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The Cutter Golf wedge is decent option for those really struggling with their short games. Very, very low center of gravity. Not a good option for skilled players.
If you’re tired of seeing “copycat” putters and wedges that all look the same, today’s review is just for you. The Cutter Golf Wedge is like nothing else I’ve seen or used. But different doesn’t necessarily mean better, so I was eager to get this club to the course to see if Cutter has reinvented wedges for good or for ill.
If you want a good laugh, go to the @PluggedInGolf Twitter page and check out the replies when I posted a video of this wedge. Our followers are pretty creative.
Jokes aside, the Cutter wedge looks nothing like other wedges. The shape of the face is nearly symmetrical and has more in common with an iron than your typical teardrop wedge. It can’t be overemphasized how big the face is. If you worry about making contact around the green, this is a club for you. Cutter claims that the symmetrical face allows for easier, straighter alignment. While this may be true for a new golfer, seasoned players are used to aiming traditional wedges, so I doubt that this radically different shape will make aiming easier.
In the bag, the Cutter wedge is equally unorthodox. The sole is big, and it extends well past the back of the blade. Two “ramps” connect the extended sole to the back of the club. Tucked between these slopes is the large, black “Cutter Golf” logo.
Sound & Feel
Even with a urethane-covered ball, the Cutter wedge produces a very firm impact feel. The sound of contact is a “click” that tends be high-pitched. I had difficulty locating where on the face I struck the ball.
With a club so far from the ordinary, I think it’s helpful to start by detailing what it claims to do. Cutter states that their wedge “expands the surface area for maximum contact and consistent shots.” Additionally, they say it “cuts through all surfaces,” has 66% less leading edge and thus a 75% bigger sweet spot, and that the heel and toe won’t drag, thus leading to more pure strikes.
Let’s start with the massive face. Across the industry, we have seen an increased prominence in high toe wedges, so a larger face, especially in tall rough, does make sense. In my opinion, the Cutter Wedge takes the concept too far. If you’re hitting the upper edges of the toe and heel on this face, you need practice far more than a new club. And, to be clear, I’m not “that guy” who poo-poos game improvement clubs and thinks everyone should live at the range and play blades.
As to the leading edge and sole, I understand what Cutter is saying about the triangular face creating a smaller leading edge, but a quick glance at the picture above will tell you that there is still plenty of sole that can drag on the turf. In fact, one of the notes that I made before reading Cutter’s claims was that the sole was too big. It’s very effective at preventing digging, but it makes the Cutter Wedge feel like wielding a machete rather than a scalpel.
One area where the Cutter Wedge excels is in getting the ball in the air. Because the sole is so huge, the CG is very low which propels even short chips way into the air. This also allows the Cutter Wedge to turn thin strikes into reasonable shots.
That same ultra-low CG becomes a negative when it comes to the full swing and consistency. On full swings, I found the Cutter Wedge unusable. The ball flight was way too high and inconsistent. Even on longer pitches, a small difference in strike quality could lead to dramatically different outcomes.
I was initially made aware of the Cutter Wedge by a reader who had a great experience with it. I have no doubt that there are players who struggle with chipping who will find the Cutter Wedge to be helpful thanks to its very low CG, non-digging sole, and massive face. However, for golfers who are moderately competent around the green or want versatility from their wedges, this is not a club I would recommend.