ClubTest 2022: Edel SMS wedges tested and reviewed
This year’s ClubTest is bigger and better than ever. To help you make sense of the mountain of high-tech new clubs on the market, we put all of the latest offerings from the top golf club manufacturers to the ultimate test. Below you will find the test results and complete reviews of the new Edel SMS wedge.
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Edel SMS Wedge
We tested: Various lofts
Our take: Of the wedges that took part in GOLF’s player testing, Edel’s SMS was one of the most requested models. Testers gave high marks to the consistent turf interaction and adjustable weight technology in the head. “This wedge has more technology than my driver,” commented one GOLF tester. “I was skeptical at first, but once I moved the weights around, I started to see a tighter circle on full swing shots. The tech is for real.” Having the ability to zero-in on the flag from inside 130 yards is a game-changing benefit for any handicap.
Edel SMS wedges
The details: Edel has found that weight, as well as shape, play a vital in how a wedge performs for particular golfers. While Edel’s wedges have four different grind options in the lineup that suit different attack angles, the company is taking fitting and personalization to the next level.
The SMS (Swing Matching System) wedges are designed with three interchangeable weight ports in their back cavities to help match the wedge to your swing and feel. According to Edel, the weight-adjustable system also has a significant impact on spin and accuracy.
By placing weights of different measurements into the ports, the overall weighting gets shifted in one direction or the other. Edel’s stock wedges come with two 2-gram titanium weights, and one 8-gram tungsten weight (4-, 6- and 10-gram weights are also available). The heaviest weight can either go into the heel, center, or toe location, and the two lighter weights fill out the remaining slots.
Through Edel’s player testing, the company found that putting the heaviest weight in different locations can yield measurable results. Edel’s testing results show that spin increased, on average, by 10.4 percent when the weight was in its “highest spinning location” for each golfer, compared to the “lowest spinning location.” Additionally, the company reports that 80 percent of testers found their best spin numbers from having the heaviest weight in a location other than center.
Edel also found that when golfers have their preferred weight location dialed in, they gained 44 percent more accuracy in terms of distance and offline dispersion.