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Edel introduces moveable weight Swing Match wedges for 2021

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The 2021 Edel Swing Match wedges are taking the concept of custom fit wedges to a level that has never been brought to the short game before, with the goal to use every possible tool to tighten dispersion and consistency to help you shoot lower scores.

The new Edel Swing Match wedges utilize a movable weight system in the flange to fit each club to a golfer’s natural short game swing profile. The research indicates that once properly fit, everything from mechanics to launch conditions shows measurable improvement.

Edel Swing Match wedges: The why

It’s no secret the best way to properly optimize your equipment is through custom fitting. When it comes to wedges, the only factors that have been traditionally accounted for are length, lie, loft, and grind—all of which, beyond grind, are already standard for iron fittings.

With how specialized wedges have to be for performance, is grind really the only thing golfers should be concerned with?

At Edel golf, they set out to answer this question, and they came away with “no,” which lead to the development of the Swing Match system to help every golfer achieve their maximum potential.

The backbone of Swing Match weighting philosophy is that a wedge’s weight location has a dramatic effect on how a golfer creates dynamics leading to impact. It’s no different than how a change in shaft weight of a driver can change impact location and delivery numbers.

The how

The weighting technology allows each golfer to adjust their wedge in order to match their natural swing profile and release motion. Edel breaks these profiles into three major categories which are

  • Cover – A steeper approach to impact
  • Side On – A neutral approach
  • Under – A shallow approach to impact

Once the heaviest weight in the wedge has been moved to the optimal position, it works alongside a player’s swing to optimize short game performance.

Results demonstrated that 80 percent of the golfers who were tested saw their best spin numbers and delivery were created with the weight adjusted somewhere other than the center weight port, and the average increase in backspin was just over 10 percent from the lowest spinning location to the highest location of the weight.

Edel’s research and testing have been analyzed by Mike Duffey, a PhD Biomechanics at Penn State and golf swing Biomechanist who came to the following conclusions: 

  • There is a substantial improvement in a player’s ability to control the flight of a wedge with weighting that matches – or is correctly fit – to the swing.
  • The type of weighting that works best varies for individual golfers. The initial assessment of the data clearly showed that there are no consistent trends across golfers showing that one single weighting always works best for each golfer. In fact, the same weighting may have nearly the opposite effect on ball flight control depending on individual swing characteristics.

It was with this knowledge that the design team at Edel developed the Swing Match weight fitting system and now they are ready to introduce it to golfers.

The Construction

The Swing Match wedges are forged from soft 1025 carbon steel and have all of the bounce and sole geometries CNC machined to ensure maximum precision wedge to wedge.

Like other Edel wedges of the past, they feature full-face groove coverage as well as a micro-engraved face texture to maximize friction for increased spin.

Another signature design element of the Swing Match wedges is their shorter hosel to precisely locate the center of gravity.

The grinds

The Swing Match wedges come in four unique grind options with each one designed specifically for a specific player delivery—much like the adjustable weight system.

It’s easy to spot the grind type on the back of each wedge, but there is one thing you won’t find and that is bounce number—here’s why:

“Typical bounce is an arbitrary number called “effective bounce” that really has no standard and is played loosely across the industry. That’s why you won’t see a bounce number on our wedges.” – Edel Golf

  • C-Grind: This grind is optimal for golfers with a moderate to shallow angle of attack who take a smaller divot. The extra sole width allows you extreme versatility for bunker play and greenside shots in the higher lofts; while being able to work in all turf conditions in the lower lofts.
  • T-Grind:  A tri-angle sole grind utilizing an extremely high bounce leading-edge, followed by a crescent-shaped lower bounce surface, and extreme heel relief. These three surfaces allow you to open the face without increasing the effective bounce for better performance on tighter lies.
  • V-Grind:  Inspired by Edel’s most popular DVR grind, this sole is great for cover golfers with a steeper swing motion. The higher bounce angle closer to the leading edge allows the sole to engage with the turf quickly which results in minimal hesitation through sand or turf.
  • D-Grind: This high bounce grind is optimal for on-top golfers with a steep angle of attack who take a larger divot. The channel in the midsole creates two separate bounce surfaces; the high bounce leading edge to cut through the turf at impact without resistance and the extremely high bounce on the second surface to prevent any excessive digging.

Price, specs, and availability

The new Edel Swing Match wedge will be available starting April 2, with the retail price of $199 for a stock wedge with Nippon Modus wedge shaft and Golf Pride grip, while custom wedge will start at $225 with customizable hand-stamping and paint fill.

The wedges will be available in lofts 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60 degrees in all four grind options and come in a cream chrome finish.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Bill

    May 29, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    I have been an Edel wedge user for years. These new wedges are a big step back, IMO. I wasted $200+ on a new Edel LW and ended up ditching it to return to my old Edel LW. The new wedge is MUCH heavier than my previous Edel. The leading edge sits up off the ground, and it isn’t versatile at all. I hope I can recoup some of my $$ by selling my SM wedge on eBay. As a long time Edel wedge user, I am really disappointed.

    • Dliver

      Jun 4, 2021 at 8:12 am

      I had EXACTLY the same experience! The wedge feels like a sledgehammer and the leading edge sits way off the ground. I loved their old wedges, but now I’m moving on. That was $200 down the drain for me too.

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  3. Mike T

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:06 am

    David himself fit me for a putter three years ago. I need to see one of his fitters for these wedges.

  4. Adrian

    Apr 4, 2021 at 7:11 am

    I won’t even get my hopes up and believe that these will be offered in lefty!!

  5. ProjectX

    Apr 3, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    I know it’s not the focus of the weighting but for someone like me that plays +1* and 3* upright it’s impossible to find at wedge that doesn’t swing weight to E0+. This could finally be the answer for the tall golfer.

  6. oliversax

    Apr 3, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    I have the older model with DVR grind and I absolutely love them. These look a bit more chiseled, more attractive. Your article is gonna cost me a pretty penny as I need 3 lofts (51/55/59). Ouch!

    Those of you who have not tried them, they have a very solid feel through impact vs flimsy from big branded wedges. I haven’t found better (including PXG).

  7. gwelfgulfer

    Apr 3, 2021 at 8:13 am

    I’m sure they are fantastic wedges, but a little sad to see that they look like a more conventional from address compared to the previous.

  8. Bagger

    Apr 3, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Will these be available in one length configuration

  9. Patrick Reed

    Apr 2, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Hey, I’ll try anything that helps me cheat

  10. KP

    Apr 2, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Not sure if “never used before” is accurate.

    Hasn’t PXG been doing this on most of their irons (including wedges) for years?

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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best driver of 2021

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What is the best driver in 2021? At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to their GolfWRXers views on the best driver of 2021.

The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

***Results are from votes as of 7/6/2021 

You can see the full results for the best driver of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Best driver of 2021: The top 5

1. Titleist TSi3

Titleist Tsi3 sole

What Titleist says: “For players who create more consistent contact and require more precise control over CG placement. With a new Adjustable CG Track Design for advanced speed-tuned performance.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @biebs333: “TSi3 driver is fantastic, great looking and forgiving; I love it. Tough to beat a Titleist, just a fantastic club all around.”
  • @dwboston: “Used my TSi3 on the course for the first time this weekend. 2 rounds, hit 22/26 fairways with it, and it’s noticeably longer than my 915 D2 (with the same shaft – GD AD BB 6S). It’s a keeper.”
  • @manima1: “Had the TSi3 for about a month now, and I can’t believe how good this head is. This thing should be getting more buzz than it is. Every once in a while, a product comes along that really moves the needle (i.e. Taylormade M series debut), and this is certainly one of those.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the TSi3 driver in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. Ping G425 Max

Ping G425 Max sole

What Ping says: “G425 MAX elevates the moment of inertia to PING’s highest level in history. Forgiveness comes mainly from a 26-gram tungsten movable weight, made possible by weight savings from advancements in the driver’s dragonfly crown technology. The CG-shifting weight can be set in neutral, draw or fade. A T9S+ forged face increases flexing for adding distance.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @EatDrinkRunLSU: “I was fitted for a PING G425 Max in late January and finally got it in late February. I’ve played 81 holes with it in the last 3 weeks. I’ve hit some of the longest drives I’ve ever hit in 25 years of playing golf over the past 3 weeks.”
  • @Jim123: “The 425 max has made me sell the tsi3 and not think twice. Yea the sound is not the best, but you have to miss the ball completely to hit this thing bad. It is beating the 400max by an easy 15 yards, and I believe it’s even more forgiving.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the G425 Max driver in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

3. TaylorMade SIM2

TaylorMade SIM2 carbon sole plate

What TaylorMade says: “First we reshaped the driver, then we reconstructed it. Completely rebuilding the driver from the ground up to give you both forgiveness and distance. Go ahead, the tee box is yours. Swing away.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @GooseHook: “Two rounds with the SIM2 this weekend, and I think I can at least say it’s a big improvement over the original…for me. The more lively feel and taller face are pluses, and more importantly, I had ZERO big right misses. The RDX Black has a great feel, but I might have to give my Atmos a run at it to see which one gets the most out of the head. For now at least, it feels like I can swing naturally and not fight my driver for dear life.”
  • @ScottHutch2: “I have been loving my SIM2 driver with Accra TZ5 shaft in it. Has been a great match up for me and given me the ability to hit fades off the tee again.”
  • @benclab: “benclab: “I just got the SIM2, and it’s better to me (then OG SIM). Feels better, a tad more forgiving and still hits bombs. Funny, I was making fun of the colors a few months ago, and here I am rocking one.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the SIM2 driver in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

4. Callaway Epic Max LS

Callaway Epic Max LS

What Callaway says: “Introducing the new Epic MAX LS, designed for mid-to-low handicap players who want more speed, neutral ball flight and forgiveness in a lower spin, high MOI package. MAX ball speeds come from a NEW Jailbreak A.I. Speed Frame that works in combination with the A.I. Designed Flash Face. This unique driver head provides enhanced fade bias capabilities, along with Adjustable Perimeter Weighting to fine tune ball flight off the tee.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Swingblues: ” I don’t need to say the Max LS is pure PHENOMENAL, best driver ever made by Callaway. Period.”
  • @golfboy1: “Guys I have been golfing in Palm Springs, basically golf heaven! Finding the Max LS is a bomb… comes off hot and can shape it!”
  • @third-times-a-charm: “Max LS continues to impress. Again, I haven’t been seeing any positive gains like this from any driver in recent years. 

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Epic Max LS driver in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

5. TaylorMade SIM2 Max

What TaylorMade says: “The reconstructed SIM2 Max delivers high MOI with a heavy 24g tungsten weight positioned on the Inertia Generator. The TPS Front Weight is strategically located on the sole of the club to encourage optimal launch and spin properties, delivering complete performance and max forgiveness.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Titleist84: “Owned last year’s SIM and this year’s SIM2 Max. Last year’s SIM was slightly longer, but the SIM 2 Max is way more accurate.”
  • @tleader: “Love my SIM Max. Very little (if any) difference to “upgrade” to the SIM2 Max if fitted correctly.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the SIM2 Max driver in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

Join the discussion about the best driver of 2021 in the forums. 

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TaylorMade launches all-new 300 Mini Driver

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One month after landing on the USGA’s conforming list, TaylorMade Golf has launched the all-new 300 Mini Driver, which will hit retail on July 16th 2021.

The new 300 Mini Driver features a 307cc head designed to deliver a blend of distance, forgiveness and control, while the multi-material construction aims to provide the optimal combination of low-CG performance and high MOI forgiveness.

Speaking on the new addition, Tomo Bystedt, Product Creation, Metalwoods & Irons at TaylorMade, said

“It’s been 20 years since we last made a metalwood this size. It was only natural to call it the 300 Mini Driver to acknowledge what the 300 Series meant to our brand and the game. We blended the throwback look with modern carbon, titanium and steel construction to produce a club the speaks to TaylorMade loyalists while delivering distance from the tee and the fairway.”

The low CG and mass in the face are distributed across the sole from front to back in design to provide high launch with low spin characteristics. At the same time, the combination of a high-strength titanium face and Thru-Slot Speed Pocket seeks to deliver maximum ball speed.

The Twist Face technology in the Mini Driver aims to add another level of playability, while a reinvented V-Steel soleplate seeks to add to the low CG properties, promoting improved turf interaction and versatility when played off the deck.

A prototype model of the 300 Mini Driver was played last month during the U.S. Open by Phil Mickelson, and per the company, other Team TaylorMade athletes, including Dustin Johnson, are currently testing the design for potential play at next week’s Open Championship.

Specs, Pricing & Availability

  • Lofts: 11.5 and 13.5 degrees
  • Stock Shaft and Grip: Mitsubishi MiDr Proto (with numerous custom shaft options available); Golf Pride’s Z-Grip (47g)
  • Price: $399.99
  • At Retail: July 16, 2021
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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best drivers under $300

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In our forums, our members have been discussing drivers for $300 or less. WRXer ‘golfnmudd’ is bored of his current gamer and wants to change things up. Along with the driver needing to be $300 or less, he also reveals that he has a swing speed of about 115mph with a mid-high launch, and our members have been sharing their suggestions for him in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • SlicerMcGee: “Extensively used the Callaway Epic Max LS and Srixon ZX5. Both are are fantastic drivers and highly recommend trying out both.”
  • Gabe Althoff: “Cheap TS2’s on eBay. Bought mine for $200.”
  • Wam78: “I vote for Speedzone as well. Had one earlier in the year with a speeder Evo IV and it was an awesome combo! Had a little hot melt added to the toe. Sound and feel were great!”
  • NCGolfing: “Pxg proto …now that the Gen 4s are out, the protos are very reasonable. I bought one on here a couple of weeks back, added a Tensei pro blue shaft, and I’m loving it.”
  • puttingmatt: “I can only suggest you try Tour Edge Exotics; I play the EXS Pro driver with the Tensei Orange shaft. It’s a beast, a straight and long bomber. Again, I can only suggest.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about the best drivers under $300”

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