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.

33 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

  11. Reed Fisher

    Hi Matt – love the reviews and my question is along the same lines as Mr. Goodelman’s – which do you think performed better, the Cleveland Smart Sole Chipper or the Square Strike? If you struggled with the short game, whom would you give your money to?
    Thanks and keep up the great reviews – I look forward to seeing them in my in-box

    • Matt Saternus

      Reed,

      Thank you!

      The question of Smart Sole vs. Square Strike comes down to weight. The Square Strike is much heavier. If it were me, I’d find a Cleveland Smart Sole in a store, try it, and see if that worked for me. If I found myself still yipping or having troubles, I’d see if the Square Strike could fix me. You could go the other way, too, since the Square Strike has a money back guarantee.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. frank vollmer

    square striker wedge, very good club. enjoy using it, had to change the grip, worth the money,

  13. William Ricke

    Aging and yips turned what used to be the best part of my game into a mess! Played most of my life to a 2 handicap, now a 12. The “automatic” up and downs I used to make with regularity, were now rarely happening. The only way I could chip without a skull, chunk or a double hit was to go left hand low. Thought I would give the SS wedge a free trial….expecting NOTHING! Much to my surprise after a few strokes, I found myself trying to make shots instead of “hoping” to not blade, skull or chunk it. The club is weird looking and has a completely different feel BUT it works exactly as advertised! I am done trying to “fix” my problem with my conventional wedges. I have gotten the SS wedge up and down from deep rough, tight lies and divots. It inspires a lot of confidence! I saw a lady on the chipping green struggling with her wedge. I handed her my SS and within a few swings, she had improved immensely. I have never endorsed a club before, let alone an infomercial, but this thing works! Stop laughing at it and buy one.

  14. Mark in Colorado

    For me it works okay, but I’m not terribly impressed. The head weight takes some getting used to (for someone used to chipping w/ a lob, sand or approach wedge). This significant change in weight requires fairly regular practice to ensure consistent results. For me, the jury is still out on whether or not this club is worth the investment. So far it hasn’t impacted my 12 handicap either way, but I’ll use it through this season (at least) to give it a fair trial period. I’ve been alternating chips on the practice chipping green at my club between the SS and my approach wedge, and haven’t noticed much difference – at least not enough to give the SS some of the ooo’s and aaaah’s I’ve read here!

  15. I bought one and it works. It pops the ball in the air higher than a chipper and it doesn’t run as far. It’s easy to use and it has saved me shots already. I bought a 55 degree as well. Great for getting over greenside bunkers and onto the green.

  16. Michael Dent

    I have both the 45 deg and 55 deg SS and absolutely love them. The rounded leading edge makes it almost impossible to hit a fat shot. Still possible to hit thin shots but the key is hitting down on the ball. The extra weight of the head aids in the swing pattern. Straight back straight forward hits it straight every time. Definitely taking strokes off my game.

  17. Leo Makohen

    Let my wife use both the 45 and the 55 degree SS and now they are permanently in her bag.

  18. Ron Baillargeon

    What do you prefer 45 or 55 degree

  19. TexasSnowman

    Ok. I’ll say it… my ego will not allow me to put this in the bag. Someone needs to make a chipper that doesn’t look like a chipper, especially the cheap looking bright colored plastic. Something more conventional looking than the square strike and the Cleveland smart sole… just putter length, 42-45 degree range, more upright, heavy head, and moderate to high bounce…..that would be a winner in my book.

  20. Ross Huggins

    Hi Matt
    The infomercial indicates that you hit the SS wedge with, essentially, your putting stroke. But would you use your putting grip? I play all my shots with an overlap grip, but I putt with a reverse-overlap grip.
    I’m keen to try this (if I can get one in Australia) as my chipping is very hit-or-miss, but just wondering what your thoughts would be.

    • Matt Saternus

      Ross,

      The Square Strike works well with a putting stroke or a “normal” chipping stroke. I found myself using my full swing grip (overlap), not my putting grip, even when I made more of a putting stroke.

      Best,

      Matt

  21. Joyce Klein

    How should I be using the 55 degree square strike. How far out Still with a putting stroke?

    • Matt Saternus

      Joyce,

      I don’t know that there’s a universal answer for that. I suspect that for most people there will be a maximum distance with their putting stroke and another for their full swing, if they’re able to make a full swing with the Square Strike.

      My guess is that most people will be able to comfortably hit a 30 yard shot with a long, firm putting stroke, but that’s just a guess.

      Best,

      Matt

  22. Charlie Johnson

    I am using the square strike out to 85 yards and it works , you have to swing down , it goes high and straight.

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