Wedge Shafts - The Reality
My trip to Florida the past two weeks began with me teaching a 3-day PCS School on WedgeFitting.

This was a comprehensive course for professional clubfitters and clubmakers that covered all aspects of wedges, from general definitions and discussions of bounce, spin, etc., to fitting, building and selling quality wedges to their golfers.

I’ll be sharing more from this course, but today’s topic is the most overlooked component of wedges by the major manufacturers – THE SHAFT !!!

A common saying in golf is that “the shaft is the engine of the golf club”, and I don’t have to tell you how noisy the market is for high-tech graphite and even steel shafts. You can spend up to $1,000 and more for the hottest new driver shaft today.

Shafts have been specifically developed for fairway woods, hybrids, irons and putters.

So why is it that the major brands all still make ONE shaft available in their wedges ? And that one offering is a 25-year-old steel shaft that weighs a ton ? And that shaft is available in a one-size/one-flex-fits-all offering from the two brands that dominate the market, and all their followers ?

This makes no sense at all to me. And it gets worse.

One of the exercises in the class was to go out and test 12 wedges from different manufacturers to gauge performance in real conditions. When we got back from testing, we measured the technical specifications of each wedge tested.

Here was the overwhelmingly telling result of that testing:

Every wedge from ever major brand was fitted with a True Temper® Dynamic Gold® shaft marked “Wedge” flex. On the frequency scale, all those shafts fell between 7.0 and 7.5, which is a “Super X” – off the charts !!!!

In other words, they are so stiff, there’s no way they could offer any quality feel at all.

And you're stuck with them.

In contrast, the EIDOLON wedges, with our Rifle® Spinner® shafts in much softer flexes, rated much higher than all the others in the feel category, as well as trajectory control, and spin.

But in fairness, two others rated better in feel than the top offering from the major brands. Both were “store-grade” wedges with much softer shafts !

The moral of this story is that off-the-shelf wedges – even from the major brands – have shafts that are way too stiff and heavy to provide optimum feel. Your only option is to demand something different or have your favorite wedges reshafted with something softer.

You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your scoring.
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Mike says:
Hey Terry,

Before I got EIDOLON wedges, I always had my wedges reshafted with TT Dynalite's in an R flex, because the majority of wedge shots I hit are way less than a full swing and the soft flex gave me a lot of feedback and feel on short pitched around the greens.
1/22/08
 
Steve Wozeniak PGA says:
Thanks Terry,

Can you say EYE OPENING!!!!

Steve Wozeniak PGA
www.stevewozeniak.com
1/22/08
 
Ralph Brittain says:
Hi Tery. Enjoyed hearing you on XM with Peter this morning. After 50 years of playing what you say about wedges may indeed be correct. At age 62 my swing has slowed however I am hitting the ball further (index 7.9) due to a great shaft doctor. I even chip with these "Infinity" heads initially to my dislike since the shafts were graphite and not steel. This past weekend I purchased two new Cleveland C12 wedges because I wanted something with a little more bite. In the store I chipped with them for over an hour (Martin's in Myrtle Beach, SC) at their chipping facility...short chips of 15 to 20 feet with a lot of "check". When I played with them I was disappointed as I had to swing harder than my graphite flex wedges which cost me accuracy. I have the following wedges: 60, 56, Gap, Pitching and the 54 Cleveland. I did not use the 60 degree Cleveland...so $$$ wasted. I will probably take the Clevelands to my shaft doctor and put in the same flex shafts that are in my other irons. Before I do that I will check your web site out further. By the way most of my golf buddies (single digit guys) have always espoused that "stiff" shafts in your scoring irons would provide more accuracy than more flexible shafts. Your wedges and technology may dispute that as I will read more about your irons. Thanks for the program today.
4/4/08
 
Fredback says:
Terry,
How will we know what shaft is right for our wedges?
4/7/08
 
new2golf says:
I've been considering re-shafting my 56 and 60 since you published this.
4/8/08
 
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