Another Visit About Wedge Shafts
I’ve written about wedge shafts a few times, but it’s been a while, so those might be buried down in the archives of the 400+ articles I’ve written as “The Wedge Guy”. In my opinion, the shaft is the overlooked piece of the puzzle too many times, so here we go again. This re-visit was prompted by a question I received from Stephen, who asked:
“I’ve been recently reading about DG spinner shifts. Can you talk about the different shafts that are used for wedges? More importantly are the different flexes something that is more geared towards pro players or could an average golfer also take advantage of this to improve the performance of their short game?”Well, Stephen, I’m more than happy to talk about wedge shafts, as I think this is a major reason why so many amateur golfers do not have short games that are as good as they should be. Nearly all golfers are carrying wedges that were purchased ‘off the rack’ at a retail store or golf shop. The industry relies completely on a heavy and stiff steel shaft, in one flex only, to allow the commodity-like manner of selling wedges – one size fits all. In other words, there really isn’t any difference between them.
In my opinion, a more accurate description is “one size fits nobody”.
True Temper purchased Precision Shafts a few years ago, and has commandeered the “Spinner” brand name that was on a Rifle product, and created the DG Spinner. It’s a nice idea, putting the flex zone higher on the wedge shaft (I’ve been leading that charge since the mid-90s), but in my opinion, these are still too stiff and too heavy for most golfers, who are typically playing softer flexes and lighter weight shafts in their irons.
One of the fundamentals of good wedge play is to have complete control over the clubhead and a gentle touch. A big part of the formula for getting there is to have your wedges made with shafts that blend to those in your short irons in both weight and flex, and that match your ability to control the club. With more and more golfers playing irons with light steel or graphite shafts . . . in Regular or even ‘A’ flexes . . . that disconnect between their short irons and off-the-rack wedges is huge. The result is a loss of feel and touch around the greens.
I’m a huge proponent of graphite shafts in wedges . . . if you get it right. Graphite has feel transmission properties that tubular steel can’t approach, and the lighter weight allows a fit to any golfer’s hand strength profile.
At EIDOLON, we worked with UST Mamiya to develop our GENIUS series of shafts – two weights and three flexes to allow us to fit any golfer with wedges that optimize feel and match the golfer’s ability to control the clubhead with their hand strength. I’ve recently switched from our GENIUS 9 (95 grams) to our GENIUS 7 (75 grams) as an experiment. Conventional wisdom would insist that the lighter weight would give me trouble, but just the opposite happened. I am experiencing club control like never before. The lighter weight also encourages a lighter grip on the club and my short game touch has improved noticeably.
So much for “conventional wisdom.”
So, Stephen, if you want to have some fun with your golf clubs, forget driver experimentation for a while and try some variations in wedge shafts. You can start with the free EIDOLON V-SOLE wedge you just won!
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I have been using softer shafts in my SW and LW for years. Whatever shaft I am using for full set(steel or graphite, I tip these 2 wedges the same as an 8 iron and then trim but to wedge length. It is amazing how much feel you have with these 2 clubs. BTW, I hard step the PW and GW to keep the trajectory lowewr on full swing.
It was a great experience when I purchased my 3 Eidolon wedges this past winter. I love the feel and performance of my MP-60s, and I gave Eidolon the specs. The length and weights were matched and blended for a seamless transition. I do prefer the stiffer and heavier feel, and my short game has seen steady improvement.
No more strategizing bounce and lie. Whew! They go through the dirt real nice. I'm adjusting to the feel in the sand.
Q: Is there a way to use heavy or stiffer graphite to get more feel? Or is it more a function of wieght? Hate to open new metaphor/comparison, but it's a bit like fishing poles, yes? The feel you get with a light rod to dicern bottom bounce vs. nibble would be a good comparison. You can feel you lure and weight play more distinctly and notice the external stimuli more clearly.
I may buy that fitting a wedge shaft to a low handicap player may provide better feel, and therefore better performance. But saying an ill fitting wedge shaft is "a major reason why so many amateur golfers do not have short games that are as good as they should be" is a bit of a stretch.
I'd be willing to wager that if you gave a properly fitted Eidelon wedge to 10 golfers who are scalding balls over the green, or digging trenches during a pitch, not a single one of them would perform any differently. Short game is about hand-eye coordination and practice. Most amateur golfers don't have the short games they should, because they don't have the innate ability or the work ethic...not because of their equipment.
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