XE1 Wedge Review

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The XE1 wedge combines a ton of loft (65 degrees) with a massive sole to promote high launching shots and eliminate chunks.

Introduction

We’ve all seen the Golf Channel infomercial for the XE1 wedge.  It makes some pretty bold promises: “eradicate fat chips and pitches” and “get out of bunkers in one shot, every time,” just to name two.  PluggedInGolf recently brought in one of these 65 degree monsters to see if these claims are true.

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Looks

At address, you can’t help but notice the XE1 wedge’s huge face.  The leading edge is very round as is the club face overall.  It’s a bit like a dinner plate on a shaft, but when the mission is to help people who struggle with the short game, more is better.

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Sound & Feel

At impact, the XE1 feels good.  It’s neither particularly soft nor hard, loud nor quiet.  I would describe the feel as being middle of the road, which is fine because feel is not why anyone is buying the XE1.

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Performance

The driving force behind the XE1 wedge’s performance is the “Auto-Glide Sole,” which can trace its roots back to the Ray Cook Alien wedge and, more recently, the Cleveland Smart Sole wedges.  While it certainly looks unusual, there can be no argument about how well it works.

Out of the bunkers, the XE1 is as automatic as promised.  Between the giant sole and the 65 degrees of loft, you’re nearly guaranteed to hit a high, soft pitch out of every trap.

The XE1 is similarly effective at eliminating fat shots off grass.  With so much bounce, the XE1 refuses to dig into the turf, instead coasting into the ball to produce decent-at-worst results.  The sole also drags the center of gravity down which helps get thin shots airborne.

The only complaint I can muster about the XE1 is that it’s not very versatile.  Players who want to play a wide variety of shots will be limited by the XE1’s giant sole and 65 degrees of loft, but those players aren’t the target market for the XE1.

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Conclusion

Though the XE1 wedge’s claims seem too good to be true, my testing shows that they’re accurate.  If you struggle out of bunkers or with hitting chips and pitches fat, the XE1 wedge will absolutely make your short game better.  The XE1 wedge does come with a 90 day money back guarantee, so there’s little risk in giving it a try.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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11 Comments

  1. Charlie Southgate

    Hi Matt,

    Have you ever tested a product you didn’t like? I’ve never seen a bad review on this site.

    Thanks,
    Charlie

    • Matt Saternus

      Charlie,

      There are plenty of products I don’t like and a number of “bad” reviews on the site. In writing a review, however, our goal is to explain what a product does or doesn’t do, not bash things that don’t fit our game.

      -Matt

      • Jason Warlond

        I can definitely confirm that Matt and the PIG guys sometimes give products poor reviews … and sometimes on products that are very good sellers. Straightest reviews on the web for mind

  2. Tom Duckworth

    It was a fair review I could see this as a good club for a beginner. I would not use it but for someone who has no idea how to hit a wedge it would be good and maybe even get them one of those chipper clubs as well. It kind of gave me the idea of putting together a little set with a 14 degree driver
    and easy to hit irons for somebody who has never hit a golf ball before.
    I’m “that guy” that is always trying to get my friends to try golf.

    • Matt Saternus

      Tom,

      I think the idea of a “Get a beginner on the course” set is a great idea, and the XE1 would be a perfect addition.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Matt, is this club USGA legal? I think the Cleveland Smart Sole is but was wondering about this one. These clubs make it simple to get out of bunkers. Thanks for the review.

    • Matt Saternus

      Cliff,

      I believe it is, though I don’t know 100%. I don’t think there’s anything about it that would be illegal.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. I play the EX1 65 and 59 and like both of them. The 65 is great all around the green out of rough and tight lies. The key to it is to hit the ball harder than you think you have to. The 65 loft and big face make for a higher flight and quick stop. I hit it out to about 40 yards. I also have the 59 which I use out to about 65 yards. Both clubs easy to hit but you do have to practice like any other club to get the distance correct. They just came out with a 55 degree wedge so I hope that gets me out to the 80 yard mark which would then cover me out to a 100 yards with my gap wedge. I have played for years, not a beginner, 8 handicap. Don’t have the time to practice my wedge game that I should (like most amateurs) these have allowed me to be more consistent and I put my Cleveland wedges on EBAY. These are nice, give them a shot if you got short game problems. Will they cure everything wrong with your swing, no but they are very easy to hit which should give you a little more confidence.

  5. They say the pros would rather be in sand traps around the green than in the grass. This has forever been my greatest fear when hitting into a green, until I got the xe1.

    I now have complete confidence in escaping from any sand trap. You just set up straight and hit an inch or two behind the ball and it pops out. No problem. With practice you can begin to control the distance.

    I doesn’t work as well off close grass but for sand , it’s the man.

  6. I bought the 65 and 59 degree. Took the 65 out for bunkers and rough twice and it didn’t work for me. Good thing I also bought a regular 56 degree wedge. So this is not a sure solution. It weighs more than a regular wedge and I was upset that it still chunks. It really doesn’t slide in medium rough. im a high handicap. Sand missed first shot. Second shot came out but barely. It seems cheaply made too. Plastic graphics are glued in to darken strategic cavities. I even tried to pull one out that was hand positioned wrong. I may have given the wedge more time but 2 days was enough.

  7. anonymous

    This is absolutely the worst club I have ever purchased. All hype. Takes me at least two shots and sometimes three to get of greenside bunkers. I played 9 holes just now and it added 5 strokes to my score. The people that sell this club should be ashamed of themselves for marketing this piece of crap. I will be selling it on ebay for $5.00, that is if there is a bigger idiot than me that would buy it.

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