What's On Your Mind?
From your recent comments, it is apparent to me that I might have gotten misdirected in my weekly writing. If so, I apologize. This is like having a one-way conversation sometimes, as I face the challenge every Friday of coming up with a topic that I hope the majority of you will find interesting. Apparently, I miss sometimes.

If this column too often sounds like an advertisement for SCOR, I also apologize. But this company and this product are my only "children," and most parents I know seem to go on and on about their kids' accomplishments. I plead guilty as charged.

At SCOR Golf, we have information for you that you won't get elsewhere. No, Iron Byron does not hit golf shots. He's never played a round in his life. Can't hit a soft chip or delicate pitch. Can't read greens. Can't be imaginative. In fact, he can't even walk.

But what Iron Byron does do is remove all the human elements and tell us exactly what a golf ball does from impact with a club. And he's shown us the technical reason why you hit so many "wedge" shots that come up short. And why current thin-face short irons deliver such disparate distance results from impacts around the center of the face.

It's not my fault that the SCOR technologies reduce dispersion patterns by 73 to 94% over conventional "wedges" and high-tech, thin-face short irons...

Oh wait, yes it is. I have observed these shortcomings of "wedges" and high-tech short irons for years. I digested Dave Pelz's research on the miss patterns of tour pros, which proves that distance control is the culprit with the high-loft clubs. I have talked with and observed hundreds of golfers. And I led this little potential revolution. And I won't apologize. Because I know what we do will improve the scoring of every golfer who lets us help him or her.

If you don't want to at least try them, that is certainly your prerogative, but I won't apologize for changing the high-loft clubs, no more than Karsten Solheim should have apologized for the Anser©, Ely Callaway should have apologized for Big Bertha©, or Barney Adams should apologize for Tight Lies©, or... well, you get the idea.

But my goal here for the past eight years has been to respond to what people are asking — the subjects on which you want to have me lend my 35 years of golf industry experience. And I still have that mission and goal. But in the absence of questions, I have to come up with my own. I sure would like for the bunch of you to allow me to be responsive here, rather than pro-active.

So, today's column is my plea for participation.

What do you want me to write about? What subjects interest you? What burning questions do you have for an open-to-share industry insider?

Just let me know and I'll dive right in.
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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jasonfish11 says:
Que slimpks1850's question.
2/14/14
 
jasonfish11 says:
Article on the art of the follow through would he nicely ironic.
2/14/14
 
GolfSmith7 says:
Terry talk about your baby all you want, I understand. As far as questions here is one. Who would be your top short game books you've read that you can recommend and why?
2/14/14
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
I second GolfSmith7's motion. A wise man once said that if you want to know something about a person, don't ask what he/she reads — ask what he/she re-reads.
2/14/14
 
slimpks1850 says:
www.oobgolf.com/content/the+wedge+guy/golf+talk/

Who won?
2/14/14
 
birdieXris says:
Love me some eidolon wedges. I don't mind the advertisement, just trying to save up for a set of the new Scor's.
2/14/14
 
mschad says:
Have always enjoyed your columns.

As for a topic; What effect does the width of your stance have on your pitch/chip shots.
2/14/14
 
jpjeffery says:
OK, I'd like to know what you think about using a stroke and stance that resembles that you'd use for putting but for chip shots. It works for me (less risk and the bad shots are far less damaging).
2/14/14
 
snuffyword says:
What are the advantages/disadvantages of hitting a full wedge shot vs. a half-pitch shot with a short iron (8/9 iron) into the green? There is a great emphasis on feel when it comes to the short game. Can being too mechanical be a detriment in a short game?
2/14/14
 
Mr_X says:
A plea for participation goes both ways. WG, you asked asked us for input as to why we play this great/challenging/aggravating game over 3 months ago. We responded in spades. I think you owe us an answer to slimpks1850's question.
2/14/14
 
Mr_X says:
In response to your question "What do you want me to write about?" I re-submit a question I sent a couple years ago.

"My topic request is about ongoing practice. The popular advice is to not work on your swing before or during a round. Our time at the range and practice green before a game should just be to warm up and observe the swing tendencies and conditions of the day. We should try to get into the groove - not redefine the groove! That leaves us with post round practice and off days at the range to practice. Another mantra in golf is we should only work on one specific aspect of the game at a time.
2/14/14
 
Mr_X says:
I do enjoy working on my game, but often find myself working on everything on any given day: sand, putting, long game, shot shape, etc. I am not getting the level of improvement I hope for. I never had the benefit of a golf coach or structured practice. The lessons I have had had been limited to full swing only. I am hoping to find a routine I can slowly work though to make sure all of the shots in my bag in good working order. Can you recommend a schedule of maybe 4 - 6, 60 minute practice sessions we could work on over the course of a month. And with each, if you could give us some ideas for drills and performance benchmarks you like? I know a little more structure to my practice time would yield better results!"
2/14/14
 
jasonfish11 says:
Can you comment on your feeling about where honor and integrity in the game of golf. Do these traits end at the 18th green or continue between rounds?
2/14/14
 
TRad says:
I have a simple question - probably with not so simple answer.

What are the differences between SCOR wedges and other wedges? OK, they are great, but why? Which design elements make SCOR wedges superior?
2/14/14
 
jfurr says:
What is the actual purpose of grooves on an iron/wedge?

I have read to "create spin" but I have also read that it is to remove moisture from grass between the ball and the club face when hitting from rough. I have read that a groove-less wedge, when struck properly from a pure lie would produce the most spin. True or not?

And if the grooves don't really create spin, follow up question: why did the USGA *really* enact the groove change rule?
2/14/14
 
GBogey says:
Since we hear what the big companies do wrong, what do they do right?

also, how would you advise you to go about selecting a wedge?
2/14/14
 
slimpks1850 says:
Unbelievable.
2/15/14
 
jasonfish11 says:
To be fair. I've been very critical of terry from his old nagging about how bad tour players are with wedges to his apparent back peddle from his offer slimpks keeps asking about. The later of which really disgusts me give oob allows him this free advertising. If I were oob I'd pull his article.

But this is his company and this is the internet. We all as readers should know he is going to be biased and salesy. Would most of us sound differently? I know I would probably come off biased and salesy if I were in his shoes.
2/15/14
 
Shallowface says:
Slimpks and all, Terry answered the question about the contest winner. Look toward the end of the responses in his previous (Hogan) column.
2/16/14
 
SpaceMaNy0 says:
I want to know why a guy who goes by the moniker 'The Wedge Guy' keeps "quoting" the word "wedge." If they're not "wedge"s use the correct term for what they are!
2/16/14
 
DougE says:
Scor irons have proven to be different. I believe the thinking of moving up the CoG on higher lofted wedges has some merit. Their dispersion rate is better than most when used by a robot. Okay, great. We get all that. I realize screaming it from the mountain tops is your job. But not in editorial articles about various aspects of the (usually short) game. When you read an article in Golf Magazine or Golf Digest, et al, by any expert in the field, the equipment brand that they believe is best is not blatantly stated throughout the article. That is my biggest issue with reading your articles. At the end of an article, a simple bio of who you are and what you sell along with a link to the SCOR site is sufficient. If we want to read about how SCOR is different than most other brands, we are smart enough to click on the link for more info. Forcing SCOR on us throughout every article you write is just not a good approach. Your articles are supposed to be editorials, not advertisements.....
2/17/14
 
DougE says:
....As far as SCOR irons go, I believe they are good clubs, built by knowledgeable craftsmen who take pride in their work. The fact that they have even been compared with Titleist and Cleveland wedges is a huge accomplishment.

That said, you have some rather large marketing challenges ahead of you, not the least of which is that they are more expensive than a Titleist Vokey or forged AP2, played by some of the most respected pros out there. You need to get your clubs in their hands and prove to THEM the difference. But you already know that.

If you want to sell me wedges/short irons, and can't afford traditional marketing/advertising channels, then Gorilla marketing is a good approach for a small company. However, screaming your message in self-written 'editorial' articles verges on spam. I stop reading when the self-serving message is clear......
2/17/14
 
DougE says:
So what do I want you to write about? I don't care as long as it's written as an editorial, not an advertorial. Write about your experiences playing the game throughout your time around the game. Write about things we can all relate to or things we might all be interested to hear about. Write about your experiences with some of the greats you've met and even played with. Even write about things of which you may be considered an authority. Club making, shafts, bunker play, whatever, just leave the word SCOR out. That's what I want.
2/17/14
 
jasonfish11 says:
Terry,
Given your comments at the end of your prior article. I need to offer you an apology. If you really did just forget about the offer and get too busy I shouldn't be questioning your integrity and I apologize for that. I just hope you see how it appeared in these articles that you were trying to avaid the answer and back out of your offer. If that isn't the case then I hope you accept my appology.
2/17/14
 
Duke of Hazards says:
I'm interested in you talking a little bit more on 'high face contact'. SCOR's focus in differentiating themselves from other companies seems to be largely to do with distance control and SCOR clubs' design having more material higher in the face.

What are the specific factors or swing tendencies that contribute to either amateurs or pros hitting it too high on the clubface causing loss in wedge distance?
2/17/14
 
SpaceMaNy0 says:
"Watch for the winners announcement on Monday."

Welcome to Tuesday. What a joke.
2/18/14
 
slimpks1850 says:
Shallowface - thanks for pointing that out. I hadn't seen his response yet. He's also doing the right thing & adding a second winner. Good to hear.
2/18/14
 
DougE says:
So, I'm confused. Do we have a winner (or winners) and if so who is it? Where and when was it announced? SpaceMaNy0 suggests that we don't, yet slimpks1850 suggests that maybe we have two.

BTW, over on MyGolfSpy.com they are giving out (or maybe already gave out) 5 sets of SCOR irons for a thorough testing and review by 5 members.
2/18/14
 
slimpks1850 says:
No winners yet (as far as I know). His comment from the 2/7 article is copied in below.
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To all,

I apologize for the mistake that has kept the winner from being announced. We will do that this next week, I promise. aAnd we will add a second prize of a matched set of three as an apology. Watch for the winners announcement on Monday. It just fell through the cracks with all that we have going on here. It's crazy in SCOR world.
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2/18/14
 
onedollarwed says:
Seems to me you can't really find much good information anywhere. Most golf "articles" are basically ads, and anyone publishing basically has to focus on the latest and greatest equipment, tricks, personalities, courses, destinations, etc. in order to survive. However, this column has served as one of the most informative forums that I've ever come across! It's not just because of Terry, but because of all of you guys (and gals). Terry NEVER hid the fact in any way that he made and sold his own clubs. Once I chided him for suggesting that the "solution to anybody's problem was to buy his clubs," when in fact it's a combination of ability, love for the game, practice, study, science, practice, AND equipment.
2/18/14
 
onedollarwed says:
A quick check has me responding to this column at least back in '09 if not earlier. There are some excellent exchanges, and tons of depth and breadth over the years. Now I am also a craftsman, with art, construction, furniture, musical instruments, tools, cabinetry, fishing gear, etc. In many instances I can explain to you why my product is superior - like a how a guitar with heavier strings, increased angle over the bridge, a custom neck angle, custom-tuned bracing, and a Strad finish will give you superior tone in say 30-300 years, but it would be hard to play for most people, and not cheap. I routinely have to sell my products and services. In the end, people will want a) the cheapest, b) give me the best I don't care about the cost, or c) the best for my budget. I think Terry used to produce mostly "c" but now offers more of "b." But I don't think he ever intended to produce "a" because there is so much of that already out there.
As for discussions of metallurgy, shaft orientation and dynamics...
2/18/14
 
onedollarwed says:
...club specs and construction, technique, fundamentals, etc, I don't think you could do much better. I've had a few major breakthroughs since '09 and they have come with the aid of this column: grip re-assessment, "bounce," the true ballflight laws, and a basic sand set up for somebody who is rarely in the sand. The first (grip) came from going through Hogan's 5 lesson in winter in a dome, the second (bounce) through a thorough discussion of the topic by Terry and others (relating to my variety of Vokeys), the third (ballflight laws), I think posted from another reader, and the fourth (sand) from Terry in a private response (and it works!).
I finally bought Eidolon's when the groove changes came in and the old clubs went on sale. I love the clubs (custom matched and blended to my Mizunos, stiff, steel, both in loft and in length) for that and for the "uniform compound bounce," which has eliminated the complex bounce/loft calculus I used to do with Titleist.
2/18/14
 
onedollarwed says:
Some of longtime readers/writers did sense things change a while back, when the new SCOR branding was rolled out. Terry and his mates had a point to prove, and proof to present. We jokingly suggested that Terry had been kidnapped and replaced by a corporate drone, or and IRON BYRON BLOGGER. We missed the colloquial soliloquies, the personal touch (with all the warts), and Terry's endless search for topics, or reprints, etc. No big deal. Anyone who ever had to produce writing every week understands. But since then there has been a more consistent drum beat, repetitious, louder, and yes more sale-sy than before. It seems things were taking off for SCOR and that was good, I guess. Scor sent me and others trial clubs (which I had to return), and I was very impressed (sold you might say) even though the club wasn't completely matched or blended. I talked at length on the phone with his main guy (yes humans pick up the phone, and don't mind talking), and he explained the improved and yes, more expensive materials.
2/18/14
 
onedollarwed says:
So I wouldn't expect Terry the craftsman to not tout his product as superior because that is what he is trying to make, not a cheaper club, not a prettier club. And he spends time on the important aspects of golf. In reality golf can be very cheap - with replacement of equipment only every two decades or so. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Terry's moralizing (rarely), but no big deal. I know that he's a visionary, a soul searcher, and a seeker. I'm glad he's making the clubs and not me. He's a decent golfer who idolizes the fundamentals (what a relief), who really isn't selling gimmicks - otherwise there'd be a silly ad for useless swing aids in every blog. I admire his "aw-shucks" Texas candor, his revelations about the yips, and his restraint at responding to every imbecile (including me at my worst). I reassured to know that he's out there playing like the rest of us and experiencing that sweet suffering of golf. If his clubs help you, great. We all know it's only a fraction of the whole game. How big?
2/18/14
 
onedollarwed says:
Anyway, it's you guys, us guys, we guys and gals that make this column good or bad. We are all one golfer! We share all of the pain and the party. I fix your ball marks and you replace my divots. I teach your son etiquette, you teach my daughter grit. Play it as it lies, take dead aim, and keep it classy San Jose!
2/18/14
 
Duke of Hazards says:
...... slow clap ?
2/18/14
 
Jattruia says:
Slow clap indeed...
2/19/14
 
onedollarwed says:
You can by my book of sermons at the following link... www.!@#$%^&*()_+.com just kidding!
2/19/14
 
wedgeguy says:
Thanks for the input guys. We did announce the winner this week. It was "Shallowface", so please contact us directly to claim your set. Please ask for Brad to get your set. I was not informed who the second winner was, but will have that posted later today on this column.
Thanks also for all the insight into what you want, so I'm off to the races to try to be responsive.

Look for today's post from these suggestions . . .
2/21/14
 
jrbizzle says:
Thanks for the update Terry. I'm sure many of us will be eagerly anticipating the second winner - we're not out of the race yet!!
2/21/14
 
SCOR Precision says:
"Dottomm" is the second winner in the "A Pair of Scoring Clubs For Your Thoughts" giveaway. Congrats, and knock it close!
2/21/14
 
Albatross says:
I have a two part question: (1)How do you really know when new wedges are needed? Face wear doesn't really tell the story. Do trajectory changes say something also? How do we tell? and (2) I have a set of Terry's original wedges before SCOR wedges. What is the difference and is it fair to assume I can substitute new SCOR wedges easily?
7/11/15
 
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