a lot of material from the heel portion
of the sole. This keeps maximum bounce on square face shots,
but when the face is opened it reduces bounce dramatically.
This allows for real versatility in a single club. Open the face
for tighter lies and square it up for soft conditions.
The Channel Grind has material removed from the center
section of the sole which increases the effective bounce on
open-face shots and keeps the bounce low when the face is
square. Interestingly, that makes this grind great for both hard
and soft sand as well as getting the ball out of deep rough.
The Wide Sole is designed with added weight on the sole to
produce a slightly higher ball flight for tight pins, small greens
and buried lies in the sand. The wide flange with medium
bounce makes this club extremely easy to hit and forgiving
out of sand and high rough.

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