Wedge shafts make a big difference

Custom Fit Your Wedges for a Sharper Short Game.

Custom fitting has become an increasing part of the equipment industry, with all
major manufacturers offering some kind of custom fitting program.  In addition, there
is a network of about 1,500 qualified custom clubmakers and clubfitters working out
of their small independent shops across the U.S. and Canada , and around the world.
More and more golfers are finding that tweaking their specs and experimenting with
different shafts can have a profound effect on their shotmaking.

But most of them totally ignore their wedges.

As a group, your wedges represent your “last best hope” of saving par and making
birdies, but how much attention have you really given them?  Almost every wedge sold
is an off-the-rack selection and over-the-counter transaction.  And you typically get
a “one-size-fits-all” shaft, probably chosen more for cost than performance.  A
little extra attention to your scoring clubs can yield big results in shaved strokes.

The reality is that no other club in the bag can benefit more from the extra
attention of custom fitting and tweaking the shaft than can your wedges.  A wedge
that is properly fitted in both lie/length specs and shaft flex can make a dramatic
improvement in any golfer’s short game.

The Importance of Shaft Choice in Your Wedges

No other clubs you carry are asked to perform at such a wide variety of swing speeds
as your wedges.  In every round, you hit shots at with all kinds of clubhead speeds,
ranging from full swings to not much more than putter speed.   This puts a unique set
of demands on the shafts.

There are two elements of shaft choice in wedges – flex and weight.  Regarding shaft
flex, your wedges should be closely matched to your irons.  If you play Regular flex
shafts in your irons, you should play a Regular Flex in your wedges.  As for weight,
if your irons have graphite shafts, you should strongly consider graphite in your
wedges as well.

But the wedge shafts are a different animal than that in all your other wedges.
Good wedge play requires a shaft that is soft enough to provide a little flexing
action at the slowest swing speeds – for head feel – but strong enough in the tip to
prevent ballooning trajectories when you make a full swing.   It may take a little
experimentation, and there are shafts on the aftermarket that are designed
specifically for wedges.  It’s worth some tinkering if you want your short game to
shine.

Custom Fitting of Your Wedges

Regardless of your shaft choice, every golfer can benefit from some custom tweaking
to his or her wedges.

First of all, take a tip from tour professionals . . . almost all of them have their
wedges set 1-2 degrees flatter than their irons.  That’s because nearly all wedge
shots are played with less than full swings, and the flatter lie promotes the “low
hands” path through impact that all good short game practitioners exhibit.  Since you
are generally flexed a little more at the knees when you play wedge shots, and taking
a shorter, slower swing, the flatter lie insures the sole of the wedge makes level
contact with the turf, so that the bounce is true.

The other consideration is length.  Even if you play your irons over standard, you
should be cautious about doing the same with your wedges.  Overlength wedges are
unwieldy.   At EIDOLON, we recommend that any golfer playing over-length irons should
keep their wedges to no more than half the over-length amount.  In other words, if
your irons are ½” over standard, play your wedges no more than ¼” over.  You’ll be
pleased with the results.

If you really want to improve your short game, make these changes to your wedges.  I
feel certain you’ll be impressed.

Terry Koehler

Comments

  1. Bill Miller says:

    I concur with your views about wedges and graphite shafts. Problem is, I’m having a difficult time finding graphite wedge shafts in .355 taper tip for my Macgregor VIP or Vokey wedges. Suggestions?

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