SCOR Golf wedges
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. I have a lot in common with Terry Koehler, founder of SCOR Golf, a golf manufacturer specializing in wedges.
Koehler and I love wedges. Here at the PGA Merchandise Show, I told Koehler I have never discarded a wedge in my entire life. It’s true. I still have an old Burke wedge that belonged to my father before I snatched it from his bag.
Wilson wedges hand-ground by Bob Mendralla. Original Vokeys from Titleist. Original 588s from Cleveland. The first square-grooved wedges from Ping. I’ve got them all.
Koehler and I absorbed most of our golf club knowledge from the old craftsmen. Among those master clubmakers was Joe Powell. On his website (scorgolf.com), Koehler lists Joe Powell Golf as an instrumental part of his golf education.
Powell was my best friend in the whole world. Virtually everything I know about golf clubs can be traced back to Powell. Although he died of cancer nearly 20 years ago, his son, John, still operates Joe Powell Golf in Sarasota, Fla.
There was a golf club heritage among the old clubmakers. They did things the old-fashioned way: slowly, accurately, meticulously.
And so it is with Koehler and SCOR Golf. Koehler worked for the Ben Hogan Co., and he still idolizes Hogan. Some of his employees are veterans from the Hogan Co.
Koehler offers wedges with a choice of 21 loft angles. That’s everything from 41 to 61 degrees.
SCOR wedges are sold individually or in sets. The retail price is $149 for one or $135 apiece with a purchase of two or more.
There is a wide choice of shafts. For convenience, shafts are grouped in three categories: steel, heavier graphite (mid-90 grams) and lighter graphite (mid-70 grams).
Koehler has strong beliefs about wedges, and one of those beliefs focuses on weight distribution in the wedge clubhead. All golfers have hit full wedge shots that come up alarmingly short. Why? Usually because the ball made contact high on the clubface, or perhaps the ball slid up the face because of the lie. So SCOR wedges have more bulk in the middle of the blade.
Distance control and consistency remain constant goals for Koehler, who stresses these themes in his literature.
The wedges are made of mild 8620 carbon steel. First they are investment cast, and before final polishing they are re-heated to 1,000 degrees and placed back in a forging tool and pounded with an 800-ton forging press.
Bottom line: They feel soft.
Golfers seeking wedge advice can get it from SCOR. After all, it’s an old-school operation.