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Edison Golf has expanded their wedge line up to include pitching wedge and lob wedge lofts. Extremely consistent performance with high spin and slightly lower launch angles. Versatile Koehler Sole design.
Last year, the world was introduced to Edison wedges [original review HERE]. By the time I was finished testing them, they’d found their way into my bag [full WITB HERE], and Matt Meeker soon followed suit [see his bag HERE]. For 2021, Edison is expanding their wedge range to include pitching wedges and lob wedges. Matt and I tested these new offerings to see if we needed to add more Edison to our sets.
At address, the new pitching wedges and lob wedges show how the Edison wedges change through the range of lofts. The pitching wedge (above) is very iron-like: the leading edge is straighter, the toe is more square, and the heel is shorter. In contrast, the lob wedge (below) has a larger, rounder appearance: taller heel, softer leading edge, and more rounded toe.
While the Edison wedges look fairly traditional at address, in the bag they hint at being something very different. At a glance, they look more like irons than traditional wedges due to the cavity back design. Additionally, they have a fairly thin sole and a thicker top portion of the blade – the opposite of most wedges.
Sound & Feel
Solid. What stood out most to me when testing these new wedges, particularly the lob wedge, is how solid the feel is. For players that have spent much time with very high lofted wedges, you know that can be elusive, but the hit with an Edison wedge is always satisfying.
Feedback in both of these new offerings is as precise as ever. Just because it’s a cavity back doesn’t mean that your hands won’t know exactly where the ball met the face. Impact is fairly quiet, but there is some auditory difference between pure and poor strikes.
Edison wedges are not trying to be like every other wedge on the market. Their performance claims – which Matt and I have validated in our testing – are numerous: lower launch angle, more distance, increased spin, tighter dispersion. This is achieved through a combination of cavity back design and a much higher center of gravity than your average wedge. If you want more details on this, please check out the original review HERE. The rest of this section will focus on the new pitching and lob wedges.
There are four new club heads being offered by Edison – two in the pitching wedge range and two in the lob wedge range. At the lower end, there are 45 and 47 degree heads to cover lofts from 45-48 degrees. On the higher end, 61 and 63 degree heads cover lofts from 61-64 degrees.
Meeker and I both tested the Edison pitching wedge against the PW from our iron set – a Srixon ZX5 [review HERE] and PING Blueprint [review HERE], respectively. Meeker and I found similar things. In both cases, the Edison PW carried within a yard or two of the set wedge but with more spin. The other big advantage of the Edison wedge is the Koehler Sole, which I’ll get deeper into shortly. I think the real target for the Edison PW is the player currently gaming a larger GI or SGI iron. For those shots from 125 yards and in, the precision and higher spin of the Edison wedge is a big advantage.
The Edison lob wedge was a huge hit for both of us. Meeker proclaimed it, “So easy to hit,” though he noted that the Koehler Sole is so easy to open up that some players may not be able to justify a more lofted wedge. I, however, will take all the loft I can get. My new 64 degree Edison is going straight in the bag. I’ve messed with 64 degree wedges in the past, but that loft with a low CG led to very unpredictable results. With the Edison the ball flight is extremely predictable with a boatload of spin.
I want to close by reiterating how versatile the Koehler Sole is. The combination of high bounce on the leading edge with low bounce on the trailing edge prevents against digging without limiting your shotmaking. Even if you’re happy with your current wedges, this sole design makes the Edison wedges worth the risk-free demo [learn more about that HERE].
Edison wedges continue to expand their role in the bags of the Plugged In Golf staff. Their combination of predictability and performance is something I haven’t found in any other wedges. Whether you want to get a more precise PW, add a super high lofted LW, or just refresh your gap or sand wedges, you need to give Edison a try.