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The JP Golf Premier wedge is a piece of art disguised as a golf club. Unique sole design provides tremendous defense against digging. High spin. A joy to hit.
This is a review well over ten years in the making. I’ve been admiring JP’s wedges since he first started grinding in “The Garage” in 2009 [listen to JP’s full story HERE]. I’ve followed his career as he moved from up-and-comer to a signature part of one of golf’s biggest OEMs. Now JP is back on his own, and I finally got a set of his wedges in hand. Were they worth the wait?
Even if you know very little about golf clubs, one look at these clubs tells you that they’re special. For me, that starts with the titanium backplate. I opted for one black and one blue, both in the polished finish. JP also offers a bronze plate, and each color can be done with a “scraped” finish. You can further customize the look by picking one of nine colors for the JP logo. Among the other things that make a JP Premier wedge stand out are the mill marks on the sole, the three weight plugs in the toe, and the unique loft stamping at the heel. There’s no way you can’t have a little extra swag after pulling one of these out of the bag.
Moving on to the more important – though less exciting – address position, the JP Premier wedge has a slightly larger-than-average face. This is the result of the round shape. The leading edge is curved, and the heel is fairly tall.
One additional thing I noticed is that the 60 degree wedge (left) has a more rounded leading edge than the 54. To my eye, this makes the face look even larger. Many players prefer a rounded leading edge for open-faced shots which is likely the reason for this difference.
Sound & Feel
JP Premier wedges are an interesting mix of new and old school. Each head is forged, the decided preference of the traditionalist. After the forging, however, they’re CNC milled to ensure perfect consistency. On top of that, each head features numerous metals – including titanium and tungsten – to “Super Tune” the CG. All of this made it hard to predict what impact would feel like.
I found that the JP Premier wedge was very responsive to the golf ball being used. With a softer tour ball, the sound was right on the border of dull, almost a thud. With a firmer ball, it produces a crisp “snap.”
Regardless of the ball, the feel of the JP Premier wedge is extremely solid. A pure strike connects all the way to your chest. If you do mishit it, your hands will let you know where and how badly.
Everything about the JP Premier wedge starts with the sole. These wedges feature JP Camber which “prevents the leading edge from…sticking in the turf.” It also has “extreme heel and toe relief…to maximize shot making versatility.” JP offers his wedges in mid bounce and high bounce, which is denoted by the number of rings on the hosel (see below). Looking at the two side by side, I could see the more aggressive bounce profile in the high bounce 54 degree wedge.
What I found in my testing is that the JP Camber allows you to be super aggressive into the turf. After just a few shots, I had no fear of digging whatsoever. Even when I made an exaggeratedly steep swing, I just bruised the grass. These wedges will be the best friend of “diggers,” and also greenskeepers, everywhere.
The other major performance story is the “Super Tuned CG.” We’ve heard about multi-material construction in drivers. It’s also making its way into irons and putters, but JP is bringing it to wedges. By using a titanium back plate, internal tungsten weighting, and his own patent-pending Injection Weighting, JP is able to precisely and consistently place the CG exactly where he wants it.
There’s nothing on JP’s website that discusses where the CG is located, but based on my testing, I believe it’s higher than your average wedge. In launch monitor testing, I saw shots launching on a controlled trajectory with elite levels of spin.
Finally, the JP Premier wedge delivered a surprising amount of forgiveness and consistency. When I struck the ball reasonably well, the spin and ball speed barely moved. Slightly thin strikes performed well, and even poor strikes were playable. Thanks to the aforementioned multi-material construction, the JP Premier wedge can perform like a cavity back while looking like a piece of art.
The JP Golf Premier Wedges were absolutely worth the wait. These are unequivocally some of the best short game tools in golf. Not only are they beautiful, they’re highly engineered – from the sole to the CG – to perform at the highest level. While the price will certainly be prohibitive to many golfers, those able to put a set of JP’s wedges in the bag won’t regret the decision.