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Jake Englebrake
Feb 14, 2017

56* Wedge Review


I got my 56 in the mail today and thought I'd post some feedback for anyone in the market. Ball is a Callaway Chrome Soft X. Rated 1-5 by my amateur scale.

First - Appearance: It's a very very attractive wedge. A little more rounded than I'm accustomed to, especially on the leading edge, but it reminds me of an old Hogan wedge. But it's easy on the eye, no doubt. Great finish on them, very clean lines., 4.5 stars

Second - Turf interaction: I swing my wedges fairly steep and it took a nice, shallow divot about 6" in length and cut right through very easy. Around the greens, short chips and pitches, had no problem getting through the turf or thick rough. I did notice on a couple side hill lies I hit short chips off of, ball above my feet, due to the more rounded leading edge which tends to be more towards the toe, I had to be a bit more cautious to not catch the toe early. Easily fixed by swinging a touch more outside in and the club responded well to that. Clubs lays open nicely to allow for different shots around the green without raising the leading edge. 4 stars

Third - Feel: Club feels incredibly solid at impact. A bit firmer than my RTX 3 wedges, but great feedback on full swing shots. Around the greens on the short chips and pitches is where this really shined to me. It felt almost as if you were just underhand releasing the ball with your bare hand when you hit it. Incredibly smooth and soft feel, very easy to control distance on chips and pitches. 5 stars

Fourth - Spin: The course I played today had greens that were rolling true and fairly quick for winter golf (I'd guess around a 9) but they were very firm. They would hold a shot, but spinning the ball back was very very limited. First hole I had 112 in, up hill a bit. I hit a 50 degree RTX 3.0 and clipped it well using a short swing to control spin. Landed about 20ft short, bounced once and rolled out about 5ft, left about 12ft for birdie. I moved up to 95 yards and threw down 2 balls. Hit the Vanilla 56, again not quite a full swing, both balls landed just past the hole, bounced once and spun back about 5-6ft to pin high. Plenty of action for me. 5 stars

Fifth - Bunker Play: My 56 had 10 degrees of bounce, but it doesn't appear as obvious as the RTX 3 due the different grind options on the RTX 3. The club goes through the sand well, although to be honest, it was tough to judge as the course, like many around here, had to dump tons and tons of sand in the bunkers cause of the heavy rains last year and it makes for extremely tough bunker play. Hard to rate, but it did as well as my RTX 3 did.

Sixth - Price: What can I say here? For the price of these wedges, they are going to be tough to beat. Quality wedge, and given the custom grind option if you didn't like the rounded leading edge I'm sure he could flatten it a bit. My wedge had an upgraded shaft and was under $95 shipped. 5 stars

All in all, it was a fantastic wedge and I was more than pleased with the results. If you are in the market for new wedges, I highly recommend you at least order one to try and see if it works for you. I'm redoing my wedge set again this year and will be putting the 52 and 60 in my bag for this season. Well done Chris, well done.

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  • Admin
    Jun 6, 2018

    Working on just over a year of gaming my three vanilla wedges and I'm more pleased now than I was when I first played them. As previously stated I'm a wedge junkie, scratch golfer and very dependent upon the performance of my wedge game. I've played all the big name brands and have yet to be disappointed with my decision to go with these wedges. Solid, yet butter soft feel that I've never felt in another wedge. Control like I've never had before. The best part.......... a club guru/ owner that is readily available to answer my questions and is willing to help. There's nothing better than speaking directly to the man in charge! Thanks again for an excellent product Chris!
  • mbroussardpt
    Feb 4, 2018

    Saw these wedges from a friend of mine. Beautiful from pics, but you never know till you game it. Price was reasonable enough to take a chance. I feel I owe Chris an aplogy for stealing from him. Easily the most consistently solid and PREDICTABLE wedges I’ve owned. Worth a try for any wedge junkie. Beautiful to the eye and more pleasing to the scorecard.
  • Michael Cearley
    Mar 3, 2017

    I'm a wedge "junkie" that totes a near scratch handicap. By junkie I mean that I usually have 3 sometimes 4 wedges in my bag. I'm the guy that will tote 2 or 3 to the green with me and opt to chip when I'm just 6" off the green. Wedges are an extremely important and comfortable part of my game. I totally wear them out before reluctantly replacing them. The past several years I have used Cleveland wedges with much success. Nearing the end of their life span I recently began shopping for some replacements. Like most folks, I don't sway far from home when it comes to replacing what I like. I stick to a certain brand and move forward. Always sticking to the same loft and bounce because (a) it's what works and (b) not many other options are in stock at your typical golf shop. Then comes along Chris Embardino and his vanilla wedges. Having been acquainted with him for some time I began following his Facebook page. He advertised his intentions with creating a new brand of wedges and grabbed my interest. I asked numerous questions that were quickly and professionally answered. There were shaft options to go along with loft, lie and bounce options AND there was someone readily available to explain what would best fit my game. After much debate I ordered my first Vanilla wedge. Right out of the box it felt great. Solid weight and gorgeous looking club head. I banged a half bucket of range balls and each one felt so smooth. I like to compare it to cutting a room temp stick of butter with a red hot knife. After gaming this wedge a few rounds I ordered a lob and gap to the specs of my choice. Again, smooth solid feel with each shot. EXCELLENT green side manners with a feel I've never felt with any Cleveland or Vokey. In summary, this club is gorgeous out of the box. It has a solid feel before hitting a ball and gets even better after you do. To top it all off the price is not budget breaking and well below the quality it provides! You will not be disappointed. Period. Excellent job Chris.......Excellent job!

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