|The Pixl Wedge|
How it works: Pixl wedges use over 200 independent pieces, called pixels, to make up the hitting area of the clubface. The pixels are not attached to each other and act independently at impact, much like the individual coils on a mattress. The result is a ball rebound that is extremely consistent regardless of the impact location. The independent pixel behavior combines with precision-machined grooves to create exceptional spin. Robot testing shows that the independent pixel behavior improves the energy transfer on mis-hits, resulting in a distance improvement of up to 5%.
Price: Pixl Golf currently offers three wedges at the current retail price of USD$159.00:
My review: The Pixl wedge has a unique feel to it. I tested the 56º Sand Wedge and liked the feel out of sand traps: the spin created was quite sharp and precise. With an old, smooth metal finish to it, the wedge knifes through sand as well as any other sand wedge. The ball reacts well to the clubface regardless of where the ball and clubface have contact. From the sand, I give it a rating of 9.
Chipping with the sand wedge was a bit different. The ball jumps off the face with more force than one might expect. After adjusting, I tried different types of chipping strokes. With a chip-putt stroke, the ball rockets forward with more steam than a regular wedge. With a punch chip, the ball carries more spin from impact to the green, ranging from side to back spin. When the ball landed, depending on the angle of the wedge at impact, the spin was much greater. From greenside, I give it a rating of 7.
The unique feel, which makes me want to try their irons, came with the full swing shots. Having the problem of inconsistent contact myself, I found my mis-hits to lose nearly no distance at all. This was a particular help when I tried carrying shots over trouble. Without losing the distance from a mis-hit, the ball still reached the green. The concept of the pixels seems to work very well. From the fairway, I give it a rating of 9.5.