The Golf Monthly Test team's Nike Engage wedge review, a model that comes in three sole grinds and a raw finish to boost versatility and greenside spin
Nike Engage wedge review
Debuted by Rory McIlroy at the start of the year, the Engage wedges feature the same modern-muscle design used in the Nike Vapor iron range, which shifts the centre of gravity towards the centre of the clubface to aid stability and offer consistent turf interaction. They come in three different grind options – Dual Sole, Square Sole and second generation Toe Sweep. Precision-milled X3X grooves help impart maximum spin. The finish is authentic and raw to reduce glare and increase surface roughness, which improves spin and control.
Golfers seeking versatility from their higher-lofted wedges as well as tour-level feel and control around the green.
Lofts range from 50-60°. True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts and Golf Pride tour Velvet grips come as standard.
A very impressive offering for under £100, the Nike Engage wedges have a host of stand-out features. The raw finish creates a distinctive look, minimising glare from the sun but also increasing the level of control. A lower ball flight and noticeable bite and then gentle release on chips and long pitch shots was reassuring.
The very square leading edge will also suit the eye of the majority of golfers, helping to align the face on shots where accuracy is so important. The Dual Sole grind is the most versatile, allowing golfers to play a wide variety of shots, including both open-faced and full shots, while the Toe Sweep grind is a game changer from bunkers – it will help those players who are very steep and take too much sand glide the club under the ball without losing speed to get it out.
With the three grinds and multiple loft options combined with the excellent generation of spin on short game shots, the Nike wedges are the total package when it comes to mastering the scoring shots and are well worth a try