Edison Wedge Review

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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.

Introduction

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?”

Looks

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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24 Comments

  1. Like the look of them…play CBX cavity backs already. Theses seem to be the next step up. I think Edison wedges is on to something great here. Great review by the way.

  2. The Ben Hogan TK wedges were fantastic for full shot forgiveness and turf interaction. Would be great to compare to the Edisons. Not as pretty as the Hogans though… but then nothing is. Koehler makes great wedges.

  3. Pete Smith

    Good review. I discovered these wedges listening to company founder Terry Koehler on a podcast. Everything he said about the average golfers wedge game made sense to me.

    I have been gaming a 49* 53* 57* set all season. The weight disbursement across and up/down the face has really helped my game from 115yds and in. The sole is very versatile also. IMHO these wedges really shine around the green off any lie. No problem exiting green side bunkers efficiently.

    Lower trajectory than I am used to with traditional wedges, but as advertised, I am getting more spin.

    These wedges are fun to play and practice with!

  4. They replacing gamers?

  5. I have not made up my mind yet about Terry’s latest wedges.
    I have been playing my Eidolon 48,52,56 and 60 since 2005 and depending on what else is in the bag my Scor 51, 54 and 58.
    I recently bought my wife Cleveland CBX 50 and 54 wedges and was impressed with look and feel of cavity back wedges that I might just be tempted to buy Edison.

  6. Matt – just confirming. You said these carried less spin than your current gamers?

    Should we take away that these meet all attributes as advertised except for the spin?

    Thanks!

  7. Pete, same here. We probably here the same interview. I purchased the 51, 55, 59. Immediately my chipping game improved. These things are now weapons in my bag. I used to game a Mack Daddy and while it was ok, I didn’t love it. I love these wedges. I almost look forward to hitting these on the course. Fantastic wedges.

    • Interesting. I have PXG forged Gen2. I like that they’re forged with that feel and the weighting. Still, just the traditional design. Think I’ll give these a try for a 55 and 60…

  8. Michael D Reed

    Hi Matt,

    Great review!
    I’m very interested in these wedges, particularly since they offer refunds if they don’t work out.
    How do they compare in size to other well known wedges?

    Thanks,
    Mike

  9. Jim W Rosteck

    Matt

    Again reading your reviews cost me money. Received my new 49, 54, 59 yesterday. First round today. Excited!

  10. Received my 40º, 53º, and 57º wedges over the weekend. Today was my first day and I would say that I am impressed. Spin is great around the greens on chip shots and approach shots. Hit a couple of shots near the toe and the distance was consistent. So far after one round…I am impressed!!

  11. Sorry…49º

  12. Question on these – have a 55 and a 60 (59 bent one degree). Full swings are great and the ground contact is awesome. Having trouble with chips and small pitches (skulling). Is there a different way to hit small chips with a dual-bounce wedge? Maybe a bit of forward shaft lean to align that front bounce? I have no issue with traditional wedges… Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Jim,

      Is the club bouncing off the turf and then skulling the ball on chips?

      -Matt

      • It seems that way. Small pitches and chips. That front deeper bounce doesn’t seem to connect the same way. Full swings it doesn’t seem to matter, and is in fact better…. thanks!

        • Matt Saternus

          Jim,

          What kind of bounce are you playing on your “normal” wedges? And are we talking about truly skulling the ball or just a small difference in quality of contact?

          Thanks,

          Matt

  13. Hi Matt, The normal wedge is the PXG forged. They just call it “versatile sole”. Don’t know what grind that would be. I: think I’m getting better on the tight lie chips / short pitches with the Edison. Playing it a bit more open now. That dual bounce was just hard to get used to on the tight turf next to the green. But yes was between thin and a full skull at first.

    Jim

  14. Hi Matt. Since you’ve tested both the PXG 0311 Forged and the Edison Wedges, how do they compare on mishits? I’m in the market for new wedges and I’ve very interested in the Edison wedges, but I play the PXG Gen 2 0311XF irons and can get the forged wedges cheaper than the Edison wedges. So performance is key. Thanks in advance.

  15. Matt, great review. I’m planning to try these out. I’m just getting into specialty wedges (and am figuring out more about my game and how these bounce/grind options fit with my swing and course conditions). I’ve started with a used Vokey SM4 (with a versatile sole, kind of like these), and it has been a revelation. I’m looking forward to trying out a set of Edisons to compare them to my experience with the world of Vokey-quality short game tools.

    Question: I read your review of the PXG Milled wedge, and it sounded like that wedge was pretty much the best wedge ever, performance-wise (that price tag though?!). So, trying to RBTL here, with you saying the Edisons will be going in your bag and that they’re as good or better than any other premium options … I’m going to ask you the direct question … (ignoring price) Which is better – the Edisons or the PXG Milled?

    • Matt Saternus

      Jonathan,

      There’s no objective “better,” they’re just different wedges that do different things. The Edison is the better choice for my needs but that could be different for you.

      -Matt

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