Finding your perfect wedge has never been easier
Finding your perfect wedge shouldn't be hard, right? Not quite. That's the short answer according to Cleveland Golf, a California based company that specializes in golf equipment who have spent over 3 decades crafting innovative short game golf tools to help golfers better their score.
But first, let's take a look at some facts which seem to show that the average golfer has about 65% of shots within 125 yards / 114,3 meters. 45% of all shots (non-putts) are with a wedge. A vital aspect of saving shots and bailing yourself out of trouble. A while ago, I was lucky enough to be invited for a wedge fitting with Riaan Spangenberg (The Srixon / Cleveland Tour Guy who certainly knows his stuff). Riaan showed off some great product with 2 exciting wedge products in the market, namely the RTX-3 wedge range and the “wedge analyzer” app.
So, what is the reality - Finding your perfect wedge?
However, the reality is that many golfers have not been to a proper club fitment. With today’s technology, a sad scenario to not be getting the most out of your clubs. The analogy I had is the off the shelf black suit from any established retailer.
Yes, it is a fine suit but you would look significantly better if you took it to “Juan”, your magician of a local tailor. You can walk around in the wrong fitting baggy or tight suit if you want but you just might be holding yourself back. So, back to wedges and with Cleveland Golf we have no excuse with their “Wedge Analyzer” you just might be doing your short game one huge favor.
Download the Wedge Analyzer app and attach the Swingbyte 2 sensor. Hit a variety of chip shots to measure the metrics. The wedges in mind are the RTX-3 from Cleveland, incredible wedge tech in this day and age. See here: www.golfweather.com/golf-news/revolutionary-is-the-new-rtx-3-wedge-range/1601.
Here is how the app looks like through one of my demo swings.
Looking on the right-hand side of my attack angle and shaft lean are moderate and a standard bounce is the best choice for my swing.
You can see (below) the blue line is my upswing, and the green is my downswing. Even picking up an ugly little habit of going over the top (looping). Riaan and the swing analyzer spotted that very quickly what an efficient teaching aid.
Always thinking I had a steep angle of attack, funnily comment that when I said that to Riaan he replied: “Yes mate, everyone thinks that until they see this”. In my mind, always using a low bounce or 1 dot from another manufacturer. A proper, calibrated fitment has me on 2 dot or standard bounce, the first change getting the correct bounce.
After a few shots and shot types, the swing metrics are all collaborated and sorted. Add in what you are currently using in terms of irons. Finding and pulling the pitching wedge loft is from the Cleveland Golf database that has every club manufacturer and iron from the past 2 years. If you are not sure (older set) you can always check on a loft and lie machine in most golf stores.
As you can see below. My PW was 46° and the lofts of my wedges were 52°, 56°, and 60°. This meant that there was a 6° space between my PW and Gap wedge. Completely my fault and oblivious to how that gap that was catching me out. Thank you “Wedge Analyzer.”
With this stronger, more consistent wedge set and formation, I will have a better distance and control from that crucial 1oo odd meters out. I now go PW 46° to a 50° Gap Wedge / 54 ° S and Wedge and 58 ° as my lob wedge.
Besides finding the correct bounce for my style of play, the “Wedge Analyzer” also found out the correct loft/s and wedge formation. You also could find your perfect wedge with this app. I highly recommend that any golfer unsure of his / her wedges should book a session with a Cleveland rep, who will help in finding your perfect wedge . A highly educational, exceedingly recommended and very worthwhile investment for your short game this festive season.
Cleveland Golf Wedge Analyzer Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG8xBV_OFlU&feature=youtu.be
Wedge Analyzer App: Free (You do need the Swing Byte 2 sensor)
Where can you use the Wedge Analyzer?
Contact your Golf Speciality Retailer to arrange a Wedge
Fitting with the Cleveland Rep in your area.
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Srixon / Cleveland Tour News & Behind The Ropes with Riaan.