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If you’re a Wilson fan, then you’re probably more accustomed to seeing them issue great sets of clubs rather than individual pieces, but every now and again they build something like the Harmonized Hope SG wedges. On that note, they also have a line of Harmonized putter and chippers, so you’ve got your approach and short game pretty much covered from about 80–120 yards in (depending on how fast/slow you swing). In this Wilson Harmonized Hope SG wedge review we’ll take a more detailed look at the club to find out exactly what makes it so great.
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Now, the Harmonized wedges are not as high-end as their FG Tour wedges, but they do the job, especially if the job is going the distance. Keep in mind, these are recreational clubs, and they won’t exactly make you play like Lexi Thompson, but they’re bound to help you shave a few strokes off your game and get under 15.
As an aside, it’s particularly worthy of mentioning that Wilson donates $250,000 each year to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, so a percentage of every purchase goes to that goal. As a matter of fact, if you look closely at the sole of the club head on Hope wedges, you’ll be able to notice the pink cancer ribbon.
Wilson Harmonized Hope SG Wedges: Made for a Woman’s Game
Now, it’s important to note that the Wilson Harmonized Wedges come in three distinct flavours – Classic, Black Chrome, and Hope. All three are standalone, so you can use them in any configuration you like, they’re not bound to a particular line of irons. Also, all three share the same technologies and most of the features, with some minor tweaks to make them better suited to particular types of players.
The Classic Line
The Classic line is the oldest and has the greatest selection of lofts (50, 52, 56, 60, and 64), and it’s designed with the average golfer in mind. It’s available in both left- and right-handed variant for the 52-gap, 56-sand, and 60-lob wedges.
The Black Chrome
The other one, Black Chrome, is pretty much the same, only with an anti-glare finish that really comes in handy on a bright and sunny day. This one’s only available in three lofts (52, 56, and 60), and only for right-handed players.
The Harmonized Hope
Finally, there’s the Harmonized Hope line, which is also rather limited in the way of lofts, so you only get the gap wedge (52), sand wedge (56), and lob wedge (60). Still, the 4-degree gaps are pretty much optimal to cover the yardage (4 degrees translates to about 5–15 yards, depending on your swing). Better yet, with a high-lofted 9-iron (say, a 45), or a decent pitching wedge, you can make the configuration more than workable.
Now, the key selling point for the Harmonized Hope wedges is that they’re designed specifically for women golfers (or anyone struggling with a slow swing, for that matter). Of course, some women might prefer the vanilla Classic line, and vice versa, some men might find the Hope more to their taste.
Whichever the case for you, don’t worry about labels and just go with whatever feels the best in your hands. As for our intents and purposes, we’ll mostly disregard the first two lines and focus on the Hope wedges, though we’ll bring the Classic and Black Chrome back occasionally to illustrate a point or two.
What’s in a Name?
The SG in the Wilson Harmonized Hope SG wedges stands for the Sole Grind, as the astute readers may have already guessed, and with good reason. The grind allows you to open up the clubface without having the leading edge come up off the ground too much. This makes the club much more playable and, in turn, useful, so the rather limited selection of lofts you see in the Hope family isn’t that much of an issue.
Speaking of which, we’ve already pointed out that there are three lofts – the 52-degree gap wedge, the 56-degree sand wedge, and the 60-degree lob wedge. The amount of gap between the lofts is optimal for any given configuration, but the set really lacks a pitching wedge. Still, you could probably get by with a high-lofted 9-iron, though it’s not ideal.
To continue, the three lofts are coupled with bounces optimal for their roles, a low 8-degree, standard-to-high 12-degree, and standard 10-degree, respectively. With this in mind, the gap wedge (52.08) comes really handy on tight lies and hard turf, as you’ll have a lesser chance of hitting it thin.
On a similar note, the sand wedge (56.12) and its fairly high bounce plays great not only out of bunkers, but also from deep rough or fluffy fairway, so it’s not just a one-trick pony.
Finally, the lob wedge walks a fine line between the gap and sand wedges when it comes to bounce, since it’s neither here nor there. Still, it should go a decent way to helping you not dig in, but without sacrificing the versatility.
The manufacturer makes a point of calling the grooves on the Harmonized wedges aggressive, and there’s a reason to the rhyme. You get a decent amount of teeth on the ball for plenty of spin, which, in turn, gives you just enough distance control.
Coupled with a somewhat rounded edge, this gives you a lot of playability on the higher-lofted wedges and the ability to really dial in the ball. On a similar note, you might notice a slight offset in all three wedges, which is there to make the wedges more forgiving, as well as helping reduce the slices.
The head is a bit heavy, but that should be alright if you’re just getting started in golf or if you’re a high handicapper, as the weight of the head is just going to make the club drop down. This, in turn, should go a long way to helping slow swingers carry the distance.
The wedges look great, not at all condescending (meaning they actually took some time to make a nice finish rather than just slap pink lettering on the crown and call it a day). Just like their Classic counterparts, these feature a nice, glossy chrome finish, which looks rather, for lack of a better word, classic. Still, it would be nice if they also came with an anti-glare finish, like the Black Chrome, if you can’t abide by the dazzling reflections on a sunny afternoon.
Seeing as these are women-specific wedges, it comes a little bit surprising that Wilson decided to go with steel shafts rather than graphite, but then again, some women might appreciate the added weight and enhanced feel. The Wilson Stock Steel shafts make for a stiffer swing, yes, but they also feel better and give you truer feedback both on center hits and mishits.
Granted, it’s not ideal for slow swingers and anyone with delicate hands (steel shafts in general have a tendency of leaving your hands stinging after a mishit), but if you’re willing to make this trade-off for a better feedback and lesser cost, then this should be right up your alley.
On a related point, ladies with faster swing speeds and lower handicaps should find the Wilson Harmonised Hope quite appealing – it’s always nice having light wedges for women who come with steel shafts, as it adds some colour. Again, they’re not as high-end as their Tour wedges, but they do come with a more than approachable price tag.
How to Grip it
As for the grips, Wilson uses their Stock Rubber grips. Now, some of you might be reluctant to going about with stock rubber grips, brand or no brand, but consider this – you’re probably going to re-grip yourself in a couple of years or so anyway (five max), so it doesn’t really matter what’s on the clubs at the moment of buying.
Besides, this allows the Wilson Harmonised Hope to be as inexpensive as they are, so it’s two birdies with one stone (and now that the obligatory golf pun is out of the way, we can get on with the review).
On a more serious note, the Wilson Stock Rubber grips feel quite nice and plenty tacky, and they should perform well in any type of weather. On the flipside, the grips are somewhat thin, which could make your hands overwork, so custom fitting might be the best way to go. Come to think of it, custom-fitting is always the best way to go, and with the price the Wilson Hope wedges go by, you can well afford it right out of the gate.
The Final Verdict
All in all, the Wilson Harmonized Hope wedges have not been really at the top of any scoreboards when it comes to golf clubs, and it’s understandable. There aren’t many options in the way of lofts, and scratchers or low cappers won’t be too happy with the performance.
That said, if you’re a woman golfer with a handicap teetering between mid and high, then these puppies might just be the right thing for you. Plus, you can fully count on them to give you a consistent feel and performance, and more likely than not shave a few strokes off your game.