There’s three main things golfers should consider when buying a new wedge. The first two things, loft and sole type, are widely talked about by serious golfers. The third, choosing the right shaft, isn’t talked about so much.
According to Terry Koehler, president of Scor Golf, shafts are an important part of choosing the right wedge and are are often overlooked by golfers.
The latest wedge models from industry leaders Vokey and Cleveland have very similar stock shaft options — steel True Temper Dynamic Gold models that range from 127 to 132 grams. That weight range is fine if a golfer uses a similar-weighted shaft in their irons, Koehler says, but a problem can present itself when golfers are playing shafts in their irons that are substantially lighter than that.
The most talked about new irons for 2013 are TaylorMade’s RocketBladez, which come with two stock shaft options — a 65-gram graphite model and an 85-gram steel model. So if a golfer was in between a RocketBladez pitching wedge and a Vokey or Cleveland 50-degree wedge, not only would there be a 5-degree loft differential; there would also a 40-to-60 gram difference in shaft weight.
To help ease the transition from a short irons to wedges, Scor has introduced its “Genius” shafts — four new shaft models that are available in four different weights.
Scor’s lightest Genius shaft is made of graphite, and was designed in conjunction with UST Mamiya. It’s called “Genius 7,” is made with properties that are similar to the company’s ProForce iron shafts. It’s available in a-flex, regular and stiff and weights about 75 grams. The “Genius 9″ is a 100-gram version of the Genius 7, and is available in regular, firm and firm+ flexes, which Koehler says plays like a “light X flex.”
The two other shafts options are made of steel, and were produced with the help of steel shaft maker KBS. The “Genius 10″ was designed to be similar to the KBS Tour 90 shaft and weighs about 90 grams. The “Genius 12″ was made to be like the KBS Tour shaft and weighs about 120 grams. Both shafts are available in regular, firm and firm+ flexes.
All four of the Genius shafts have stiff tip sections that limiting ballooning on full shots, but softer mid sections that allow the shaft to bend on smaller swings, giving golfers more feel. Check out the video below for more info on Scor: