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Benross Tribe MDR Wedge Review

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If you’re looking for wedges with good value and you just want to get a couple of them for what you pay for one wedge in a bigger brand, then you might want to check out the Benross Tribe MDR wedges. What we’re looking at here is an inexpensive wedge with plenty of options in the way of lofts and bounces, and with a nice-looking finish, at that. In this Benross Tribe MDR wedge review we’ll cover all the important details you need to know about the club.

The Tribe definitely has a decent amount of appeal when you look at it down by the ball, which it complements with a nice, fairly soft feel and a matching sound. Plus, it comes with plenty of forgiveness on off-centre hits, which should certainly appeal to mid and high cappers (although, you should keep in mind that this is not a GI wedge). Let’s have a closer look at the wedge.

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Benross Tribe Wedge: Best Ben for the Buck

No, you didn’t misread that. In case anyone’s missed it, the Benross Tribe MDR wedge is one of the best bangs for the buck out there. This is pretty much the deal maker or the true selling point of the Benross Tribe – it’s a third less expensive than most other wedges on the market, and even half the price of some higher-end brands, and for pretty much the same quality.

The Tribe of Benross

As far as lofts and bounces go, the choice is fairly comprehensive. Granted, in all honesty, this is pretty much the standard with most wedge brands (well, the major ones, at any rate). With the Benross Tribe, you’ve got all four types – the pitching wedge (48), the gap wedge, aka approach wedge (50 and 52), the sand wedge (54 and 56), as well as the lob wedge (58).

Granted, the extremes are a bit lacking, but all in all, you’ve got a pretty good coverage on the lofts, and frankly, that’s pretty much all the coverage you’ll need in any given situation. Although, come to think of it, maybe a 60 would be a nice addition, so if you need to attack a tucked pin, you’ll pretty much have to make do with the 58, as Benross don’t do 60.

Bounces

As far as the bounces go, all the ones you’ll need are here. There are the low ones (6 and 8), for firm conditions and tight lies, the standard bounce (10) for the majority of conditions and players, as well as the rather high bounce (14) for playing out of bunkers and other soft conditions. All in all, everything you’ll ever need in your bag. Here’s what’s precisely on the table: 48.08, 50.08, 52.10, 54.10, 56.14, and 58.06.

The Shaft

Another nice thing on the Benross Tribe is the stock shaft – you’ll be getting a KBS Tour steel shaft, which pretty much lets the Tribe play as if it were an extension of the irons. It doesn’t exactly help it generate much spin, but on the flipside, it does go a long way (no pun intended). The shaft definitely gets the feel of the ball through to your hands, but you won’t necessarily be able to dial it in. On the flipside, it really plays into its own on full shots.

Gripping it

On a similar note, the Tribe comes with some really nice grips as the stock option – the Lamkin UTx. The grip is fitted right across the range, and it’s definitely a very tactile grip that feels nice and tacky (not in the flashy and bad taste sort of way, obviously, but rather sticky and secure).

If you’re at least half serious about golf, you’ll need all-weather grips like Lamkin to keep the club in your hands when it’s wet out there. As an added bonus, the UTx does a great job of absorbing shock while maintaining a decent level of response.

Tribe MDR: The Belle of the Ball

The very first thing you’ll notice as you sit this club down and take a look at it is that it has a very nice shape. It sports a sort of classic teardrop profile, what with the high toe and gradually narrowing down into the heel. Come to think of it, it’s slightly reminiscent of the Mizuno T7 or the Callaway MD3 (shape and finish, respectively).

Whichever way you look at it, though, the Benross Tribe definitely looks the business, especially considering the slightly longer hosel than you might be used to (which goes a long way to making the wedge more stable).

Cavity

There’s a slight undercut cavity slot or channel, if you will, in the back. Now, that little part that’s taken away from the toe and the heel back on the sole should go a long way to help you interact with the ground (well, not you literally, but you get the meaning). On a more serious note, though, this design should also help you open up the face, as well as make your life a bit easier when you want to put the ball a bit more back in the stance.

Benross Tribe MDR Wedge

While we’re on the subject, it’s worth noting that that little bit of a cavity in the back also changes the Center of Gravity (CG) of the club a little bit higher. Although, to be honest, when it comes to CGs in golf clubs, you can only ever move them “a little bit”, since we’re effectively talking about millimetres. This doesn’t mean there’s no bias and that moving the CG is some sort of an elaborate scheme on the part of manufacturers to sell more wedges – it’s just the actual shifts are barely measurable.

On the flipside, the effects are very real and measurable, and this certainly can be said of the Benross Tribe wedges and the CG that started this whole little digression. How does this affect your play? Well, it slightly decreases the dynamic loft, and increases the spin, which nicely complements the CNC milled grooves to give you overall more consistency and distance control.

Grooves

Speaking of which, the CNC milled grooves are cut using pretty much the same process that Titleist use for their wedges, which makes them fairly grippy. The grooves on the Benross Tribe have a decent bite (although nothing to write home about), but they do generate a good and consistent amount of spin. Coupled with the slightly higher CG, the grooves should give you enough spin to have plenty of control on any type of shot.

The Finish

We haven’t spoken much about the off-chrome plated finish, and this looks as good a time as any. Granted, it would be nice if the Tribe had more in the way of finishes, though they seem to have aimed at functionality rather than bells and whistles. And, sure enough, the finish should lengthen the Tribe’s lifespan at least to cover the 2-year warranty and keep the grooves as sharp as possible for as long as possible.

On a more serious note, it definitely complements the premium 8620 steel head, making for an overall highly durable wedge.

To Cast or Not to Cast? That Is the Question

Some players might not like the fact the Benross Tribe comes with a cast rather than a forged head, which is understandable. Feel is a very subjective thing, and if you feel you want your forged wedges to be softer and having a better feedback, all the more power to you.

However, consider one thing – casting has long since progressed compared to the times foundries took the first batch of golf clubs, and there are some carbon steel alloys that compare quite favourably to forged metals. Plus, casting is cheaper than forging, so the final product is also cheaper.

Pros

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    Great value for your money
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    Very nice head shape, sort of a classic teardrop profile
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    Plays nice out of tight lies
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    Fairly versatile, lets you to open up and close down the face as needed
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    Should suit all types of players, creative and by-the-book alike
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    Has all the lofts you might need in any given situation
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    Excellent grip (Lamkin UTX) and shaft (KBS Tour) stock choices
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    Fairly durable plated finish

Cons

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    Would be nice if it came in another lob loft (the absence of a 50 is felt somewhat)
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    The grooves do the job, but it would be nice if they had more bite
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    Could use a greater variety of finishes

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The Final Verdict

When all is weighed and measured, the Benross Tribe MDR pretty much hits the trifecta of a great wedge - it looks good, feels good, and hits the price point. For the price at which it hits the market, this is a great little wedge.

Granted, it’s not as grippy across the face as other bigger names that use the same milling process, but you do get plenty of spin and consistency, so whether you’re chipping, pitching, flopping or punching, you should have all but perfect control on the ball. And remember, no matter the shot, whatever you think you’re doing wrong on the course is the only thing you’re doing right. Fairways and greens!

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