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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A Day At The Faldo Institute With Edel Golf
Saturday I went to the Faldo Golf Institute for another putting fitting with
Edel Golf (www.edelgolf.com) with the company’s head of operations, Bobby Dean.
I wanted to practice at the FGI along with get fitted for a belly putter and
learn more about Edel’s fitting process as well as what else is coming up for
Edel in the future. I also wanted to get on Trackman again to see if some of my
Trackman numbers improved along with trying a shorter length driver shaft and
what impact that had when put on Trackman.
As far as
Trackman goes, my attack angles all improved. In fact, my driver attack angles
where usually in the -0.5 to -2.0 down range which is fine by me. It’s my belief
that while Trackman can give you a good ballpark of where the ball is being
struck on the face, you should check to see where the face contact is anyway. I
didn’t find this to be an issue with the irons, but with the driver it’s so
difficult to tell as I was hitting too steeply a week ago, but hitting the ball
up higher on the clubface, where there is more loft. That is why I could hit -4
to -5* down with the driver and still get a high ball flight. You can use David
Graham’s suggested trick of buying some $5 Dr. Scholl’s spray and lightly spray
it on the face and see the face contact easily.
As far as the shorter
driver goes, which I will blog about tomorrow, I have a spare Wishon 919THI
driver that has an Aldila RIP Beta X-Stiff shaft and that was 45-inches long. My
‘gamer’ is a Wishon 919THI with a UST Mamiya shaft at 45-1/8” long. I wanted to
see if there was a difference in attack angle and clubhead speed if I trimmed my
spare driver to 44-3/8 inches. I made them both the same MOI (2,825 kg/cm^2). In
the end, the difference was about 1 mph of clubhead speed slower with the
shorter driver and the attack angle was the same. I will go into detail more
was the Faldo Institute's first time doing Edel fitting, so they did this one
for free and anybody was invited to come and try it out, with no obligation to
buy. My putting instructor, David Graham along with felling FGI Instructor,
Justin Blazer are now certified AimPoint instructors along with Edel Putter and
Edel Wedge certified fitters. For those who live in Florida, you now have a
place to go and for those who plan to take a visit to Orlando in the winter,
they are your guys to help with your putting and wedge needs.
idea and fitting process for the putters is interesting in itself, I found it
even more fascinating of how the putter influences a golfer’s putting stroke.
Personally, I had a rightward aim bias and then would make the compensation of a
cutting across stroke to counter my rightward aim bias. As Bobby put it, your
brain is trying to find a way to get you to make putts. When I first got my Edel
putter, I still had that cut across motion. But since I was now aimed correctly,
I could now make progress on eliminating that cut across motion. Without being
aimed correctly, I would always fight against my inaccurate aim at
This was particularly interesting with each person I saw get
fitted. One of them was a promising junior who primarily used a long putter. And
with his standard putter he would use the left-hand low grip. His problem was
that he aimed left with the putter at address. He then used the left hand low
technique which in reality greatly closed his shoulders at address. That closing
of the shoulders would create an inside-to-out stroke. He was much like the
opposite of myself, he would aim left and then use an inside-to-out stroke as
his brain was trying to get him to make putts thru large compensatory movements.
Eventually frustrated with his putting, he went to the long putter as a junior
Bobby recommended that he dump the long putter as it was a crutch
for him. I tend to agree in the sense that I look at the long putter as a last
resort for golfers. If you can’t putt with the long putter, then you need to
make wholesale changes with your putting technique because from an equipment
perspective, you have nothing else to go to. With a normal putter and a standard
right hand low grip, at least if the golfer struggles with that they can go left
hand low, piston style putting, belly putter and then long putter. If you are a
junior golfer and are already trying the long putter with no success, it could
creep into your mind at an early age that you can’t putt.
As far as my
belly putter goes, my fitting didn’t take very long at all. What I found
interesting was my first initial aim was with a ‘dummy’ putter head and the
alignment was not too far off to begin with, probably 6-inches to the right.
That was much better than when I initially was fitted back in 2011 for a
standard putter where I almost aimed off the screen in the backdrop. So my
thinking is that the way the belly putter is setup for me, that it helps with my
aim to begin with. We found that the optimal length for me was at 43 inches
What was also interesting is that Bobby had told me that with so
many possible combinations, it’s quite possible for 2 different fitters to fit
the aim for a golfer with 2 different designs. Well, I must be predictable
because we wound up fitting me for the same exact head and hosel as my current
only difference is that this belly putter will have 2 lines in the cavity and 1
line on the top-line. We then worked on the weight fitting with placing weight
in various places along the head and the grip to get the hand speed where we
want it. I have the tendency to speed up the hands thru impact. The junior
golfer with the left-aim bias had the same problem and that would cause him to
open the face, a problem I sometimes suffer with as well.
I ordered a
putter and will also get to try their new DeVicenzo model (picture below) with
the torque balanced feature coming out soon and I will review that as
was told that Edel will be going international with both their wedges and
putters and will be hitting the European market very soon which is great for the
European readers who have inquired about that. I honestly feel that with Edel
and AimPoint, you have an unbeatable combination on the greens.
watch some of the wedge fittings. Lately I have had some issues with my own 56°
Edel wedge. Part of the problem is that with my steep attack angle, even 18° of
bounce is not enough for me. However, Bobby showed that I had too much forward
shaft lean at address and that alone helped me tremendously. With that and some
of my driver struggles, that’s why I think it’s important to use a video camera
with different clubs in your bag, there’s always that chance you may employ
different mechanics with different clubs that may not be quite suitable for the
Everybody liked the wedges. As I have found, they are
extremely well suited for Florida because you can play 3 straight holes in
Florida and get 3 varying types of lies from plush, to thick grass, to hardpan.
I also think the high bounce angles are invaluable for distance control because
you don’t have to worry about digging too much turf which can cause the golfer
to hit it short or nuke one way too long. Last week on the Trackman combine test
I scored extremely well using my LW from 70-90 yards. In fact, I had 2 scores of
100 and 2 scores of 99 on the 90 yard shot which shows how well the Edel wedges
I was informed that the dot punch designs will be on
all of their forged wedges and golfers can still get the scorelines on the cast
irons will be on display at the Las Vegas PGA Merchandise show coming up as
well. Here's a prototype of their irons.
seen pictures of the finished product and it's much more of a clean look. Some
of the principles of the wedges are in the irons like the extra bounce angle.
Again, distance control is so crucial with iron play and if they can get the
bounce angle to help with distance control on their irons, that would separate
them from the other manufacturers.
I did ask if the scorelines were moved
out to the toe like the wedges.
will not be moved out, but will have the punch dot design. I takes roughly 30
minutes to dot punch each club, thus 4 hours goes into dot punching an entire
I did introduce Bobby to MOI Matching. I think that's another
process that can really separate Edel from the rest of the manufacturer's out
I wound up leaving the day learning so much about putter design
and the stroke and how golfers tend to react to the stroke, which is something
that this blog is really about. I would highly recommend checking out David
Graham and Justin Blazer at the the Faldo Golf Institute as it's the best place
to practice in Orlando and they have all of the resources and knowledge to help
improve your game.