PHASE 2: The Official Review
SCOR Golf 4161 â€“ Official MGS Forum Review by JREcklund03
PRAISE JESUS (or whatever deity or prophet your religion/non religion worships)! After a long 6 months of sweat, grass stains, more sweat (gosh it gets hot and humid in MN), and a few cold alcoholic beverages of my choice, I have finally broken 90! I played from the Blues in some tough fall conditions, but walked away with 2 birdies on my way to an 89. Did these SCOR Golf wedges live up to the hype and already shave strokes off my game after only a few short weeks?
Since gaming these wedges, my love/hate relationship has only seemed to grow. These wedges perform drastically different than my last wedges and created a few rounds with a very steep learning curve that included a lot of frustration, a few curse words, and a couple mini tantrums. To help maintain some sanity throughout the review and give comparisons to before and after experiences, here is a chart showing my previous clubs and new SCOR clubs:
I just want to provide a bit about me before we get started. I am 25 years old and am 5'11'' or 6' if my already few remaining and balding hairs are sticking up. Favorite part about golf for me is walking up to a tee box in preparation to grip and rip. I have driven two par 4 320+ yard greens this year (bit of help off rolls and wind), although I usually am 270-280 yards down the fairway off the tees. I started playing golf seriously a few years ago. I'm not using that as an excuse for some of my terrible scores and habits by any means, but I continue to push my game to new levels through practice, equipment, tips, and forum guidance through MGS. Oh and did I mention more practice? I finally broke 90, so what is my next goal? After improving my game since the start of this journey by an embarrassing 30 strokes, I am simply looking to improve by an astounding 5 strokes; yep I am now playing to break 85. My favorite club in my bag is my driver, which is consistently the best part of my game. My next two favorite clubs would be my Cobra Amp Pitching and Gap wedge. Can these new SCOR wedges really outperform and replace 2 of my favorite 3 clubs?
Full and Half Shot Performance Wedges
Review after review, post after post, everything anyone has to say about these wedges is they simply perform. If something is posted about these wedges online, I have honestly probably read it, as I have done nothing but scourer for information since being selected back on that fateful August 30th. All people have to say is that the clubs live up to the hype. Because of that, my standards and expectations were through the roof and, after a few full shots, I had found one thing: these wedges can improve any golfer's game. Full shot accuracy on these short wedges leaves nothing to the imagination. After a few shots, I was able to get the swing and adjustment down with the new pieces of equipment in my hands and was even surprised that my natural slight fade with wedges disappeared. I hit these wedges straight! Wait what? Yes, I actually hit these straight without having to try and force my wrists or having to aim slightly off center.
When first petitioning for the right to test these wedges out, we were sent to SCOR's website to be fitted for a wedge set. This recommendation was based upon our current clubs' performance. I have what was recommended to me with the distances shown below. Maybe I am being ignorant, but what seemed like a pretty generic multiple choice survey about my 9 iron performance and lofts currently used, you can tell me a loft and distance for the clubs you recommend? Sure, I bet a couple math formulas and pretty basic assumptions will spit out a number and work. But I was actually surprised with how accurate these yardages were. These 5 forecasts were all within 5%. No, they weren't spot on, but to be with 7 yards on the farthest wedge is pretty impressive and not material enough for me to be concerned.
The one thing that was new and unusual for me with these wedges is the high launch trajectory. I have always had a mid - low launch trajectory with my irons and wedges. I usually gain a decent amount of yardage from rolls because of this and was most likely what caused the 5% forecast difference in distance. These are actually forgiving irons; based on the trajectory and past experience, my mind tells me that if you would miss the sweet spot you should just duff the ball across the ground or fly it far right/left of your targetâ€¦not the case. Surprisingly enough, even on miscues and mis-hits you still get a good â€œgolf shotâ€ that is only slightly off the mark.
Do you know where to place your hands for a half shot? Do you get confused when gripping the club to only wind up throwing it to the ground and using the old foot wedge? Well look no further than the two white circle system from Lamkin grips! Okay, so enough of the infomercialâ€¦SCOR Golf looked at all of the details with these wedges and has come through on the tiniest of details. One thing I actually didn't notice until I was out on the course was two small white circles on the grip. The top circle lines up perfectly with my thumb for full shots while another white circle about 1.5 inches below that is a perfect marker for half shots as you choke up. Little things go a long way to making a great product.
F&H Shot Score: (94 of 100)
Pitching, Flopping, and Chipping Performance
In my Unboxing post I mentioned how my love/hate relationship for the short game has only grown over the past years, but pitching, flopping, and chipping (also known as many golfers arch nemesis) is where my short game relationship takes shape. 4 months ago I spent a lot of time working on improving this part of my game and thought I had successfully reduced strokes and improved my consistency drastically. These new wedges showed me how wrong I really was. After 3 weeks of playing with my new SCORS, my scores on the course were not any better than they had been in the past, in fact they were worse! I have struggled to adapt to these wedges over the past several weeks and am now finally just starting to gain some control.
I won't put a lot of blame on the wedges for this as unfortunately it mainly comes down to my ability. Adjusting from a bump and run strategy to the spin control these wedges allow for has been an extreme struggle. This has left wedge after wedge shot land 20 yards in front of me versus the 40 yards I needed as top spin and roll outs were almost completely eliminated. Part of the issue can be explained by the divots I leave; which is more specifically directly correlated to the V-Sole that SCOR uses. On any chipping shot I seem to hardly even graze the ground as the club works as designed and bounces back up off contact. This is an adjustment issue on my part as I am now just starting to get the control and correct swing speed and power down on shorter shots.
P,F&C Score: (90 of 100)
Sand and Rough Performance
Have you ever tried to play golf out of a Japanese Zen garden? Well that's what it feels like to play out of bunkers where I am at. Not fun and not a lot of sandâ€¦However the 55 degree was very easy to get up and down as I was able to successfully pick the ball out of the bunker for longer distance shots and dig in enough behind the ball to get some height out of the bunker and finish through strong.
For someone like me who makes my home in the rough, the wedges do not disappoint as they react eerily similar to hitting a shot out of the fairway. The V-Sole and face of the club glides through the thicker and higher cut grass and performs flawlessly. One thing that I did notice is I lost a touch of control as I lost some spin out of deep roughs. Usually this resulted in me hitting the ball a bit further than expected due to the amount of roll.
S&R Score: (92 of 100)
It isn't much of a secret or surprise that the short wedges perform better than what I was previously gaming. They have been more consistent from day one and are only continuing to get better as I have worked through the early struggle and aggravation of changing my game plan as I get closer to each green. The spin control and overall performance is great. Pin seeking at its finest!
The biggest area of concern for me was how the 43 and 47 compared to my Cobra Amp Pitching and Gap wedge. As mentioned, I favor my Amp wedges and it would take a lot for me to keep them out of my bag for long. I hit SCOR wedges straight but a bit shorter; while I play a natural fade with my Amps and get slightly more carry. I did a shot by shot comparison and have posted it below. For a comparison I hit 10 full shots with each pitching wedge, rotating every 5 shots. After everything was said and done I took out the outliers which I concluded to be the 1 best and 4 worst shots. Yes, I took out the best shot as well to give a median outlook and show what I consider a more accurate average (based on the assumption even a blind squirrel will find a nut every once in a while). The graph tells the story, and to my sad surpriseâ€¦SCOR wonâ€¦Distance was a bit short on these shots, but these irons are consistent and the grouping of shots is remarkable.
One of the interesting differences between the Amps versus SCOR is the club head weight. The Amp is slightly heavier when looking at its static weight as the vast majority of the weight is centered towards the shaft on the inside of the head. This helps maintain a lower swing weight by allowing for a faster swing speed. The SCOR wedges weight is spread throughout the bottom of the sole and is much more evenly distributed. As I touch on in the next section, the static weight distribution difference results in the difference of the overall club face and total club head size.
Total Performance Score: (92 of 100)
These are great looking wedges, and words don't do them justice so I will let the pictures speak for me here. The top view compares my Cobra Amp Pitching wedge versus the SCOR 43 degree wedge. One thing that you can notice is how much smaller the club head of the SCOR wedge (one on the right) versus the Cobra Amp Pitching wedge (one on the left) The SCOR wedge is roughly about 15.8% smaller and this holds true when compared to all of the wedges I was previously bagging .
Looks Score: (93 of 100)
Sound and Feel
You know that warm and fuzzy feeling you get throughout your body when you come home from work and your favorite dinner is done, and the whole house smells of it? Yes, that little feeling of amazingness is what it feels like when connecting with this wedge. They sound great and the over feel is remarkable on full shots with the long, mid, and short wedges. The feeling on shorter half shots leaves a little bit to be desired, but still provides a great experience. Shots across the face are very consistent, but you do get a bit of a different feel and thud when hitting away from the sweet spot, but they still provided a better than average flight that was relatively on target.
Sound and Feel Score: (91 of 100)
Likelihood of Purchase (LOP)
Slimâ€¦they're great wedges, but at $135 per club they are priced out of my golf budget. Is $675 for the full set of 5 worth it? Honestly, I would say they are, but not sure I could sell my wife on them (might be easier to ask for forgiveness than permission with these).
LOP Score: (50 of 100)
Not to beat a dead horse, but I want to provide my 2 cents on the head covers. From a marketing standpoint I believe it's a great advertising method that probably doesn't cost that much more than individually bubble wrapping each club head. After playing my first round with these clubs I lost the cover off the 47 degree wedge 5 holes in. Interesting point, I didn't even use that club yet! At 2 wedges per cubby in my bag, simply sliding the 43 degree wedge (which I had used on each hole before I recognized I was missing a cover) in and out was enough friction/force to pop it off another club. Now I still take that with a grain of salt as we are all human and it could have been my error. Did I not have the cover on all the way? Did it slide funny when I took my bag out of my trunk? Did my buddy lose it while jealously looking at my new clubs while I wasn't looking? However, at the end of the day I feel like it is still a smart move as it increases advertising, marketing, and branding by visibly exposing the company to others through the covers being used.
Total Subjective Score: (78 of 100)
Long story short, these clubs have provided one heck of a roller coaster experience. The anticipation and excitement building up to play these was similar to the climb up the track until the first drop off. Like the roller coaster, it's a fast way down as I hit rock bottom when trying to adjust to these my first time out. It has been a slow evolving change to my short game that has been producing results. These wedges are great and have the ability to give all ranges of skilled golfers the ability to finish wedge shots closer to the pin. The Genius 12 shaft is remarkable and helps give the needed touch and control around the greens. Unfortunately I may have to wait a few months to further enjoy these as winter seems to be fast approaching here in Minnesota, but until then we will get some quality time and some practice indoors.
Total Score: (85 of 100)
Unfortunately, all of these wedges will go in my bag. The evidence is all there as they play better than my previous wedges and have shaved strokes off my game. It is unfortunate I have to break up with 2 of my favorite clubs as they are now collecting dust in the garageâ€¦
I recommend these wedges to any and all golfers. It is not up to me to decide what you spend on clubs and to simply ignore these because they come from a smaller company would be a mistake. The touch and feel with these are incredible. I let my playing partner, a scratch golfer play with these for a round and he loved them. The customizations and 21 available lofts can suit anyone's game. I will probably disappoint a few and let my green golf colors shine bright when I say this, but I really didn't know a lot about SCOR Golf prior to this experience. One thing that I have learned as I continue to learn and engulf myself in everything that is golf; don't count out the small companies. They are usually the folks doing the biggest work and provide some of the highest quality equipment, apparel, and accessories. For me, there are 2 features that I would like to see a bit different for the next generation. At the center of controversy, I would like to see a better head cover, something that fits a bit snugger and high end to match the quality of the wedges. Second, I would like to see some customization color options. This is a premium product at a higher end price. Provide the ability for customers to select certain color schemes/patterns/grip colors versus only having one standard wedge look. Now I realize this is something that can be done ourselves, but for someone like me, I would walk away with a finished product that looks like a clown, colors and smudges galore! The forged grips on the face are my favorite feature of this wedge. The touch, feel, and spin are remarkable and something that I would love to see on SCOR Golf wedges for a long time. The second feature that needs to be on all future SCOR wedges is the Lamkin grip. It is a great grip that feels soft and left my hands and grip very relaxed throughout all of my shots. Great feeling, as I tend to be someone who over grips shots.