Square Strike Wedge Review

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The Square Strike wedge is designed to allow golfers to chip and pitch with a simple putting motion.

Introduction

I have a confession.  As much as I like testing the top Tour-caliber equipment from the major OEMs, sometimes I like testing clubs sold via infomercials even more.  I love the bold claims and the (sometimes) innovative designs.  It’s rare for an OEM to try something that’s totally out of the box, but these types of clubs do so on a regular basis.

The Square Strike wedge checks all those boxes for me.  The claims about what it can do for your short game are audacious, and its design is unorthodox.  I took one to a practice green to see if the big promises rang true.

Looks

The Square Strike wedge is an unconventional looking club.  Where most wedges taper from a tall toe to a short heel, the Square Strike has a nearly rectangular face.  The extremely upright lie angle also puts you in an unusual position at address.

This club defies the ordinary in the bag as well.  The bright green cavity grabs the eye, and the wide, lined sole will stand out in any set.

Sound & Feel

Call it snobbish, but I was expecting the Square Strike to feel terrible.  I was completely wrong.  Even when hitting range balls, the Square Strike produced a soft, pleasant feel and muted impact sound.

The one negative is that there’s virtually no feedback.  Because of all the weight in the toe and the sole, it’s very hard to tell whether you’ve struck the ball well or not.

Performance

I’ll cut right to the chase: the Square Strike works as advertised.  The set up looks unusual, but I was getting good results from the very first swing.

This club has a really high swing weight because of the very heavy sole and the weight in the toe.  That heavy feel gave me the sense that the club was pulling itself through the swing.  I can see how that would be helpful to the player who tends to get handsy or has the chipping yips.

More importantly, the weight in the sole helps every shot to get in the air.  Even when I tried to belly a wedge shot, the ball wanted to pop up a bit.  This isn’t to say that every shot will result in a tap-in, but it’s very hard to have a terrible miss.  The sole also has a lot of bounce, so your fat shots will advance the ball rather than laying a divot over it.

The downside of the Square Strike is that it’s not a versatile, precision short game tool.  This isn’t the club for your flop shots, your hooded bump-and-run, your flighted 50 yarder.  Then again, it isn’t meant to be.  This is a club that simplifies the short game for the player who is struggling around the greens.

Conclusion

If you’re searching for answers around the green, you can work on your technique or you can check out the Square Strike wedge.  The bright green cavity back might get you some funny looks, but you’ll be the one laughing when you’re no longer blading shots over the green or chunking chips.

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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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17 Comments

  1. Peter Simshauser

    Matt — Always great to see your take on these somewhat “gadgety” sorts of clubs and training aids. Much appreciated. As interesting as the clubs themselves is the business model — it would seem to take a lot of sales to cover all of the advertising time that they purchase. Would love to know the economic basics — cost of manufacturing and advertising, and number of sales. I don’t expect that it’s possible to get visibility into those metrics. All best, Peter

    • Matt Saternus

      Peter,

      I agree, the economics would be fascinating to see. From what I’ve been told – not about Square Strike, but more generally – infomercials are tremendously effective and they move a TON of units.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Were you able to control the trajectory any with this thing?

    • Matt Saternus

      Brandon,

      To an extent, but as I said in the review, this is not a shotmaker’s clubs. If you’re worried about altering trajectory, get a standard wedge.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. This club is similar to a Cleveland Nib lick chipper.I didn’t start golfing till 52 years old and am now 60. self taught Amateur golfer, and wasn’t bad in my short game but inconsistent . the square strike wedge has worked well for my expectations. and improve so of those miffed shots.

  4. Can it be used in higher rough around the greens or are we talking chipping from fairway type of lies

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      It works anywhere. Again, I’d stress that it’s not a precision club, but for simply getting out of the rough and producing a reasonable shot that will probably get on the green, it’s quite good.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Aside from having visions of Caddyshack and advertising to the World that you can’t chip one has to remember that Golf is not How, it’s only How Many.

  6. Marty Boxer

    The club really wants to hit it straight. Chipped in from 90 feet for eagle on a short par 4 the first day I had it.

  7. Hi Matt — very interesting review, thanks for doing it!

    One request: with a launch monitor, could you hit 10 full shots with the Square Strike, and then 10 full shots with your PW or GW, and let us know how the results compare? I’d be very curious to see how the shot lengths compare, and also how the accuracy and precision of the two clubs stack up.

    I know that Bryson DeChambeau has his irons bent very upright, somewhere in the 68 or 70 degree range, similar to the Square Strike. I’ve been trying to find out why, specifically, he has them so upright, but not finding any definitive answers online yet.

    I’m hypothesizing that the steeper arc gives him more “room for error” in terms of how long the club face is reasonably square to the target line, similar to the way a straight-back/straight-through putting stroke compares to a highly arced putting stroke.

    The Square Strike website specifically describes this as one reason their club is easy to use. Maybe they, and Bryson, are on to something.

    • Matt Saternus

      Kevin,

      Bryson has his single-length irons bent way upright to accommodate the “one plane” swing he tries to make. I don’t know if it’s a universally good idea – I’m inclined to say it’s not – but it seems to work for him.

      As to your request, I’m just going to be realistic and say it’s unlikely that I’ll do that. First, I’d be massively uncomfortable trying to make a full swing with the Square Strike, but more importantly, I have a lot of other new content I need to be working on.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Fair enough on the test, and I’ll keep digging on Bryson’s upright swing. With a deliberate “one plane” swing like his, it seems like you could do that at pretty much any lie angle. E.g., you could execute a one-plane swing at 60*, 50*, 63*, etc.

        Anyhow, if I find his explanation I’ll post a link.

  8. Ron M - Arkansas

    I am impressed with my squarestrike. It’s helped my short game doing mostly what it’s advertised to do. I was agree with everything Matt wrote with the exception that I can hit mine with a decent amount of accuracy even to 40 yards. I like it well enough that I have also ordered the 60 degree squarestrike. The key is keeping your head centered and still, throughout your stroke and follow rhrough.

  9. Isn’t this just a chipper?

  10. IRA GOODELMAN

    Is this club similar to the Cleveland Chipper?
    Thanks

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