The Top 6 Best Gap Wedges

The gap wedge is a vitally important club for golfers too close to the green to take a full swing with their pitching wedge but need less loft than their sand wedge

In the 1990s, a distance gap had developed between traditional pitching and sand wedges. To fill that gap, a new wedge was born: the aptly-named gap wedge.

Also called either an approach wedge, attack wedge or A wedge, today the gap wedge is a vitally important club for golfers who are too close to the green to take a full swing with their pitching wedge but need less loft than their sand wedge.

Many manufacturers sell lines of wedges with a wide array of lofts that span more than a single type of wedge.

For this roundup of the best gap wedges, we'll narrow our list to wedges with 49-52 degree loft angles and omit other lofts. For example, the TaylorMade MG2 comes in 15 loft and bounce combinations and appears on each of our roundups, which you can find here:

If you're new to the wide world of wedges, make sure to read our in-depth guide to the 4 Types of Golf Wedges, where we simplify all of the technical jargon you'll need to know when shopping for your next (or first!) gap wedge.

Note: We'll denote each wedge's loft and bounce as [LOFT].[BOUNCE] so a gap wedge with 50 degrees of loft and 7 degrees of bounce will be shown as 50.07.

That's enough background. You're here to see our top picks for "Best Gap Wedge."

Here they are.

#1

Mizuno T20 Blue Ion

Delivers ideal impact feel and feedback

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Mizuno T20 Blue Ion
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Mizuno's T20 blue is a teardrop-shaped wedge forged from 1025 boron carbon steel and a higher center of gravity for more spin and forgiveness when you miss the sweet spot. An attractive wedge, the Mizuno T20 Blue Ion is more forgiving for the average golfer at the slight expense of feel, but still performs well enough for low handicappers.

Lofts Available
50-52 degrees
Low-Bounce
50.07
Mid-Bounce
51.08, 52.09
High-Bounce
None
Left-Handed
None
Grinds
Standard Bevel
Grooves
Hydroflow Micro Grooves
Finish
Chrome, blue ion, raw
Stock Shaft
Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (steel)
Shaft Flex
Stiff
Shaft Length
35.25"
Swingweight
D4

While most wedges are made with 8620 carbon steel, the Mizuno T20 Blue is forged from 1025 boron, a carbon steel that features 30% greater strength and consistency. It also comes with Mizuno's Harmonic Impact Technology, which is sales speak for the club's fine-tuned head geometry and delivers ideal impact feel and feedback.

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#2

Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal

Solid features and performance at an amazing price point

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Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal
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Designed for both full swing and short game precision, the Mizuno Hot Metal gap wedge has 49 degrees of loft (a touch less than the 50-52 degree elsewhere on our round of the best gap wedges) that offers solid features and performance at an amazing price point.

Lofts Available
49 degrees
Low-Bounce
49.07
Mid-Bounce
None
High-Bounce
None
Left-Handed
49.07
Grinds
Leading edge and trailing edge relief
Grooves
Face milling lines
Finish
Pearl Brush
Stock Shaft
Nippon Modus 105 (steel)
Shaft Flex
Wedge
Shaft Length
35.25"
Swingweight
D4

Made from Chromoly 4140M, a low-carbon chrome alloy, these are the third generation of Mizuno's made from the material, which suggests they've really dialed in the design. This JPX 921 gap wedge also includes a variable thickness sole design using the leading edge as a hinge to achieve greater face flex and backspin, and additional weight around the perimeter helps stabilize any off-center strikes.

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#3

Cleveland RTX ZipCore

The best wedge Cleveland Golf has ever made

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Cleveland RTX ZipCore
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The Cleveland RTX ZipCore is the most radical wedge in Cleveland Golf's history, essentially tearing down and rebuilding its flagship model from the ground up with changes to the center of gravity, groove technology, sole grinds and overall construction for the best wedge Cleveland Golf has ever made.

Lofts Available
50-52 degrees
Low-Bounce
None
Mid-Bounce
50.10, 52.10
High-Bounce
None
Left-Handed
Both of them
Grinds
Low sole, mid sole, full sole
Grooves
Heat-treated UltiZip Grooves
Finish
Black Satin, Tour Satin, Tour Rack (raw)
Stock Shaft
True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner (steel)
Shaft Flex
Wedge
Shaft Length
34.875"
Swingweight
D5

At the heart of what makes the Cleveland RTX ZipCore so great is its low-density core made from an aluminum silicate compound, which weighs about 2 grams per cubic centimeter—four times less than 8620 carbon steel. That's a huge amount of weight savings in a club and translates to a totally different swing. Moving the center of gravity higher and closer to the middle improves the moment of inertia, which gives you better spin control but is more challenging for high handicappers.

The other signature feature is the RTX ZiPCore's UltiZip Grooves, which are sharper and deeper than anything Cleveland has ever introduced and are so textured they almost look like fingerprints. That translates to big-time bite and plenty of spin.

The club also comes with three different sole grinds for all types of playing conditions:

  • Low Sole: Low-bounce, C-grind with heel, toe and trailing edge relief for superior versatility (6 degrees of bounce)
  • Mid Sole: V-shaped with trailing edge relief for a low leading edge on open-face shots (10 degrees of bounce)
  • Full Sole: Classic design for stable full shots with added bounce when you open up the face (12 degrees of bounce)

The RTX ZipCore isn't a beginner's gap wedge. Instead, it's a high-performance, advanced wedge for mid and low handicap golfers.

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#4

Cobra KING MIM One Length

As long as a 7 iron for more accuracy

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Cobra KING MIM One Length
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Cobra's most precise wedge in a one-length configuration, the KING MIM ("Metal Injection Molded" is as long as a 7 iron for more accuracy and consistency around the green. It also comes equipped with Cobra Connect so you can track your stats and improve upon your game.

Lofts Available
50°-54°, 56°-60°
Low-Bounce
--
Mid-Bounce
--
High-Bounce
--
Left-Handed
All
Grinds
Versatile, Classic, Widelow
Grooves
Precision CNC Milled
Finish
Chrome
Stock Shaft
Steel
Shaft Flex
Versatile Grind
Shaft Length
37.50"
Swingweight
D4

The Cobra KING MIM is 100% metal injection molded using a mixture of superheated 304 stainless steel metal powder for a more even grain structure than either case or forged steel clubs. The result is one of the softest feels in any wedge, extreme durability and enviable consistency.

The face's grooves are precision-milled in a circular pattern for roughness and grip at every angle, which translates to less slip and better backspin. Cobra offers two versions of these grooves:

  • Narrower, deeper grooves in 50-54 degree lofts
  • Wider, shallower grooves in 56-60 degree lofts

The KING MIM only offers one grind—their Versatile Grind—designed for versatile play with heel and toe relief and a center notice to keep the leading edge closer for the ground and reduced bounce.

This gap wedge also comes equipped with Cobra Connect, an industry-leading stat tracking and performance management system.

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#5

TaylorMade Milled Grind 2

Tried-and-true and among the most popular

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TaylorMade Milled Grind 2
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A popular wedge with lofts spanning the entire pitching wedge to lob wedge spectrum, there are just two options available in 50-52 degree gap wedges, both with 9 degrees of bounce. The precision-milled sole delivers the performance you expect, and TaylorMade's new ZTP RAW grooves offer above average bite for solid backspin and consistent flight paths.

Lofts Available
50-52 degrees
Low-Bounce
None
Mid-Bounce
50.09, 52.09
High-Bounce
None
Left-Hand
Both of them
Grinds
Precision-milled sole for exactly the bounce you expect and a smooth swing
Grooves
ZTP RAW
Finish
Matte black, satin chrome
Stock Shaft
True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 (steel)
Shaft Flex
Stiff
Shaft Length
35.50"
Swingweight
D3

TaylorMade's MG 2 is the new-and-improved version of the original MG with two standout features:

  • Precison-milled sole
  • TaylorMade's ZTP RAW face with solid bite that improves as it rusts

The only major drawback of the MG2 is the relative lack of options available at each loft, especially for gap wedges, which come with 9 degrees of bounce and only one sole grind.

These clubs are tried-and-true and among the most popular among golfers of all handicaps, making them an excellent option and one of the best gap wedges.

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#6

Callaway Mack Daddy CB

A club that makes it easy to find the sweet spot

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Callaway Mack Daddy CB
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A forgiving gap wedge with a bigger sweet spot, the Callaway Mack Daddy CB is great for high handicappers looking for a club that makes it easy to find the sweet spot. If you've had your eye on the Mack Daddy 5 but want something easier to square up, the Mack Daddy CB is for you.

Lofts Available
50-52 degrees
Low-Bounce
None
Mid-Bounce
None
High-Bounce
50.12, 52.12
Left-Handed
Both of them
Grinds
Full sole grind
Grooves
JAWS groove design (not full-face)
Finish
Brushed silver
Stock Shaft
KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 105 (steel), KBS Hi-Rev G (graphite)
Shaft Flex
Stiff (steel, graphite)
Shaft Length
35-35.25"
Swingweight
D4

The Mack Daddy CB is geared toward game-improvement players looking for versatility around the greens with a blade wedge they feel comfortable playing. That's where the Mack Daddy CB shines almost as a hybrid between their Mack Daddy 5 and PM Grind, both of which are popular wedges for mid and low handicappers.

The result is the Mack Daddy CB with a face that feels larger than a blade wedge (even though it's just 4% larger) but still gives you the ability to open it up as needed for tough approaches as lower-lofted Mack Daddy CB offerings like the 50-52 degree gap wedges have a full sole for easy, iron-like turf interaction

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Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most common questions we're asked by golfers looking for the best wedges to improve their short game around the green.