Sand traps. Bunkers. Deep rough. We’ve all been there. Some more than others. And we all know the importance of getting out of said hazards, especially the sand. A sand wedge is traditionally 56 degrees (sometimes 54 or 55, too) in loft and will enable you to get underneath the ball for proper launch, spin, and control around the greens. It’s definitely an important club and one you should probably be carrying in your bag.
And you don’t have to plunk down hundreds of dollars for a highly-effective sand wedge. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or scratch golfer, quality wedges are on the market for players of all skill levels. And they can be purchased at excellent value for the money.
So keep reading below to check out some of the more popular and highest-rated inexpensive golf sand wedges available today. Browse a wider selection of golf sand wedges if this list doesn’t have the style you’re looking for. And if you’re in the market for a value putter, check out our post on the best putter for your money.
Note: The list below is not in any particular order.
1. Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge
The Wilson Harmonized Wedges are probably best suited for the beginning golfer, but also for anyone on a budget as they can be had for under $30. Featuring a True Temper steel shaft and a high-polish in finish in a classic blade design, the club has a sole grind, which will allow you to open the club face to get underneath the ball on those tough sand bunker shots.
Expect excellent lift, spin, and control around the green with the easy-to-hit wedge. The sand wedge is 56 degrees, but Harmonized clubs are also available in 50 (pitching wedge), 52 (gap wedge), 60 (lob wedge), and 64 degrees (trouble wedge). Check out more Wilson Golf wedges and clubs available here.
- New innovative sole design
- Stylish with a high-polish finish
- Available in 5 different lofts — 50, 52, 56, 60, and 64 degrees
- Available in both left- and right-handed styles
- More experienced players might find the club hits too “chunky” — heavier in the head
- Probably not suited for more experienced players
2. Pinemeadow Golf PGX Wedge
The Pinemeadow Golf PGX Wedge comes in three lofts — 52, 56, and 60 degrees. The 56-degree sand wedge is a great bargain at just about $30. The club features a steel shaft and a wide sole at the bottom of the club head which narrows at the toe for an extra large sweet spot. So you can expect extra forgiveness, control and spin around the green. The sand wedge also has 64 lie degree and a 12 bounce degree.
Each club is 35.75 inches long and comes with a soft Pinemeadow grip, which maximizes comfort and feel. Pinemeadow makes a number of different wedges in various loft degrees. Browse a wider selection of Pinemeadow wedges here.
Price: $28.45 (5 percent off MSRP)
- Features “U” Groove technology
- Wide sole at the bottom of the club
- Great club and value for beginners
- Some users feel the club head is too heavy
- Not available in the PGX Complete Golf Club Set — must buy separately
3. Tour Edge Golf 1 Out Plus Wedge
The Tour Edge 1 Out Plus Wedge is highlighted by an extra heavy club head, which is counter-weighted with an added 90 grams located in the edge of the soft grip. This will allow your wrist to stay correctly positioned through the entire swing. That will lead to more accurate and consistent wedge shots, whether out of the sand or deep rough.
Much of the club head weight is in the extra wide sole and that means it is heaviest below the ball so you’ll have no problem getting that much-needed launch out of the bunkers. The club measures 35.25 inches long and a 64 degree for lie and an 11 bounce degree. Looking for a different style? Check out more Tour Edge wedges here.
- Extra-heavy head with counter-weight in grip
- Very-hittable with extra wide sole
- USGA legal
- Counter-weighting technology might be difficult to get used to
4. Ray Cook Golf Shot Saver Alien Wedge
Alien is one of the companies that helped in the development of hybrid clubs, so you know the Ray Cook wedge is going to be rather innovative. The club head is oversized, hollow and made of 2-piece construction stainless steel. Featuring an extra large sweet spot and a wider sole, you’ll get a higher moment of inertia (MOI), resulting more accurate, controlled shots.
The 16 degree bounce makes the club ideal for deep rough, for bunkers with lots or very soft sand, and for flat hitters. It also has a 63.5 degree lie and is available in 56 and 60 degree lofts. Browse a wider selection of Ray Cook wedges here.
- Oversized, hollow stainless steel head
- Non-glare club face with chrome finish
- 16 degree bounce; good for deep rough or soft sand traps
- Some users felt the club was difficult to handle at first
- Some users felt the club didn’t glide through the rough/sand very smoothly
5. Cleveland Golf 2017 588 Tour Action Wedge
Cleveland Golf is a name you probably recognize, especially when it comes to wedges, a club they are certainly known for. And the 588 Tour Action Wedge delivers high-performance at a very good price. The traditional wedge design is unmistakable and you’ll get ultimate spin and increased consistency thanks to the precision milled grooves and sole.
The Tour Action Wedge also comes with a 588 Lamkin grip, a non-glare Tour satin finish, and has a standard length and lie. It is available in two sand wedge lofts — 54 and 56 degrees, both with 14 degree bounce. Browse a wider selection of Cleveland Golf wedges if you’re looking for a different model.
- Precision milled grooves
- Excellent spin and control
- Traditional look and design
- Most expensive wedge on this list
- Some users felt the club was a bit heavy