Written By: Chris Conley
Many of you who follow this review blog closely know that last year I tested the BombTech Grenade Putter, and loved it. I loved it so much that normally after a review, I do a giveaway to get the product in the hands of the readers to try out. Well it took me 4 months to do that giveaway because I just couldn’t get around to giving up the putter, I liked it that much. So when Bombtech announced the Grenade wedges, I was excited to try them, and I wasn’t even in the least bit disappointed. Your short game is the most important part of your game, between wedge play and putting you can shave strokes off your handicap quickly, who would have thought a company synonymous with a Driver that guarantees extra distance would make some of the best short game equipment in the industry.
Ask anyone in the industry who knows the name, BombTech and they are sure to know the name Sully, the founder/President of BombTech Golf. BombTech Golf was started in 2011, when somehow (still haven’t figured this out yet) Sully broke 7 drivers in a 2 month span! He then set out building golf clubs, and started to focus on building drivers; being a graduate of the University of Vermont, Sully reached out to the engineering department and began working with 4 senior engineering students. Sully went into that relationship knowing a few things, he wanted the product built solely in the USA and he knew what materials he wanted to use, they came up with the dual cavity design Grenade driver that put BombTech Golf on the “map.” After a few years of success with the driver, Sully made the decision to jump into the putter market and headed back to the University of Vermont to come up with the design, and in pure BombTech fashion they jumped in with a product that will exceeds anyone’s expectations.
About the Wedges
BombTech currently offers the wedges in a 56 and 60 degree model with a 52 in the works, and they are currently available on a pre-order on their website. Both models currently available are what I would referred to as a chrome finish and have a CNC Milled Face to help allow for maximum spin on square and open face shots. The grooves are to the USGA maximum allowed depth and have a tighter than normal groove pattern, which allows you to get spin on the ball even from the rough. The 56 Degree Wedge has a 64* Lie, with a 8* bounce and obviously a 56* loft, it weighs in at 308 Grams and has a D4 swing weight. The wedge measures in at 35 1/2″ with what Bombtech calls a light C grind on the wedge. The Wedge comes with a great green Pure uniform traction grip available in standard or mid-sized. The 60 Degree Wedge has a 64* Lie, with a 10* bounce and obviously a 56* loft, it weighs in at 304 Grams and has a D5 swing weight. The wedge measures in at 35 1/4″ with what Bombtech calls a light C grind on the wedge. The Wedge comes with a great green Pure uniform traction grip available in standard or mid-sized.
AGG’s Review of the Wedge
Before I get into the review of this wedge, a little background, in my bag currently I have three SCOR wedges, or what they call scoring irons. I tested them over two years ago and nothing has compared in my book, I’ve tested every major wedge on the market and always come back to my SCOR 4161’s. That being said, I may have just been converted. When I first got the Grenade wedge (tested the 56 degree model) I was impressed from the minute I unwrapped it. I like a wedge you can feel in your hands, and the Grenade has a great balance and weighing in at 308 grams allows you to feel the club all the way through the swing. This is AGG, and we are here for the Average Golfer, most review sites would hook the club up to a launch monitor and give you a bunch of numbers that don’t really mean anything to you, I simply took the club to the course and allowed the club to speak for itself. I took my SCOR 56, a buddies Vokey 56 and the Grenade and went to the range, with my SCOR 115 is my max with a 56, with the vokey I was actually a little bit shorter coming in around 110 yards but with the Grenade I was averaging around 120 yards per shot with out any accuracy being lost. Being a bigger guy most think I crush the ball off the tee and have no short game, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, my favorite part and strongest part of the game is 150 yards and in, so a good wedge is mandatory in my bag. After the range I took the wedges to practice greens for 40 yards and in chipping, and the club shined again. The tighter groove pattern allowed me to carry the ball farther and stop it sooner, keeping my chips more online than having to allow for run out due to lack of spin. Again I started with my trusty SCOR 56 and I was doing my normal pitch shots where I land it about 10 yards short and let it run up to the pin (I’ve been pitching this way for two years since I got my SCOR’s), again to my suprise the Vokey didn’t have as much spin as I thought it would, but the Grenade had more than my SCOR. I was able to land the ball about 5 yards short and let it check up by the pin instead of rolling out as much as the SCOR. On to the sand traps, honestly in the trap the SCOR wedge shined like I thought it would, it has what they refer to as a V sole which I’ve never found anything better from the sand; however the Grenade worked great as well with the light C shaped sole. The one thing I liked better about the Grenade from the sand is the weight of club allowed you to control the face through the sand much easier, in my opinion the sole of SCOR helps you through the sand but the weight of the Grenade allows you to get through the sand, so they both accomplish the same result but in two different ways. One thing I never do with my wedges is try and take full swings, I’d rather go up a club and swing at 75% on shorter shots than try to over power a wedge, however with the Grenade wedges if I have a 120 yard shot from the fairway I have no issue take a 100% swing with the wedge, which I won’t do with my SCOR. Looking down at address you see the face is off-set slightly giving you confidence over the ball and the wedge face is set so it looks huge, so you have confidence you are going to make good contact. I really like the chrome finish but would love to see BombTech offer the wedge in a black finish, which I think would really pop with the green grip and green in their logo. Right now the trend in wedges seems to be custom stamping, which I actually like, just something else to set yourself apart from others; I hope that eventually BombTech offers this service on their wedges.
I never thought I would find wedges that rivaled the SCOR 4161’s that I’ve used for two years, but Bombtech may just have done it. I gained distance which helps me keep a wedge in my hand from farther away, I can stop the ball quicker on the green from any lie and I lost little to no control out of bunkers. Factoring all that in and then adding that these wedges are just $69 each, instead of $120 each for a Vokey or my SCOR’s and these wedges are steals. I live in a small town, where we have small local run businesses but a few large box stores as well; I relate BombTech to the small local run businesses. When you buy with BombTech you get that small town local business feel, you know Sully’s heart and sole went into the club you are swinging, and he truly cares if you enjoy your club or not and wants to make the the best product possible. Where if you buy a wedge off the shelf or even custom made by one of the “big names” in golf you are just a order number to them, with Sully you are part of the BombTech family. He believes so much in his product that he has a money back guarantee if you take 200 swings on the course with your club and you don’t like it, return it for a full refund, I’d like to see Vokey or Callaway offer that. Do yourself a favor and pre-order this wedge HERE before they are all gone and you have to wait till the next release.
We will be doing a Give Away for this wedge in the coming weeks so stay tuned and enter to win
Please note pictures of the actual tested club will be added asap, having some hosting issues media right now but didn’t want to wait on this review being posted any longer.
More About the Author - Chris Conley
Chris is the founder of Average Guy Golf, he plays at an 11 handicap and has recently changed from TaylorMade to an all Ping line up, besides his Xenon putter. Chris who is 34 started, playing golf when he was 15 and one Mr. Eldric Tiger Woods hit the scene and made golf popular. He has a daughter who is 4 and loves going to the golf course, and practicing with her new Pink golf clubs that Santa brought her. Chris's goal with the site is to make your next round more enjoyable regardless of your score.