A lot of attention is focused on the golf clubs that PGA Tour players use, and aside from drivers and putters, wedges get plenty of scrutiny from the golf-playing public so they can see what their favorite players are using. So, what are the most popular wedges on the PGA Tour?
The most popular wedges on the PGA Tour are Titleist, Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade, and Cleveland. The most popular models of wedges on the Tour are Titleist’s Vokey, with the SM8, SM7, and SM9 claiming the top three positions and the PING Glide and TaylorMade MG3 in 4th and 5th place, respectively.
Let’s look at the most popular wedges on the PGA Tour, from the brands to the most popular models.
Most Popular Wedges On The PGA Tour
The 5 most popular brands of wedges per number of players on the PGA Tour are as follows:
|Brand||Number of PGA Tour Players|
When it comes to the No.1 spot of the most popular wedges played on Tour, Titleist are well ahead in this race. In fact, the total number of players using Titleist wedges is more than the other brands and models combined, with 92 players on the PGA Tour using them.
Combine that with the Pro V1 ball, and it’s evident that Titleist is the most popular brand with wedges and golf balls on the Tour.
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Within the Titleist models, the Vokey SM8 wedge is the most popular, with 43 of the 92 pros using it.
I’m not going to list all 92 players that use Titleist wedges here, but here’s a sample of PGA Tour players that use the SM8 wedge:
Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Charley Hoffman, Chris Kirk, Corey Conners, Garrick Higgo, Ian Poulter, Jason Kokrak, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Rickie Fowler, Scottie Scheffler, Stewart Cink, Tyrell Hatton, and Will Zalatoris.
While not as popular as the SM8, some notable names have the SM7 wedge in their bags, including Brendan Todd and Brian Harman, Dylan Fritelli, Justin Rose, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Lucas Glover, Matt Jones, Patrick Cantlay, and Paul Casey.
The other Titleist wedges used on Tour are the SM9 and SM9 Wedgeworks. Players that have these clubs in their golf bags include the likes of Billy Horschel, Cameron Young, Cameron Smith, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, and Tommy Fleetwood (WW).
Between Callaway at no.2 and PING at no.3, there is only a difference of one player, with Callaway having 24 PGA Tour players using their wedges vs. the 23 of PING.
Callaway’s MD5 Jaws wedge is the most popular among Tour golfers, while the Mack Daddy Forged and Mack Daddy 4 are operated by a few players.
Phil Mickelson uses his signature PM LTD PRO, but then he is Phil Mickelson and has his range much like Tiger’s TW range from TaylorMade. You can read more on Tiger’s irons here, What Irons Does Tiger Woods Use?
The PGA Tour players that use the Mack Daddy range of wedges are :
- Brandt Snedeker – Mack Daddy 4
- Christiaan Bezuidenhout – Mack Daddy Forged
- Daniel Berger uses both the Mack Daddy Forged and the Mack Daddy 4
- Kevin Na – Mack Daddy 4
- Maverick McNealy – Mack Daddy Forged
The Mack Daddy 5 Jaws (MD5 Jaws) players include:
Alex Noren, Branden Grace, Danny Willett, Danny Lee, Erik Van Rooyen, Francesco Molinari, Henrik Stenson, Maverick McNealy, Sam Burns, Siwoo Kim, Taylor Gooch, and Xander Schauffle.
Marc Leishman and Matt Wallace use the MD5 Raw, while John Rahm Kevin Kisner plays with the Jaws Forged wedges.
Between PING at no.3 and Cleveland at no.5 on this list, there is a difference of 13 players, with PING having 23 players and Cleveland having 10, with TaylorMade in between at no.4 with 18 players.
The PING Glide models dominate this category, with only Lee Westwood using the PING i210 and a Glide 3.0. wedge.
Below is a list of golfers that use PING and which models they have in their bags. Bear in mind that some players would have more than one wedge model.
PING Glide Forged And Forged Pro (Pro):
- Viktor Hovland (Pro)
- Tyrell Hatton
- Louis Oosthuizen – Forged Pro Prototype
- Lee Westwood
- Joaquin Niemann (Pro)
- Harris English
- Guillermo Mita Pereira (Pro)
PING Wedges – Glide 2.0 And 2.0 Stealth (ST):
- Bubba Watson
- Corey Conners (ST)
- Louis Oosthuizen (ST)
- Mackenzie Hughes (ST)
- Sebastian Munoz (ST)
PING Glide 3.0:
- Guillermo Mita Pereira
- Harris English
- Joaquin Niemann
- Matt Fitzpatrick
- Seamus Power
- Victor Perez
PING Glide 4.0:
- Tony Finau
- Sahith Theegala
- Harold Varner III
Next on the list is Taylormade, with 18 PGA players using their wedges on the Tour.
The most popular models are the MG or Milled Grind range, with the MG, MG2, and MG3 in various configurations all being played.
The PGA Tour players that use the MG3 wedge are Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Matthew Wolf, Lucas Herbert, Harry Higgs, Collin Morikawa, and Adam Long.
Tiger Woods has an MG2 TW Grind wedge that he personally designed and shaped to suit his game, and Collin Morikawa has an MG2 in his bag and an MG3.
The other TaylorMade wedge used is the Hi-Toe, and players like Tommy Fleetwood, Robert MacIntyre, Martin Kaymer, Gary Woodland, Cameron Champ, and Adam Long all have this wedge in their golf bags.
The Cleveland RTX wedges come in at no.5 on the list of the most popular wedges on the PGA Tour.
The RTX ZipCore and RTX 4 Raw and Prototype are the two dominant models.
Below is the list of Cleveland wedges, eight players on Tour, and which models they are packing in their golf bags.
- Graeme MacDowell – Cleveland RTX 4 and RTX 2.0 Custom
- Brooks Koepka – Cleveland RTX Zip Core Tour Rack Raw
- Hideki Matsuyama – Cleveland RTX 4 Forged Prototype
- Keegan Bradley – Cleveland RTX Zip Core Tour Rack
- Martin Laird – Cleveland RTX 4 Raw and RTX 3 Raw
- Matt Kuchar – Cleveland RTX Zip Core Raw
- Sepp Straka – Cleveland RTX Zip Core
- Shane Lowry – Cleveland RTX Zip Core
Let’s Wrap This Up!
If we look at the most popular wedges on the PGA Tour, Titleist is the prevailing brand by some margin, with the others merely scrambling for position behind the market leaders.
Whether any of the other brands will erode Titleist’s place at the top remains to be seen, but for the time being, when you watch wedge shots being hit, the chances are that you see Titleist in action.