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In the 1990s, a distance gap had developed between traditional pitching and sand wedges. To fill that gap, a new wedge was born: the aptly-named gap wedge.

Also called either an approach wedge, attack wedge or A wedge, today the gap wedge is a vitally important club for golfers who are too close to the green to take a full swing with their pitching wedge but need less loft than their sand wedge.

Many manufacturers sell lines of wedges with a wide array of lofts that span more than a single type of wedge.

For this roundup of the best gap wedges, we'll narrow our list to wedges with 49-52 degree loft angles and omit other lofts. For example, the TaylorMade MG2 comes in 15 loft and bounce combinations and appears on each of our roundups, which you can find here:

If you're new to the wide world of wedges, make sure to read our in-depth guide to the 4 Types of Golf Wedges, where we simplify all of the technical jargon you'll need to know when shopping for your next (or first!) gap wedge.

Note: We'll denote each wedge's loft and bounce as [LOFT].[BOUNCE] so a gap wedge with 50 degrees of loft and 7 degrees of bounce will be shown as 50.07.

That's enough background. You're here to see our top picks for "Best Gap Wedge."

Here they are.

Best Gap Wedges for 2021

  • Best Wedge to Start a Conversation: Callaway PM Grind
  • Best Gap Wedge for Low Handicappers: Cleveland RTX ZipCore
  • Best Wedges to Customize: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2/TaylorMade Milled Grind Hi-Toe
  • Best Name and Performance Combo: Callaway Mack Daddy CB
  • Most Unique Gap Wedge: Mizuno T20 Blue Ion
Mizuno T20 Blue Ion

Mizuno T20 Blue Ion

Mizuno T20 Blue Ion

Overview: Mizuno's T20 blue is a teardrop-shaped wedge forged from 1025 boron carbon steel and a higher center of gravity for more spin and forgiveness when you miss the sweet spot. An attractive wedge, the Mizuno T20 Blue Ion is more forgiving for the average golfer at the slight expense of feel, but still performs well enough for low handicappers.

  • Lofts Available: 50-52 degrees
  • Low-Bounce: 50.07
  • Mid-Bounce: 51.08, 52.09
  • High-Bounce: None
  • Left-Handed: None
  • Grinds: Standard Bevel
  • Grooves: Hydroflow Micro Grooves
  • Finish: Chrome, blue ion, raw
  • Stock Shaft: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (steel)
  • Shaft Flex: Stiff
  • Shaft Length: 35.25"
  • Swingweight: D4

While most wedges are made with 8620 carbon steel, the Mizuno T20 Blue is forged from 1025 boron, a carbon steel that features 30% greater strength and consistency. It also comes with Mizuno's Harmonic Impact Technology, which is sales speak for the cub's fine-tuned head geometry and delivers ideal impact feel and feedback.

Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal

Overview: Designed for both full swing and short game precision, the Mizuno Hot Metal gap wedge has 49 degrees of loft (a touch less than the 50-52 degree elsewhere on our round of the best gap wedges) that offers solid features and performance at an amazing price point.

  • Lofts Available: 49 degrees
  • Low-Bounce: 49.07
  • Mid-Bounce: None
  • High-Bounce: None
  • Left-Handed: 49.07
  • Grinds: Leading edge and trailing edge relief
  • Grooves: Face milling lines
  • Finish: Peart Brush
  • Stock Shaft: Nippon Modus 105 (steel)
  • Shaft Flex: Wedge
  • Shaft Length: 35.25"
  • Swingweight: D4

Made from Chromoly 4140M, a low-carbon chrome alloy, these are the third generation of Mizuno's made from the material, which suggests they've really dialed in the design. This JPX 921 gap wedge also includes a variable thickness sole design using the leading edge as a hinge to achieve greater face flex and backspin, and additional weight around the perimeter helps stabilize any off-center strikes.

Cleveland RTX ZipCore

Cleveland RTX ZipCore

Cleveland RTX ZipCore

Overview: The Cleveland RTX ZipCore is the most radical wedge in Cleveland Golf's history, essentially tearing down and rebuilding its flagship model from the ground up with changes to the center of gravity, groove technology, sole grinds and overall construction for the best wedge Cleveland Golf has ever made.

  • Lofts Available: 50-52 degrees
  • Low-Bounce: None
  • Mid-Bounce: 50.10, 52.10
  • High-Bounce: None
  • Left-Handed: Both of them
  • Grinds: Low sole, mid sole, full sole
  • Grooves: Heat-treated UltiZip Grooves
  • Finish: Black Satin, Tour Satin, Tour Rack (raw)
  • Stock Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner (steel)
  • Shaft Flex: Wedge
  • Shaft Length: 34.875"
  • Swingweight: D5

At the heart of what makes the Cleveland RTX ZipCore so great is its low-density core made from an aluminum silicate compound, which weighs about 2 grams per cubic centimeter—four times less than 8620 carbon steel. That's a huge amount of weight savings in a club and translates to a totally different swing. Moving the center of gravity higher and closer to the middle improves the moment of inertia, which gives you better spin control but is more challenging for high handicappers.

The other signature feature is the RTX ZiPCore's UltiZip Grooves, which are sharper and deeper than anything Cleveland has ever introduced and are so textured they almost look like fingerprints. That translates to big-time bite and plenty of spin.

The club also comes with three different sole grinds for all types of playing conditions:

  • Low Sole: Low-bounce, C-grind with heel, toe and trailing edge relief for superior versatility (6 degrees of bounce)
  • Mid Sole: V-shaped with trailing edge relief for a low leading edge on open-face shots (10 degrees of bounce)
  • Full Sole: Classic design for stable full shots with added bounce when you open up the face (12 degrees of bounce)

The RTX ZipCore isn't a beginner's gap wedge. Instead, it's a high-performance, advanced wedge for mid and low handicap golfers.

Cobra KING MIM One Length

Cobra KING MIM One Length

Cobra KING MIM One Length

Overview: Cobra's most precise wedge in a one-length configuration, the KING MIM ("Metal Injection Molded" is as long as a 7 iron for more accuracy and consistency around the green. It also comes equipped with Cobra Connect so you can track your stats and improve upon your game.

  • Lofts Available:
  • Low-Bounce:
  • Mid-Bounce:
  • High-Bounce:
  • Left-Handed:
  • Grinds: Versatile grind
  • Grooves: Precision-milled circular grooves
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Stock Shaft: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 (steel)
  • Shaft Flex: Steel
  • Shaft Length: 37.5"
  • Swingweight: D4

The Cobra KING MIM is 100% metal injection molded using a mixture of superheated 304 stainless steel metal powder for a more even grain structure than either case or forged steel clubs. The result is one of the softest feels in any wedge, extreme durability and enviable consistency.

The face's grooves are precision-milled in a circular pattern for roughness and grip at every angle, which translates to less slip and better backspin. Cobra offers two versions of these grooves:

  • Narrower, deeper grooves in 50-54 degree lofts
  • Wider, shallower grooves in 56-60 degree lofts

The KING MIM only offers one grind—their Versatile Grind—designed for versatile play with heel and toe relief and a center notice to keep the leading edge closer for the ground and reduced bounce.

This gap wedge also comes equipped with Cobra Connect, an industry-leading stat tracking and performance management system.

TaylorMade Milled Grind 2

TaylorMade Milled Grind 2

TaylorMade Milled Grind 2

Overview: A popular wedge with lofts spanning the entire pitching wedge to lob wedge spectrum, there are just two options available in 50-52 degree gap wedges, both with 9 degrees of bounce. The precision-milled sole delivers the performance you expect, and TaylorMade's new ZTP RAW grooves offer above average bite for solid backspin and consistent flight paths.

  • Lofts Available: 50-52 degrees
  • Low-Bounce: None
  • Mid-Bounce: 50.09, 52.09
  • High-Bounce: None
  • Left-Hand: Both of them
  • Grinds: Precision-milled sole for exactly the bounce you expect and a smooth swing
  • Grooves: ZTP RAW
  • Finish: Matte black, satin chrome
  • Stock Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 (steel)
  • Shaft Flex: Stiff
  • Shaft Length: 35.50"
  • Swingweight: D3

TaylorMade's MG 2 is the new-and-improved version of the original MG with two standout features:

  • Precison-milled sole
  • TaylorMade's ZTP RAW face with solid bite that improves as it rusts

The only major drawback of the MG2 is the relative lack of options available at each loft, especially for gap wedges, which come with 9 degrees of bounce and only one sole grind.

These clubs are tried-and-true and among the most popular among golfers of all handicaps, making them an excellent option and one of the best gap wedges.

Callaway Mack Daddy CB

Callaway Mack Daddy CB

Callaway Mack Daddy CB

Overview: A forgiving gap wedge with a bigger sweet spot, the Callaway Mack Daddy CB is great for high handicappers looking for a club that makes it easy to find the sweet spot. If you've had your eye on the Mack Daddy 5 but want something easier to square up, the Mack Daddy CB is for you.

  • Lofts Available: 50-52 degrees
  • Low-Bounce: None
  • Mid-Bounce: None
  • High-Bounce: 50.12, 52.12
  • Left-Handed: Both of them
  • Grinds: Full sole grind
  • Grooves: JAWS groove design (not full-face)
  • Finish: Brushed silver
  • Stock Shaft: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 105 (steel), KBS Hi-Rev G (graphite)
  • Shaft Flex: Stiff (steel, graphite)
  • Shaft Length: 35-35.25"
  • Swingweight: D4

The Mack Daddy CB is geared toward game-improvement players looking for versatility around the greens with a blade wedge they feel comfortable playing. That's where the Mack Daddy CB shines almost as a hybrid between their Mack Daddy 5 and PM Grind, both of which are popular wedges for mid and low handicappers.

The result is the Mack Daddy CB with a face that feels larger than a blade wedge (even though it's just 4% larger) but still gives you the ability to open it up as needed for tough approaches as lower-lofted Mack Daddy CB offerings like the 50-52 degree gap wedges have a full sole for easy, iron-like turf interaction

Best Gap Wedge FAQ

These are some of the most common questions we're asked by golfers looking for the best wedges to improve their short game around the green.

When should I use a gap wedge?

Use your gap wedge when you're too close to the green to take a full swing with your pitching wedge but are out of range for your sand wedge.

How far do you hit a gap wedge?

Typically, gap wedges are ideal for approach shots in the 80-100 yard range, but that varies based on your swing velocity.

What loft is best for a gap wedge?

Gap wedges usually have 50-52 degrees of loft, but that can vary based on the other clubs in your bag to achieve proper distance gaps.

What bounce is best for a gap wedge?

Most gap wedges are low-bounce or mic-bounce wedges with 7-10 degrees of bounce.

What is the best gap wedge for mid handicappers?

The TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 is the best gap wedge for mid handicappers. It has a milled sole for consistent turf interaction, clean lines and a classic look, and it achieves good backspin with relative easy while being easy to square up.

What is the best gap wedge for high handicappers?

The Callaway Mack Daddy CB is the best gap wedge for high handicappers. It's a forgiving gap wedge with a large sweet spot and is designed using the popular Callaway Mack Daddy 5 and Callaway PM Grind as inspiration, both of which are popular among mid and low handicappers.