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The Edison Golf wedges are designed to combat the problems with most wedges – inconsistent ball speed, inadequate spin, too-high launch. Very consistent performance. Great sole design.
It seems fair to say that Terry Koehler is obsessed with the short game. After decades of experience designing golf clubs – including wedges for SCOR [review HERE], EIDOLON, and Ben Hogan Golf – Mr. Koehler has turned his attention to a new venture, Edison Golf. If another company were to claim to have solved all the problems with wedges, I might roll my eyes. When Terry Koehler said it, I asked, “When can I get a set to test?”
In the bag, Edison wedges don’t look like most wedges on the shelf at your local golf shop. First, they have a small cavity back. Cavity back wedges are gaining some momentum, but they’re still far from the norm. Second, they don’t have the giant sole and skinny blade – Edison’s forged wedges look more like irons. Regardless of what you think of the shape, the minimal branding and timeless color combination are aesthetically pleasing.
At address, Edison wedges have a more conventional appearance. The shape of the toe transforms slightly through the lofts – the lower lofted wedges are more iron-like, the higher lofted wedges are rounder. Throughout the set, the leading edge is rounded, and the face is smaller than other wedges due to the shorter heel. When held next to another wedge, the short heel makes the Edison wedges look more iron-like.
Sound & Feel
Despite the unconventional approach to designing it, the Edison wedge’s sound and feel fall right in the middle of the bell curve. A good strike generates a feel that’s more crisp than buttery though the sound is too gentle to be a “click.”
The feedback is very precise. I didn’t hit a single shot that felt bad, but every small improvement in strike quality was met with a softer feel and a quieter impact sound. If you’re paying attention, the Edison wedge will tell you everything you want to know about the precision of your swing.
The Edison Golf website has a lot of information to digest, but this page distills their claims nicely: lower launch angle, more distance, increased spin, tighter dispersion. Not a bad list at all, and one I was eager to test.
I started testing the Edison wedges on the range next to my current gamers. To my eye, the stock ball flight looked lower with the Edison wedges and seemed to carry less spin. This was with range balls, so I wasn’t making any definitive judgments yet. I also noted that I was able to modify trajectory more easily with the Edison wedges.
Next, I went to the launch monitor and ran the Edison wedges against a series of big name wedges. On pure strikes, Edison went toe to toe with the best wedges. Ball speed was excellent and the spin was very high. I saw no large differences in launch angle on good strikes, but keep in mind that I hit everything fairly low. Players with higher ball flights may see the Edison wedges fly lower than other wedges.
Where the Edison wedges shine is on mishits. Compared to other wedges, they retain more ball speed, launch at a more consistent angle, and fly a more consistent distance. In short, the Edison wedges are every bit as good as any other wedge on a pure strike, and they’re better on mishits. That’s a pretty compelling combination.
The other thing that’s important to discuss is the Koehler Sole. This is similar to what SCOR and other companies call a V-Sole where the leading portion of the sole has high bounce and the trailing portion has low bounce. The goal is to give golfers the best of both worlds – versatility and protection from digging. The ability to pinch the ball off tie lies and deal with soft, fluffy sand.
This design has been in use – by Koehler and many others – for over 30 years, so it came as no surprise when it delivered just what it promised. Even off a mat, I could lay the face wide open and slide the wedge under the ball. On juicy lies, the high bounce leading edge actively worked the club out of the turf. While I would never diminish the importance of a personalized fitting, this sole is as close to a one-size-fits-all option as I’ve seen.
If you want your bad wedge shots to perform more like your good ones, you need to check out Edison Golf wedges. While you won’t find them at your local pro shop, Edison offers a free online WedgeFit HERE and then will custom build a demo set for you to try on your course for 45 days, risk free. You have nothing to lose but strokes off your handicap.