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These are clubs that can make an immediate impact on your scoring. If you’ve never put much thought into the wedges in your bag, SCOR Golf makes it easy, and the clubs are superb.
If you’re a talented golf club designer, the career path that leads to money is easy to find: work for a major OEM, tweak last year’s club a little, and say that it’s longer.
That’s not the kind of success Terry Koehler is interested in: he just wants to help golfers shoot better scores. To that end, he developed SCOR Golf. With a unique system of scoring clubs that are designed to replace not only your traditional wedges but also your 9 iron and PW, Mr. Koehler wants to change the way golfers think about putting their bag together. If golfers are smart, they’ll listen.
The Concept & SCORFit
This is a bit of an oversimplification, but I’d explain the concept behind SCOR Golf like this: scoring happens inside 150 yards, so you need your best (and best fit) tools in that area.
While most golfers are thrilled to throw down $50 or more for a driver fitting, few really consider their scoring clubs. That’s where SCORFit comes in.
First, you submit information about your clubs. You’ll need to know your iron model, specs, what wedges you carry, and your comfortable and maximum 9 iron distances (honest answers yield good fits). Next, you give SCOR information about your game: trajectory, the types of misses you have, scrambling ability, and bounce preferences (don’t worry, they guide you through this with questions about turf and divots). Then enter your email and your SCORFit Personal Scoring Range Report will magically appear in your Inbox.
Your SCORFit Report contains loads of interesting information, some personal, some general. The first thing you’ll find is the analysis of your current set which highlights any major gaps. This alone is worth the couple minutes it takes to fill out the fitting info. From there, you receive a few pages of information about why your current 9I and wedges are not great scoring clubs. You could write this off as marketing if they didn’t have solid data to back it up (more on this later). The next few pages speak specifically to your game: trajectory control, bounce issues, and scrambling. At page 13, SCOR gives you your prescription: the 5 clubs that you should use to replace everything from your 9I through your lob wedge.
SCOR Golf clubs look great both in the bag and at address. The engraving is minimal and the shaping is very confidence inspiring. The look at address does change as you move through the lofts: the lower lofted clubs are more square in both the toe and leading edge, the higher loft clubs are slightly more rounded.
The look at address is not the only thing that changes as you move through the SCOR clubs. The SC3 Progressive Weighting is a very visible technology, particularly when you have the two ends of the set next to each other as you see above. SCOR has created seven different weighting schemes to match particular lofts with the goal of creating optimal trajectory and forgiveness for each one. You can see SCOR’s research into the results HERE
Sound & Feel
The sound and feel of SCOR’s scoring clubs is on par with some of the very best forgings on the market. The feel is soft with being mushy, and offers enough crisp feedback to let the player know how they struck the shot.
There’s a lot to cover about the performance of these clubs, but I’m going to start with this: I hate making full swings with wedges. You hear the advice, “Lay up to a full wedge swing” all the time, but it’s something I avoid like the plague. With traditional wedges, I find trajectory and distance control to be difficult, so I was pinning much of my hopes for SCOR on their ability to help me with me with full swings in the scoring zone. They did not disappoint. On full swings, all of the scoring clubs perform like my short irons: easy to control and easy to hit flush.
While I’m sure there are many factors, I believe the V-Sole is a large part of why these clubs are so easy to hit on full swings. As you can see in the illustration above, the V-Sole gives these clubs high bounce near the leading edge to prevent digging, but low bounce towards the trailing edge to allow for playability from tight lies. Having had the opportunity to play these clubs in dry, firm conditions, I can tell you that they are very playable off tight lies but still offer some forgiveness when your contact is a little questionable.
The final question for me was, “Will I still be able to hit all my shots around the green?” The answer is unequivocally, “Yes.” Again, thanks in large part to the V-Sole, SCOR clubs have great versatility and allow the golfer to play all types of shots. From flops to bunker shots to basic chips, if you have the skill, you can hit the shot you want with SCOR.
The bottom line: these clubs are in the bag. They dramatically outperform my old wedges on full swings and they offer all the short game options I could want around the green.
As I said in the beginning, Terry Koehler isn’t a club designer who chose the easy path. Selling golfers on longer drives is easy, but Mr. Koehler opted for trying to educate golfers about the importance of their scoring clubs. In the process, he designed some of the best scoring clubs in the game. If you’re a golfer who cares more about your score than “5 extra yards,” show Mr. Koehler some appreciation and get SCORFit today.