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Edel introduces moveable weight Swing Match wedges for 2021



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.



  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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