RORY MCILROY SECURES 20TH PGA TOUR TITLE WINNING THE CJ CUP WITH SIM2 DRIVER AND TP5X

Team TaylorMade’s Rory McIlroy becomes the 39th player to tally 20 PGA Tour wins behind a final round 66 to win THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2021) – Rory McIlroy won his 20th PGA TOUR event at THE CJ CUP with the SIM2 driver and TP5x golf ball in his bag. Rory outran a crowded leaderboard highlighted by a 35-foot eagle putt from off the green on the 14th hole on Sunday to win by one stroke.

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With the Spider X in hand, Rory led the field in strokes gained putting. This is the first time he has led strokes gained putting for the entire tournament since winning at Bay Hill in 2018. 

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NEED TO KNOW

·       At age 32, Rory becomes the seventh golfer to earn 20 PGA tour wins before age 33 joining Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

·       He is the 2nd-youngest player from outside the United States to reach 20 PGA Tour wins (Harry Cooper, 31)

·       The TP5 family filled up the top-3 on the leaderboard with Rory (TP5x), Collin Morikawa (TP5) and Rickie Fowler (TP5x Pix)

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RORY MCILROY WITB

·       SIM2 9.0° driver

·       SIM 15.0° fairway

·       SIM Max 19° hybrid

·       P730 Rors Proto 3-9

·       MG3 46°

·       MG2 TW 56° and MG2 58°

·       Spider X

·       TP5X 2021 #22

Best Wishes to Casey Martin – I Hope There’s Been Change

Casey Martin. If you’ve never heard of him he’s the former PGA TOUR player that was best known for needing to ride a golf cart. He fought with the PGA TOUR and eventually took his fight before the United States Supreme Court. Martin sued the PGA TOUR for the right to use a golf cart during competition under the Americans With Disabilities Act. He would ride a cart for one season in 2001 on the PGA Tour. There was also another situation, this time with the USGA during a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier. Currently, he is the coach of the University of Oregon Ducks Men’s Golf Team.

The reason for the battles listed above was ultimately caused by a birth defect that Martin was born with. Casey Martin was born with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome, a vascular condition that causes vein malformations, the overgrowth of bones and soft tissue, glaucoma, chronic pain resulting from complications of infections, and vein problems. In 2019, while going outside to retrieve garbage bins at night, with roadwork going on outside of his house, one unfortunate step broke his leg.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 13: Casey Martin of the United States drives a golf cart during a practice round prior to the start of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 13, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Ever since, Martin has been going through treatments in an attempt to save his right leg. For golfers, that would be the trail leg for a right-handed golfer. These treatments included injections, injections that are most commonly used on Osteoporosis patients. Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the body to become weak and brittle. Someone with this condition could have a trip and fall, bend over, or even cough which could cause a fracture of the bones. Typically, Osteoporosis causes fractures in the hip, wrist, or spine.

Unfortunately, the injections failed to work and after seeing the broken tibia (the tibia is part of the lower leg) regress, the decision was made to amputate his right leg. So, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on October 15th, surgeons amputated his leg. According to research that I’ve done, the prognosis is good. After the site heals he may be able to wear a prosthetic leg. As someone who is somewhat familiar with amputations, to get to that point will take a lot of rehab and physical therapy.

My thoughts are with Casey Martin and I hope that he heals and recovers soon. Hopefully, the golf community can do what they did after Tiger Woods’ car accident and show an outpouring of support for Martin and his family.

With well-wishes out of the way it just makes me think about the golf community at large. Upon reflection, following the infamous car accident that Tiger Woods had earlier this year, the outpouring of support shown was special. It was great to see. I’m very hopeful that the golf community, once again, will come together again over social media to do the same for Casey. Sure, he hasn’t done nearly what Tiger has, but, he’s put the spotlight on golf in a different way. He was a voice for others like him. For people like me. He stood up to the PGA TOUR and fought.

Denying him an opportunity to have a career over a stupid rule about carts, was wrong. Perhaps this is a bad take on my part, and I can live with that. I think that the rule is/was tone-deaf in the first place. For those that aided the PGA TOUR against Casey (Jack Nicklaus was said to have “reluctantly testified” against the use of carts) now knowing what happened to Casey Martin in the end, I hope that you feel good. May you never have to go through anything like that where your dream or career is taken away. To that end I have to ask. Does riding a cart offer that much of an advantage? Especially to somebody that has a bona fide, documented health problem where it effects the ability to walk a golf course?

Coach Casey Martin. He’s made the University of Oregon Ducks Men’s Team a national power. (Photo Credit: Golfweek)

Based on my personal experiences between Peripheral Artery Disease, Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy, and a constant stream of infections and Diabetic Foot Ulcers, I can relate in many ways to what Casey Martin has gone through. In 2014, I faced an amputation of the same limb. The pain is often unbearable from these health issues. There’s seemingly no relief from it, as it’s always just sort of there. Playing golf does get your mind off of it just a little bit. So, it’s good as far as mental health goes.

Riding in a golf cart to be able to play golf is often the only way that I can play. Unless I’m walking a short course or nine holes. I hate riding and I would love to be able to walk a championship course. Personally speaking, I score better when I walk. I think that riding a cart is actually detrimental other than from a fatigue standpoint. Which was the argument the PGA TOUR used during their battle. Looking at the brief of PGA TOUR INC v. Casey Martin, the PGA TOUR alleged that the use of the cart would “fundamentally alter the nature” of the tournaments. I will always contend that you don’t “feel” the golf course when you ride and not to mention that there’s an unconscious feeling of being rushed.

A few years back when I did Local Qualifying for the U.S. Open I thought about applying to the USGA for a special cart exemption. I never did apply and the reason was because of the fight that Casey Martin had. If he had to fight that hard, then what were the odds of them saying yes? Also, I didn’t want to have the stigma at the qualifier as being “the guy with the cart”. I just figured that the USGA would have declined the request. I should have applied though. My cardiac issues struck as I had a pretty serious angina episode on the 8th hole and it continued on and off until well after the round.

I sure hope that Keith is right. That hindsight will allow golf’s governing bodies to see and start to view things differently. He’s absolutely correct in his assessment of the situation. I’m so glad that the PGA TOUR Champions (Champions Tour) made it possible for their player’s to ride in events on that circuit. I can’t believe that it’s been 15 years since that decision was made.

It’s just too bad that an unwillingness to change and evolve and truly see something for what it truly was happened in the first place. All of it directly pointing in the direction of the governing bodies. As golfer’s, fans, industry professionals we’ve all seen the game get in its own way. It’s a game that, historically has been resistant to change. Hindsight is 20/20 as they say and if faced with another situation like that of Casey Martin, it would be handled much differently. And it will be, with many thanks to Casey Martin’s fight. Since diversity, accessibility, and inclusion is all of the rage these days, hopefully leadership at the top will push for change.

If there’s a silver lining to the loss of Casey Martin’s playing career, it’s that it resulted in him acting as a recruiter, mentor and a coach to many young men. He’s also developed the Oregon Ducks into a national golf power. PGA TOUR winners Aaron Wise and Wyndham Clark played under Coach Martin.

My thoughts are with Casey and his family. I sincerely hope the healing and recovery go as well as it could. Every day will get better. Hang in there Coach!

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

REVIEW – Blue Tees Golf Series 3 MAX Rangefinder

Next Generation Rangefinders

The Set-up

Many thanks go out to Blue Tees Golf and Vanessa Price from Read the Greens, Golf Media for giving me the opportunity to test and review this product.

What do you get when you take four friends that love golf, who want a rangefinder, purchase one and then a second, later replacing both because of poor quality? The answer is four friends forming a brand called “Blue Tees Golf”. Their goal is to bring golfers products (golf rangefinders) that are designed, manufactured, built and then sold at a fraction of the price of the competition.

Established in 2015, spurred on by the realization in which they thought that quality golf products were too expensive, the founders of Blue Tees Golf sought out a way to address this issue by providing golfers a cheaper alternative that was still feature-packed rangefinder that performed at a tour-level.

The Series 3 Max Golf Rangefinder with Slope is their latest creation. This is a laser rangefinder that is described as “Next Generation” with features that include…

  • Crystal Clear Display
  • Auto Ambient Display
  • Advanced Flag Lock
  • Pulse Vibration
  • Slope Switch and more.

The Series 3 MAX rangefinder offers Blue Tees’ most advanced software to date and “ultra-premium materials”, all in a next generation design. Colours available include navy, black, and most recently pink. Retailing at $279.99 USD or $328.99 CAD here’s a comprehensive look at what the golf consumer is getting.

The Transition

Admittedly, I don’t exactly have a wealth of experience using rangefinders. Prior to this testing, I had owned a Bushnell rangefinder a few years ago. That was until it had mysteriously disappeared from my golf cart to visit the restroom while playing golf in Florida. Ever since, the majority of my testing has involved GPS-type units.

So when I received the opportunity to test and review the Series 3 MAX rangefinder, I said yes. When it arrived, I wasted no time putting it to the test. I immediately went to Niagara Golf and Batting Cages and quickly recorded an unboxing video (see below) on what was a windy day. Be forewarned, there is some wind interference in the mic at the time of recording.

With the box now opened, I took time to investigate the product. Firstly, the box itself is well-done in that the branding is up front and centre. However, more importantly it’s how the rangefinder itself is packed and protected. Opening the flap on the box you find a relatively thick piece of foam/rubber protecting the hardware. The packaging nicely cradles the Series 3 MAX keeping it secured during shipping. This is a box that would have excellent rack appeal in any golf retail outlet. It’s a minor thing but, I do like the palm fronds incorporated into the logo effectively giving it a “coastal vibe”. The Series 3 MAX Rangefinder that was sent to me was the Navy Blue finish. The colour is solid with contrasting white and chrome detailing. Aesthetically speaking, the Series 3 MAX looks very much the part of a premium device.

In hand, the rangefinder fits very well. It’s rubbery texture feels good in-hand and in saying that, it also feels secure in-hand especially when it’s either raining or your hands are sweaty during the “dog days of summer”. Firing through the box you will see all of it’s contents. Included inside of the well-protected box are…

  • 1 Series 3 MAX Rangefinder
  • 1 Wrist Strap
  • 1 Waterproof Case
  • 1 Carabiner (for clipping to the bag)
  • 3 Blue Tees Golf branded CR2 Lithium batteries and
  • Paperwork

In “The Set-Up” I ran through the features that are incorporated into the device. It didn’t take me too long to see (both literally and figuratively) exactly how clear the 4K display was. Looking around at my surroundings, every object that I focused in on was clear. Impressive, seeing that I wasn’t wearing any glasses. With a slight tweak or twist of the eyepiece the image became even more clear. Reading the distances to the various targeted images was easy to read. Reading the distances on the scope was easy and clear in thanks to the display being in red. The “Auto Ambient Display” works exactly how it’s supposed to as the conditions were quite sunny one minute and then dark and dreary the next and the Series 3 MAX continued to work quickly and adjusted well to the lighting.

The speed that the Series 3 MAX Rangefinder processed the information was very quick in what seemed to be a millisecond, the information needed was in the viewfinder. As soon as the target was picked up (either a pin, sign, or tree etc.) the “Pulse Vibration” kicked into gear. A gentle vibration in the hand later and you had the crosshairs “locked-on” to your desired target.

The range isn’t a very good place to try the slope function of the Series 3 MAX so I took care of this facet of the testing on the golf course. Always remember that until further notice, the slope function is not allowed to be on during competitive rounds. Regardless, I have to admit that I love the functionality of the rangefinder reading slope. It really does help in providing quick and accurate yardages. With such an emphasis being placed on pace of play, the potential is very much there for the Series 3 MAX Rangefinder and it’s slope function to save time on the golf course. All of the guesswork is taken out of club selection. Or at least, the guesswork is mostly taken out. For example, my PW is my 130-135 yard club and any time that I got into that range, the Series 3 never lied. As a matter of fact, the information received vs my known yardages always correlated and resulted in proper club selection.

I can confirm that the rangefinder is water-resistant as it was something that I inadvertently tested during the unboxing. As it turns out, the sprinklers came on during my recording session. But, I would be able to perform better testing in this regard as I played in the rain. No ill effects were felt by the Series 3 MAX from the wet conditions. There it sat on the cart in the conditions attached by its magnetic strip. The magnetic strip itself is a cool feature, with it as you don’t have to fumble around the cart getting it out of the case and getting your information. Another small piece in the fight against slow play. Just sticking with the magnet for a second, I found the magnet is strong enough where it doesn’t loosen or fall off as you drive over bumps etc.

The waterproof hard case is excellent. But in its excellence within lies a potential issue. I don’t know if it’s the design of the case itself or a wonky zipper. I found that while opening or closing the zipper, it can be difficult as it does tend to get stuck. If this is all about keeping the case waterproof, then I totally understand the reasoning. If this is the zipper itself, my recommendation would be to source out a different zipper. Maybe, mine was an anomaly?

Speaking of anomalies. In the interest of full-disclosure I have to talk about a fluke occurrence during testing. This event took place on October 4th during a round of golf at The Pulpit Club. The day was a mixed bag of dark skies, rain, and fog. On ONE occasion I was sitting out from about 125 yards, give or take. I went to get a distance and it read 11 yards. I was puzzled, so I took another reading. Again, 11 yards. So, I powered the rangefinder down and turned it back on. Again 11 yards. It was weird. By the time I had gotten to the next tee, it was back to functioning normally. Ironically, two holes later I was talking about it with a playing partner and he informed me that his Bushnell had just done the same thing. Lighting? Reflection? When I asked VP of Sales Taylor Herber about this situation, it was one that they were unaware of. Part of an explanation can be read here…

“Being an electronic device we run into issues sometimes but not often with the unit reading incorrect distances. If this was an ongoing issue I would say we need to replace the unit. Let me know and I will reach out to the customer service team if need be.”

Taylor Herber – VP of Sales

Suffice to say, there has been no need for their customer service team to be involved as it was simply a “blip” on the radar.

The Finish

There is no doubt that the Series 3 MAX Rangefinder from Blue Tees Golf is a quality, premium product. Blue Tees Golf sought out to produce and provide quality products without a premium price tag and to this end, mission accomplished. Similarly the Bushnell Tour V5 Shift costs $100 more ($399.99 USD).

There are advantages to GPS units and/or rangefinders. So the preference really depends on personal taste. If I have the choice of the two, I am leaning all-day long towards rangefinders. No course downloads are needed (in some cases a subscription), it travels well and you just “point and shoot”. Moreover, when a measuring device also has slope you can get the whole enchilada for striking your next shot.

With ease of use, crystal clear optics, water-resistance, a high-quality weatherproof case the Series 3 MAX Rangefinder is a quality investment for your game if you’re in the market for a measuring device. I highly recommend this product.

For more information on the Series 3 MAX Rangefinder or any other Blue Tee Golf products, please Click Here.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Callaway Golf Announces NEW Epic MAX Star Family 

The Height of Ultra-Lightweight Performance”

Today Callaway Golf officially announced their new Epic MAX Star Family, which is engineered for the ultimate in lightweight performance. This new family of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons will be available nationwide on November 4th.

We’ve made a leap forward in the exclusive, ultra-lightweight, ultra-premium performance category. Our new Epic MAX Star family is substantially lighter than our standard product offerings, making them particularly suited for slow swing speed players. Each of these new clubs is precision constructed so that they are easy to swing, create more speed, and help you hit the quality golf shots that you want to see.

These ultra-lightweight components are combined with the most advanced ball speed, launch, and adjustability technologies that Callaway makes across their equipment line. It’s an elegant product family that’s replete with so many features for golfers who want to maximize distance from their swing.

Epic MAX Star Driver

More Distance For Your Swing – 52 grams lighter than the Epic MAX Driver. It’s incredibly easy to create more speed for slower swing speed players who want distance. Our new A.I.-designed Jailbreak Speed Frame is built to enhance horizontal and torsional stability to promote an increase in ball speeds across the face. Additionally, the A.I.-designed Flash Face works with the Jailbreak Speed Frame, promoting fast speeds across a more expansive area.

Our Most Forgiving Epic Star Driver – Epic MAX Star creates exceptionally high forgiveness, starting with a lighter, stronger Triaxial Carbon material that saves significant weight vs. titanium. Our engineers have redistributed that saved weight to promote high launch and more forgiveness. An additional Triaxial carbon toe patch adds draw bias while saving weight to promote a powerful shot shape.

More Control From Lightweight Titanium Slider – With a 9g adjust sliding rear weight, golfers have extensive adjustability to promote the ballflight that they want to play.

More Club Speed From An Ultra-Lightweight Construction – The ultra-premium ATTAS Speed T1100 Shaft is just 36 grams, combined with a Winn Dri-Tac Lite Grip that’s just 25 grams and a D1 swingweight.

Epic MAX Fairway Wood

Easy Speed and Easy To Launch – The lightweight design helps promote easy distance and high launch for low-to-moderate swing speed players. Callaway engineers used A.I. to design a completely new Jailbreak system that spreads and angles the Jailbreak blades. Along with stiffening the body, the new design allows the forged face cup to flex more for exceptional ball speeds.

Fast Ball Speed From A.I. Designed Flash Face SS21 – Every face is uniquely designed using advanced A.I. It’s a proven ball speed formula that puts an even greater emphasis on center and off-center ball speeds.

Our Most Forgiving Epic Star Fairway Wood – Epic MAX Star creates exceptionally high forgiveness, starting with a lighter, stronger Triaxial Carbon material that saves significant weight vs. titanium. Our engineers have redistributed that saved weight to promote high launch and more forgiveness

Precision Fitting From Adjustable Weighting – Launch and spin are tunable using 5 & 12g weights. Use the heavyweight in the rear for more forgiveness or use the heavyweight in the front for lower launch and spin.

More Club Speed From An Ultra-lightweight Shaft – An ultra-premium ATTAS Speed Shaft, combined with a Winn Dri-Tac Lite Grip, and a fixed hosel that saves additional weight.

Epic MAX Star Hybrids

High-Velocity Ball Speeds From NEW Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades – Our Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades are engineered to increase vertical stiffness near the sole of the club, creating more speed low on the face where players often mishit their hybrids. These blades allow the Face Cup to flex on the crown to promote better spin rate consistency, and the bars are spread to enhance torsional stiffness, leading to more forgiveness across the face.

Fast Ball Speed From A.I. Designed Flash Face SS21 – Every face is uniquely designed using advanced A.I. This proven ball speed design puts an even greater emphasis on center and off-center ball speeds.

High Launch, High MOI – There’s an extremely high amount of tungsten weighting in each loft, so we can lower the CG with high MOI in a more forgiving club. Our strong, lightweight Triaxial Carbon Crown also
lower the CG, for a higher launch window to complement all of the ball speed performance.

Fairway Wood Shaping For Easy Launch – Epic MAX Star provides the DNA and capabilities of a fairway wood in a hybrid. With its longer profile and deeper CG, this hybrid is remarkably easy to hit, easy to launch consistently.

Ultra-Lightweight Construction – The speed-enhancing ATTAS shaft and fixed hosel help to reduce the overall clubweight for easy speed with your swing.

Epic MAX Star Irons

The First Epic Star Irons Designed With A.I. – Our A.I. designed Flash Face Cup is in an Epic Star Iron for the first time ever. The unique Flash Face architecture in each iron creates high COR’s for fast ball speeds, and improved spin robustness for every club. This set is engineered for the distance you want to see, and better control than you’ve ever had before in a super lightweight, game-improvement offering.

Ultimate Feel – The forged 1025 mild carbon steel body and our patented urethane microspheres deliver
exceptional sound and feel at impact, while the enhanced shaping helps enhance feel through the turf.

Easy Launch Characteristics and Increased Forgiveness – Our engineers have implemented a massive Tungsten Energy Core into the Epic MAX Star Irons. The hollow body construction includes an exceptional amount of tungsten per iron, to promote easier launch characteristics while simultaneously improving forgiveness.

More Club Speed From An Ultra-Lightweight Construction – An ultra-premium ATTAS Speed Shaft, combined with a Winn Dri-Tac Lite Grip that saves additional weight.

The complete family of Epic MAX Star products is available for pre-sale on October 21st, 2021 with availability at retail on November 4th. Pricing for the Epic MAX Star is as follows.

  • Driver – $699.99
  • Fairway – $429.99
  • Hybrids and Irons – $349.99 /stick

Review – Edison Forged Wedges

Forgiveness and Consistency in a Player-Friendly Profile

The Set-Up

As intimate as the putter in your golf bag is to the individual golfer, wedges are what I would consider a very close second. While you may use the putter 25-30 times, missed greens make the wedge ultra-important. Good wedge play can salvage an otherwise rough day on the links.

Often, I’ve thought about wedges. Not necessarily mine but wedges in general. wedges can be a tricky club to master, especially in higher lofts, and I’ve wondered why wedges can’t be designed clean while offering forgiveness. Another thought that I’ve had over the years is if the majority of golfers elect to play cavity-back irons, why is it that they play a wedge with a blade-like design? Enter Edison Golf.

Terry Koehler is the Chairman/Director of Innovation for Edison Golf. Mr. Koehler has a wealth of knowledge in club design and he’s also been referred to as “The Wedge Guy”. Having been involved in the industry for four decades you might know him from other brands in the past. Past brands including Eidolon, Reid Lockhart Golf, Scor Golf, and the reboot of Ben Hogan Golf Equipment from 2014-2016 where he designed the Fort Worth irons and TK Wedges respectively. After a brief hiatus (retirement) in 2017 he started to develop what would become Edison Forged Wedges.

A key difference between Edison Golf Forged Wedges and wedges from other golf manufacturers and their designers is that Edison Golf focuses on recreational players, not paid Tour players. Which is where this story and review really take off.

Have you ever been out on the golf course, pulled out a 56* wedge and struck a ball. The head slid under the golf ball a tad and now you’re ball lands well short of your intended target. Consequently, now you have a similar shot later on in the round and that ball comes out of the rough and lands exactly how you envisioned it. What gives? The answer is in the the design.

When looking at conventional wedge design, often we have a head shape that is inspired by blades and they feature a flange above the sole of the golf club. The flange is the thick part where much of the mass is placed that helps to get the golf ball elevated out of the rough. Unfortunately, with this design there is a lack of balance in the head, meaning there isn’t much in the way of mass up higher in the head. That’s why your shots from the rough can be very inconsistent.

Conversely, when it comes to Edison Golf Forged Wedges, weight has been taken from other areas and placed higher into the head. This concept and design can be seen in the two cross-section illustrations below to help give you more of an understanding. The weight that is placed higher in the head allows the golfer to be more consistent as the strike will be consistent off of the sweet spot or higher up on the face. Also note, that because of this mass up into the top part of the face the head takes on a bit of a cavity-back personality, without turning the head into a bulky shovel.

Below are three exploded diagrams that shows two wedges (Titleist Vokey SM8 and a Cleveland Golf RTX ZIPCORE) sandwiching an Edison Forged Wedge. The Vokey has the most weight in the hosel section while the RTX ZIPCORE has the least. The weight distribution in the top and the bottom of the head is pretty much balanced. The Edison Forged Wedge on the other hand, features more weight in the top section of the head, while there is a 34-gram differential from the top of the head to the bottom. This is the genius of the design of Edison Forged Wedges and why these wedges are touted to be more consistent and simply, better.

The heads themselves are crafted and forged from 1025 Carbon Steel and typically come in a swing weight of D2-D4. The “Koehler Sole” is unique as it features two distinct bounce angles, something that other brands do not do. “The main rear portion of the sole has a low bounce so it can handle tight lies, firm turf and shallow swing paths.  But the leading portion of the sole has a high bounce so that the same wedge can handle softer lies and steeper swings”. For example, a 57° features bounce angles of 30° along the leading edge and 3° towards the rear.

The Transition

Before continuing, I feel that I should extend many thanks to Mr. Koehler whom I spoke with personally in arranging this review opportunity. Terry, thank you!

Through our conversations, we determined what I would be testing. Initially, I thought that it was going to be one wedge, so I was surprised when I received a set of three to review. The wedges that I received were 49°, 53°, and 57° respectively. While Edison Wedges have the option of being custom-built with either the KBS Tour 120 or KBS Tour 105, I elected to go with the KBS TGI 80 in Regular flex. Dating back to my days of being on Titleist Staff and being fir there, I always play a flex less in my wedges. The Mid-Size grip was worked up with two additional wraps, and my lie angle was set to 2° Flat.

Aesthetics – In a word, the Edison Forged Wedges are what I would describe as being clean. Examining the head during the unboxing, I really appreciated the simple elegance. The satin chrome head with a smattering of classic red and black paintfill. On the hosel, I love the inclusion of Mr. Koehler’s signature being present. I really admired the face with it’s CNC-milling from toe to heel. The higher lofts features an “X Pattern” between the grooves. From the address position it’s a wedge that is very easy to look down upon. You feel really good over them.

Feel -If you’ve struck golf balls with a forged iron or wedge, you know that it’s nearly a given that the feel will be “buttery” as cliché as it is. Well, seeing that these wedges are forged from 1025 Carbon Steel these wedges feel soft. The golf ball feels smooth off of the face whether it’s a full swing from the fairway or a greenside chip. It is said that there’s no discernible difference between a cast wedge head and a forged one. I beg to differ. The Edison Forged Wedges feel great.

Performance – This is what matters right. A club can look great, or feel great but if the performance is less than adequate, then what difference does it make?

These wedges are true performers that truly produce as advertised. One of my first conclusions dating back to the winter while we were in lockdown is that from lies that I described up above the consistency of these wedges was undeniable. Strikes towards the top of the face were just as good as strikes off of the sweet spot. Moreover, as easy as it was to elevate the golf ball and the ball did have a nice apex, I found that the trajectory flattened out a little bit more than you might expect. Again, this is a by-product of the design. As the season has wore on and as I’ve played golf and had several range sessions with the Edison Forged Wedges it’s become more apparent that they are everything that they are said to be when it comes to forgiveness and consistency. Part of the consistency is also aided by great gap control. The lofts all have a separation of 4°.

The spin is very good with the Edison Golf Forged Wedges. Bear in mind that your choice of golf ball can play a significant role in this facet of the performance. Generally speaking, this season I’ve played with a variety of golf balls. Sometimes it’s been the Srixon Q Star Tour DIVIDE, Wilson Staff DUO Optix, TaylorMade Tour Response, Soft Response, TP5 and TP5x. Last but not least the Titleist Pro V1 has also been included in the testing. Greenside spin has proven to be very good throughout the testing no matter the green conditions. You might expect more rollout with a DUO but it was still very admirable. With other models of golf ball it gets a little better yet.

Pitches and approaches from the fairway are rewarded with plenty of spin and stopping power whether the golf ball was a 2-piece distance ball or a tour-level golf ball. From the rough there is less spin than from a fairway but the spin is still quite high.

The Finish

Terry Koehler IS “The Wedge Guy” and for a very good reason. Nobody has researched wedge design and recreational golfers as much as Mr. Koehler. The design of these Edison Forged Wedges are the first true breakthrough in wedge design over the last 50 or so years. While all of the R&D across the industry has been focused on driver, metalwoods, and irons it’s the wedge that needs more focus. Mr. Koehler has addressed this.

The Edison Forged Wedges are true performers that perform just like they’re described. At Edison Golf there is no marketing hype or fluff, just tested results. I highly recommend Edison Golf Forged Wedges.

If you’re interested in learning more about Edison Golf Forged Wedges, please click here.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee