Here is the question around which Terry Koehler, president of Eidolon Brands, built his new SCOR4161 scoring clubs system:
"'When you have a 9-iron or PW in your hands, is that more like a wedge shot or a 4-iron shot?' The answer is always, logically, 'more like a wedge.' So we then asked the critcial question, 'So why does your 9-iron and [PW] match your 4-iron and not your wedges?'
"Answer: Because no one has ever given golfers the option to do it any other way."
Koehler has set out to do it another way, building a set of matching scoring irons from 41 to 61 degrees (hence SCOR4161), basically 9-iron through lob wedge, that will flow naturally from your existing middle irons.
"If anything should match it should be these money clubs, over 40 degrees," Koehler said. SCOR4161 has 21 different loft options, allowing for consistent distance gaps, he said. "Right now you have short irons and wedge -- 8, 9 and [PW] -- that match with the middle irons and then you have three wedges that you've bought that have totally different heads, feel and shafts that are right in the money range."
The SCOR4161 irons are blades, which Koehler argues should not be an issue, even for those who hit cavity-back irons. "I grew up in the 50s and 60s playing blades," he said. "The middle irons and long irons were hard to hit, but I loved getting into the 7-iron range.
"One of the casualties of the technology boom is that we dragged blades to cavity back and didn't have to. We dragged them along with this notion of a matched set. If you go and borrow an 8, 9 and [PW] from a golf professional and put them in your bag and played these blade short irons you'll be surprised."
The irons are designed to modify ball flight, producing a lower, tighter trajectory," Koehler said, for "distance consistency, which is the key to scoring."
The SCOR4161 irons come with a fitting system, SCORFit, designed to take into account your irons by identifying your shortest iron under 40 degrees of loft, usually the 8. From there, it recommends proper gapping for four SCOR4161 irons with five degrees of loft separting them or five irons in four degree increments.
A set of five SCOR4161 start at $639, while a set of four go for $519. Individual clubs are $149.
-- John Strege