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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.