What is the Square Strike Wedge?
A lot of golfers dread those greenside shots. They see improvement in their putting. They may be driving the ball better all the time. But when it comes to chipping, many golfers just don’t know if they can trust their own swing.
If this describes you, you may have already heard of the Square Strike Wedge. This wedge is designed to help golfers chip better and with greater consistency. The club has been modeled more closely to the design of a putter, rather than a wedge. This approach is intended to result in a tighter shot pattern and better shots. In fact, Square Strike Wedge spokesman (and two-time U.S. Open Champion) Andy North says golfers who use the Square Strike Wedge start trying to hole chip shots soon after they first pick up the club. This is an appealing thought for golfers who are just praying they don’t chunk the ball again.
The question, of course, is why would a more putter-like design improve your chipping?
Let’s take a look at exactly what the Square Strike Wedge is and how it’s designed so you can consider whether it might be worth a try.
The Problem to Solve
The Square Strike Wedge design team approached this project with putting in mind for one major reason:
Putting is about using larger muscles that are easier to control.
“Why would a more putter-like design improve your chipping?”
If you’ve been trying to improve your chip shots, you’ve probably collected a lot of advice, like “hinge and hold.” The form for chipping often requires exact motions and perfect timing in small muscles like the wrists. Those muscles are more difficult to control with precision. They can be twitchy, and the smallest false move can throw off the whole swing.
Putting, on the other hand, is all about the arms and shoulders—larger muscles that are easier to manage. As the Square Strike Wedge design team puts it, “When was the last time you chunked a putt?”
In an effort to combine the best of both a putter and a wedge, the designers engineered a wedge that is meant to be used with a putting motion. Using this club, you swing with a “straight back and through” pendulum motion. There is no wrist hinging and significantly less risk of accidentally rotating the clubface. This is what makes it easier to chip consistently and approach those greenside shots with confidence.
But how does a club that swings like a putter still get the up-and-down ball flight you need for a chip shot?
Let’s talk club design.
The Square Strike Wedge Design
The Square Strike Wedge has a 45-degree loft, similar to a pitching wedge. So, despite its putter-like attributes, this club is still definitely a wedge.
The club is engineered with chipping in mind, but the design team also wanted to make it as versatile as possible. It can be used for pitching and is even made to move cleanly through the sand for bunker shots. This versatility was what designers had in mind when choosing the 45-degree loft. This should be enough to help you navigate a variety of lies.
“When was the last time you chunked a putt?”
The putter aspect of the Square Strike Wedge shows up in the length, lie angle, and head weight. The club is 35.5 inches long – that’s somewhere between a standard men’s putter and a pitching wedge. The goal of this shorter length is to position you over the ball (like a putt) and give you more control over your swing.
The lie angle is 68 degrees, which is what you get in a standard putter. This lie angle is four degrees more upright than a wedge. Once again, the idea is to get you closer to the ball for better control.
Finally, the head weight is 330 grams, identical to that of a putter. The extra weight discourages wrist action and facilitates that pendulum putting motion intended for use with this club.
The club designers also use weight distribution to help you control the clubface. The Square Strike Wedge features Anti-Rotational Weighting. This means weight has been shifted from the heel of the club closer to the toe, discouraging accidental face rotation. Between the weight distribution and the precisely squared center of gravity, the designers have engineered a forgiving club. These elements make it easier to stay square to the target and hit the ball in the center of the clubface.
So, what about chunking?
The Square Strike Wedge has what they call an “Anti-Chunk Sole.” The sole of the club is extra-wide and gently curved with shallow grooves designed to help the clubhead move smoothly through matted grass. There is also a No-Dig Leading Edge. This refers to the angled design of the leading edge to help prevent digging.
Overall, this club is intended to help you have more fun making those greenside shots and navigate the course with confidence.
But now that you understand the design, let’s talk business. What is the investment here? And is it worth it?
Cost, Guarantees, and Credentials
One of the first things anyone wants to know from a product that promises to improve your game is: Why should I trust the designer? Anyone can claim to have the solution. It’s important to know who engineered this supposedly game-changing club.
In this case, the design team is headed by Josh Boggs, a Golf Digest “Hot List” medal winner.
It is probably also important to you to know exactly how often and in what circumstances you could use a Square Strike Wedge. As previously mentioned, the club is designed for chipping, but can also be used for pitching and bunker shots. It conforms to USGA and R&A rules, and the recommended use is any shot within 40 yards of the hole.
The designers promise the club will help you chip more consistently. In fact, they suggest that you will discover so much improvement with the Square Strike Wedge that you will start trying to hole your chip shots, rather than just get it close.
As for your own investment, the Square Strike Wedge is priced at $129, but is currently reduced to $99. The club comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.
The Short of It
Here’s the basic breakdown of everything you need to know about the Square Strike Wedge:
This club is a wedge engineered like a putter to help you stop chunking the ball and make better, more consistent chip shots. It is also designed to be swung like a putter, with a “straight back and through” pendulum motion. This helps you rely on those larger arm and shoulder muscles, rather than the smaller, less predictable muscles in your wrist.
The Square Strike Wedge can be used for chipping, pitching, and bunker shots. The ideal distance for this club is any shot forty yards and in. The Square Strike Wedge conforms to USGA and R&A rules.
The club costs $99-$129 and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.
Have You Tried It?
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