The marketing forces within the golf industry have alienated wedges from the rest of the irons and nothing could be further from the truth. Wedges should be considered as nothing more than extensions of the rest of the irons. For all intents and purposes they could be numbered 10, 11, 12, and 13 instead of being identified separately as “wedges”. The inclusion of wedges within a set of irons allows golfers to customize the set to suit their own games.
1 Iron single -length wedges are not designed in the same way as conventional wedges. 1 Irons are the same one length as the rest of the irons within the set and provide the perfect complement by utilizing the same specifications. For instance: conventional pitching, gap, and lob wedges are designed with 5º to 8º degree bounce angles making them very difficult to play off hardpan or close cut fairways. 1 Iron wedges are designed using the same bounce angle (3º) as the rest of our irons. In fact, 1 Iron wedges are identical to the rest of the irons in the 1 Iron single-length line. The reason is that there should be no difference in the playing characteristics of an iron just because it is called a “wedge”. All of the irons within a set should be designed to play exactly the same.
This brings us to the sand wedge. A conventional sand wedge has a sole bounce angle anywhere from 10º to 16º. This is fine if the only use for this iron is to play the ball out of a sand trap. However, most golfers will use their sand wedge from the fairway ten times more often than they ever use it from the sand. This creates a problem in that the higher degree of bounce angle, the more difficult it is to play an iron from a close cut fairway or hardpan. Realistically, it is almost impossible to play an iron with anything over an 8º bounce angle from a close cut fairway without sculling or blading the shot. For this reason, our 1 Iron sand wedge is designed with only a 6º bounce angle in combination with a wider sole. This lower bounce angle allows for extreme playability out of a close cut fairway and off of hardpan, and coupled with the wider sole makes it extremely effective from the sand as well. The main thing is that this sand wedge is designed with the exact same playing characteristics as the rest of the irons. The result is the utmost in playing consistency throughout an entire set of single length irons.