Then, I went to Hopkins website. They have a great product and marketing program - money back guarantee! What's missing for me is the personal custom fitting process offered by Edel. How do I know what I want is what I need? When ordering online, you have no one to walk you through the benefits of one bounce and grind style vs another. In addtion to Hopkins, I looked into Scor wedges. I am sure there are others I didn't find, but the tour-like, custom grind wedge is making a push into the market. There are lots of good reasons to purchase one of the many custom, small production wedge lines. But why not customize an "off the rack" Vokey? Or Cleveland? Or what ever your favorite brand is?
So, I visited the Voke.com website. Bob Vokey knows a thing or two about custom wedge design. More Tour players use his product than any other wedge maker. My pockets aren't deep enough to spend $350 for a hand ground wedge, but the mass produced wedge of today is different from what I purchased five years ago. With the introduction of multiple groove types, four head models, mutliple bounce and grind design, you get an "almost custom" wedge OFF THE RACK.
I am in the market for new wedges. As stated, I've got over five years on my current SM wedges. I place a high importance on my wedge game to save par more times than I like. : ) That being said, I want to make sure I have the right wedge in my hand. I am willing to pay a little extra, but do I need to? I rate my up-and-down success at better than 70%. I've done that with non-custom wedges. Should I expect that to go up with custom wedges? Have the major manufacturers made enough advances to improve the performance of their product to negate the advantage of a custom fit wedge?
My final question... Since I don't fully understand bounce and grind and how that affects my shot and how my swing is affected by different configurations of each, should I forget custom? Or is this all the more reason to get custom fit to learn the why's and how's of wedges?
Thanks for your input.