Hummingbird H7 Review
The New H7 Hummingbird Wedge: Can This Club Save Your Bunker Shots and Flop Shots?
If you’re a weekend golfer who struggles with bunker shots and flop shots, you should know about the H7 Hummingbird wedge.
Without a doubt, the bunker shot and flop shot are the two toughest shots for golfers . . . especially casual players. More to the point, these are the golf shots that can sour a golf game and load your scorecard with regrettable strokes.
Enter the H7 Hummingbird wedge. This wedge is designed to help you get the ball up in the air and out of the bunker without spending hours of practice time examining your swing motion.
So does it work? And if so, why does it work?
I’ve tested the wedge for myself so I could offer you this candid H7 Hummingbird wedge review. Here’s everything you need to know about this new club from the perspective of a PGA teaching professional.
Why the H7 Hummingbird Wedge is Exciting for Weekend Golfers
First, let’s talk about the reason you struggle with bunker shots and flop shots.
Simply put, bunker and flop shots require a different motion than any other shot around the green. More specifically, these tricky shots require a more complicated motion.
A standard chip shot is fairly easy. You stand with your body square to the target, as if you’re about to hit a putt. You center the golf ball in your stance and swing straight back and through. The ball comes out low and lands easily on the green.
Flop and bunker shots are not so simple. When I teach these shots to my students, I give them a long list of instructions.
I tell them to aim to the left of the target (if they’re right-handed). I tell them to rotate the club face open. Then, I instruct them to swing out and across the body.
For students who can dedicate hours to practice and improvement, these directions are perfectly doable. But not all golfers have that luxury.
For amateur players who can only get out on weekends, these instructions are . . . a lot. Mastering bunker and flop shots requires you to perfect a new swing motion. That’s a tall order if you’re only going to have a few opportunities to practice that motion for each round you play.
This is where the H7 Hummingbird comes in. The design of this wedge allows you to hit bunker shots and flop shots without adjusting your swing motion. For many causal golfers, easier bunker shots mean a much more enjoyable game.
Here’s how it works.
Best Features of the H7 Hummingbird Wedge
I tested the H7 wedge for myself to see if the club does what it promises to do. I tried bunker and flop shots using the straight-back-and-through motion I typically only use for chip shots.
For every shot I took with the H7 Hummingbird, my ball came out super high and super soft. In fact, the first couple shots came out too high and soft . . . a complaint no one has ever heard a golfer make.
So, what accounts for these high, soft shots?
The H7 Hummingbird wedge has an astoundingly high loft. Whereas traditional wedges typically have somewhere between 54-58 degrees of loft, the Hummingbird boasts an incredible 70 degrees.
As a golf instructor, I’ve seen the lengths players go to in order to increase loft in their bunker shots. In fact, I very recently watched a student dip his knees and flip his hands in an eager attempt to get out of a bunker.
So often, these efforts to manipulate the club face are subconscious. Unfortunately, they also make it way harder to hit a controlled and successful bunker shot.
Because the Hummingbird wedge already has a sky-high loft built in, you don’t have to do anything to manipulate the club face. You can swing the club naturally and still get the launch you need.
Huge Club Face
As I said before, you need to rotate the club face open when you’re hitting a bunker or flop shot with a traditional wedge. This move helps you get more loft, but it also creates a new problem. The rotation reduces the surface area available to the ball at impact.
In other words, opening the club face means decreasing your margin of error.
The H7 wedge has a massive club face. And because you don’t have to rotate it open, you have a much higher chance of getting the contact you need for a controlled shot.
There’s another reason I tell golfers to rotate the club face open when they’re trying to get out of a bunker.
By rotating the face open, they expose more sole to the sand. More sole means more bounce—a major win on the unusual “turf” of a sand trap.
The sole of the H7 Hummingbird is already huge. You don’t have to rotate the face at all, nor should you.
I tested the wedge for myself in a bunker. I swung the club straight back and through as if I were making a chip shot. Sure enough, the golf ball popped right out of the bunker. And I didn’t have to do anything special to make that happen.
Now, this is the feature I love most from a coaching standpoint.
In my 25-plus years of teaching golf, I have seen players of all levels make the same inexplicable mistake. I can’t explain what causes it; I can only say it happens a lot.
Often, a golfer will complain to me that they’re always shanking their chip shots. If you struggle with this issue, too, you know how a shank can ruin the mood of an entire round. When you shank it once, a sort of fear immediately sets in. Is this going keep happening, hole after hole?
When I watch golfers who shank their chip shots, I notice the same glaring mistake. More often than not, they’re lining up their golf ball with the heel of their wedge. Then, when they rotate the club face, they expose the heel even more. Of course they’re going to shank it!
While I can’t explain why this happens so frequently, I do know these are smart golfers. So I have to assume something about their perception is just off when they set up their shots.
This is why I love the guiding line on the Hummingbird wedge.
The club face features a wide black line intersecting the center of the face. This black line creates a clear visual for ball position. As an added bonus, the thick line also trains the eyes to visualize that straight-back-and-through swing motion.
The Verdict: Is the Hummingbird Worth It?
If your goal is to get more enjoyment out of golf and less frustration around the green, the Hummingbird is definitely worth it.
I have tried it personally, and I can attest that this wedge will help you hit those high, soft shots around the green. No fancy manipulations or swing motion required. Just square your body to the target, keep your club face in neutral, and swing straight back and straight through.
You’ll soon find those bunker shots and flop shots aren’t so intimidating anymore.
Let Me Know What You Think!
Have you tried the H7 Hummingbird wedge for yourself? Do you have any questions that aren’t answered here? Jump into the comments and share your thoughts!