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I drank the Edel coolaid!

post #1 of 12
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After reading all the great talk about Edel on the forums here, I decided to take a closer look and went for a fitting this past Friday.  The decision to custom fit a wedge was a no brainer - I miss lots of greens and thus, rely heavily on my short game.  I won't bore you with all the details, but suffice it to say I have more bounce on my 58* than before. 

 

After completing my wedge fitting, we headed indoors where I fitted into a new putter.  Again, this was a no brainer.  The aim test was very interesting.  I'm sure many of you out there feel they are good putters and point the putter at what they see.  Well, I wasn't too far off, but was aiming 4 inches left of target.  When I stroked the putt and hit the laser, the fitter said I was holding the toe open to make the ball go straight.  Ah ha moment right there!  After configuring my putter setup, I stroked several putts dead on line with a proper toe release.  Amazing stuff.

 

My negative spin on this experience is this - the fitting wedges are heavy.  No issues on the green side shots, but I had a hard time getting a good feel on the full wedge swings due to the weight.  The fitter did have some finished products for demo, but they too were on the heavy side.  The clubs I ordered will match the swing weight of my MP64's, so hopefully there won't be any issues.  Then, the fitting putters are clanky.  I was surprised they didn't have more finished putters for testing and to simply show off.  When you are paying $400 for a club, you want to know how it feels when striking the ball.  Luckily, I was able to stroke a few with the fitters personal Edel putter.  The precision milled putter was very solid.  It felt so good that I would have bought the putter without the fitting.  Be sure you get a chance to hit puts with a finished Edel.

 

When the day was done, I ordered a 54* and 58* wedge set and a new putter.  This was definitely an investment in golf clubs.  I went into this a bit skeptical and wasn't planning on buying anything.  The knowledge I gained about my game through the process compelled me to purchase the clubs.  I would recommend to everyone out there, look for an Edel fitting sight and pay for the fitting and treat it as a lesson.  You are not obligated to purchase the clubs.  But when you learn that custom fit wedges and putter will increase the chances of you executing the shots you currently play, prepare to break out the wallet!  : )

 

Now, it's waiting time…

 

amac

post #2 of 12

Very nice congrats!  I did my fitting back in September.  The putter is just amazing.  The wedges I love and I have had to get used to the weight as well on full shots, it has taken a little time.  I really like how the weight a lot around the greens myself.  Good luck and enjoy.  It is nice to know you pretty much never have to buy a putter again!

post #3 of 12

Congrats. 

 

Once you go Edel...

post #4 of 12

Its all good until you start missing putts and then that Edel will end up at the bottom of a pond just like all the others.

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by GaijinGolfer View Post

Its all good until you start missing putts and then that Edel will end up at the bottom of a pond just like all the others.

4.5 years later , the Edel is still in the bag.

I was a complete putter ho' till the Edel
post #6 of 12
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Its all good until you start missing putts and then that Edel will end up at the bottom of a pond just like all the others.

Find me an Edel at the bottom of a pond and I will throw mine in as well.

post #7 of 12
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Its all good until you start missing putts and then that Edel will end up at the bottom of a pond just like all the others.

LOL.  My current putter has been in play for 8 years.  My wedges for 6.  I make a habit of not changing, just perfecting what I have.  : )

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by GaijinGolfer View Post
 

Its all good until you start missing putts and then that Edel will end up at the bottom of a pond just like all the others.

 

Thanks as usual for your contribution. :-P Goodbye.

post #9 of 12

Good luck with the new gear!  Edel stuff is awesome

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

A quick update on my early impressions with the new Edel clubs. 

 

First, the wedges came out perfect.  The swing weight is exactly what I was hoping for.  The fitting demo's were very club-heavy, but my fitter ordered mine to match my Mizuno's.  The muted, dull finish of the clubs is great for sunny rounds.  Playing down South, we get lots of year round sunshine!  There is no sun reflection coming off these wedges.  The rounded toe was easy to get used to and the extra groove coverage does seem to add more spin.

 

Right out of the box, I have been striping these clubs.  The turf interaction on full swings feels very different from my Vokeys.  I was fitted for their Trapper design and I can definitely tell a difference in my divot pattern.  Around the green, these clubs make playing shots I've been playing much easier.  The sole grind creates a sharp, flat leading edge that gives the feeling that the club will effortlessly slide under the ball.  Problem is, it does and that will take some getting used to.  I have pitched a few shots shorter than planned due, I think, to the club's bounce sliding under the ball. Where before, I would take a bit of divot and shoot the ball.  Once I get the feel for them, this should be an advantage going forward.  The wedges do have some aggressive grooves and the ball has lots of zip on both full swings and around the green. The last point of concern was distance on full swings.  I haven't tested exact distance, but can say for certain I haven't lost yardage.  If anything, these clubs seem to have added a few. My ball striking with these clubs seems to have improved and thus, the ball is flying farther.  Go figure.

 

The putter hasn't exactly wowed me.  It's a putter with different lines than before, made of a much softer metal than my previous. I didn't buy the Edel putter thinking it would putt the ball for me and everything would go in the hole.  I bought the putter because it was fit to my setup and the new lines do instill confidence that I have my putter on line.  The softer metal is going to take a little getting used to.  My Never Compromise gave a different type of feedback when struck, especially the sound.  I find that off center hits with my Edel don't travel the ball as far as my NC did.  Center strikes with the Edel are pure.  One thing I have noticed are the nick marks on the putter face from where the putter is striking the ball.  Thats some soft metal.  By the looks of things, I'm gonna need a putting lesson!

 

In all, I am very pleased with my new clubs.  I definitely feel my wedges are going to open opportunities for shots I've been trying to make, but didn't have the gear to consistently execute.  The putter will be a work in progress.  However, when I set the putter down and get into my stance, everything feels perfect.  I don't have to make any hand adjustments to level the putter.  It's just right.  Again, I would recommend the fitting process to anyone out there considering buying new wedges and or a putter.  You can go through multiple Scotty Camerons and never get one made just for you.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Amac

post #11 of 12

Congrats on the new gear…. The putter will definitely take a bit of time to get use to… I know it did with me. The thing is that you had compensations built into your stroke before which you no longer need but still have, give it some time and those compensations will work themselves out of your stroke. The nice thing is that if you are unable to play/practice for a while, it'll be easy to step right back in as you won't depend on timing nearly as much.

 

The wedges will take a bit of time to get use to as well. I don't have Edel wedges, but the ones I have currently have more bounce than I've ever had before and it is a bit of an adjustment. However, once you make that adjustment, the game around the green gets so much easier because there is so much more room for error when you can use bounce. You can cheat to hit the ball a little on the fat side and not worry about the leading edge digging in.

 

Anyways, congrats and enjoy the new gear.

post #12 of 12

Great stuff @amac! I am glad that you like them.  I was the opposite, for me the putter was such an eye opener and difference maker right away.  I am still getting used to it a bit, but things started improving right away.  It also probably helped that Erik taught me how to make a proper stroke when I was fit for the putter as well.   The wedges have taken me longer to get used to.  On shots around the green, I noticed some quick results. They are a bit heavier than I am used to though, and I am still adjusting to them on full/partial shots.   Although there is a high amount of bounce, the bounce is not very long(a lot of it is ground off).  I like that it does not seem or feel that there is a ton of bounce.  The leading edge is just a tad sharp for my eye on the wedges and so that tends to psych me out a bit with the full/partial shots.  I have been considering softening that edge just a bit.

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