Callaway are on a bit of a revival run at present, going into the archives and re-imagining classic clubs from their past. The Callaway Sure Out Wedge is another to get the treatment, even though it's heritage comes from the Hogan company that Callaway bought in 2003.
They both feature the same wide sole, which I am a fan of because they are lower bounce than they look, but they are more forgiving than standard width wedges, especially from tight lies.
The wide sole still features the trailing 'overhang' but on the Callaway Sure Out, this is now a hollow cavity.
You might think this would affect the sound, but it actually sounded pretty solid and as good as any other wedge.
In the middle of the sole is a raised section that almost seems to act like a glide rail through impact and the notch at the back gives it a bit more versatility from all lies.
The face is quite rounded and like the Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge it is good to see the 17 grooves go the full width of the face.
The 5V grooves are machined into the face rather than cast and the spin from them was good when you hit it correctly with plenty of grip.
Like most wedges that are set up to be forgiving, the Sure Out features a rounded leading edge which makes it a little easier to get it under the ball and increases your odds of making a successful contact.
Callaway has also shaped the hosel area to reduce the visual impact for those who occasionally talk to Lucy Locket and the white lines on the bottom two grooves really help with alignment.
The Sure Out comes with a 35 inch KBS 90 wedge flex shaft that gives the whole club a lighter feel than average despite a pretty standard D4 swing weight.
It comes in just two lofts of 58° and 64° as this is a real get out of jail club. So will you be freed from the despair of the golfing deserts? The easy answer is yes.
Sand is where the Sure Out really shines as it does what is says on the back and easily lifts the ball out. The sole works very well from hard or soft sand and you get the best result by playing bunker shots with the face square or just a fraction open.
This is how the club is designed to be played and unless you are trying to go vertical in a pot bunker, the Sure Out did seem happier coming into the ball straight on rather than being opened up too much like a usual sand iron.
The same applies from tight and lush lies around the green where it would effortlessly pop the ball up and land it smoothly. It is more forgiving than a usual wedge, but maybe not as much of a safety net as it provides in the sand.
I tried the 58° version and it is the type of club that is better from short range rather than taking a full swing where it loses a little feel, so put it in the bag for all your great escapes and you will be sipping champagne in Switzerland quicker than a Zurich based administrator can open a brown envelope.
If you have any bunker issues and keep losing money on the Adolf accumulator then this is an ideal club to help get you back in profit. The Sure Out is also ideal for beginners as it enables them to have a shot that gets the ball out of sand easily, until such time as they can move on to more mainstream sand wedges that have more options from all surfaces.
It looks good too and Callaway has thankfully kept the looks upmarket so that it just looks like another wedge in your bag and no-one knows about your sandy secret.
Combine the Sure Out wedge with the Odyssey X-Act Tank Chipper and you have the ideal anti-chunk armoury for every situation around the green.