Have you ever wondered what the actual difference is between a premium-priced wedge and a budget-priced wedge? What do expensive wedges contain that make them tick?
Alex from GolfMagic took the MacGregor V-Foil Speed wedge, which costs £49.95, and the TaylorMade MG3 wedge, which costs £139, to Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate to compare their performances.
In terms of the design, the TaylorMade wedge arguably looks nicer and more impressive with its metallic look. There are also more options in design with the MG3 as well.
The MacGregor V-Foil Speed wedge has a thicker top line which makes the club more forgiving and more versatile for higher handicapped golfers.
The low-cost wedge is mostly for golfers who have not reached the point where they want to spend a lot of money on the game, and this is usually for those with higher handicaps and less experience.
However, in terms of feel and response, the TaylorMade MG3 wedge does excel in every department and this is where the premium price tag is earned.
The MG3 wedge is smoother and feels fantastic off the clubface with the micro-rib grooves providing a solid amount of spin with long and short range shots.
If you are a lower handicapper who excels with your ball striking, the TaylorMade MG3 would be a great addition to your golf bag.
The MacGregor V-Foil Speed wedge is not as responsive in terms of spin and connection and your ball is likely to roll out more from both long-range and short-range distances.
You could argue that the MacGregor wedge is more forgiving with a thicker head, but with the responsive grooves of the MG3 wedge, they help to iron out any shots that are hit out of the toe or the heal of the club.
The TaylorMade MG3 wedge is also more durable and could be a long-term investment for your bag, whereas the MacGregor wedge could only be effective for a couple of years.
The V-Foil Speed wedge is still a fantastic wedge for its budget price, but the TaylorMade MG3 is a fantastic introduction to their wedge range and it could be their best model yet.