End Of One Era, Beginning Another
If you’ve been reading this blog for the past few months, you might have picked up on a few hints that we’ve been working on something big here at EIDOLON. Well, the cat is out of the bag with the new issue of GolfWeek online, so I might as well spill the beans completely.
On July 11, we will introduce the world to SCOR 4161, the most complete package of scoring technology ever assembled into one set of golf clubs. This idea in scoring clubs is so big, so revolutionary, we’ve decided it was too big for the EIDOLON name, which has become synonymous with precision wedges – this is so much more than just wedges, and so much more than anyone has ever done before.
The name of the product comes from the fact that we’ve applied precision short game technology to 21 unique club heads, from 41 to 61 degrees of loft. From that matrix, we can assemble exactly the right combination of scoring clubs for any golfer, picking up from their last set-match iron of 40 degrees or less. No need for bending to hit a loft in between two models – if your scoring club “prescription” is 43/47/51/55/59, that’s exactly what you will get.
The key to this entirely new concept in scoring clubs is our revolutionary SGC3 progressive weighting design, which creates seven different weighting schemes across the range of lofts. The benefit to you is that each club in your scoring arsenal is precisely weighted and balanced to provide optimum trajectory, spin and control for that particular loft. Here’s why we took this radically different approach to the scoring clubs.
In this industry, companies design 6-irons, then apply that design to the rest of the set. That’s fine for a couple of irons in either direction, but it has its limitations. We’ve seen that when the loft is more than 8-10 degrees stronger than a 6-iron, applying hybrid design concepts makes these clubs much easier to hit, even for accomplished golfers. Why shouldn’t that be true in the other direction? The difference in loft between a 6-iron and pitching wedge is the same as that between the 6-iron and 3-wood. And as I’ve written about several times, that low center-of-gravity, perimeter-weighted design that works great in a 4– to 8-iron loft, doesn’t optimize performance at all in higher loft scoring clubs.
On the wedge front, every company designs their wedges to all look alike, from the lowest loft to highest. But the difference between a 48 and 60 degree wedge is the same as that between a 7-iron and 5-wood! How can you expect to optimize your short range performance with that limitation?
Finally, right in the middle of “money” range, you have a complete disconnect between your set-match short irons and your off-the-rack wedges. Different head designs, different shafts, different grooves . . . Again, how can we expect to optimize our scoring with that approach?
When we began testing new grooves over two years ago, we found that changing the weight distribution from club to club improved launch angles and spin; so we stripped away all the old beliefs, stepped outside the box so to speak, and started over. And I want to credit all of my readers here in the oobgolf community, as your valuable feedback and dialog over the past few years has helped me test my hypotheses about golf clubs and get inside your heads a bit, to learn what you really want and need. Thank you.
The result of two years of design, testing and redesign is SCOR4161. In addition to 21 lofts and our unique SGC3 weighting, we’ve re-engineered the entire GENIUS shaft offering, in both steel and graphite; we instituted a Tru-Form-Forged process that “re-forges” the cast heads under 800 tons of pressure to give unprecedented feel; and of course, we fine-tuned our renowned and patented V-SOLE to give outstanding performance from any lie or turf you might encounter.
Forgive me for bragging, but this package of scoring technology is so complete, so effective and so functional for any golfer, of any skill level, it promises to be one of those “ah ha” moments in golf equipment (like metal woods, large drivers, graphite shafts, perimeter-weighting, hybrids . . . ). In other words, like those breakthroughs . . . it works!
There’s not much to see on www.scorgolf.com yet, but if you’ll visit and sign up there, you will be the first to get the entire story next Sunday night, July 10. I’d also like you to visit our new FaceBook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/SCOR-Golf/130768450331045) and “like” us. One we have your email, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive and limited “friends & family” offer to purchase the first sets of SCOR 4161 precision scoring clubs.
I rarely use this forum to “sell”, but I just couldn’t hold back any longer. When you see this new product, you’ll understand why.
The Wedge Guy is sponsored by SCOR Golf, where Terry Koehler is President/CEO. He encourages you to submit your questions or topics to be considered for his columns on Tuesdays and Fridays. Each submission automatically enters you to win a SCOR4161 wedge to be given away monthly. Click the button below to submit your question or topic today.
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Terry, thank YOU for YOUR insight, feedback and advice. Also, for offering us a chance to win an EIDOLON wedge and providing us a product that, with your lifetime experience and expetise, you had put so much time, effort and heart into. Congratulations and I am looking forward to playing the SCOR 4161 in the future!
would like to read what Golf Week had to say, but cannot find anything on their site... can we get a link?
Is the scor line going to be on the USGA conforming groove list? I understand your wedges will pass a "field test" but tournaments that don't necessarily have access to equipment like that tend to just use the list a-la sara brown.
SD Charlie says:
I agree with snuffyword up there - Thank YOU Terry! Applying your approach of control and accuracy has helped my game tremendously. Not to mention my two Eidolon Wedges aka my new best friends. Holed a chip out from about 40-50 feet to save par last week! Definitely looking forward to seeing the new product line!
I'm getting excited, looking forward to your launch
Shawn Dinwiddie says:
Link to the Golfweek feature in new products section: www.onlinedigitalpubs.com/publication/?i=74043 ... see page 8. SCOR 4161 will be on the USGA conforming list for groove geometery. Wedges in play this week at Hooters event in Victoria, TX. Great feedback from players of all skill levels.
Shawn Dinwiddie says:
Here is a better link to our facebook page as well. We need your support! Please "Like Us"!!! Everyone who does between now and July 10th will receive our special introductory friends & family offer. www.facebook.com/pages/SCOR-Golf/130768450331045
So cool. Glad I haven't upgraded to MP-53s yet.
Bryan K says:
Very interesting, indeed.
I've wanted to completely ditch the pitching club from my iron set for quite some time and replace it with an actual 46* wedge. This would give me the option to replace my 9i as well. The interesting thing is, my 7i is like the sweet spot of my current iron set. It's the club I hit the best and the most consistently, and my 6i and 8i are just slightly behind. I've been looking to replace my 5i with a hybrid. But when I "miss" with my 9i, it doesn't get me into nearly as much trouble as when I miss with my 5i. So the thought to replace it had never crossed my mind. This definitely open up some new ideas.
Anything in store or SCOR for lefties?
Shawn Dinwiddie says:
@keithf28 - we're aggressively pursuing trade relationships with golf professionals. Lefty tooling is under development, targeting Q4 2011 release.
Will i be able to hit these anywhere, or will i have to drive down HWY 59 a few miles to try em out?
Just a curiosity; how did the technology for 41 to 61 handle lesser lofts say around 31°?
"companies design 6-irons, then apply that design to the rest of the set."
"On the wedge front, every company designs their wedges to all look alike, from the lowest loft to highest."
I have two questions.
1. if wedges all look alike what are they modeled after? PW,SW,6-iron,etc.
2. are the v-soles all the same and what did u design them off? 54 degree( median of 47 and 61)?
Historically (even at EIDOLON) wedge back/weighting designs are configured then applied to all the lofts in the range. We changed this approach with SCOR4161, designing each 3* range of lofts with slightlyl different weighting from the clubon either side. The V-SOLE geometry is unique to each 3* range of loft as well, in order to optimize forgiveness from a variety of lies and turf conditions for each club.
Nice mention in Golfweek as well...
They look friggin aweomse! Job Well Done! Love the idea way to capitalize! WIsh you guys a great deal of success.
I hope us lefties don't get left out. No pun intended. Look like awesome clubs!
I can't to see these in action.
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