Thoughts As We Leave 2011
For the past four years and almost 500 articles, I have not taken a week off, but I’m going to, finally. This will be my last post of 2011, and I’ll see you all on Tuesday, January 3 with the first of 2012’s WedgeGuy posts.
This has been as interesting a year in golf as I’ve seen in a long time. We saw the near-takeover of the metal wood market by the color white (who’da thunk it?). The media wrote almost weekly about Tiger Woods, even though he rarely played, much less put himself in the heat of the battle (will they ever give us a break?). Rory McIlroy folded in the Masters and then dominated in the Open (kudos Rory!). Long putters made a splash on the scene and are heralded as the next tidal wave in clubs that will change the game (we’ve heard that before). And as always, dozens of “greatest thing since sliced bread” product introductions were made in the Spring (most won’t last into 2012, when they’ll be replaced by the next “greatest thing since sliced bread.”)
And maybe my favorite story of the year – Luke Donald. This smallish scrapper has proven that you don’t have to bomb 300+ yard drives to win out there. That solid mechanics and a formidable short game will win over brute strength regularly. His putting stats are staggering as well. This guy is solid, and I’m betting he’s going to follow up 2011 with an equally awesome 2012 . . . unless he gets it in his head that he has to hit it longer and screws the whole thing up.
Wait, that wasn’t my favorite story of 2011. My personal favorite is the one we’re writing right here at this upstart short game company – SCOR Golf. We’ve challenged decades of “conventional wisdom” in wedges and irons and are winning the comparison most every time. Beginning three years ago, we asked some questions that no one seemed to be asking. Like . . .
“Why should all your wedges look alike, regardless of loft?” The 12 degree difference between a 48 and 60 is the same as that between a driver and five iron. Hmmmmm.The result of that three years of design, development, testing, re-design and finally, production, is a remarkable approach to the short end of the set which is proving to have the impact there that hybrids have had on the long end.
Please forgive me for bragging a bit, but SCOR4161 wedges and short irons are promising to have the same impact as hybrids. The golfers who try them are telling us they make an immediate difference in their short range performance, so we’re dang proud of that. Not many companies will antiquate their own products because their new work is just that good. But we have. The old EIDOLON V-SOLE wedges have been finally outdone. And at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s eve, the EIDOLON website will come down for good.
2012 is the year of SCOR Golf and SCOR4161 wedges and short irons. We hope to see them make their way into your bags, and help all of you cut some more strokes off your handicaps this year.
Thanks for reading, writing in and sharing your viewpoints with me here. Let’s have a great 2012 together. See you on January 3!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Has SCOR broken into the big leagues yet? I am sure it is only a matter of time, but the Big Boy Tour seems a tough nut to crack ...
i wonder when the big guys will start to catch on to the fact that the short game is where most amateurs can save strokes and get off the hit it farther longer bull. congrats on a great year Wedge guy!
Awesome news!!! So how much are the left over Eidolon heads go to fire sale for? :)
Ill take 2 dozen please
theghost25: Please contact our sales department at 877-726-7670 and they can take care of you today!
I am seriously contemplating updating all of irons. And yours are on the list... But I will probably wait til after christmas.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I'm with CVargo; 2012 seems like a great time to replace my Hogan Edge short-irons with some clubs manufactured during *this* century. The SCOR wedges and irons seem to me to be the best way to go.
Hey Terry. Interesting thoughts on the wedges.
On the Reid Lockhart Irons, were just the RL stamped models forged or the models with Reid Lockhart name in back forged as well?
Great looking clubs. Really short in higher lofts. Quad bounce longer.
Thanks and happy new year.
Actually, neither of the Reid Lockhart blades were forged. Both iterations of that classic iron were cast of mild 431 SS then annealed to a softer Rockwell hardness. I have played them since I designed them in 1997. The shortness in the higher lofts is nothing I ever experienced, but if you have a set that was built after I sold my interest in the company, I don't know what you have there. I'd be happy to help if you want to contact me directly via the Ask Terry link below.
Hey Terry, Ive been playing your original Reid Lockhart blades for years now and love them. I wanted to ask you for any info about the Reid Lockhart putters from the late 90's. I ve been keeping my eyes open on ebay and would love to add more Reid Lockhart clubs to my bag. Thanks terry
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