New super-loft wedge is the club those big brands refuse to make… and it’s going to make you a short game wizard
Play Towering Flop Shots and Escape Bunkers Like a Pro with the Hummingbird 70° Wedge
“When you have the Hummingbird, you feel like Phil Mickelson.”
Green sloping away from you like a black diamond ski run.
No doubt, the flop shot is your only chance to get it close.
But your buddies, well, they know what’s about to happen.
They’ve seen this act before.
So as you ponder the shot, they start making bets.
“Ten bucks says he chunks it into the bunker,” Carl whispers to Sammy.
“You’re on,” Sammy chortles under his breath. “I say he skulls it into the azaleas.”
Meanwhile, you make a series of earnest practice swings with your sand wedge.
“Open your stance, open the face,” you think out loud.
“Swing across the ball and accelerate through impact.”
Hey, at least you know what you’re supposed to do.
Alas. Actually doing it is a whole ‘nother story.
You pick a landing spot between the sand and the stick… address the ball… take the club back and…
Put 10 easy bucks in Carl’s pocket.
Sammy starts to hand it over, then pulls it away.
“Same bet on this bunker shot,” he tells Carl, who nods with a smirk.
You trudge into the sand and repeat the routine.
“Open your stance, open the face,” you mutter through gritted teeth.
“Swing across the ball and accelerate through impact.”
A few seconds later, Sammy reclaims the cash.
Turns out they’ve been passing the same raggedy $10 bill back and forth since TVs had tubes.
Because you keep doing what you’re doing.
And keep getting what you’re getting.
It’s amusing to them. But it’s driving you insane.
Of course, it’s not just you.
If I had a dime for every amateur I’ve seen execute an honest-to-goodness flop shot with a conventional wedge…
I’d have about 30 cents.
Sand shots prove darn near as difficult.
Which begs a couple of questions. First…
What makes these short little shots so friggin’ hard?
You’re probably thinking it’s the technique, right?
You’re not wrong. The real blame, though, lies with your club.
Let me explain.
Trying to hit the ball sky-high with a 56° or even 60° wedge requires serious skills. The same goes for sand shots.
You’ve got to open the clubface, aiming it well right of the target (assuming you’re right-handed).
After changing his wedge, he won the 1932 British Open.
On the flop shot, for instance, opening the blade decreases the club’s effective hitting area – and cutting across the ball shrinks it even more.
Hence, making solid contact is harder than folding a fitted sheet with one hand.
Opening the face also increases the club’s bounce, which boosts your odds of “drop-kicking” the ball into the next area code.
Oh, and it doesn’t help that the typical wedge has a narrow sole and a sharp leading edge – so if the club doesn’t bounce off the turf, it digs into it. Can you say chunkola?
Finally, there’s the wedge’s relatively flat lie angle, which forces you to swing on a major arc and manipulate the clubface to square it at impact. That brings your hands and wrists into the picture – not exactly a recipe for success… or consistency.
Now you know why these situations make amateurs look like what they are – amateurs.
It’s because conventional wedges demand near-perfect execution of a complicated technique.
Which brings us to question No. 2:
What can you do when you need to hit a high lob or a soft, spinning bunker shot?
The way I see it, you’ve got three options:
Well, there wasn’t.
Then an award-winning club designer got frustrated watching recreational golfers trying to play these specialty shots with a standard wedge.
He knew they had no chance. Their clubs left them S.O.L.
They needed more loft so they wouldn’t have to open the clubface.
They needed a wider sole that would slide along the turf rather than digging or skipping.
A bigger clubface would help as well – because there’s no such thing as too much forgiveness.
In short: They needed a wedge that wasn’t even on the market.
So the designer sketched out his dream club, adding a couple of unique alignment features and an upright lie angle that brought it all together.
He was thrilled with the concept and excited about the possibilities.
There was only one problem:
Who was gonna produce this wonder wedge?
He thought about pitching it to a few major clubmakers. He’d worked with several in the past and, with his résumé, he could easily get an audience.
He already knew, though, that they’d just shoot him down.
“We love the idea,” they’d say, “but it doesn’t really fit with our existing line.”
Or, “Our tour pros will never play it, which means amateurs will never buy it.”
And no doubt someone would come back with this old standby: “It’s just a little extreme for our brand.”
That thinking was wrong-headed, of course. The designer had seen plenty of unconventional clubs do big sales.
In fact, he’d built a few himself.
So he decided to call an independent clubmaker he’d collaborated with before.
I’m delighted that he did. Because that clubmaker was me.
I’m Andrew Knack – a golf industry veteran with a background in marketing and product development.
The designer is Jeff Halstead, a multi-time Golf Digest “Hot List” winner for his work with companies like TaylorMade and Adams Golf.
As I mentioned, Jeff and I have worked together before.
You may have seen or even used some of our clubs. We’re really proud of them all, and I know we’ve helped a lot of golfers save a ton of strokes.
But I truly believe that our latest creation might be our best yet.
I’m thrilled to introduce…
The Hummingbird H7 70° Wedge
“It’s like a cheat code for your short game.” – Todd Kolb, 3-time Golf Digest Best-in-State teacher
The center-stripe alignment guide… the anti-dig lie angle… the face-squaring grip line…
On and on it goes.
Of course, all the cool design features on earth don’t mean diddly if they don’t help you save strokes.
Trust me – these will.
Actually, you don’t have to take my word for it.
Take it from the golfers who got to try the Hummingbird Wedge before it went to market.
Golfers like Carl Best, a 14 handicapper.
“It’s the best wedge that I’ve ever tried the first time,” he said. “There’s really no learning involved in it. Aim it and swing it.”
And 20 handicap Dick Christman.
“I’ve been golfing for 40 years and I could never master my wedge,” he told us. “I’ve been out here for 15 or 20 minutes (with the Hummingbird) and I’m pretty good. The Hummingbird’s wonderful.”
Then there was Cyril Fitzgerald, a 28, who went
“When you have the Hummingbird, you feel like Phil Mickelson.”
That’s exactly what we were aiming for when crafting the H7 Wedge.
Let’s take a look at the features that make it one-of-a-kind.
1. Extreme loft means never opening the face for a high lob or sand shot
The whole reason you have to lay the blade open with a 56° or 60° wedge is to add loft.
So wouldn’t it make sense to simply start with ample loft, allowing golfers to just set up square to the target?
We thought so, and that’s what we did. Amateur testing validated our decision.
“It feels like there’s a flop shot built right into the face of the club,” said Damon Kessler, a 16 handicap.
Added Cyril Fitzgerald: “You just set up like you would with a regular club, and you swing the Hummingbird just with a full, easy swing and it goes right at the target. You get excellent loft (and) the Hummingbird puts you right on the green.”
Another huge benefit to all that loft: It removes a very big variable – how much the ball will run after landing.
Think about your current wedge set. From the pitching wedge through lob wedge, their lofts are likely in this range: 45° – 50° – 55° – 60°.
There’s probably one, maaaayyybe two, that you’re pretty comfortable with.
But each wedge flies a different distance at a different trajectory. Each requires its own special skill set. You have to calculate some amount of roll with all of them.
Put the Hummingbird in your bag and you can ditch the 55° and 60° wedges, keeping the 45° and 50° clubs for full and mid-length shots.
You’ll also whittle down the time needed to practice greenside shots with all four wedges. Once you get the hang of the Hummingbird, the short game becomes simple.
Oh and if you struggle with the bump-and-run? The H7 Wedge is the cure for what ails ya.
“With the Hummingbird, I know I can just fly it straight at the hole and not worry about anything else,” said Carl Best.
2. Wide, channeled sole glides easily across turf, through sand and even gnarly rough
How many times have you stuck your wedge in the ground trying to hit a pitch?
Opened the face, only to hit an inch behind the ball and catch it at the equator – sending it sailing over the green?
Or simply left a ball in the bunker?
With the Hummingbird Wedge and its extra-wide “AirX” sole, those days are over.
Wide-soled wedges have gained in popularity – and the Hummingbird takes the technology to the next level.
On the bottom of the club you’ll see a series of channels, which reduce interference with grass and sand.
The AirX sole’s gentle curvature and width prevent digging and snagging, too.
“This doesn’t dig and it doesn’t bounce,” said Mike Cole, a 13 handicap at age 73. “It just slides right through.”
Damon Kessler noted an important by-product of this feature.
“I had all the confidence in the world after hitting this a few times,” he said. “I feel like I can hit it from anywhere and I’m still gonna make clean contact.
“It’s given me a totally different perspective on my wedge game.”
3. Upright lie angle limits rotation, so you can play lobs and even bunker shots with a chipping-style swing
We thought about putting this first on the list. Many Hummingbird buyers have told us it’s their favorite thing.
The standard wedge has a lie angle of 64°. The Hummingbird is more upright (vertical), so you’ll stand closer to the ball.
What’s the big deal?
When you stand closer, you’ll naturally swing less around your body and more up and down the target line.
That keeps the clubface square and eliminates the need to flip the blade closed with your hands and wrists.
In other words, you can play high pitches and sand shots with more of an arms-and-shoulders, chipping-style swing.
And that, my friends, means consistently solid contact.
With the Hummingbird, Mike Cole said, “I don’t have to do a lot of body motion. I could just kind of stand there and swing it. This makes the game fun.”
4. Alignment aids on the clubface and grip help you take dead aim – and put the ball right where you want it
Your driver probably has an alignment aid to help you set up to the target. Your putter almost certainly does.
For whatever reason, few wedges offer such guidance.
And none make alignment as simple as the Hummingbird.
The center-line stripe runs straight down the clubface, dead on the sweet spot. And it works perfectly because you never have to open the blade.
We also added a vertical stripe down the center of the Hummingbird’s grip to make lining up the clubface that much easier.
And when you know your aim is on the money, your confidence to fly it to the flag grows that much more.
“The Hummingbird allowed me to just point and shoot right to the pin, placing it right where I wanted it,” Kessler marveled. “It takes the guesswork out.”
5. Oversized clubface forgives your miss-hits like no other wedge
The center-line stripe helps you visualize (and make) pure contact, too.
But when you don’t, there’s plenty of sweet spot to save your misses.
The H7 Wedge boasts twice the clubface area of a standard wedge, so you set up with absolute certainty you’ll catch it pretty solid.
Small miscues still get plenty of height and distance, and you’ll lose little if any accuracy on heel or toe contact.
In a word, this wedge is stable. Finally, your short game will be, too.
When you’ve got the Hummingbird Wedge, there’s no such thing as being “short-sided.”
That can free you up to be more aggressive on approach shots, leading to more birdie opportunities.
No doubt about it – a better short game produces a ripple effect from green to tee.
And that’s one reason I can promise you’ll shoot lower scores with the H7 Wedge. Let me spell it out more clearly:
The Hummingbird Wedge 60-day guarantee: Save strokes or get your money back.
The big brands don’t offer anything like the H7 Wedge. They can’t touch this guarantee, either.
Once your wedge arrives, you get two months to put it to the test.
Practice all you want, wherever you please – in the sand, rough, fairway, hardpan or, heck, even pine straw.
Use it on the course to tackle those nightmare scenarios we’ve already discussed.
If the Hummingbird doesn’t measurably improve your up-and-down percentage...
If it doesn’t consistently bail you out of jail…
Heck, if it simply doesn’t fit with the rest of your set…
Send it back and we’ll refund the full purchase price.
It’s a nothing-to-lose proposition. And you’ve got so much to gain.
As for your buddies, well, just imagine the next time they bet on you botching a flop shot.
“This one’s going sideways – a shank into the water,” Carl tells Sammy.
“Nope,” Sammy replies. “A two-yard chunk, coming right up.”
You know what they’re up to, of course. You’ve known about their little side game for years.
But now, finally, it’s time to turn the tables.
You shoot your pals a wink and shock them with a challenge.
“Ten bucks says I stick it inside three feet,” you grin. “Double if I hole it.”
Carl and Sammy nod in agreement. It’s obvious they’re a little bit shocked.
This time, you step to the ball with a new set of instructions.
“Square stance,” you think to yourself. “Take dead aim and knock this sucker stiff.”
You swing aggressively, full of confidence… catch the ball flush and send it sky-high.
It plunks down softly, inches from the cup and…
“I’ll take that ratty old 10 off your hands, Sammy,” you say. “Carl, you can pay me at the clubhouse.”
Order your Hummingbird Wedge today – and get ready to have a whole lot of fun.