Welcome To My Blog !
Hello World ! Welcome to TheWedgeGuy.com. I'm Terry Koehler, President of Eidolon Golf and now, a blogger and editor here at The WedgeGuy.com.
What I hope to do with "TheWedgeGuy" is create a forum to share all I've learned in over 50 years in this game and almost 30 in the golf industry.
I want to create a place where all of us can share with each other what we've learned about scoring and help each other with our short games. You can read more about me in my Bio that's posted here and by visiting another of our sites, www.bestwedge.com, but this is where we'll really get to know each other.
It's my hope that you'll make this site a regular place to visit, and that you'll be an active participant. Post your comments and questions, and I'll try to answer them promptly. And I invite all of you to chime in with your input each time there is a topic of interest.
My background in the industry spans over 25 years, with over 2/3 of them dedicated to putters, putting, wedges, and scoring. I've received a half dozen golf club patents and designed dozens of putter heads, wedges, even putter shafts and grips. Eidolon Golf will introduce a new putter weighting system in March called "True Balance" that will improve any putter. We're publishing a new booklet called "The SCoR Method", which guides you to the simplest and easiest-to-learn way to add precision to your shotmaking. And by the fall of this year, we'll have published two full-length instruction books, "The Secrets of Scoring" and "The Natural Approach to Better Putting."
Our entire goal is to be "your short game company."
But here, on this blog, let's have some fun. Let's share some insight, tips, and techniques that can help all of us get better, lower our scores and enjoy the game even more than we already do.
So, you all start asking questions and offering topics for discussion and I'll start sharing what I've learned from a lifetime in this game and the golf club industry.
In the hole !
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Welcome to the "blogosphere". It's great to see a golf club manufacturer joining the dialog. I like the minimalist look of your blog, and your wedges look ...sweet. I've been playing less than a year, but I'm quite obsessed, and my favorite clubs are wedges. I've played with a rudimentary, prefab set from Target but hope to upgrade as the season unfolds. Good luck with your blog, I've linked to it and will be checking it out often.
mediaguru @ hookedongolfblog.com says:
Welcome to the blogosphere Terry. I just posted about your blog on my blog and hope it gets you some traffic. I'll also blogroll you. Would you be so kind as to do the same?
BTW: Need a 60 to match my 56 & 52!!!
My friend Tony ( Mediaguru ), actually uses Eidolon's for his 56 and 52.
mediaguru @ hookedongolfblog.com says:
Check this out:
It's nice to have someone with the insight you do join the blogging community. I added you onto my blog roll to hopefully send some traffic your way.
Good luck with your blog.
looking forward to reading your thoughts on wedge game and just golf in general.
any chance you have a distributor down here in New Zealand or do I have to import a couple to try
Mark Siegel says:
Your new blog looks great. I have added you to my blogroll and posted an introductory commment at www.thailandgolfzone.com
Keep up the good work.
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David Dawsey says:
Congratulations on the blog.
Feel free to check out my blog (www.Golf-Patents.com) dedicated to the intellectual property issues of the golf industry.
The IP Golf Guy
Great! A blog dedicated to fixing the worst part of my golf game! Will ensure that I subscribe to your RSS and have added you to my blogroll. Here's to 'getting up and down' more often.
I tried to get to you at your booth at the PCS conference, but the crowds were too thick.
You've talked a little about proper shaft fitting for wedges. I'd like to see your thoughts on shaft fitting for wedges relative to shaft fitting for irons -- pretty much the same flex? Softer? Stiffer.
Also, length progression -- 1/4" increments? 1/2"? Same length?
You posted two comments and asked to delete this one, because you saw the answers in another post.
I believe it's worth Terry going over again, so we'll leave this comment up.
Thanks for posting a comment.
Thanks, Dale, we were covered up at the PCS Conference -- we're talking about things that haven't gotten a lot of press or attention -- fitting wedges. Regarding proper shaft fitting for wedges, I think there are several general principles to follow: First, the weight of the wedge shaft should follow closely with the weight of the golfer's iron shafts. Our Rifle Spinner graphite is great for players who have graphite or light steel in their irons. Secondly, I think the wedges should be a half-flex softer than the irons to accommodate the short swings that are often made with wedges. With length progression, we believe in 1/4" between wedges, up to the 9 iron, and 1-2 degree flatter lies at the short end of the set. In my own set, I carry 1/4 progression all the way through the 7-8 for better shotmaking and tighter distance gaps at the scoring end. Finally, I think golfers who are fitted overlength for irons should halve that adjustment in their wedges -- in other words, 1/2" over irons should lead to 1/4" over wedges. Hope that helps.
I am intrigued by the patent you have on your V Sole wedges, I have been using Bettinardi wedges since 2001, they use Rifle spinner shafts and a solid block of soft steel, which then gets precision milled square grooves, they work for me, and I am now on my fourth set, but I do get occasional fluffs now and again, even though my h'cap is 3
I have my gap wedge ( 12 deg bounce) on the kitchen table and looked at how it sits, and I can see that the leading edge only comes to be flat on the table when my hands are very much in front of the ball ( this of course closes down the loft at the same time), I am looking at the picture of the V-Sole wedge on your website, and it looks like the hosel is straight up ( eg my hands would be in the middle of my stance and going straight up to my belt buckle, not forward), is this correct ?
If it is, are you advocating that to get maximum advantage from the V-Sole wedges you manufacture, that your hands would need to be in the middle of your stance, because that would seem to be at odds with most golf teachers in the UK.
all the best
I don't usually answer EIDOLON-specific questions here, but I think you ask a question that all could benefit from. First of all, 12 degrees of bounce is a lot for a gap wedge, unless the sole is extremely narrow. That bounce could be a problem on tight lies, which you play often in the UK. You would never be able to effectively play your hands far enough forward to make the bounce minimal. Our patented V-SOLE was engineered to allow the same wedge to work from tight lies and fluffy lies, and it does that very well. Where you play your hands only varies the efficiency of the bounce modestly, and we do recommend that you always have your hands ahead of the clubhead through impact -- by how much is determined by the shot you are trying to hit.
I hope that is clear.
Chris S. says:
Hi Terry. I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate your expert input on the game of golf.
I'd like to get your opinion on hollow body driving irons vs. traditional drivers, particularly for amateurs.
I recently started using a driving iron which has improved my scores. We all know it's tough to play par golf without hitting fairways. Recently, I shot an even par 36 using a driving iron from the white tees. By far my best round of the year.
The driving iron is harder to get the ball airborne, than a conventional driver, but is much easier to control. Now I use this club strictly off the tee. But even on mis-hits, I can still manage 200yds with the driving iron somewhere in the fairway. Rarely will I pull it left or right.
Given the choice of being only 200yds in the fairway or 270 yds in the trees, I'll take a long iron fairway shot any day.
Chris, I wrote a post a while back on the driver being the first scoring club. Every golf course everywhere is easier from the fairway. If the driving iron lets you play from the fairway, I would be the last guy to tell you not to use it. The reason is that it is shorter and easier to control. If you'd like to get more distance off the tee, and more elevated flight, try moving to a 4- or 3-wood from the tee. They are also shorter than the driver and easier to hit.
I'll even go out on a limb and say this -- Almost every golfer over about an 8 handicap (maybe lower), would probably see lower scores if they would leave the driver in the bag and hit their three wood from the tee on EVERY hole! But most of us won't even think of that for many reasons (brainwashing, ego, testosterone, etc.). So, again, here's the solution I propose you try. Play a round of golf and grip down on your driver at least 1-1/2" to 2" on every tee shot. You'll be amazed at how much straighter you hit your drives, and your distance will not go down!!!! Trust me on this. A dead center hit is 8-12% longer than a 1/2" mishit, even on these big "forgiving" drivers.
Try it and let us all know how you do.
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