Reader Reviews – New Level M-Type Wedge

Reader Review #1

Tyler Derosia, Handicap: 11

Current Wedge:  Callaway Mack Daddy 2

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on full shots?  The New Level M-Type wedge was phenomenal on full shots. The ability to control trajectory and distance was amazing, compared to my other wedge.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on chips and pitches?  I had a little trouble with the M-Type on chips and pitches with controlling roll out on the green. However it was very windy when I tested it and that easily could have played a big factor. Overall, it was on par or better than my current wedge.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform in the sand?  This thing was amazing in the sand. Cut through it like a hot knife in butter. I’ve always struggled with the sand, but I nailed every rescue out of the sand. It was astonishing.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge feel?  This wedge felt crisp. It felt soft and has a nice little click on contact. To me it was better feeling than the other wedges I’ve tried which are Vokey, RTX, MackDaddy. This thing is sweet.

Additional notes:  If you can pick one of these up, do it. You will not regret it. This thing performed exactly how I wanted it to. I’ve never been more confident with a wedge in my hand than when I had the New Level M-Type at address. This will do exactly what you want.

Will you be making the New Level M-Type your gamer?  This M-Type will be my gamer from here on out.

Reader Review #2

Gerrit Stroh, Handicap 3

Current Wedge: Vokey

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on full shots?  I haven’t really hit any full shots yet, I’ve been injured. I expect that I’m going to like it though.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on chips and pitches?  Really nicely. I had it with me today for a warm up session plus 9 holes. I preferred the feel and bounce to my current 56°

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform in the sand?  All the sand shots I hit came out better than I expected.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge feel?  Better than my Vokey.  Somehow softer yet more crisp.

Will you be making the New Level M-Type your gamer?  Yes.

Reader Review #3

John Grajek, Handicap: 6

Current Wedge: Mizuno MP 10

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on full shots?  Too little bounce for full swing shots in the Midwest during a wet spring. Firmer climates this would be great.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on chips and pitches?  Love it!  Great for the fifty yard and in touch shots. The lower bounce made it very easy for these types of shots and it has been a while since I have had new groves and the spin was great to see

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform in the sand?  Again touchy due to the grind on the wedge. I’d like something with a little higher bounce for full wedge shots and out of the bunkers but this would be a great wedge for a 60 degree for the less than full and shots around the green with the sole grind.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge feel?  Great feel to the wedge and I really liked the satin finish. No glare but still a clean look to it at address.

Additional notes:  Love the simple design to the wedge at address and while it is in the bag. Around the green the low bounce instilled a lot of confidence that I would be able to hit those clean shots that take two bounces then stop.

Will you be making the New Level M-Type your gamer?  Very likely.  The rain needs to stop soon in the Midwest otherwise I need to start building an arc.  I’d be very curious how it plays when we dry out a bit.

Reader Review #4

Douglas Mael, Handicap: 15.7

Current Wedge: Vokey SM6 50.08F, 54.10S, 58.12K

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on full shots? Fairly well

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on chips and pitches? Poor to fair, at best

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform in the sand? Good

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge feel? Also good

Additional notes:  Using a 56* wedge may have put me at a disadvantage, as I have been playing the three-wedge 50*, 54*, and 58* setup for many years and had my distances dialed-in very well with these three wedge lofts. I constantly found myself having to attempt trying to “add a few yards” or “take some distance off” my full to near-full shots with the New Level M-Type 56* wedge.  This left too much uncertainty in my wedge game from inside of 85 yards.  From the sand, the M-Type 56* wedge was a stellar performer, for the most part. One additional factor that didn’t play in my favor when using the M-Type 56* wedge on full shots, as well as pitch/chip shots, was the sole grind.  It is dramatically different from either my 54* Vokey SM6 S-Grind or the 58* Vokey SM6 K-Grind, and I never really got comfortable with the M-Type wedge’s sole grind on full or pitch/chip shots.

Will you be making the New Level M-Type your gamer?  Not at this point; I think that I would need to spend a lot of time practicing with the M-Type wedge, plus shift my wedge loft makeup to put this one in my bag on a permanent or semi-permanent basis.

Reader Review #5

Kurtis Goff, Handicap: 10

Current Wedge: Cleveland 900

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on full shots?  The wedge performed extremely well on full shots. I tested a 56* which is not something that I currently play, however I felt that the trajectory and spin were exactly what I am looking for in a sand wedge. I tend to spin the ball more on full shots and I didn’t feel that this wedge created too much spin, it is right in line with what I look for in a wedge.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on chips and pitches?  Chip and pitch shots also performed well for me. I felt comfortable over any shot with this wedge, anywhere from right around the green or even from 30-60 yards away. Once again the spin control was exactly what I look for in a wedge. I was able to control the overall distance better than my current wedge.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform in the sand?  Due to current weather conditions in Ohio I was unable to test the wedge out of the sand.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge feel?  I thought that the feel was superb. I prefer more of a soft feel with my wedges and this wedge felt great and is extremely easy to find the sweet spot. You can hear a crisp sound when you are able to hit one flush with this wedge.

Will you be making the New Level M-Type your gamer?  Yes, this wedge will instantly go into my bag and I’m excited to continue to share this product with anyone that I play with going forward.

Reader Review #6

Taften Kuhl, Handicap: 5

Current Wedge: Callaway Madd Dog 54 & 58

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on full shots?  The biggest thing I noticed with this wedge was ball flight and spin.  I hit the ball absolutely sky high with this 56 degree wedge and every full shot that hit the green immediately stuck and even sucked back a few feet.  I did have a tendency to dig into the fairway turf resulting in massive divots.  I’m not sure if this was due to the ‘offset’ I perceived at address or some other factor.  This resulted in carry distances about 10-15 yards shorter than I am used to in a sand wedge.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform on chips and pitches?  This is where this wedge stood out to me in a positive way.  I really like how this club performed around the greens.  I hit it from a mix of tight lies, moderate rough and even very thick green side rough and it performed well from all places.  I actually hit the pin on two consecutive green side chip shots in the full round I played with this club.  I did have a tendency to catch ‘middle-wedges’ (25-50 yard shots) a little thin once in awhile but otherwise it performed admirably in the short yardage shots.  I was very impressed.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge perform in the sand?  I did not hit this club well out of the sand.  Again, I’ll blame this on the ‘offset’ I perceive in the club setup.  I hit quite a few bladed shots and several very thick shots where the club ‘dug’ very deep into the sand.

How did the New Level M-Type Wedge feel?  Feel was good overall, comparable to the high end wedges I’m used to playing.  The stock grip semeed like it had an extra layer of tape or 2 compared to the golf-pride grips I employ normally but that was not very noticeable in play and could be easily changed after market if necessary.

Will you be making the New Level M-Type your gamer?  I will not be employing this wedge for a variety of reasons, mainly because I’m not in the market for new wedges.  So far I’ve been very happy with my new Callaway wedges and had a 10+ year love affair with my classic Clevelands.  That being said, for an unknown company, this wedge surprised me in its quality and performance—especially inside 20 yards.  I think with a proper fitting I could probably change the grind or bounce to fit my preferences and would alleviate my difficulties in full and sand shots to make this a realistic gamer for me.

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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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