December 3, 2021
Welcome to another edition of the Cleveland / Srixon Golf sponsored fully equipment mailbag, an interactive GOLF.com series in which our resident dimple heads (aka GOLF’s Senior Equipment Editor Jonathan Wall and Senior Equipment Editor Andrew Tursky) send you tough questions to equipment.
Are most tour players lighter or heavier in their wedge shafts compared to their iron shafts? – @ matt_storeman4 (Instagram)
It is natural to assume that a touring pro would want to get lighter with the wedge shafts in order to get a little more feel, but for the vast majority of those who choose to flex in the scoring clubs, the opposite is true Case.
If you look at Tiger Woods’ wedge composition, he plays an extra stiff flex in his irons and a stiff flex in the wedges.
The weight difference between the two shafts is 2 grams in favor of the wedge shaft, which may not be a huge difference. But remember, we are talking about arguably the most empathetic golfer who ever picks up a club. Tiger notices everything, including the difference in weight.
Why Tiger and other pros prefer to get heavier than lighter is in large part due to timing. Think of all the emotional beats that you have to play over the course of a round. A lighter swing weight in a wedge can sometimes lead to inconsistencies in delivery, contact, and turf interaction.
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“The question is, why should you be lighter if you can’t swing it that fast,” said Kris McCormack, vice president of tour and education for True Spec. “A little more weight in this shorter golf club, for more of us out there, will give most of us a little better feel, feedback, and a sense of where this wedge is at lower speeds. Especially when you hit those pitch and chip shots. A little more weight in the wedge keeps the club stable on these less than full swing strokes. “
While your question relates to shaft weight in the Tour ranks, I believe that better amateur golfers can benefit from the setup too. There’s nothing wrong with playing the same shaft flex on all irons and wedges, but if you’re struggling to make those three-quarter and half turns, try a softer wedge flex on a heavier weight.
As Kris said, you may find it easier to feel where the club is as you swing. And there’s nothing wrong with using your scoring tools to get a little more stability from 100 yards away.
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Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and Managing Editor for Equipment at GOLF.com. Before joining the team at the end of 2018, he worked for 6 years in equipment for the PGA Tour.