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The Takomo Skyforger wedge is extremely soft-feeling, soft-sounding, and soft-looking. While value is a huge part of Takomo’s identity, the quality is the highlight of these wedges.
After delivering two lines of irons that caught the attention of the golfing world [201 review HERE, 101 review HERE], Takomo has branched out with a new line of wedges. Their Skyforger wedges aren’t reinventing the wheel, but the choice of material and low price make them very intriguing.
These are handsome golf clubs, noticeably smoother and more rounded than the 201 irons. While those irons’ topline had them looking boxy, the Skyforger wedges look the opposite. Instead of harsh angles, the wedges are quite curvy and teardrop-like in shape. There is some variance depending on which wedge we’re discussing. The highest lofted wedges almost look circular, not only at the top of the wedge but also along the leading edge.
While I think that the Skyforger text looks plain and uninteresting, I am a fan of the look of the logo on the back of the clubhead.
Sound & Feel
The soft rounded look of these wedges mirrors their feel. It’s rather ironic they’re called Skyforger wedges, because when well-struck they feel like you’re hitting a cloud. That shouldn’t be too surprising though, because these wedges utilize forged S20C carbon steel. That’s the same steel utilized by Miura. To think that you can get a wedge that feels comparable to Miura, made with the same materials, at about one-third of the price, is mind-boggling.
Unsurprisingly, Takomo wedges are soft-sounding as well. Centered strikes provide that classic forged deep “thwump” sound. Being blade wedges though, off-center strikes won’t feel great. Off mishits, the wedge’s feel and sound are higher in pitch and a bit clicky.
My experience with the wedges was a pleasant one. While I didn’t see otherworldly levels of spin, distance, or consistency, they performed admirably. Compared to the top wedges on the market, the Vokey’s, MG3’s, and Zipcore’s, there was no discernable reduction in performance.
The Takomo Skyforger is available in four lofts: 48°, 52°, 56°, and 60°. The wedges have graduated weighting. As the lofts get higher, there’s more weight towards the top of the club. Conversely, the lower lofts have more weight towards the bottom of the club.
The lofts of the wedges allow for easy blending with Takomo’s 101 and 201 iron sets. However, I do think that if you were to pair a set of irons and wedges from Takomo, the 48° may be a bit superfluous. While it’s good to have options at the bottom of the bag, if you were to get all the wedges, you’d only be able to have a putter, a driver, and a 3-wood in the bag. That would leave a potentially large gap between that second wood after your driver and before your four iron.
While the wedges are great, there is noticeably less customization for Takomo’s wedges than with their two iron sets. There is only one shaft available, the KBS Wedge shaft. There is also no customization in bounces or grinds. While I’d love to see some additional customization options, there is undoubtedly savings being passed on to the consumer by keeping the wedges streamlined. At $99 per wedge, there are significant savings compared to bigger-name companies with no sacrifice in the quality of material.
There are less-expensive wedges out there, but none that are as soft and responsive as wedges that are double the price. The Takomo Skyforger wedges have a velvety soft feel, and they perform exactly how you’d want them to. While there’s less customization than I’d hoped, they are worth looking into if you plan on refreshing your wedges frequently.