You have seen the infomercials, no doubt. Face Forward Technology. Completely eliminate the shanks. Put more balls in the scoring zone. My father was swayed by these infomercials and bought himself 56 and 60 degree F2 Wedges. He played with them for a few weeks…the novelty quickly wore off.
So, he lent me the 60* F2 Wedge, and I gave it the old college try. Now, let me preface this by stating that I have fallen completely head-over-heels in love with my Eidolon V-Sole wedge. So, the F2 Wedge was at a disadvantage from the get go.
Look and Feel
Look…right. Obviously the F2 Wedge departs from typical wedge design. With the face forward (read ahead of the hosel), the F2 wedge certainly takes some ‘getting used to’. The actual finish and graphics on the club are decent, certainly nothing I would complain about. The finish is somewhat similar to that of my old oil can Fe2O3 TM Rac wedges. But the face forward part…I really…REALLY..had a hard time getting over both the look, and just the way it ultimately feels in your hands.
So, onto the subjective quality of feel. I certainly would not call the face of the F2 Wedge soft. There is a nice click feel when you strike the ball, but coming from Mizuno irons and even the cast Eidolon wedges, the F2 Wedge felt very harsh to me. Couple this with the face forward and I had a very hard time getting a feel for short chips and pitches. Ok, I can see how the hosel being out of the way would help eliminate the ‘s-word’, but, personally, I would rather invest some time in figuring out what I was doing wrong with my swing to get rid of those dreaded hosel rockets.
Right, so, try as I might, I was unable to hit a hosel rocket. Some weak slices, sure, but hosel rocket, no. So, if hitting the dreaded s-words is serious problem for you, and you cannot, for your life, figure out why you are hitting them, by all means, give the F2 Wedges a try.
Ok, so the infomercial claims amazing off center hit performance. Presumably they used an Iron Byron to perform these tests, so I wouldn’t dare challenge the validity of such results. However, in my own practical experience, a mis-hit with the F2 Wedge, Eidolon Wedge, Cleveland CG-11, Callaway X-Tour and TM RACs, all pretty similar. None of them really stood out to me in terms of mis-hit performance. The CG-11′s are pretty forgiving in that they are a cavity back, so, in that regard they are similar to the F2 Wedge. But all in all, I can’t really say that the F2 Wedge was any better on toe or heel hits, but I do not have the swing of Iron Byron, so I certainly cannot call my tests scientific.
I tried the F2 out of a variety of lies, hard pan, thick stuff, bunkers. I really couldn’t get over the face forward design though. I had a hard enough time hitting pitches off a nice fairway lie…generally my bread and butter with a 56-60. Given enough practice time, I am sure I could master that club. But why? I noticed after playing with the F2 Wedge for sometime, I suddenly had a very difficult time going back to my own clubs. They say use the same swing, but, my god, it isn’t that easy. At least not for me! It just felt so strange, not even looking at it, just the weighting in the backswing.
I am sure there are plenty of people who could benefit from the F2 wedge. If you are struggling with a case of the hosel rockets and need a quick fix, the F2 wedge may be the answer. I must caution you, however, the F2 wedge may also screw up the rest of your game. You will have to re-learn the touch on pitches and chips. Why invest all that time in learning a completely new style of wedge? If you spent that much time with your current traditional wedges, I am sure you could figure out why you occasionally hit the hosel rocket.
So, back to the basement with the F2 Wedge. And back to loving my short game with the Eidolon V-Sole!