Are Your Wedges Giving You The Shaft?
As you may know, EIDOLON makes a big deal out of shaft options on our V-SOLE wedges. That’s because every other brand out there apparently thinks it’s OK to just give the same shaft to everyone (is there poetic justice there?). Every Titleist®, Cleveland® and other major brand wedge comes with a Dynamic Gold® “wedge flex” shaft, a design that was engineered over 30 years ago, is very heavy by today’s standards (130 grams) and from our testing, is what we believe is much too stiff to be right for the average golfer.

But it makes production easy if you put the same shaft in every wedge, and major brand wedges are sold as “one size fits all” commodities off the rack at the local golf shop. Using the same shaft makes it easy for the big companies to sell wedges in quantity to the stores. And the fact is, they can buy this “off number” shaft at very preferred pricing.

But is that what’s best for your scoring? Think about what you ask your wedge shaft to do. It has to perform at full swing speeds when you are hitting full shots. But it also has to perform on the most delicate little chips and pitches when clubhead speed might be 10 miles per hour or less. That’s a tall order. For a club to perform at those low speeds, the shaft has to still flex a little, to give what’s called “motion feedback”. That is the quantity of “feel” that you get from the club so that you can gauge how far back you took it, how fast it is moving, and the orientation of the face. You have to have this to build a good short game. But if the shaft is too soft, it will produce ballooning trajectories and loss of control at full swing speeds.

The other aspect of shafts that I’m very strong on is the overall weight. With more and more golfers playing graphite or light steel shafts in their irons, carrying wedges with this heavy and stiff shaft creates a huge “disconnect”. If the shaft in your short irons and pitching wedge weighs less than your wedges by a full ounce or more, it totally prevents what I call a “seamless transition” in your scoring clubs. That also can’t be good for your touch and feel.

But the good news is that you have options. At EIDOLON, we custom build each wedge to order for our customers, and offer them either the premium Rifle® Spinner® or our own SCoR™ graphite shaft, which was engineered specifically for wedge performance. Both are available in Firm and Regular flexes, and the SCoR™ is also available in a flex for Ladies and Seniors. I don’t know of any other company that offers this selection – especially at no extra charge.

But you can also have your wedges re-shafted to more closely duplicate the feel and balance of your irons. Any qualified clubmaker can measure the weight and flex frequency of your short irons and retrofit your wedges with the same or similar shaft to ensure a seamless transition in weight and performance.

If you have any frustrations with your short game, this may be a great place to start searching for a solution.
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scottland says:
Good points. The typical 'wedge flex' usually s200(titleist) or s400 TTDG shafts aren't for everyone. Personally I play heavy shafts in my irons (130grams) so the s200 shaft fits me quite nicely. But yes, it would be nice if OEMs gave more shaft options in wedges.
8/7/09
 
bducharm says:
I actually had Project X shafts put in my wedges when I ordered them. I would like to try your wedges but I just don't have the cash right now.
8/7/09
 
cmuidiot says:
So that's why I can't chip. I knew it wasn't me :)
8/7/09
 
twood says:
it's always the equipment's fault
8/8/09
 
onedollarwed says:
For the fisherfolk out there...
Think of the feel in a light rod vs. heavy for capturing every twitch of the lure, and nibble of the fish. But are you asking us to go for the shaft which feels best? Or is there some obvious improvement when you get the shaft which feels the best?
Or... are you saying that you can make a shaft which is lighter with the same stiffness?
Or... most golfers just need a shaft which is closer in weight to their other irons - implying that their other irons have optimal shafts for them?
Ok... you need a shaft which most closely fits you game and gives you maximum feel?
Wait... the ideal shaft matches your swing speed in terms of overall stiffness, but could be made lighter or heavier to blend in with your irons, or could be less stiff if you're not into hitting your wedges too hard, but the main thing is that one shaft will not be right for everyone, and you'll know it when you try it?
8/9/09
 
Tim Horan says:
I had heavier shafts put in my Kane wedges to replicate the feel that I got from my Titleist Vokeys. I like the feel of a wedge that is overall heavier. It gives me greater feel and discourages me from getting too wristy. I didn't get that gap from 9 iron (90g shaft) to PW (130g) that Terry calls the "disconnect". I have recently gone back to my MP33s with S400 shafts and last year bought Eidolon 48,52,56 and 60 degree wedges with the Rifle Spinner shaft. This is just as much a mis-match (9i to wedge) but the Spinner performs far better throughout the swing speed range. The higher the swing speed the more stable they feel and at low speeds you still don't get the broom handle stiffness I experienced with the DG wedge shaft.
8/11/09
 
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