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Final Reviews: Edel SMS Wedges

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Equipment Type: Wedges
Vendor: Edel

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Edel believes it's Swing-Match-System wedges offer golfers a first-of-it's-kind opportunity to play a wedge fit based on the unique attributes of YOUR swing. Moreover, Edel believes every golfer fits into one of three swing types: cover, side-on or under. Put another way: steep, neutral or shallow.

Citing internal testing, Edel found that 80 percent of tested golfers saw the best spin numbers with the heaviest weight NOT in the center location.

Now we need testers like you to assess and report back to us at MyGolfSpy!

Other information:

We're looking for 4 (four) testers to put these wedges up against your gamers. International members are welcome to apply, but this test is RH (right-hand) only!  It is preferred that testers have access to a launch monitor or shot tracking to compare to previous wedges.  Each tester will be provided a set of three wedges for testing.

New to the forum? Want to increase your chances of being selected for testing? Here is a link to a guide which lays it all out for you and will allow you to know exactly how, why and who we select for testing: HOW TO BECOME A TESTER

 

Congratulations to our Testers!

@edingc

@xOldBenKenobiX

@scooterhd2

@GrumpyGolf

Initial Impressions
Looks
Sound and Feel
Performance
Overall - Play it or Trade it

Edel SMS Wedges – Official MGS Forum Review by GrumpyGolf

Intro  - May 29, 2022

For a full introduction in the comments section click here

First off, I am grateful to have been selected for this set of testing. I am picking up the game again after an eighteen-and-a-half-year hiatus due to family, work, and general unexpected (or maybe should have expected) life happenings.  With most of that behind us, my wife decided it was time for me to get back out on the course (and maybe give her some time away from me 😉). 

During fitting I was fitted with the following specs:

  • 50°, 54°, and 58°
  • C-Grind with 2g/8g/10g weight dispersion
  • KBS Tour Wedge - S +1"
  • Tour Velvet - Std

As for this test, I plan on testing out the wedges in three different manners – in the simulator (to get the spins, trajectories, etc.…), on the range (distances and shot groupings), and the chipping/putting green (feel and short shots with stopping power).  I will be using my current wedges as a baseline only but considering the loft differences I really am going to rely on my own experiences with the Edel wedges.

I said before that I was excited to get a chance to test wedges in my first go round on MGS, I mean that because my wedge game was the best part of my game before. I practiced flop shot more than anything else just because I thought they looked cool (reality is if I needed a flop shot one in a round, I was lucky). But wedge shots in general were good for me as I was usually 20-30 yds off the green back then.

What's in the box: Click here to see the box opening for the the Edel wedges.

First Usage and QA of Wedges: Click here to see initial usage thoughts as well as the actual QA of the wedges themselves.

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Driver: :ping-small: Ping G410 10.5 degree ALTA CB 55 RED STIFF
Fairway: :cobra-small: Cobra FLYXL 3 & 5
Hybrid: :cobra-small: Cobra FLYXL 4 & 5
Irons: :cobra-small: Cobra FLYXL 6 - P w/ Mitsubishi Rayon KURO KAGE Black Parallel Graphite Iron Shaft STIFF
Wedges: :edel-golf-1: Edel SMS 50, 54, 58 degree with KBS STIFF 2g/8g/10g Weight Setup
Putter: :odyssey-small: Odyssey Stroke Lab 7 Putter w/ Graphite & Steel Shaft and Pistol Grip
Ball: :bridgestone-small: Bridgestone Tour B X
GPS: :ShotScope: Shot Scope V3 w/ Trackers 

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Link to review
Initial Impressions
Looks
Sound and Feel
Performance
Overall - Play it or Trade it

Edel SMS Wedges – Official MGS Forum Review by scooterhd2

Full introduction can be found in the comments section.

Intro

Hello MGS, my name is Kevin. I've only really gotten into golf in the last 3 years or so, but have worked my way down to a 5 handicap. I play 30 rounds a year and practice several times a week. I am a bit of an equipment and instruction junkie. My biggest weakness right now is inside 100 yards. My slightly OTT move leads to some thin strikes and partial shots have been a score killer for me. Around the greens my wedge game is functional but rarely great. I'm hoping a properly fit set of Edel SMS wedges can fine tune by game, provide some more consistency and ultimately give me more confidence. That's going to be a recipe for lower scores. 

 

Results of my fitting at Club Champion:

50: C Grind, 54: V Grind, 58: T Grind. Weights at 6h, 10c, 8t. 

 

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Final Review - July 25, 2022

 

First Impressions - 4/5 Stars
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My order was quick to ship. Communication from Edel was great. The box the wedges come in is absolutely top notch. And the packaging and materials exceed my expectations. I do find it concerning that between our group the packaging was not consistent though. I seemed to receive all of the stickers and info cards, while others did not. I was also a bit disappointed that there was not a tool included. 3 wedges retail for over $600, so not to include a tool seems trivial to me. Especially when the marketing behind the club is that it has moveable weights. I also find it odd that there is no mention in the ordering process of paint fills. There appears to be a red model and a black model, and although the ferrule choice is given, there's no mention that the wedges may be painted differently based on that choice. Or perhaps that the paint fill for stamps would be applied everywhere. Regardless, that's an oversight in my opinion. It didn't affect me, as my wedges were exactly what I imagined, but I could see how others could run into a problem there. In all fairness, if I was ordering after a fitting and with no knowledge of other order, I'd give 5 stars, but consistency is key. 

 

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At the end of the day, you cant help but smile once you have these unboxed. The shafts labels are well aligned, the grips are straight, the weights are in the right spot, and my lengths were spot on. A great build that is just waiting to be put through the paces. 

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Aesthetics, Sound and Feel - 4/5 Stars

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I believe Edel has made massive strides in the aesthetics department from previous wedge releases. The SMS wedges are absolute quality. The shape is refined, sort of a mix between a classic Vokey/Cleveland type wedge and a Hi Toe which are all widely popular offerings. Full face grooves seem to be all the rage right now, but Edel has been at it for years and they do it properly by my judgment. Enough groove length for the benefit, while still trying to maintain a somewhat traditional look. The graphics are more subdued, with just the company name on the badge and other branding on the hosel. There may have been a time when the weight ports were an eye sore, and I can’t say that I am the biggest fan of the look, but its become common place with PXG and even Callaway having a similar appearance. And obviously these are integral to the technology and design of the wedge. I also appreciate the milled grind sole and the extra design element on the ferrule.If you believe in the performance and quality of your product enough to charge top dollar, then it has to look the part and Edel has certainly done an outstanding job here. 

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My one wish, is that Edel offered a raw finish (or black or brushed steel). I get why manufacturers don’t. Part of it is sales volume, the other is in making a specially weighted head to reach specs without the additional 4 or 6 grams of weight that nickel plating and chrome adds. But it seems you could make use of the weight ports to easily add back the weight. For me, and I admit that my eyes are sensitive and I am playing in the absolute extremes of sunlight in Arizona in July; but the finish, while incredibly durable and incredibly beautiful in hand, is so glaring behind the ball. 

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I’ll have to say I was probably most impressed with the sound and feel of the SMS wedges. The faces are forged with 1025 which is naturally a bit softer then then 8620 used by most wedge manufacturers. Full shots and the head feels heavy but delivers a soft blow. I use a hard ProV1x and out the middle it’s like a marshmallow. Dull sound. Very similar to my Srixon 785 PW (forged from 1020), which makes the transition to wedge very nice. That feeling is addicting when the strike feels like you hit a tennis ball and you know its a great shot just from the feel of impact.

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The Numbers - 5/5 Stars

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My fitting at Club Champion started with a light warm up with my 50* Cleveland RXT4 as my fitter looked over by bag, my swing, and launch conditions. After 20 shots, he asked my what I thought my yardage with that club was, and I said "113 yards." He brought up the averages and I was averaging 113 yards, which made me happy, but it was soon explained to me that these numbers were not optimal. 

It didn't take long to get the Edel SMS weighted properly in the SW and moving back to the 50 degree GW, my final set ended up averaging 118 yards with a slightly slower swing speed. Extra 5 yards. I gained 4 yards with the 54 degree as well, with the same or more spin. 

Gaining yards with my wedges were the last thing I was looking to do, but it was purely an outcome of finding the right weight that kept the club path consistent, and kept the face square. Instant increase in distance and better dispersion. And every swing felt like it was coming out of the middle. 

This transferred to the range as well, and on the course, where I was consistently hitting wedges 5 yards further with ease, with the potential to hit 10 yard farther if attempting to hit a lower draw. 

In a separate indoor Trackman session 1 week ago, I nearly replicated my fitting numbers. This time finding the Edels to be 6 or 7 yards longer with no real detriment to launch conditions or flight. 

 

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On Course - 5/5 Stars
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I love on course testing. Looks don't matter, brands don't matter, numbers don't matter. Everything is results based, and that's really where the Edel SMS wedges shined in my opinion. 

I shot my first ever under par round over 18 holes, albeit on a executive course that I skipped around on tee boxes to ensure that I could tee off with a wedge in hand on every hole. I only carried the 3 Edel wedges and a putter. Average hole length come to 110 yards, and I was in the zone. This was the first time playing on a course with the new wedges, and it was beyond an amazing honeymoon period. It's hard to ignore instant success the first time the clubs are in the bag. There's definitely something here.

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The results did not really stop from there. My handicap has not moved much over the last few months, so there isn't any quantifiable evidence (my cap dropped from 4.8 to 4.6 while testing), but I just feel like I have much better control over full wedge shots. Distance and trajectory control is more predictable, and I feel the Edel SMS wedges are more workable then my Clevelands and especially my TM Hi Toes. It has really been beneficial to be able to add or take off 5 yards by changing the flight. It's tough to explain, but when the weighting feels right, there's a better feel for the clubhead and face, and for me that makes it much easier to hit high fades and lower flighted draws on command. I feel like I can slow the swing down and get more out of it.      

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Besides one really difficult course, I've been very happy with my scoring with the Edels in the bag. I'm usually a 78-82 player with a low anti-cap, and I've been comfortable within that margin every time out while shooting better on several rounds at executive courses. And for me, this is not peak season and conditions can be more difficult in the summer, so I am excited to see what the Fall and Winter will look like. 

I can say that my putts per round has dropped 1.3 putts over the 8 rounds with Edels versus the 8 previous rounds. Could be coincidental. I also put a new putter in the bag. But I feel like I haven't even been putting that well, and that my hole proximity is better. 

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The Good, The Bad, The Inbetween - 4/5 Stars

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I find it a bit odd that Edel does not have a weight kit available. As is, the SMS wedges are going to be best for people looking to get professionally fit for them. That seems to play into the niche golfer that is already familiar with the brand and is going into a fitting already expecting a purchase but just dialing in specs. I’m not sure how big of a draw that is. I think they audience becomes a bit more limited, whereas the weight kit could open it up to the tinkerer that wants to experiment with over 100 combinations of head weights. I will say, the fitting component was extremely successful for me and I would highly recommend that route for anyone that is truly interested.

 

Play it or Trade it? - 4/5 Stars

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This is a bit difficult to grade, but I have to give high marks because the 50c and 54v are staying in the bag. I’ve never felt so confident from 120-90 yards. There’s something to the weighting where the club just feels in position, and I finally feel like I am throwing darts and not just spraying balls. I feel like my approach play on fuller shots has been as good as it has ever been. The 54v has also been a revelation around the greens. Played off the back foot, this has quickly become a go to club for lower flighted pitches and chips. And in bunkers with adequate sand, it has performed admirably.  

The same can be said about the 58t on full shots and in the bunker, but in all honesty there's just too much bounce on touch shots around the green for my liking. Again, I have a shallow attack angle, I play on firm tight lies, and I’m hitting onto fast greens, so I prefer being able to pick the ball with LW. Could a different grind fit me better? Possibly. Would bending a 60 degree stronger to lower the bounce help? Possibly. But right now I just have more confidence with a much lower bounce option than Edel provides. That being said, I’m definitely keeping the 58t. I could see it being useful depending on course conditions or on my travels. 

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Final Score -  26/30 Stars

There's something to the Edel SMS wedges. It can be hard to pinpoint exactly. By Edel's own admission the moveable weights don't have much influence on the COG. So every change to the ball flight with different weight settings is purely brought on by the users feel. Snake oil? Marketing hype? I cycle through alot of clubs, especially wedges, and these just feel right. Above all, I feel in full control of the club. And naturally, when there's that connectedness and confidence, I've seen better dispersion and distance in my fitting, in subsequent monitor sessions, and on the course. 

Again, there's something here, and there's not currently another wedge like it. I'd have to say, if you are in the market for new wedges and are planning to get fit, then I would recommend atleast considering the Edel SMS wedges. Get them in hand. There are really a unique product. If you get the grinds right, they are as good as anything out there. 

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EDEL SMS WEDGE TESTER

  • Driver: :ping-small: G400 MAX
  • Woods::cobra-small: F6 Baffler AD DI 8S
  • Hybrid: :cobra-small: F7 Hybrid AD DI 95s
  • Irons: :srixon-small: Z585 5-6, Z785 7-PW, Modus 120x
  • Wedges: :cleveland-small: RTX4 50, Modus 120x:taylormade-small:, Hi Toe 56 & 60, Modus 120x
  • Putter:   :odyssey-small: White Hot OG 2 ball 
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Overall - Play it or Trade it

Edel SMS Wedges – Official MGS Forum Review by edingc

Introduction - May 28, 2022

A full introduction can be found in the comments section.

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A big thank you to Edel and MyGolfSpy for another outstanding testing opportunity.

My name is Cody and, if you ask my wife, I am obsessed with golf. I practice or play almost every day when the weather permits. Living in West Michigan is a golfer’s dream with many beautiful courses and practice facilities. My handicap hovers in the upper-mid single digits with my distance being the strength of my game. My length means I hit a number of full and partial wedges throughout my rounds.

I will be testing the Edel SMS wedges with the following specifications, per my fitting at Club Champion:

  • 50 degrees, 54 degrees, 58 degrees
  • Standard Loft/Length/Lie
  • V Grind
  • Weight in Toe
  • Nippon Modus3 Wedge 125

I have access to a short game area, a practice range and my indoor garage bay equipped with a FlightScope Mevo+ launch monitor and Titleist RCT golf balls. My plan is to put the Edels through their paces on course, on the practice area and in my garage bay. Specifically, a few areas I am most concerned about are turf interaction, ball flight/shape and wet weather performance. 

Final Review - July 25, 2022

Crazy how fast time flies when you're having fun! We received our clubs over a month ago (full unboxing post here), and I've had a blast with the Edels on both the course and practice range. I was able to get the wedges out for 10 18-hole rounds, eight 9-hole rounds, a scramble and at least 15 trips to the range/practice area. I even played an entire nine holes with nothing but the wedges and my putter.

First Impressions - 4/5 Stars
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The quality of the Edel wedges is evident by the fit and finish of the packaging and the clubs themselves. From the securely-packed, suitcase-style shipping box to the hand-turned ferrules, the bespokeness of the SMS wedges is obvious.

Edel promotes the weight system as a means to ensure the best possible fit for an individual’s swing type. The weight positions allow them to fit for any type of swing, shallow to steep. Edel claims a combined 44 percent increase in accuracy in distance and lateral dispersion.

I am very impressed by the Edel experience. Chris Koske, Edel’s Chief Marketing Officer, helped schedule my fitting and took my order via email. That was a very nice touch. It made me feel like they cared about their customers more so than a larger OEM might.

I’m removing a star from this area for two reasons:

  • There were some differences in what each tester received inside their shipment. I received a card detailing how to self-fit the wedges but some of the other testers did not. I did not receive stickers. Some of the other testers did.
  • It seems odd to me at this price point to not include a tool to change the weights alongside the self-fitting card.

Aesthetics, Sound and Feel - 5/5 Stars
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This is a very subjective area of the review. To my eyes the SMS wedges are some of the most beautiful wedges available. While the milled sole is not unique to Edel, the combination of the sole, modern branding, custom ferrules and a chrome finish makes for a stunning golf club. 

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I prefer the look of the slightly rounded leading edge. It makes me confident I won’t lay sod over the ball if I catch it heavy. The matte face sets itself against the polished hosel and back. The squared off, almost full face grooves are unique and act as a nice alignment aid as well.

The wedges are minimalist enough as to not draw attention. You really start to appreciate the whole package once the details like the sole milling and the diamond texture on the face reveal themselves.

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After an adjustment period, the Edel wedges feel great. As a Japanese 1025 carbon steel forging, they have a very soft feeling when hit on or around the sweet spot. There is still plenty of feedback, and I can readily tell my strike location, however.

I play a firmer golf ball (Snell MTB-X), but impact with the SMS wedges produce a nice solid thwack sound. Only when moving to range rocks could I describe some shots as producing a harsh clicking sound and feel.

The Numbers - 4/5 Stars
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The heaviest weight has been in the toe throughout my testing per my fitting. The weight placement has resulted in consistent impact and shots. I haven’t wanted to move it around.

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My left-to-right dispersion is predictable. I used to be capable of big left misses even with a wedge in my hand. My left miss has almost completely disappeared. I most often miss the ball to the right now, which is a much better miss in most circumstances.

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I hit the SMS wedges very consistent distances that fit my gapping. They have a nice high flight for me with a stock full swing. However, these wedges seem to love partial swings. I’ve made an effort to hit partial shots more often as a means to combat wind. On full swings into the breeze I’ve noticed I can get too much spin which results in a ballooning and short shot.

The weight in the toe does make a noticeable difference. I can feel the face wanting to stay open longer through the swing. I have had some struggles with full swing wedges staying too open. This results in the right/short miss I mentioned above.

Make no mistake, these wedges are still a solid forging and do punish balls that miss the center by too much.

On Course - 5/5 Stars
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The Edels made an immediate impact on the golf course. I quickly felt comfortable with the wedges on partial shots around greens. The toe weight helped my short game because it became so effortless to hit high, soft shots. I never had that kind of short game shot in my repertoire before bagging the Edels.

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The V grind is the perfect choice for my swing and course conditions. I can tell there is a lot more trailing edge bounce on the V grind than on other wedges I’ve used in the past. It is a wonderful grind for the softer conditions I usually play on. On firmer lies, the trailing edge bounce glides along the ground giving me a ton of confidence.

Wet weather performance has been more than adequate for my needs. I still seem to be getting plenty of spin even when the clubface and ball are both wet with morning dew.

I am not as comfortable with full swings as I was with my previous wedges. That has required a small strategy change on course to hit more partial wedges. I'm still practicing at getting better in that area.

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ShotScope confirms an improvement in my short game since putting the Edels in the bag. Over the past 15 rounds I’ve gained 0.04 strokes in my short game over a scratch golfer. Those 15 rounds include a mix of rounds with the Edels and my previous wedges. Over my past 10 rounds with Edels only, I’ve gained 0.62 strokes in my short game over a scratch golfer. That’s a big improvement!

The Good, The Bad, The In Between - 4/5 Stars
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Don’t overlook the endless grind/loft combinations. Edel offers all four grinds in every loft. Add on the weights and there is endless customization. For me, finding the right grind/weight combination made a big difference.

I do think the Edels are not wedges you would want to buy off the rack without a good fitting. It is also concerning to me that each of our authorized fitters seemed to approach the fittings in different ways.

Play it or Trade it? - 5/5 Stars
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The Edels are in the bag. Period. Combined with a lesson taken a day before receiving the clubs, I’ve played some of the best golf of my life this summer. As of this writing my unofficial handicap has dropped from around nine at the start of the testing to below six. My improved short game caused a lot of that improvement.

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While the Edels are priced above their major OEM competitors (and much more than some smaller brands), there is a lot of value in the fitting options. I have no doubt the multitude of loft, weight and grind combinations could fit every type of golfer.

Conclusion

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Edel’s swing match weighting system is a unique feature not found on other wedges. The Edel SMS wedges lived up to the marketing hype during my review period. They have helped me drop two strokes from my handicap since putting them in the bag.

The seemingly endless combinations of loft, weight location and grinds mean a golfer can expect to get a wedge tailored especially to their swing. I would consider the Edel SMS wedges to be a must try for anyone who is looking into a new set of wedges, especially if one can locate an authorized Edel fitter near them.

Final Score - 27/30 Stars

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Unofficial WHS Handicap: 5.8 / Anti-Cap: 10.5 (Last Updated August 7, 2022)

Driver: callaway_logo.png.3dd18aa65544000dd0ea3901697a8261.png Callaway Epic Max LS (9°), 45.75", Fujikura Motore X F1 6X | Club Champion Fitting
17° Hybrid:
callaway_logo.png.3dd18aa65544000dd0ea3901697a8261.png Callaway Super Hybrid, 41.5", Mitsubishi MMT Hybrid 80 TX
21° Hybrid: callaway_logo.png.3dd18aa65544000dd0ea3901697a8261.png Callaway Epic Flash, 40", Mitsubishi MMT Hybrid 80 TX
4 Utility: 
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5-PW:
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50°, 54°, 58°:
231036130_Edel_Golf_Logo_v2_grandecopy.png.13cc76b963f8dd59f06d04b1e8df2827.png Edel SMS, V Grind, Nippon Modus 125 Wedge| Official Review Thread
Putter:
image.png.49fcc172a1ed0010d930fbe1c5dc8b79.png L.A.B. Golf DF 2.1, 36", 68°, Black with Custom Sightlines, BGT Stability Tour, L.A.B. Press II 3° | Unofficial Review
Grips: 
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Ball: :Snell:Snell MTB-X Optic Yellow

Tracked By: shotscope.png.4a7089f2bddff325285b1266a61dda03.png  Shot Scope H4
Bag: :1590477705_SunMountain: Personalized 2020 Sun Mountain Sync
Riding On: :CaddyTek: CaddyTek Caddylite EZ V8 | Unofficial Review

Currently Testing: Edel SMS Wedges
WITB? | 2021 Reviewer Maxfli Tour and Tour X Balls2020 Participant #CobraConnect Challenge | 2019 Reviewer Callaway Epic Flash Driver

 

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Overall - Play it or Trade it

 

Edel SMS Wedges – Official MGS Forum Review by xOldBenKenobiX

Introduction – May 31, 2022

First and foremost a huge thank you to Edel and MyGolfSpy for another awesome testing opportunity.

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My name is Elson, and I am golf addict, I have been playing golf for about 12 years now, born and raised in Brazil, I honestly don’t play and practice as much as I would like to. I have been calling Southeast Michigan home for the past 15 years, and really enjoy the many courses that our area and the Northwest Ohio area have to offer. My wife has accepted that she loses me for a few months during the summer. I am a high handicapper, and my numbers will vary from the high teens to the mid-20s depending on how often I can play.

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I will be testing the Edel SMS wedges, my specs are as it follows:

Ø  48, 54 and 60 degrees

Ø  Standard Loft/Lie + ¼ inch length

Ø  T Grind

Ø  Standard 2g weights on the edges and 8g on the center

Ø  Shafted with a KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 - R 115g with a standard size Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip

Currently I do not have a suitable testing area at home for wedge practice and testing, nor I own a Sim/Shot tracer equipment, however I do have a few golf courses nearby with good range/short game are to practice at. Also, there is a new X Golf location down the street from me to where I can go and test with a full Sim and test spin rates.20220529_090154.jpg.b5d80142205543f402c66fb60d574af2.jpg

Overall, I want to test these wedges with my regular game, and see how they perform, or how can I make them perform.

The main measure of testing here is if they can help me save strokes, more greens in regulation and such. As any new clubs I expect these to be different than what I am used to play with and to see some good differences with the spin rates and shot shapes. Edel is one of the companies to which I have never held one of their clubs before, just saw pictures and videos and I think it will be awesome to play with it.

I am very excited for this testing as my wedges are the oldest clubs in my bag right now and were never fit for my game. My short game is also a weak part of my game and one that I would love to see improve. With that being said, I cannot express how excited I am about testing these wedges.

Final Review - July 25, 2022

First Impressions  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My first impression of those was that they are very well made, from the clubs I tested during my fitting to the clubs I receive, the craftsmanship on those is simply great, I love the looks of the clubs.

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I love the looks at address and really enjoyed the overall looks of the clubs.

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The head looks very compact at address, and with a very nice look at address. The full-face grooves are great, allowing for mishits to still be struck within the groves, hence the mishits were not so punishing to me.

Edel claims that this wedge can be up to 44% more accurate, I can say that personally I did see an improvement with my shots, not up to 44%, but I was able to keep more balls in the green, and get it closer to the flag overall, despite not experimenting with moving the weight around I do still think that the moveable weights are a great advantage for better players who can shape the ball flight one way or another, and who want to have that set as a default shot shape with the weights.

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Unfortunately, at my current skill level, I do not shape the call at demand and honestly prefer to have my ball flight as straight as possible.

Aesthetics  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was fit for the T grind across the board, the tripe sole design allows for some versatility when using the wedge. These feature the traditional pear shape from address.

The logo is not too distracting when looking at the bottom of the club as well the T grind information, I think if wanted the bottom of the club would be a prefect canvas to add some lovely personal touches, I did not get these wedges customized, but I can see a lot of potential with the available customization.

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As I mentioned before, I do like the overall looks of this wedge, I think the overall package was well put together, these are not flashy, but very noticeable when sitting in the bag.

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Comparing these with other wedges of similar price, I think that these wedges are spot on with their looks, maybe not as a such refined looks as a Vokey, but they do look good on their own way.

These wedges sound good, they are not too loud and give a feeling of softness when they are hit, when swinging through the rough and grass in general, these sounded soft and not distracting, very pleasing, even swinging from the sand did not yield any loud or displeasing sound.

My mishits still ended up with some good overall results, knowing my game, other clubs where I know the mishits would generate a very bad result, severe miss, and such, with these, the misses where not as bad, and in general I got the ball closer to my intended target.

My worse hit with this clubs was a bad chunked toe hit, that pretty much caused the ball to go sideways, however this one was on my swing not the club, as for the best, I did get a lovely high shot over the trees into the green after putting my tee shot on the rough in front of the next tee box, this shot went exactly how I had pictured in my mind, and it felt really good to be able to hit that shot with the confidence that I would pull it off, especially because I know that I hit a lot more bad shots than good ones.

As for the normal mishits, hitting it thin would get me a longer shot than I wished for, but nonetheless close to my intended line.

With my chunky shots, I did experience the normal last of distance, but still following my intended line.

With the mishits and non-square to the face shots, I did see some side traction, but not as bad as my old wedges.

The Numbers⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I did not had a chance to take these wedges to a sim and test out the numbers, however as for real life play, I did notice that my shot dispersion was a little better, I did notice that on the shorter shots 100 yards and less, where I usually struggle a lot, I did indeed have better results and have hit more greens or with the misses, I got it closer to the green.

As for my distances if hitting the wedges with a full shot these are the numbers I have averaged.

For my 48 degrees, I was hitting between 95 to 105 yards.

For the 54 degrees, I was hitting between 75 and 85 yards.

As for the 60 degrees, I was hitting between 55 and 65 yards.

The trajectory of my shots was a mid to high flight.

As I previously mentioned the mishits were not as punishing as my older wedges, especially as these ones had been fitted to my game.

Dead center hits were very pleasant and yield good shots, with the toe and heel shots, indeed the shots would go right and left of the target, not as far offline as I would hit with my old wedges, I noticed that when I try to recreate the same shots with both the old and new wedges, the Edel wedges gave me a much closer proximity to the the hole as well as to the green.

Shooting similar wedges on the range I took 10 shots with each wedge and its comparable old wedge that I had in the bag, the shots were post warm up, and I was feeling loose enough for all of them.

Wedge

Shot distance

Hole average Distance

Edel 48

30 Yards Chip shots

32 feet

Vokey 48

30 Yards Chip shots

41 feet

Edel 54

20 Yards Chip shots

25 feet

Vokey 52

20 Yards Chip shots

29 feet

Edel 60

15 Yards Chip shots

12 feet

Vokey 58

15 Yards Chip shots

21 feet

That is quite a noticeable difference with the distance, especially with the shorter shots, I had a couple of the 15 Yard chips where I nearly holed them out.

As for the full shots on the range, unfortunately I had to do more of a visual evaluation as I could not walk down the range and measure each individual shot from its landing spot compared to the target line.

Due to having a steep angle of attack, I naturally hit shots to the right.

Mind you, most of my misses are to the right, and once again after warming up and with a good rest break between sets, I hit 10 balls with each wedge.

Again, this was the hardest part to estimate during the test.

Wedge

Shot Distance

Estimated deviation to the target line

Edel 48

100 Yards full shot

15 Yards

Vokey 48

100 Yards full shot

30 Yards

Edel 54

75 Yards full shot

10 Yards

Vokey 52

75 Yards full shot

25 Yards

Edel 60

60 Yards full shot

10 Yards

Vokey 58

60 Yards full shot

15 Yards

I wish I have had the chance to take these to a Sim and gotten numbers that way, but between the bad knees, sprained wrists and ankles, the past few weeks have made my outings much harder.

I did prefer to spend the limited time I had in real golf conditions, and oh boy did they deliver during that play.

On the Course⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have noticed that on my course play, I have used the 60 degrees wedge a lot more than the 48 and 54, as for my last round, I found myself trying to fit usage of the wedges, maybe a little too much, looking at the opportunities had and the distances I knew I could hit the wedges comfortably, I hit some shots that I knew I did not have the distance with a wedge, so on the next shot I would have a chance to hit a different wedge.

If I was approaching a green and the distance left was between 110 and 125 yards, I would still hit the 48 degrees wedge, so I would have a chance to hit the 60 degrees for my next shot, that is because I wanted to hit as many shots as I could with these, and I honestly contemplated, yet I did not, play the shorter par 4s with wedges only, I might do that in a future round as my home course of Taylor Meadows, have a lovely stretch from the 8th to the 10th hole that are shorter yet challenging with water in play on all 3 holes.

8 playing downhill 309 yards

9 playing downhill with water to the right the entire way 281 yards

And the 10 with a new Pond guarding the front left of the green is the shortest at only 256 yards.

The only area that I truly had an issue was with Sand traps, both during my range sessions and the actual course play, I had a real hard time getting out of them, but I cannot fault the wedge, that is my game and the flaws I have with it.

I hoped that the new wedges would be a magic bullet, but that was not realistic.

Where I play most of the bunkers are of heavy compact sand with a very low sand dept, these are the type of bunkers that only really have 3 inches of sand than it is the hard soil below.

I noticed that despite missing the green from the sand, either long or very short, the wedge glided through the sand with no issues, despite most of the times me taking a steep swing that really dug into the sand.

I felt confident every time I had the wedges on my hands and that is one of the best characteristic of these.

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I quite honestly really loved playing these wedges and cannot really say any bad things about it, maybe because these were such an improvement from my old mix and match set of vokeys.

These have impacted my game in a positive way, these had bee

n optimized to give me the best spin rate and flight.

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I had never had an Edel product on my hands, and I got to say, I am impressed with the over engineering of these clubs, the fact that you can move the weight around and adjust the ball flight is the type of thing that I would expect from a driver, not really from an wedge, but to have the option is one of those tools that is a great one to have on your bag.

I would love to see more of the moveable weight technology, I love to see where Edel will take those and what it becomes of it, that technology being integrated to their new SMS irons shows Edel’s commitment to the technology.

The Good, the Bad, the Inbetween⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The good, these wedges are awesome, and the technology behind them is very impressive.

The bad, and my bad on these, I feel that even though I am not a very tall person, the wedges feel short, the 35 inches for the 60 degree, the 35..25 for the 54 and 35.5 for the 48th, have me squatting down a little more than what I feel comfortable with, but that is something I can get addressed later and have an inch added to each one of them.

Play it or Trade it? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

These are a play it for me, these wedges have improved my game, and indeed it has been a such short time and I think a few more rounds of play will help me get even more accustomed to these wedges, but I do like what I have experienced so far.

The main measure of success for me with these wedges is confidence, I have gained confidence on hitting different shots around the green and know that I can pull of those shots.

I think that everyday golfers like myself benefit from these wedges, as they show a great deal of forgiveness and playability.

I think as I use these and get more comfortable with them, my short game will improve.

Conclusion

Edel has brought forward a great set of wedges, the technology behind these is impressive, the fact that one can customize your shot shapes with the moveable weights is a big plus.

The exceptional forgiveness and workability of these jump out at you as an advantage with these.

As my personal experience, again the word here is confidence, these felt very good on my hands and did improve me game, I have hit a lot more of good shots than I did bad shots with these wedges than my old ones.

Final Score 29 out of 30 Stars
 

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1 minute ago, GolfSpy_BOS said:

Congratulations to our Testers! 

@edingc

@xOldBenKenobiX

@scooterhd2

@GrumpyGolf

 

Looking forward to seeing how well these work for you guys!  (especially you Cody to compare to the MIM blacks!)

Start practicing those trick shots! 

Congrats to all of the other testers too.

I am very pumped to do this

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Congratulations, a few old hands and a new stick, this should be good.

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5 minutes ago, xOldBenKenobiX said:

Congrats to all of the other testers too.

I am very pumped to do this

Ditto!

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OK.... It took a few minutes but I am over my jealousy!!  😁 

Congrats to the testers!!!   I look forward to reading the reviews!    👏

 

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Lets get it! These things in the look department look legit and if its anything like the putters from 2021 you guys just got a solid piece of equipment!

In the market next year for wedges so will be following this sucker to see if Vokey has something to worry about!

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Congrats. to those chosen for this testing.

Really looking forward to the results from this diverse group.

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Wow what a great foursome...this will be fun to follow!!!!!!!!!!!!

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52 minutes ago, GolfSpy_BOS said:

Congratulations to our Testers! 

@edingc

@xOldBenKenobiX

@scooterhd2

@GrumpyGolf

 

Looking forward to seeing how well these work for you guys!  (especially you Cody to compare to the MIM blacks!)

Start practicing those trick shots! 

Congrats team! Very very curious to see if their claims are true - makes sense in my (admittedly fat) head, but can't wait to see what you all experience with the fittings/results.

Huzzah to all!

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Wow, great group.  Congrats guys...I'm in the wedge market, I'll be watching this one for sure!

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Good looking group of testers right there! Congrats to you all, show those wedges no mercy! 💪

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Congrats fellas!  Very, very interested in hearing about these wedges.

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Congrats everyone hope you start ripping some balls back on greens (of course as long as you are above the hole)

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Awesome group for a great test!  Congrats guys and as always thanks to Edel and MGS for these opportunities.

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Great opportunity. Thank you! Good timing as well. I've been looking to revamp and unify my wedge setup. Currently playing a mix of RTX4, Zipcores, TM Hi Toes. All different shafts. Hopefully Edel can earn a spot in the bag. I've heard great things. 

 

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Congrats testers! Interesting to see the spin difference on these as I just got a new Cleveland zipcore 56* wedge. 

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Hopefully these will help produce close shots into and around the green.

 

Would be fun to try these out.

 

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I have a SkyTrak launch monitor and would love the opportunity to compare these to my current Cleveland gamers!

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I have a Garmin R10 and would like to test since I am looking for new wedges to replace my one Maxfli Black Max SW. 15.5 handicap.

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Great looking wedge. Improves spin. Great thing to add to your bag.

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I've been using Shot Scope for 3 years now and would love to test the Edel wedges against my Ping Glide 2.0 wedges.

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These have intrigued me from the beginning.  I've wondered if a tiny weighted screw like that could really affect a wedge & it's performance.  🤔

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I am excited to see what people think of these wedges. I played vokeys in the past and switched to sub70 jb wedges last year. They are ok but I’m not completely sold on them so I’m interested to see how these compare. 

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Fingers crossed.  Would be nice to see how they feel compared to my ‘stellar’ Wilson’s, but I did just realize that this is a right hand only testing. Oh well, maybe I’ll switch sides of the ball just to see if I do any better.  Sorry about the erroneous entry. 

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Excited to track on the course with arrcos and in the simulator with trackman! 

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Super interested to see where this one goes after some of the success we saw with last years Edel putter test.  How much of a difference will that custom weight position make for your wedges?  

I know I've seen big changes in my flight on the driver when I moved weights around, will that apply for a slower, shorter distance shot for our testers?  

I guess only time will tell.  I can say that these certainly look the part! 🔥🔥🔥

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Would love to try Edel SMS Wedges. 
Adjustable weight to tailor for swing type is great idea. I’m a digger. D grind sounds perfect for damp conditions I play in regularly. I have a Swing Caddie launch monitor to test against my Renegar wedges. I have an Edel putter that I love. 

 

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Great concept--have recently finished a 3 month short game school (all manner of shots from 100 yards in)..

Would love to put these babies through their paces !!

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8 minutes ago, Zatty said:

Hopefully these will help produce close shots into and around the green.

 

Would be fun to try these out.

 

Yes, would be an opportunity to try ‘new’ wedges? Needing “HELP” in E.T..

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These are some of the best looking wedges on the market. Love Edel belief in fitting their products to the consumer. 

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I've heard lots of good things about these wedges and their interchangeable weights in the head. Excited to potentially try these out

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Haven't been on here in a while, so probably wont get selected, but this would be a fun one to test.  Especially since we're finally getting nice weather back here on L.I. 

Good luck to everyone who signed up!

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