I Hate This Idea: The xE1 Wedge | As seen on the Golf Channel
The XE1 Wedge: Does It Fix Your Golf Game?
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There’s a disconnect between the spirit of golf and much of the equipment that comes out each year. The sport is meant to be challenging. It prioritizes athletic skills like touch, focus and intuition rather than speed, strength and jumping ability.
Think about your own game for a moment. Do you feel better about stuffing a pitch off a perfectly groomed fairway to three feet or about getting the same result from a dirt patch off the green? Both shots feel good, but the latter surely brings more satisfaction. For once, you’ve beaten this great game.
That’s the way it should be.
We admired Tiger Woods at his height not because golf was easy for him but because he made golf look easy. There’s a difference there.
So it’s with great skepticism that we should consider products like the xE1 Wedge.
A more in-depth review of the XE1 Wedge here
What is the XE1 Wedge?
Perhaps you’ve seen the commercials on the Golf Channel, but in case you haven’t here is the boast the company displays at the top of its website:
“There’s A Brand New Wedge On The Market – And Thanks To Its Unique and Ingenious Sole Design – You Can Easily Escape From Treacherous Bunkers, Nasty Rough, And Even From Tight Lies… It Virtually Eliminates Fat or Thin Pitch and Chip Shots… AND Lets You Effortlessly and CONSISTENTLY Hit Quality Shots From Anywhere Around The Green, Closer To The Hole, Every Single Time… GUARANTEED.”
That’s quite the prediction and one worth perhaps five-to-ten shots per round depending on the golfer.
You can purchase the XE1 Wedge here.
The secret is in the design, which xE1 terms an “auto-glide sole.” The club is meant to move easily through friction like thick rough or wet sand. The result is a wedge that forgives just about all shots and rewards good ones. It is, essentially, a mistake-proof tool.
This is why spokesman and Golf Channel analyst Arron Oberholser says, “No Tricky Footwork… No Opening the Clubface…Just Set Up Square & Take an Easy Swing!” (Side note: overuse of ellipses).
In other words, ignore some basic fundamentals of the game. You no longer need to use them or learn them.
In my eyes, this is a get rich quick scheme for struggling golfers. The xE1 is more like a cheat code for a player instead of a solution. Unlike other products we’ve highlighted in the past, this wedge does not help improve a golfer’s skills. The website even brags about not needing practice: “The First Time You Pick Up This Club… No Practice.”
That’s anti-golf. But I suppose there’s enough curiosity involved to actually try one of these out.
The XE1 wedge is basically the Alien wedge of the 2010s, right?
— Ryan Ballengee (@RyanBallengee) October 2, 2015
This random “Titleist” account is probably spot on…
Want more information on the XE1 wedge? We covered the product more in-depth here.
I use graphite shafts with my metal woods and there is even a titanium face on my driver. I use perimeter weighted irons with steel shafts. I use grips made of newly developed plastic compounds. I use a 3 piece golf ball that spins with wedges and not so much with driver. I use a compact rotational modern swing. I use video and playback and radar. There is something very good about you, in that you have stayed true to hickory shafts, persimmon woods, leather grips, and balata covered feathered balls, because in some way that’s real golf. I also think there is something very good about just going out and playing, with no instruction or idea of how today’s good players swing a club or manage a course…golf fun for the innocent. The XE1 wedge may not be heard of again by next year, but if it is truly a better club, I would completely support it as well as the classical hickory shaft players. I do believe in different strokes.
iam a 84yrold golfer.can’t hit a wedge have to
use 8or9 iron.do you think the price would come down?
and do you think it will be sold in stores soon?
iam on a fixed income but would sure like to get one to try
out.iam going to find out if any were sold in delawere.
but I hope I live long enough to just try it out (ha)
thanks tony russo
Do you make money off this club? This claim has been made for every type of club sold. I don’t remember the last one I saw on TV, back when i watched TV years ago, but the infomercial had celebrities. Lee Merriwether was one. These clubs never live up to the promise. The reason this club glides is because the person swinging it has a grooved swing. This thing looks like the Console wedges from the 70s. Take a look at all the wedges that promise the same thing. None of them ever work out. You’d see the pros using them. They don’t. In fact, the wedges the pros use are basically variations of the old Wilson R90 that Cleveland Golf based their design on.
We do not make any money off these clubs. This article was only provided as a review, and as our author of the blog indicated, the idea behind these types of clubs doesn’t hold merit.
Good luck in your quest to find this club.
I been playing for 1 year and been struggling with my short game, just got the xe1 yesterday and took them out this morning for go at them. The result was notable at the range calculated approach shots that I would normally make 1 or 2 out of 10 I was doing 6 or 7 out of 10. I play on a beautiful 9 hole all par 3 course. And using the XE1 59 and 65 degree did help in bringing down my score the first time I used them.
I am just a weekend player that enjoys playing golf with my wife and son. I’ll never be a pro golfer and I love the spirit of the game and all the beauty, grace and skill, but for me these clubs just add more joy to the game and raise my confidence and help me enjoy the game more. For those players who have a puritanical approach to the game, go ahead do it “the hard way” for those like me that just enjoy and want to have fun with the game these wedges are wonderful
I just ordered one of these clubs out of curiosity more than anything else. I’m not really expecting it to perform the micicsles it claims it will but I’ll write a review of it after I’ve used it a few times. I’m impartial and a 13 handicap golfer and my club is Kingston Heath in Melbourne Australia where good wedge play is essential for good scoring. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I would like to try your XE1 wedge at no cost as advertised. If i like it, i will buy it.
It is not our wedge, this is simply a review.
Okay so my only question is, is the point of Golf to make the game easier to play wrong, or to learn how to play the game right?
That’s the ultimate question posed in the article above. What are your thoughts, Adam? Does playability and enjoyment come as paramount to the integrity of the sport and the challenges it provides?
Thanks for the thoughtful comment!
So how much doe the HH xE1 Wedge cost ??
Dave, you can purchase the wedge on their website for $99.
Thank you for the comment!
If it grows the game then it’s good.
Troy, Reading your comments evokes a few questions; 1., Since the game of golf is played and not won per-se, and playing non professionally is primarily for fun, why not take advantage of clubs that offer the opportunity to improve play. After all, playing better seems always more rewarding than playing worse. 2., I fail to see use of a club such as the XE1 compromises the “integrity” of the game as your comment suggests. 3., Lastly, you state “the idea behind the XE1’s idea doesn’t hold merit.” Seems to me the “idea” is to make chipping easier and more consistent for the non professional. In my view, that result has a lot of merit. New and improved club design is a constant goal of all manufacturers which improves their bottom line and their buyer’s enjoyment of the game. I wonder what kind of clubs you carry in your bag?
The Reynolds Golf OG Wedge. The Lovett. The Alien. The Moe Norman Hickory Stick. And now the XE1.
These wedges aren’t about making more sand saves. They’re about avoiding the soul-sucking humiliation of leaving sand shots in the bunker. They’re about putting on the next shot.
And for many recreational players, they work.
These clubs conform to the Rules of Golf. Chippers, dedicated sand irons, keel-soled recovery woods, and dedicated driving irons are all conforming to the rules of golf and thus need not be subjected to snark. They are, no different from drivers and putters, shot specific utilities that are separate from the set’s linear loft progression clubs. If you choose to carry all six of these utilities and limit your linear loft progression to eight clubs, they are as legitimate as anything else. Any reference to cheating, or even to compromising the spirit of the game, is out of line.
Thank you for the thoughtful comment. I would love to address what you’ve stated above.
1. I do agree that playing better is better than playing worse. The game is fun, and for those who simply enjoy it as such can do (nearly) whatever they’d like on the golf course, so long as it doesn’t damage the course.
2. My thoughts on the “integrity” of the game is that golf, like any sport, requires patience and effort to see a desired result, all through practice. The fact that this club marketed as “requiring zero practice,” seems to go against the game. It’s a shortcut to success. Success made as easy as possible.
3. Chipping in a one dimensional way is made easier, sure. But the art of chipping doesn’t seem to be encouraged with this club and club design.
I have carried a mix of wedges over the years– Vokeys, Clevelands, even a small known company called Txema. None have ever promised, nor marketed exclusively, my improvement as a golfer with zero practice.
Thank you for the comment and the healthy conversation, Pete!
I would love to know if this wedge grows the game at all. I doubt it does. It is simply marketed as a vice for golfers looking for a shortcut to better* chipping.
*not better overall chipping, but better one-dimensional chipping.*
Perhaps we place “growing the game” on a pedestal, as though growing golf is more important than golf itself.
Thank you for the comment.
I can completely understand the soul-sucking humiliation of leaving sand shots in the bunker, but isn’t that challenge part of the game? Guaranteed success from something called “a hazard,” should be no guarantee.
It’s the same idea as “every kid deserves a trophy”.
I hold no issues against people who choose to use this wedge with their purpose being for simple enjoyment. But to think that a club with these marketing tactics is in the business strictly to help the game is a fallacy. It’s intent is to prey on the weary golfer, sick of poor bunker play.
I suggest some simple practice techniques and a few hours a month working from the sand for better, more satisfying, bunker play.
Thank you for the comment!
Rob, how did it go?
If only someone could make a putter and give it the same guarantee, never miss another putt! I’m all over that one, LOL. As long as there are hackers we’ll find a way to shank, skull or chili dip any club made. Save your money and take a lesson, support your local pro.
I agree with the premise of this comment, Linkbob. Thank you for sharing!
Not one of you wanna be pros addresses the handicap golfer. Im looking for any help I can get. I was a zero handicap golfer but those days are over. Will this wedge help me in the rough, traps, or within 90 yards. I can’t be creative any more. I’ve had major neck and back surgery and my swing is compromised. So give me a true rating for the handicapped.
I am a 10 handicap and have been out for 2 long practice sessions.
Thus far I have not found a way to hit consistent shots chipping on a green. So far I’m not impressed. I also have the 59 degree wedge. It is very easy to skull shots or chunk shots. I have tried to find a way to contact the company with no success.
Come on guys all clubs claim the improve your game some how if this club helps just a bit it’s done it job not all of us can afford 400 drivers 1500 irons 300 putter it’s nice to get a deal purchasing mine tomorrow enjoy your game
If a club doesn’t claim to improve your game, what is it’s purpose? If this wedge works for you, that’s great Mike. It’s true, a lot of clubs in the industry do feel overpriced.
Good luck in your search,
Interesting, William. Does the club feel as though it has too much bounce? What is the main issue you’ve been having?
Good luck in your efforts to contact the company,
I saw this wedge selling for $45. on the internet…Google the name of the club. Why pay retail? Haha!
Thank you for the comment. Was the wedge new or used?
Where’s the review mate. I click on here to see a honest review and all I read is a naysayers rant. Did the club even get a run on the course or the range. If your going to do a review or whinge about something, at least give the club a good run and give honest feed back. Dismissing something because it doesn’t fit the (your) ideals of golf is crap. If your going to review or put down something, review it properly or block your dot. This review wasn’t worth my time reading but it was worth my comments about the reviewer and the review.
Is the wedge a legal club to use?
Thank you for the feedback. Of course, we are open to doing reviews of any product. This article was obviously an opinion piece diving into the idea of the wedge in general. If we were to work with the product, we could have provided more insight into the review aspect.
Also, think for a second about your comments. How often in society do people offer simple commentary on things without having any first hand experience whatsoever? The answer: often. Do we not do this all the time with our political stances? Taking a stance on an idea and writing a review are two separate elements.
We would love looking into writing a review on this product.
In the meantime, thank you for the comment, and don’t judge our talented writer by one article that you seem to have a difference in opinions with.
— Troy Klongerbo
Content from the USGA on this wedge is not available. To my understanding, it would only be an issue of grooves, which seem to conform.
Good luck in your quest,
I purchased this club 2 weeks ago and all I did was skull it every time I used it. Either in a trap or on grass. I did better with my Calloway standard clubs verses so call miracle club.
Thanks for your article. I am expecting to receive my xE1 any day now. I am an 18 handicapper and have just recently become “serious” about getting better after about a 30 year hiatus. For me, my short game is AWFUL and my putting is lacking.The issue that i have is that there are a dizzying array of shots that can be played around the green. Too many, in my opinion for an 18 handicapper to handle. I have had no success opening the face, or the different stances in traps and frankly I don’t have the time or most importantly, the facilities to practice these shots. The reason I think that excellent golfers don’t carry an xE1 or alien or whatever, is that because of the their thousands of practice hours, then can get better results with standard clubs. I accept that and that is the way it should be. As far as I am concerned, if a club is legal and it helps me lower my score even by a shot or two a round then everyone is a winner. What is the harm in me having the best round of my life and shooting 10 over par?
It is my expectation that I will need to practice with the club. I expect that it is going to feel weird in some way. I expect that it will perform differently than I expect. And I expect that if I put some time into it, that my game and my scoring will improve. Maybe I could do the same thing by committing to hitting everything within forty yards with a sand wedge regardless of situation.
I also think that the club will get diminishing returns depending on your skill level. I am not surprised that the 10 handicapper who posted above wasn’t impressed. At a 10 he is probably has a decent short game and the club probably won’t provide a hugely better alternative.
As for me, I look forward to giving the xE1 a real try and I intend to give a detailed review of its (and my) performance.
This could be the most constructive comment we’ve seen thus far on the post. Thank you for sharing.
I can completely understand your desire to have a club that will help your game. As an 18-handicapper, you aren’t looking to take your game to the professional level, your desire is to enjoy the game. And that is a good thing.
I think for myself, and the author of the post Dillon Friday, the issue we have is in the marketing around the club. To market “no practice,” and such seems to prey on the individuals who tend to struggle with their wedge game and this club would provide a magical “easy way out.” It’s not necessarily hating the wedge, it’s hating the idea behind the wedge, which seems to undermine the spirit of the game.
Your point on not having the time, nor the space, to practice consistently rings alarmingly true. For the majority of golfers, finding good practice facilities where they can dedicate time (they don’t have) to practicing is extremely difficult. This is one of the hurdles the game faces.
I just don’t believe marketing a wedge which promises success is necessarily the way to do it.
Thank you for the thoughts, David. Reach out once you’ve hit it, we would love to share your thoughts!
You could still be struggling with some of the same issues with technique.
Here is a great tip from Waite/Mayo that may help you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8hOrINmy0A
Also, Wolf. Another video on the more simple bunker shot from Todd Kolb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU6rl9uPDL4
I have practiced and played with a 65 and a 59 degree xe1 wedge. It IS possible to hit it fat on an uphill lie, but otherwise the club is reliable around green with few miscues. Unlike the Alien and other “trick” wedges, the xe1 controls distance better. The 65 degree maxes out at 60 yards for me. I hit the green almost every time with the wedge and the shots are straighter as well because of the heel toe weighting. They are very effective out of the “gunch”. They have improved my short game with moderate practice. My handicap is 10 despite my age. As an older golfer, heavy practice is too hard on the hands and wrists. I still carry a Hopkins wedge in the bag with a Heel/Toe grind for longer specialty shots. I plan to continue using the xe1’s as they get the ball on the green a high percentage of time with a simple swing. I don’t view the xe1 use as cheating, but rather as playing smart. The point is to have fun.
I have to agree, the marketing on this is shameful. To promise the moon with no practice is unethical. However, having said that, I can forgive this due to the fact that golf in general is BRUTAL in overselling and underperforming. Every year, new drivers come out and promise more, new iron sets, new putters and new golf balls. Even golf tees promise “more distance”. But the average handicap hasn’t gone down despite the billions of dollars of equipment sold and the improvements these clubs promise. If the “improvements” offered by all of these pieces of equipment were legitimate, golf would go from being a hard game to a fairly easy one – and I think we can all agree that isn’t the case.
So for me, the question is more along the lines of “does this club provide an unfair or unethical advantage to the user?” My answer is no. Could the club possibly provide a boost to a select group of average players to the tune of several shots a round? It’s possible. The same could be said however, for a club that limits your ability to slice, or tunable drivers. There will be players who will derive more benefit from these clubs. I think that part of golf is figuring out what works best for you within your fourteen bag limit. Is there a cost to this? Yes, a space in the bag, and the practice time needed. The club claims however to need no practice time to realize benefit. That is possible for some, but I am sure that many people’s experience will say otherwise. It is also possible that without practice, a “no slice” driver will improve your driving. But only if you consistently hit a slice. Using a ball that is designed for less spin, may also mitigate against the effects of a slice. Is this unfair or unethical? To highlight the argument of the article’s writer, a player buying a club that can mitigate against his slice, is ditching the fundamentals for a get rich quick scheme. That is fair comment, but it is one on a very slippery slope. How about the fundamental skill of figuring out how far from the hole you are without using GPS or a rangefinder? Any club or piece of equipment that claims to provide some improvement or benefit for the user, is bought or used because of the stated benefit. How much benefit is acceptable, and how much is ditching the fundamentals?
At any rate, let’s look what this club is. It is essentially a hybrid wedge. It has the sole of a hybrid and the face of a wedge. It is not solid like a hybrid however. Is there any problem with this? I mean, with all of the different clubs that can be and are used in the game, what’s the issue? To have a problem with this club is like having any other issue with the game. Why shouldn’t everyone play with one style of club with predetermined lofts and shaft compositions? Why shouldn’t everyone play with the same ball, the same tee, the same golf glove, and the same golf shoes? The answer to that is simple. The number of rounds played for enjoyment and recreation dwarfs the number of rounds played on a professional or full-on tournament basis. I don’t know the numbers, so I stand to be corrected, but I would guess that for every round played under the strictest of tournament rules, there are hundreds, if not thousands of rounds played on a casual basis. The lifeblood of golf, like may pursuits, is not its elite professionals – it is the vast amount of people who play for enjoyment. Improvements and variations in clubs are not made for the professionals. They are made for the people who love the game and want to enjoy it more through better performance. The game of golf is governed, and its equipment is monitored to fall within certain specifications. Anything that is legal in the game should be accepted without question. The game of golf is big enough and wide enough and difficult enough, that we need to be tolerant of people who play chippers, game improvement irons, anti-slice drivers and all sorts of weird and wonderful gadgets and gizmos.
In my own case, in my first year of “serious” play, I have played 25 rounds. I have had several rounds in this last year ruined because I scored double digits on holes where I found myself in spots that I couldn’t even remotely handle. If I see a club that I think can help me turn an 11 into a 6, by giving me a fighting chance of a halfway decent result in a tough spot, whether it be in a bunker or rough, or bare ground, I am all for that. You will notice I am not asking for birdies. Birdies are for the good players. I am the 18 handicap, working and hoping to get down to 15, and enjoying the process. The article’s writer claims greater satisfaction from making a harder shot (a bare lie to three feet rather than a plush lie to the same result). Good for him. I would take great satisfaction from being able to reach into my bag and pull out a club that gives me any real chance with a situation that a player of my skill level will not likely be practicing, like a shot from a divot, or bare ground, or a buried sand shot on a downhill slope. The truth is that unless I have a place to practice short game, my ideal of getting down to a single digit handicap is unrealistic. Not everyone can afford a private club with short game facilities.
It is my hope that the xE1 will provide me with some benefit. Now that it has arrived, I will begin testing, as weather permits. (Vancouver Canada area). I will keep you posted.
This is a great dialogue and a healthy debate within the game. Game improvement clubs and equipment that lie within the rules of golf are great. Golf needs to be made enjoyable. But the idea that any club will eliminate practice is a ridiculous notion, I think any one who plays the game recognizes that.
I admire your pursuit to play and enjoy the game more. And I look forward to hearing your results with the wedge. I’ll be getting in contact with you and hoping to glean some information about the club as you continue to use it. We’re based in South Dakota and we understand winters.
Good luck and we’ll talk soon!
My father wants this club. He is 76 years old and plays a few times a week for fun. Is this worth the money? He tends to be drawn to gadgets and as seen on tv products
As Yogi might say..” is this deja’vu all over again…??” Recall some “integrity of the game ‘ arguments years ago when the “big head” drivers were introduced. Solution…lengthen the courses…Solution here….make the traps deeper.
My grand dad wedge is much more forgiving that this new toy and it only sells for $49/-.
You need to get to know your strength and swing in golf.
Just a BS marketing – Golf Nut
I bought the club because I’ve been looking for a 64 degree wedge to add to my bag and think this may not be a bad choice. I don’t expect it to work miracles for me.
Also, remember that when you add a wedge (this will be in addition to 60, 56, 52 and the P wedge) you have to remove a club, so there is some strategy here above and beyond whether it’s an easy club to hit.
I’ve enjoyed reading the comments published here. I’m an older 23 handicapper and play around 3 times a week on a couple of nine hole courses…during the spring and summer I play in a Wednesday league. Since I still work and practice facilities are hard to get to there is little practice time available. I’ve used specialty clubs from time to time, as in chippers for short shots around the green and I find that if I don’t make the time to practice the results are not good enough to use them. The reason being that if a specialty club is only used once or twice during a round, how can you build consistency with that regimen? Better off with a sand or pitching wedge, depending on lie and I have to agree with Dillon…..the fun of using your imagination to try different shots and occasionally pull them off gives you a great degree of satisfaction.
As an interesting side note our league will sometimes run a four club tournament and the scores that most of the members post come pretty close to what they achieve with 14 clubs. I’ll carry a driver, 7 wood, 9 iron and a putter and can score just as well (or badly) with those. The fun part is finding different ways to hit those clubs than what they were originally intended for. Does anyone remember the part in Tin Cup where Kevin Costner played most of a round with a 6 iron? Wouldn’t it be fun to try that?
Fantastic comment, Ed.
It’s true, trying to use your imagination could be the most fun part of golf, but so often we get lured into the idea of effortless golf.
Playing in tournaments which limit your clubs is a great way to get more creative.
Thank you for chiming in!
Yes, some may say it’s a cheat club, but lets face reality with a busy pace in life, I’m never going pro. I just want to go out and enjoy golf instead of spending hours upon hours practicing something I don’t really play much anyways. I can hit woods, now metal,which can be argued as a cheat by old school players when they first came out, and irons. But the real part of golf in my opinion is the short game. Now, I can just go out have fun with friends and family.
can i buy it in australia
I bought both if you are 6’2″ or over this club is not for you. You have to bend way over and you will be very uncomfortable. Could be for short guys but I got it to work one time and I played a dozen balls with both clubs. May work for average Golfers but not for taller golfers.I can see where it would work . They should have longer shafts available as an option. They may have but when you purchase they try to sell you everything under the sun and it just keeps going on and on.
The quality looks good and I may have them reshafted to see if that helps. But as they are right now no way.
The club is worthless if you are 6 2 or taller. Hey its well.made and works I guess but the position I have to get in is terrible. Then I wind up with a mis hit. Should offer various Shaft lengths.
I have a 59 and 65 degree of these clubs that I have used for 2 rounds. I am 5’10”, so a standard length club works for me. For me, they definitely work easier than a normal wedge, especially if I have to get the ball up quickly. I think they still require practice to get distance control, so I disagree with their ‘no practice’ claim. Can you still chunk or skull, I can, but I can also get more consistency. If all courses had bunkers like a TPC course, maybe we wouldn’t need these clubs. When was the last time a tour pro regarded a bunker as a hazard on the PGA tour and not his natural bailout?
Great point about the way PGA Tour professionals refer to bunkers. Truly, they do view bunkers as natural bailouts because it is much more predictable to manage than thick green side rough.
Thank you for the feedback on the clubs.
I would like to try your XE1 wedge. But I live in Santa Fe New Mexico and the weather will not permit any golf until sometime in April or May. So your 30 day return polly will not help me until the weather warms up.
This article is simply a review for the wedge, we don’t have any of them available through our website. I encourage you to contact their team to demo this wedge. Thanks!
By your logic the original sand wedge should never have been used or allowed nor any of the improvements in clubs or balls. Perhaps you just object to the marketing as a club that doesn’t need practice to make you a better wedge player. Not sure!! Please let me know.. Thanks..
Thank you for the comment. Yes, most of this thread strictly adheres to the marketing behind the club and the reason why it was created. All for better performing clubs, but the idea that “no practice is necessary” is where we take issue.
Overall, this club sounds like there are mixed reviews, but people who like it back the club’s claim that it makes the short game easier. If it improves their game, we encourage them to try it!
Just received an e-mail from Hank Haney touting the XE1 wedge.
(And for beautiful pitches and chips that get you out of the toughest lies in one stroke and leave you makeable putts almost every time – watch this video.) http://www.xe1golf.com/internal/hh-xe1-65/.
Just wondering if you disagree with Hank Haney.
One question Troy – didn’t oversized driver heads and the continual development of these make driving easier? Made the every day golfer hit the ball further? Of course they have have – and even for the golfer that can’t afford premium brands – oversized drivers are available to all budgets. Driving has the wow factor, makes people feel good about their game, so surely the development of these wedges is consistent with this principle. I admire your purist approach, but may I suggest that you therefore play with persimmon woods, bladed irons, traditional shafts…. of course not! The short game is a difficult aspect of the game, and the fact the fact that short handicap golfers can mould or shape a shot is impressive, it shouldn’t be exclusive as remaining the last aspect of golf considered purist.
Really? For God’s sake. Why can’t people just enjoy playing golf no matter what is in their bag? None of you, and I mean NONE, are going to be on the tour next month. Use whatever makes the game fun and enjoyable as it is meant to be for us amateurs. I’m always amazed at the arrogant attitude of golfers when I go to the course and wonder why they can’t just have fun and enjoy the day instead of feeling like they have to be better than everyone else on the course. It doesn’t matter if you shoot 68 or 98. Your life will be no different when you wake up tomorrow no matter what you shoot. Just ENJOY THIS GAME.
It’s not the approach to the quality of the equipment that the issue lies, it’s in the marketing of the club. That working for a golf game, isn’t as appealing as continuing this search to “buy one.”
I think any equipment which makes the game more playable can play a role in helping the game appeal to a broader group of people, but I don’t think marketing should be about “no practice.”
Thank you for the comment!
I agree Tom! Sometimes, I think golfers could help themselves a lot by not caring about their score as much in casual rounds of golf. Instead, enjoying the game.
I am considering the xe1 have not purchased yet..My first thought was it is a cheater club but then if I were to be consistent all my clubs are cheater clubs. My first set was a hand me down set wilson pro staffs which were useless in my hands now my woods are huge my hybrids do not resemble an iron putters have changed the list goes on…just had to go back to old style putter. Oh well balls are so different where does it end. Golf for the amatuer has changed very dramatically. and will continue to change as long as we have the free enterprise system..I should be driving close to 300 yards now just on the last 5 drivers I have purchased..they all say 5 to 10 yards more..I’m 73 and still hit 220 on the fly have 12 handicap but I do what feels good to me not what others think. Wait till your in the 70’s maybe your attire will change..
I’m going to try it. I play with a 72 year old friend. He has a 64* older wedge, wide sole, and he gets some terrific results with it, both out of bunkers and around the green. He uses it inside 30 yards, gets a lot of height on the shot, and lands it softly on the green.
I am using a 60* out of the bunkers, but don’t really like it around the greens. I normally use my 56* and have more confidence in that for distance control
So I’ll try the Xe-1, practice with it first, and see how it goes.
Good luck in your efforts to find a wedge that fits your golf game. Would love to hear how things go with the XE1.
Thank you for the comment!
I would love to hear how our friend in Australia – Rob – got on with this club. To me it looks a little like the Cleveland smart sole wedges but they are 55 degrees not 65! I’m interested.
Very interesting thread. It seems to me that at bottom, Dillon Friday’s piece is criticizing an attitude more than a product: he’s offended by a kind of laziness — by a way of thinking which runs against the idea that golf yields its greatest satisfaction when those of us who love the game put in concentrated effort to achieve a desired result.
It’s rare to find marketing that doesn’t prey, to some degree, on our desire to get something for nothing (yes, there are a few truly creative people in advertising who only want to sell to those who actually need a given product, but they’re in the minority). Personally, as a 66-year-old golfer who started playing at 61 and lives on a Social Security budget, if I try the Xe-1 at all — I may be too tall for the club — it won’t be until a few used ones come on the market at about a quarter of the current price. But I’m happy it’s out there; I just wish, like Dillon Friday, that it could be sold without quite so much breathless hype. If Hank Haney’s plugging it (I got his email), it’s probably a pretty good product, and it probably doesn’t need exaggerated promotion.
I’ll add this thought: in five years of playing, the greatest value I’ve found in golf has been learning about myself: especially learning to deal with my own frustration when I’m not playing well — and learning to make my competitive instincts secondary to the enjoyment of being outdoors, active, and among friends. No club, however magical, is likely to change my opinion that those aspects of the game are its most important gifts.
This is the best comment we have received on this entire thread. I mean that, sincerely.
Your assessment for what Dillon was working to communicate was completely accurate. This is exactly the point. It isn’t a knock on the equipment, it’s a knock on the marketing and the attitude toward it. Thank you for sharing this sentiment.
Also, your comments on the true virtues of the game were spot on as well.
“No club, however magical, is likely to change my opinion that those aspects of the game (enjoyment of being outdoors, active, and among friends) are its most important gifts.”
It’s a pitty that you can buy the xe1 only in the US ( with shipping cost of 33$! to Europe), and that there is no Distributor in Europe.
I would buy two for my wife (hc20), and perhaps also two for myself (hc14). But shipping cost are just too high!
the xe1 wedges seem to help amateur Golfers like rescues, adjustable drivers/ woods etc.
why shouldI/we noch use wedges that help us scoring and feeling better ?
If you score better and feel better, and the club fits within the rules of the game, by all means add it to your repertoire! We encourage you to do so.
It’s simply the marketing behind the product.
Definitely deceptive TV ad. The guy hitting his regular wedge out of a sand trap doesn’t get out. With the XE1 he does. The difference on the swing with the XE1 he makes a big swing through the ball and with his regular wedge no follow through. Oberholzer has zero integrity to be involved with this club.
I think everyone has their vision on the golf course of what the game means to them and how it should be played, I am a believer in technology and fascinated by the leaps and bounds of equip . Today . I used chippers for a while which really helped, adj. drivers & 3 woods. Even super game improv. Irons. I consistently shot in the mid 80s, then I got bored! No creativity, imagination, or thought behind my shots., I bought clubs A to Z based on feel and appeal, now after a lot of time on the range and par 3’s I am in low 80’s consistency . Although there is no purse or trophies at the end of my round the satisfaction of the payoff for my commitment to myself and the game leaves me fulfilled no matter what my score was. In my opinion all of these game improvement Mericle clubs are to keep the beginners interested in the game sooner or later you’re going to want more like anything else
I am a nine handicap and am told regularly that I would be a scratch golfer if I could chip and putt. I ordered the club on the after market and paid $69 on eBay. It is not a magic club for me. I am very disappointed. I did practice before playing with it and learned that I CAN skull this club. I chunked it in the heavy rough and bladed out of the bunker. I will go back to my 60 degree around the greens.
I bought 2 of these about 9 months ago, sat in my shed since then, couldn’t hit them to save my life, maybe I didn’t give them enough of a chance, will make another attempt but if I have the same result they will be on EBay! Kev, from Oz
All concerned: There have been a number of helpful wedges over the years, but if you remember, Mr. Hogan designed a cub called the Sure Out years ago (kind of similar to the XE1) and he was as pure, when it came to golf clubs, as it gets! In fact the entire reason for the creation of the Hogan Golf Club Company was to give golfers the ability to purchase clubs that were built to tighter specs (as a set) than anything on the market. Thus, in Mr. Hogan’s view, a better, easier, and more consistent tool for all golfers. Then came along a company called Ping first with putters (ugly at first but worked) that started a whole revolution of “perimeter weighted game improvement clubs”. If the guys on tour had to play with the clubs Mr. Hogan, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, etc played with the red numbers on tour might not be quite so impressive! Just a thought!
When you talk about equipment, lets talk about the XX10 ($650!)or the Taylormade M1 (Still at $499!) This drivers for the money should help the player hit it better should it not? Not! It still is all about the way YOU hit it. Having said this; a lot of talk has been said lately about making the game more of an attainable and fun game for the average golfer. If this wedge helps, so be it. But it will still be up to me to hit it well. – Oh and by the way. I saw about 10 people on TV trying to help a pro find his wayward shot in the rough the other day. The average golfer doesn’t have this and he’ll have to incur a stroke penalty if he doesn’t find it. – Oh well, I’m biting and trying this wedge. If it helps, so be it. If not, it will be on its way back.
Interesting thought, I am 64, have been playing for about 25 years and I am a 13 handicap from the back tees. 6500+ yds. I play at least 150 rounds a year. I have spent many hours practicing chipping and putting. I have tried several gimmick wedges, have never competed with it. Nothing is more satisfying than getting it right with a normal wedge. My wedge of choice are Cleveland CG15’s. My practice has made it possible to chip in 14 birdies and 2 eagles this past season.A chip in birdie pays $10 from each player. A serious golfer would never compete with any of the gimmicks. I respect the game to much.
I HAVE BOUGHT THE XE165 WEDGE IN THE HOPE OF CURING MY CHIPPING YIPS
I ALSO BOUGHT THE 59DEG.FOR MY WIFE WHO ALSO HAS TROUBLE. I HAVE FOUND
IT SO HARD TO USE. THE VIDEO IS TOTALLY MISLEADING TO ME.HAVING SPENT
ALMOST $300.00 TO GET THEM TO AUSTRALIA I AM SO DISAPOINTED WITH THE
RESULT. PLAYING OFF A 14 HANDICAP I CAN BLOW 6 TO 8 STROKES AROUND THE GREENS PER ROUND AND HOPE THESE WOULD EASE THE PAIN AND EMBARRESMENT.IF ANYBODY WANTS TO BUY BE SURE TO TRY IT FIRST
I would agree that the TV ad is a bit deceptive, as I think with the same technique, both pieces of equipment would have been able to advance the ball from the sand.
I don’t think the XE1 exists without merit, as I believe it can help golfers somewhat, but should clubs be marketed with a “no practice” motto?
Thanks for commenting,
It’s interesting that you would go back and challenge yourself with non-game improvement equipment. Your satisfaction will absolutely be noticed when performing with better equipment.
If it helps beginners, there is merit to it, but equipment isn’t the cure to mishaps in a golfer’s game, we all know that.
What were the main things you noticed about the club, Nita?
How much time did you spend working with the club? Would you say the motto “no practice needed” represented the equipment well?
True, John! The equipment players use today are lightyears ahead of what the players were forced to use back in the early years. It’s part of what has lead to lengthening the golf courses so much.
Nothing wrong with equipment designed to help golfers.
Nothing wrong with giving the wedge a try, Migel! Just remember, in golf, nothing is guaranteed. “No practice” like they market, is not an option.
“Nothing is more satisfying than getting it right with a normal wedge.” I agree with this, Walter.
I’d have to hit an XE1 myself, but a crisp shot with a beautiful wedge is a great thing.
Good luck in your pursuit of personal greatness!
What would you say is most misleading?
I am a resident of Australia are they sold here as i am interested purchasing one.
You know its rubbish when it has ‘TheUltimateSandwedge’ printed on the back. Ill stick to my 588.RTX Clevelands thanks.
In reading all about your report on the XE1 sand wedge 65 degree loft makes me think very interested in obtaining such club. Would you please advise me of the cost to purchase one and send it to me in Australia. I note that you have it on special in your country for $99.00 dollars.
I have no knowledge on sales in Australia on this wedge. Good luck finding one!
Many people seem to share your thought, Jeff.
No knowledge on the pricing of this equipment. This article was provided simply as a preview. Thanks for the comment and good luck.
I saw the commercial from an email in my inbox. Here’s what puzzles me: Why would a notable like Hank Haney hawk a product that might be a sham?
over rated and not worth the money.. its at least 1 inch shorter than normal clubs. it also doesn’t garuntee you a perfect chip. it hits thin a bit as well. I play off 4 and used mine for 4 holes before leaving it in the car. do not buy…
Doubt the club is a complete sham or gimmick, I just know that the marketing is a rests on a false premise.
To hit it consistently without any practice is BS. I have only played one round, but most of the strikes were either sculling or hitting it fat. Thus far am not impressed but will continue trying to see if it works.
i would like to buy the xe1 wedge at a retail golf store. who sells them at their store.
I have yet to find a retail store that sells this wedge. All sales are processed online.
I bought an XE1 recently. After a bit of practice, I took it to the course. I think it cost me about 8 shots the first time – sculled shots, could not get out of bunkers, lots of shanks.
I tried it a second time – only cost about 4 shots this time.
I decided to use the 60-day money back guarantee. Good luck with that – there is no way to contact the company outside the USA. No email, no contact form, zip.
I’m very unhappy – feels like a scam to me.
I happen to agree here. When someone offers a “Free 60-day money back guarantee,” companies need to make this option easily accessible. This doesn’t sound like the case with the XE-1 Wedge.
Sorry to hear about your experience with this club.
I bought this club and just dropped a 100 bills down a rat hole. It is absolutely no better than the sand wedge you have in your bag right now. Their is no magic, it’s a skill thing….pure and simple. I’ll end up giving this to someone who has no wedge at all.
I respect your charitable heart to help someone you know with a wedge need. Sorry the wedge wasn’t able to give you the help you need.
HI I would like to buy a xe1 wedge but I live in Spain is it possible to have one sent to spain ?
You’ll have to reach out to the folks who sell the wedge. I have heard of a few people ordering from outside the United States. Good luck in your pursuit!
I purchased one and like it. It is not a magic fix but I do find the sole helpful in keeping me from digging in the sand. I play in club tournaments at least once a month and have been unable to find out if it is USGA conforming. How can I get a determination on that? It’s not in the USGA database. I would think the only potential disqualifier is the grooves.
Fantastic question. Yes, your only concern should be with the grooves. I believe the club is conforming, but I would encourage you to do some added research. I don’t know of any wedges created within the last 5 years that wouldn’t be conforming, so I imagine you’re good to go.
My wedge just arrived.It’s snowing so I’m trying it inside. Why do they tell you to set up square? I don’t use Square to Square although I’m sure it’s fine. I’ve chipped open for 50 years, is there something I should know? It feels awkward.
I imagine setting up square helps the manage the sole through impact. Setting up open with this club would lead to many bladed shots, as the sole will hold the leading edge off the ground.
I agree with David Noble’s comment/essay, and although you did state earlier that the piece was a review, despite not having used the club, your contention now seems to be pointed to the marketing assertion that one would need no practice to use the club, therefore it rubs against the true spirit of the game. However, Mr. Friday’s conclusion at the end of his “review” was simply that the use of this XE-1 wedge amounts to cheating, and does not improve a golfer’s skills. This statement implies that the wedge offers better results. What clubs reviewed by this company actually do improve skills? A new, improved club can only improve results, not the golfer’s skill in using it. When one comment asked you what clubs you carry in your bag, you mentioned wedges, but I think his point was what driver and irons do you use? If your driver’s shaft is not steel, or the head is not persimmon, if your irons are perimeter-weighted and error-forgiving, then you must be cheating. If I drive the ball 250 yards with a driver from the 60’s and then drive the ball 275 yards with a brand-new driver with a slice-eliminating face, a weight-tunable head, and a $100 Fujikura shaft, then I must be cheating as well. Also, I managed to drive my Titleist Pro V1x the extra 25 yards with no practice. I also think that it’s very generous of you to defend Mr. Friday’s statements, because I imagine with the generous amount of free time on his hands, he’s out at the range practicing.
Thank you for the comment above. I agree, the contention is mostly with the marketing behind the club. I also agree with you, that the game should always be evolving and changing. If there are elements to this club that help golfers improve, within the confines of the game, I completely accept that.
I would like to address your comments that Dillon Friday said the club is akin to “cheating.” In the article, he said it was “more like a cheat code for a player instead of a solution.” I believe he is right. This club doesn’t help golfers solve any problems, it simply caters to them and makes them believe they can improve without any practice or effort. Saying a club is “more like a cheat code,” is not implying that “cheating” is taking place, although the word may elicit controversy.
And I doubt he’s on the range practicing right now, the temperatures are cold in the Northeast 😉
Thanks for the time spent reviewing. I have attached another review I posted last week diving deeper into the XE-1 wedge.
Methinks you have misinterpreted the ad for the xE1. Nowhere does it say you needn’t practice with it. It says: “You can start shaving strokes off your score practically OVERNIGHT – with zero practice or learning curve – this club will do all the “heavy lifting” for you!” To me, that means you don’t need to have practiced with the club for it to “start” improving your scores. To extrapolate that it means practice is no longer necessary is a stretch.
Most of us would be happy as could be to hit shots straight on a consistent basis. We have neither the time nor inclination to learn how to “work” our clubs – be it our driver, irons, or wedges- to hit draws, fades, and the like. Having one club to use around the green without worrying about opening or closing the club face, releasing my wrists or not, playing the ball back or forward in my stance, or hitting down or up on the ball, would be a blessing. As an earlier entry implied, every golfer I know of has benefited from new concepts in equipment. Why deny us duffers an opportunity to get lucky more often? Where I play, a “purist” is someone who can count accurately and doesn’t improve his lie.
If your problem is really with how it is marketed, just look at ads for any number of instructors (“Give me 25 minutes and I’ll shave 5, 10, or even 15 strokes of your round.”), golf ball manufacturers (“It adds 10 yards to my irons and 25 to my driver”), and other club manufacturers. Lighten up!
Thank you for the comment on the XE1 wedge. First off, this is one of the topics we didn’t have a light attitude on because we are so flippant in other areas of our lives, that we had lock in on something! Ha!
In all seriousness though, the marketing for “no practice” was on the website, not listed in the commercials. I agree with you, duffers would appreciate the opportunity to get lucky more often. If that’s the case, we encourage you to use the club.
Just know, that for consistent results (or at least more consistent), practice IS needed!
Good luck this season,
I just received my new wedge(65 degree)a few days ago. I intermediately took it out to my range and started hitting some balls. As a high handicap and new golfer, I am prone to every mistake in the books. I found that I needed to be as careful in my set up as ever and it is taking a while to modify my ball position and swing to provide the distance and loft that is needed. This is by no means a miracle club.
I played two rounds already and find this to be a good substitute for my 60 wedge. It will take some getting used to.
Conclusion. It’s just another tool in the box. In the long run it is the player that will make the difference. It’s how well you adapt to the configuration of the club that will either save or cost you strokes.
One thing is for sure with me. I have lost all respect for Hank Haney and Doug Tewell’s integrity. The implication that this is a fool proof club is just plain wrong. The idea that no practice is required is ludicrous. For professions of their status to endorse such advertising demeans them in my eyes.
No matter how the club performs in the future, the way that it was represented was a poor reflection on those people.
Does the XE1 have conforming groves? I’m an 8 handicap and I use thie 65degree where a short high pitch is needed. It spins and stops better than any club I’ve ever played. I’m thinking they may have played with the grooves and the bounce? Their website and the USGA club site are silent on the topic.Thanks
I am a 10 handicap golfer and my view is that if the tour pros continually use advances in club technology to help their game, then why shouldn’t all golfers. Since getting the xe1 about one month ago, my bunker play in particular has dramatically improved, and my sand saves per round have skyrocketed. I have no interest in xe1 other than being grateful for them for giving me a much needed boost to a particular component of my game. Each to their own, but to me saying that this club is just for duffers is patronizing. As a 10, I find it incredible.
Come on people, it’s a marketing tactic. No harm, no foul. You still have to swing the club.
Not completely sure, but I have to imagine this club conforms. To create a club, post-2010, that doesn’t conform seems foolish. If we learn though, we will be sure to post it.
Thank you for the comment. All golfers should use equipment that helps them improve their game. Whether it be in the form of a wedge, a driver or a set of irons.
It’s great to hear how you’ve improved your bunker play! It’s good that you find the club incredible.
It’s not “just for duffers” as you state, but the golf club is absolutely targeted toward higher handicap golfers and their tendencies.
Went to their website — pretty cheesy looking, BTW — and clicked on “Email Customer Support” to ask a question about payment/ordering. But the email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) got bounced back as undeliverable.
Kinda makes me wonder about the company and its credibility in general.
I’ll pass on this “deal”.
We are a golf distributor in Malaysia since 1926.
We sell most of the top golf brands.
Kindly advise if we can purchase your wedges on a Pro or Trade price.
Isn’t Hank Haney a big time golf pro? He endorses this product!
This is a concern we’ve heard, as well. Solid customer support is an essential element to offering a club like this.
Please reach out to the group offering this club. Thanks.
Hank Haney does endorse this product. He’s been a spokesman for the club.
I ‘m a 2 handicap, but have struggled with wedge play around the greens. I ordered the 65 & 59 out of curiosity as much as anything. I took them to the chipping green and was pretty shocked at how easy they were to hit. I called the pro to come out and asked him to bring his 60. I handed him my wedge, and asked him not to look at it (hiding the loft), I told him to just square the club and chip a few from about 25 yards. After a few shots getting use to the loft, he was pretty amazed at the results. I then flipped the club over… He was shocked to see 65 degrees. The club does work. It is easier to hit off of tight lies, sketchy lies, & deep lies. We went to the bunker next… Same results. Nobody seems to complain about the vast game improvements made to Drivers, Irons, balls, etc.. Exit Titleist, enter EX1 in my bag!!
This is a great testimonial for the club. It’s fantastic to see the club working well for you. Good luck in your pursuits of more up-and-downs and thank you for the review!
I got the XE1 wedge for Christmas and practiced and played with it twice. I haven’t been able to be consistent with it yet. I either pop it up and it lands short and doesn’t roll or I skull it and hit it too far. I think I’m just trading another set of difficulties for my previous ones. I’ll probably will return to my 8 iron pitches and open faced sand wedges.
Hi! My main issue with the XE1 is not with the club itself but with the sales hype that comes with it. I haven’t used the club so I’m not qualified to judge its merits. It has certainly created a lot of interest. However, the absolutely over the top claims about how it will do miracles for the average golfer is an insult to the intelligence of any thinking person. Social/average golfers will always make mistakes with any club – guaranteed. The EX1 MAY reduce the number of errors but it simply cannot eliminate mistakes to the extent claimed. I’m interested enough to buy one at some point in the future but I won’t be buying at the price currently asked. As a long time student of physics I can see that it has some pretty cool design features – but it ain’t a magic wand. I’ll predict that in a couple of years there will be heaps of second hand XE1 clubs available on the Internet for much less than $99. Someone will inevitably invent a new wedge that will promise even more and sucker money will flow yet again.
Seems like a pretty hypocritical perspective. By this “logic” you should be hitting an out-of round rock with a stick into a gopher hole. I don’t know much about this particular club itself, but this author must also despise graphite shafts, non-persimmon 460cc clubheads, hybrids, cavity backs, round mutli-layer balls, putter inserts and every other gimmick sold to increase length and make misses less dramatic. The WHOLE recreational equipment industry is essentially advertised as game improvement through easier to use gear. He really comes off as a condescending fool in my opinion. Tell you what – why don’t you worry about whats in your bag and save your soapbox takes on how chunking chips uphold the integrity of the game
I am sure you noticed the difference between PRO and/or upscale courses verses public courses?
On TV you here ” this will be a tough chip…” I look at it think I wish I had those perfect conditions to make that chip. Also I do not have coach, a caddie or hours a day to practice or money to buy the custom equipment to help my game. If you want the game of Golf to continue to grow it has to be made easier and more fun for the beginner. If this XE1 wedge does this then it is a win win for Golf and players at all levels.
I’m an 8 hcp and struggle with pitch shots. I’m 6’3 but my wrist to floor is only 35.5″ so I have long arms. I bought the 59* and 65*. Nope. Quite disappointed. Nothing magical at all. My very first attempt was with the 65* on tight grass. Bladed it across the green. Put the ball in 3″ deep Bermuda rough and chunked it. Tried a few hits with the 59* from basic Florida fairway lie…hit most of them thin. Shame. I knew they most likely just another gimmick. They are.
As a senior female golfer I’m curious if the xe1 wedge is “unisex” or simply for male golfers.
No problem with fairway bunkers, but around the green I either “airmail” my shots or leave them in the bunker.
I bought the wedge. None of the claims are true. It’s as easy or difficult to hit as any other wedge. It is not fool proof. You can hit thin shots with it. Don’t waste your money
Thing about these clubs is that you still have to make good contact, nomatter what the sole does or what the club does. You still have to hit the ball first. This club may be weighted differently and may have a special glide sole, but if you bury the club behind the ball (fat shot) it’s still going to be a fat shot. If you don’t quite hit the ground, it’s still going to be a thin shot. None of these special clubs will ever help you in the way they say. I’ve never been a fan of “purpose built clubs” like the chipper and of course, this special wedge and it’s predecessors of any variety. There are wide sole wedges that help keep the club from digging and you can get them with the help of a proper fitter and club builder. Properly fit clubs will dramatically help your game, doesnt’ matter if you’re a 36 handicap or a 4. They WILL help take strokes off. Save your money on infomercial junk and get a lesson instead.
i bought it a month ago and it saved me a lot of strokes. It is easier to use just as advertised. My golf game is in good shape with these wedges. I retired my 60 and 58 nike degrees wedges. Just buy it and enjoy the game and watch your ball fly like a pro.
Troy as you know golf is on a decline. Courses are lowering their fees to get business and it is no secret Tiger Woods is out of the game and the draw is at best average. You seem to knock making a sport easier which I find ludicrous as you are talking about the usga totally against these wedges as it seems to be some form of cheating. Why allow all these hybrids and yes they have outlawed belly putters but now they have counterbalanced putters. Why not knock these as well. These ideas all have made golf easier why aren’t you rant and raving against these as well. Doesn’t make any sense. Seems like you are discouraging others from really enjoying the game which can grow the game meaning people don’t get discouraged!
There are probably some technique issues you’re working through that are resulting in these shots. A club change isn’t going to be your solution, it will require an adjustment to technique.
Bumping and running with the 8-iron, though, is always a great option. I love that shot 😉
Thank you for the comment. I completely agree with you. The design of the sole and the thought behind the club definitely has merit. It has the ability to help golfers improve. This is a club that golfers who struggle with their wedge games could work with and see improvements.
But I also agree with your latter statements. This is NOT a magic wand and some of the claims made around it make it to be one.
Thank you for the comment.
To address your comment, I wouldn’t consider “graphite shafts, non-persimmon 460cc clubheads, hybrids, cavity backs, round mutli-layer balls, putter inserts” to be gimmicks. This club isn’t a gimmick either.
It’s simply not a fool proof way to better golf.
The intent of this article was not to “have a soapbox take,” but to open up dialogue on this club– something you happily chimed in on.
The difference between the courses and conditions we play versus the pros is sometimes shocking. As amateurs, we’re faced sometimes with crazy lies! If this club can help with those, that’s fantastic.
If this XE1 wedge makes the game easier, great, but we’ve been trying to make the game “easier” for the past 30 years and golf being easy will never be what stimulates the game’s growth.
Thanks for the comment!
With the dimensions you’ve given, perhaps the lie, loft and length of the club didn’t fit you.
Thank you for the comment and good luck in your searches for a club to help with your short game.
The club would be unisex, but I would suggest making sure you have the wedge ordered to your proper length, lie, and loft settings. Also, I would make sure the shaft fits your game.
The club’s sole will help you from bunkers, no doubt.
This is part of our argument. No club is exempt from error, despite the fact that companies may market it this way. Thank you for your feedback.
Like many other items I have purchased, I took it out of the box and put it to use. I had some difficulty without a doubt but then remembered the instructions, ( The ones we so often don’t bother to read, because we already know everything!) Set up square to the ball and swing …. That’s all it takes.
The minute I try to get “Cute” with a shot, or try to “Manufacture” a shot with this club I’m done. Use it as it is advertised and it will work! very well I might add!
I was considering keeping a 64 lob handy. When I seen this advertised I figured I’d give it a try. Glad I did, works great when “used as directed”….
Great! “When used as directed” is a key that many times we overlook. The club is not built to lay open. Good luck and happy up-and-downs.
Troy – Are we to assume that you would not endorse a new golf ball that provides you more distance with no additional effort on your part – or an adjustable driver that allows you to eliminate your hook or slice withou any additional effort on your part – Quick Fix Game Improvement Products? I also believe that if this club truly was the quick fix that you claim it to be, it would be in a professionals bag. They do play for a living and if this club is USGA approved and would make their success easier – they WOULD use it. It is a game of tradition that is in constant change!
If a new golf ball provides more distance, use it. You will sacrifice in other areas of performance. If an adjustable driver allows you to “minimize” (it will not eliminate) your hook and slice, by all means–use it!
To think that equipment is going to fix someone’s golf game is an entitlement issue. People need to work to improve, either mentally or by practice. This is the only way to truly see results.
I also, can PROMISE you, that this wedge will never been seen on the PGA Tour.
Thank you for the comment!
Please send me your wedge. For free. I’ll try it out and review it. If I like it I might comtact you about becoming a distributor.
Just kidding. How many people came here, didn’t bother reading the article, thought it was a review, or better yet, a sales pitch. No womder it’s so easy to scam people with fake web sites. I’m guessing that if you had included a way for people to send you money, you would have got some.
BTW – the comments confirmed my suspicions. I won’t be buying one.
I am confused your accusation that this is a “fake web site?” This was a review and forum our team at USGolfTV created to have discussion about the wedge and our thoughts on the infomercial airing on the Golf Channel.
If I ha the time to practice like the pros, if I had access to the same clubs the pros play, if I had time to play a couple of times a week, I would agree with your premise that these “gimmicks” are bad for the game. But I don’t on all accounts. I can play 2 or 3 times a month. So why shouldn’t I use equipment that makes it easier to enjoy my 20 handicap round? If it is legal, why should anyone be unhappy that I am using it? There are a plethora of gimmicks to make our game easier to play. Why not condemn all of them because you shouldn’t NEED it to get better? How about leaving us amateurs alone and let us enjoy what we are doing.
p.s. my wife uses a tee on EVERY shot. Legal? No, but with the titanium bracket in her neck, if she hits the ground, the pain is horrendous. This game we play is for OUR enjoyment, not yours.
I had the pleasure of getting to try this club on a recent trip to Arizona. I went in the sand and a gentleman who lives on the golf course came over and offered me the club to try. He said he has offered it to many a golfer who has found themselves in the same sand trap. One shot and I was out of the sand with a very controlled shot rather than my usual chopping of the sand. I am not a good golfer and any frustration I can remove from my game helps to enjoy it more while still learning. Apparently I wasn’t the only success story. Ever golfer he had offered it to had the same result. One shot out. I enjoyed the club so much I am buying one.
I see my comment from the 6th was not posted. Since it disagreed with your view,it must not have been relevent.
Your comment was posted once Monday came around.
It’s the idea behind the wedge. It’s the marketing behind the wedge. It isn’t the wedge itself. If this wedge helps certain golfers, then by ALL means it should be used.
I can promise you I will not be condemning you wife, as that is an admirable way to play the game. It’s fun to hear the fun she’s having.
Have a great 2016, Jay.
This is a great endorsement of the club! In fact, I think many golfers could find themselves agreeing with your sentiment. The design of this club offers benefits to certain golfers who struggle from areas around the green.
Good luck in your future of working on your game!
I am interested in the 59 degree XE 1 wedge, unable to find on your page ???
I purchased the 65 degree wedge and have great results with it. I’m a 13 handicap and was struggling with my bunker play. I’ve played 4 rounds with it and was pleasantly surprised how consistently I was getting out of the bunker with a higher ball flight and better accuracy. I’m more confident with my bunker play and enjoying it. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Enjoying golf?
Information to purchase the club can be found here: http://golf.squaretosquaremethod.com/get/xe1/xe1-wedge-ggl-v2/?utm_source=AdWords&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=SS-xE1-Search-US&utm_content=xwd-text-04&gclid=CPea88ir-MoCFclkhgodgtkOwg
Absolutely, Stan! Glad to hear you’re enjoying your experience with the wedge. With the features of the club, it’s no wonder you’re seeing success from the bunkers, and that’s a great thing.
Keep it goin’,
I bought the XE1 wedge 59* for one reason; I was tired of NOT getting out of the bunker on the first try..I mean two or sometimes three strokes to get out of sand. I play to a 14 handicap, great short and putting game, but put me in a bunker and my game disappears. Out of frustration I bought the XE1 wedge, and I got to say…It works out of the sand!!! The past two rounds I landed in four bunkers and was out in four strokes..in other words I GOT OUT in one stroke!! You need to PRACTICE with this club, I have skulled a few across the green trying it for short chips, but with any new club you need to use it get use to it. I love it for getting out of the sand, square stance, and swing– your out…in one…
Awesome, Gerry. Such an encouraging feeling to get out of the bunker in one try!
It’s good to hear that this wedge is giving you what you need from the sand. Hopefully it’s helping you enjoy your game more!
I am reading on other sites that this club is not approved by the USGA, have anyone else heard this? Grooves are not conforming.
Would love to try but I have in tournaments and not wasting a 100 bucks if this is the case?
This is a great question. I had been under the assumption that the club was USGA conforming, but this would absolutely be something to look into for players looking to play competitively.
I couldn’t find the club in this database on the USGA site here: http://www.usga.org/InfoClubsDB/Search.aspx
Anyone else with ideas would be valued!
I think the point in the marketing is that you don’t have to practice to see improved performance vs the traditional wedge, just like most drivers on the market today. A bad shot with this wedge will outperform the traditional wedge.
Piece of crap. All it seems able to produce is fluffs
My 30 year old Lynx pitching wedge is more reliable and
productive even off bad lies.
The Ad about ease of use for first time users should
be pulled. It’s a bunch of crap.
I understand your answer here, but don’t you think there is still a misleading element? I’m sure it provides improved performance in some ways over a traditional wedge, especially for those who struggle with their short games.
Appreciate the comment!
This is one of the various sentiments we’ve received regarding this product. Thank you for the comment.
I have the xE1 and it’s good, but nothing like what they advertize.
– It makes flop shots much easier
– Very good for people who struggle to get the ball up in the air, especially in bunkers
– You can get an incredibly soft landing if it right
– You do not have to open the club face which is helpful for aiming and for more confidence
– A very good club for flop shots
– Lift your head on the shot and you will blade the ball. You swing relatively hard with this club due to the loft so the ball goes miles through the green.
– I find it hard to hit beyond 25yrds compared to a sandwedge and it seems hard to get a good contact
– You definitely have to practice how hard to hit the ball as it’s very different from other wedges
– The type of lie has a big impact on the shape of the shot and hence distance, although it can be hit from any lie. Much better from a good lie but feeds into my previous comment
– Only hit this if you need a flop shot. It’s no replacement for shots where you should play a 5, 7 or 8 iron around the green to get the ball rolling.
Overall, I’ll be keeping it in the bag, but it does not knock off a shot per hole.
If you took the exact same swing with the xe1 vs traditional wedge and duplicated the exact same swing on fat shot, you would see this sole perform better. The point is you don’t have to practice to see the sole perform better. I see both sides, but the design is superior on Mishit wedge shots. That doesn’t require practice to uncover that, also the marketing doesn’t say you don’t need to practice on your game it’s saying no practice required to see improved performance head to head vs traditional wedge. Love the conversation here
What do you think ?
What a great conversation. I have personally seen the wedge work for golfers and I’m a believer in it. We need more clubs built for the average guy. Do you think manufactures are doing enough for 20+ handicaps in the area of short game? I see a lot of double chippers out there?
Fantastic feedback on the club, Adrian. I would agree with your sentiment that “it does not knock off a shot per hole,” as that is part of the misleading marketing I am speaking of.
Your pros and cons list is fantastic and something I would encourage many golfers considering this wedge to take a look at.
Thank you for the time spent commenting!
Thank you for the thought out comment! Agreed, the conversation here has been quite interesting and there have been a wide array of differing views on the wedge (some perhaps slightly too colorful!).
Yes, this sole would perform better than most conventional wedges. I could argue a club with added bounce (maybe 14 degrees or a custom built wedge with more) could also help eliminate the “fat” shots. It’s true though, the practice isn’t needed to bring a club into your game where mishit shots are assisted.
I understand the intent of the marketing, but it’s delivered in a way to golfers that is still misleading. “One shot saved per hole,” with a uniquely shaped wedge is something we can all agree, is probably not completely realistic.
I would agree with your overall comment here though, Larry. Exact same swing for a fat shot, XE1 wedge VS. traditional, the XE1 would at least 9 times out of 10 produce a better result.
A great fit for some golfers!
Thank you for the comment,
Thank you, I agree. It’s been an interesting conversation!
I imagine (once the snow melts) and I see a few hit outside, I’ll be a believer in this club for high handicap golfers too. But I assure you, this club is a phase. It doesn’t have the lasting power, similar to the Alien wedge of the early 2000s.
I would totally agree though, there aren’t enough clubs built TRULY to fit the average golfer. There are clubs “marketed” to fit the average golfer, but not enough that TRULY do, especially in short game. I have always been an advocate any golfer approaching a club fitter and getting equipment that will fit their game.
My issues don’t stem from the club, as much the marketing. I want high handicaps to have more fun too!
Thank you for the comment. Let’s keep the great discussion going.
I had the shanks with my wedge. I bought the F2. Never shanked again. Gimmick clubs can work and make the game more fun.
If they work, I wouldn’t even classify them as “gimmicks.” I would say they are “specialty” clubs.
Glad to hear you’re having more fun, Bruce!
I have noticed an interesting aspect of this wedge as I give it a tryout and decide wether to keep it or not. I am a 10.5 handicap and normally use a 58* out of the sand or for high lobs. First off if you want to hit this wedge well one needs to practice with it like any other club. I’ve found that out on the grass it is pretty difficult to gauge distance as it is easy to slide the wedge under the ball and have it wind up being way short. It is easier to get the ball up and out of the sand though. I have a synthetic green in my backyard with about a 40 yard pitch shot from a slight elevation and it is pretty difficult to hold the green with my 58*. But with the 65* xe1 whether I hit it low or high the wedge imparts enough spin that the ball holds every time and sometimes even spins back. I’ve found that moving the ball a little further back helps me with a more consistent strike. My overriding question though is whether the wedge is USGA conforming?
Great feedback on the wedge. Much of what you said has been echoed by many users of the XE1 wedge. The club seems to perform quite well!
This issue of conforming is also an issue, as we couldn’t find the club listed within the USGA’s database of conforming clubs. Have you found anything?
Thanks for commenting!
Whats your thoughts on a 65 degree wedge for the amatuer golfer. The Xe1 provides an easy flop shot approach compared to many wedges out there.
In regards to the wedge being a USGA conforming club, I called the XE1 people today and they told me that they have just gotten confirmation from the USGA that it is conforming and thus a legal club. They explained that it just took time to go through the process and get the approval. They promised that they will be advertising this new information soon. Hopefully this is all correct info from XE1.
This is a great question. For most golfers (I would say over 90%), a 65 degree wedge holds no place. There is no justifiable reason for needing it. That club can be better used to fill other gaps in the bag. One of the reasons factoring into this lies into the difficulty of play for a 65 degree wedge. It’s a hard club to play with.
Now the design of the XE1 has changed this. It has enough bounce to help golfers elevate the ball and still avoid some of the troubles associated with typical 65 degree wedges.
A flop shot with a club that has the most bounce possible (the Xe1 wedge), will be easier than that with a conventional wedge. It’s all in the tradeoff though. The XE1 will be less versatile.
Thank you for the comment!
Great feedback! Yes, it will be great to see when this is added to the USGA list of conforming clubs, as it is definitely a question asked often.
Email from the xE1 site:
Thanks for the email. At the moment, the xE1 is not USGA approved. However, we are working with them on gaining approval & expect to receive it in the very near future. Would you like me to add your email to my list of people to notify when it does become legal?
This is the response I received from the Xe1 people this afternoon.
Thanks for the email. At the moment, the xE1 is not USGA approved. However, we are working with them on gaining approval & expect to receive it in the very near future. Would you like me to add your email to my list of people to notify when it does become legal?
Robbie | FEB 23, 2016 | 04:40PM CST | Original message
Is this wedge USGA approved?
I just sent mine back. I’m retired and play 3-4 times per week. Worked more like a flop wedge. Popped up the ball with no distance. Four of my golf buddies had same experience. All 15 and under HCP. Burned up $30 for shipping and handling. Try before you buy!
who would have a club in their bag for 30 years ? Better up date your clubs buddy ! Who comes up with this advertising stuff ?
I have received two wedges (65 and 59 degree) yesterday, and practised today for the first Time.
Well, the bunker shots were quite good ( better /easier than with my titleist vokey wedges).
However, around the green I did not achieve better results, mainly becausse I was mostly too Short
I will Continue to practise, which is defintely Necessary to get better results.
Very interesting. Thank you for the comment, RD!
Would you say the club is more of a specialty club than it is a replacement of a wedge in your bag?
Yes, good luck Stefan!
The big benefit here is the sole and the way it performs on mis-hit shots. This is the issue with the traditional wedge, there is no escape for the fat shot and this wedge can save you from a lot of chunks.
When this is legal please let me know…….I am a guy who follows the rules…. I also am a member of the am tour and play in many tournaments…..I don’t want to be disgualifyed for a non conforming club……..
The ‘No Practice’ claim is, of course nonsense. If you have played a few wedge/bunker shots … as we all have… then you have already ‘practised’ ! Try giving the XE-1 to someone who has NEVER hit a wedge and see how she/he gets-on … that would truly be ‘No practice’!!!
What they are actually saying is ‘No EXTRA practice required’, which would, IMO, be a much more reasonable claim.
I am a great believer in having the best tools for the job … why give yourself an extra handicap by using others? I used to have Jim Flood’s Orizaba Power-Pod, and I still have a Dave Pelz Putter(now not legal). Trying new products has been part of the fun, but anyone who takes much notice of the marketing claims has much to learn !!
Hello, just received the 65 degree and as far as the commercial goes they are trying to sell something. Square up and swing they say, well that’s how you do it most likely everyone not hitting it good are open stance or picking up their heads, you have to stay down on these shots like most shots, I’m looking forward to use this around the green within 50 yards because I am not great at stopping the ball with my 56, so I got it for that reason to get it up and down closer to the hole to reduce the number of putts. thanks
Having the best tools for the job is indeed, a great mantra to play by.
Good luck in finding the correct tools for you, Roger!
If you struggle with chunking, there is a good chance the Xe1 wedge will help you. Good luck, J-Dawg!
Rumors are that the club has been approved. Feel free to search and keep your eyes open on the database: http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/grooves/informational-club-database.html
The club is approved per USGA might take a while to update in their database.
Ridiculous. anything that makes averages Joe’s play more often and better is good. The spirit of the game is to go play! If play once or twice a month, and that’s all I can play, how will I ever hope to build this “touch” you hold such reverence for? Golf is hard enough with out ridiculing players for wanting clubs that make their lives easier and their round more enjoyable. Do you have a harness on? You’ll need on that high horse.
After another round of 2-3 Hours practicing I conclude for myself, that the wedges could help in getting out of the Green Bunker, and – under ideal circumstances and very Short distances ( Max 30 yards) – make Flop shots. But the marketing ( best wedges for all situations) is in my Opinion a Great Hype.i will personally keep the 59 degree wedge instead of my 60 degree Lob wedge, but keep my other 52 Sand and 56 Gap wedge.
This is very interesting. This coincides with many of the reviews I’ve seen on the club, that it works very well from short range, but it hard to control from further length shots.
Hopefully it helps you with those pesky short bunker shots, though!
Even Butch Harmon will say as he has many times and as his father always said to him “Golf is a hard game”. There are many innovations and every manufacturer claims its clubs are longer, straighter, easier to hit etc. Plus golf balls have changed radically. Many golfers say the Callaway Chrome ball adds 20 yards to their drive. Making the game more enjoyable and perhaps a little easier and more fun is not detrimental to the game.
Hi I have just purchased a 59degree Xe1Wedge not been able to use it as yet weather too bad, hope that it will reduce my shots from around the green. The wedge itself looks and feels good in the hand. Can’t wait to have a go will report back soon
Appreciate you comment. Totally agree with both you and Butch Harmon. The game is HARD!
Not sure I’ve ever said making the game easier as being “detrimental.” The values of the game should always be kept though. I would disagree with anyone who says “whatever grows the game is good.”
Thank you for the comment!
Just ordered the pair for myself. I am the average weekend hack and always either overshoot or come up short when I approach the green. I look forward to giving this a thorough testing and will report back.
Great Charles, good luck!
About 3 months ago i bought a hybrid 60 degree wedge. It took me a while to get used to it but it has improved my bunker play and short high shots over bunkers onto the green. However, our greens are very fast and if you have a short sided bunker shot running away its very difficult to hold the green, usually going into the bunker on the other side. Very frustrating to see a good shot keep rolling. So i was thinking the 65 XE1 might help this situation. Our bunkers have only about 1 cm sand and then very hard, so opening up a sand wedge to get the extra lob requires a perfect shot – it just bounces too much – so not opening up to get the extra loft has appeal.
I find the advertising off putting – makes me less inclined to buy as it makes it look like a scam but you get a lot of that style advert in the US
I am still confused on the issue that Troy raised..”Does playability and enjoyment come as paramount to the integrity of the sport and the challenges it provides?”…..Integrity?!!! Challenges??? Are you kidding me?!! How can you compare a professional golfer to anyone else that plays the game? … Please correct me if I am wrong, but what pro golfer has has one club “off the rack” in his or her bag. Their clubs are tweaked so much, how can you even question the integrity of the XE-1 for “Joe” golfer. Wow! These guys are good !! But their clubs are much better !!!
Good feedback, thanks Rod!
Who manufacturers the club? Is it USGA conforming? I could not find it at the USGA site because I did not know the mfg in the Informational Club Database. Nothing comes up when I put in the club name XE1 Wedge.
I bought one their phone number in us 1_888-241 2460
called they sent me a label if needed to send it back
There is an 18 hole golf course closing about every week. Top Golf facilities are thriving all over the country. I watched a special not too long ago on Taylor Made that launched a site called HackGolf. A site determined to make golf easier to crowdsource and appeal to the masses. Some of their first suggestions is to increase the size of the ball and cup, to make the game easier and faster. This is from the website: The impetus for this movement is “that the game lacks innovation.” And according to the National Golf Foundation, we are losing players because “they are not having fun.” I play to a 9.6, certainly not great, but better than the average golfer. I have seen two courses that i used to play regularly, close in the last year. I’m certainly not a “purist” because I just purchased an M1 Taylor Made and compared to my old Powerbilt Citation Persimmon driver my Dad bought me when I started playing (I’m 54), well, I must be cheating!:) I’m going to buy an XE1 for a friend i play golf with regularly. He cannot get out of the sand no matter what he’s tried. Lessons, new wedges, etc, so if this helps him, more power to him! Because if he quits, I’m afraid one of those golf courses that the so called purists likes to play, might just lose more like him, and close down. I watch the purists on the weekends on TV, where the muscle back,low profile, forged blades belong. Let me and the rest of us have fun and keep some local courses open!!!
Although I disagree with the fact that holes should be made bigger and the ball made bigger as a whole, I see the merit in certain instances, to implement flexibility and work to make the game fun for all.
I am not against the wedge as a whole, I find myself disagreeing with the premise of the marketing. As a whole, technology will continue to progress and progress, hopefully the game doesn’t get lost in the meantime.
Thanks for the comment!
I’m a beginner golfer (have played only 7 months), and my short game has been the weakest part of my game. I play with clubs that I bought as a set for $600, and have never bought a different club. Until now. I just received this club in the mail, and tried it for the first time today. OMG!!! I was hitting chip shots like a pro, landing softly on the green, really close to the hole. Over and over. It may not be “true” to the old fashioned game of golf, but it made my game today so much more fun! Had the best score of my short golf career. Totally recommend it!!!
Awesome review and great comment! It’s encouraging to see people improve their short games…Keep it going this summer!
I’m going to buy this club, without fear of impuning the integrity of the game. If I were a young golfer just learning the game, this club would not be appropriate. If I were a high school kid on the golf team with my eyes on NCAA golf, this club would not be appropriate. But, I’m almost 50, a cancer survivor who can occasionally walk 9 holes, and this club is totally appropriate for me, to make my rounds more enjoyable and possibly a little shorter.
I have only had a chance at driving range off the mats so far so good. I hit probably what looked to be about 50 yards consistently With the 59 wedge onto range that was snow covered. Hopefully a few more weeks and will get to see the true test. I am not sure if it’s heavier but it seemed hard to deselrate. Really a confidence builder. The biggest problem is sand I hope it has the same positive effect.
Interesting comment! I totally agree that the club can help certain golfers. For proper skill development of young players, I would say I echo your thoughts here.
Thanks for the comment,
From all the reports we are hearing, this club helps a ton off out of the sand.
Hi Troy ..
Just been reading what everyone has to say ..
My wife bought me the new wedge for my birthday and I had my first game on a Links course on Friday (Woollongong).
1. You can still top the ball with this club ..
2. yes it works with little chips over bunkers and the ball does not run on and off the green..my mate was really pissed LOL
3.No it does not always get out of bunkers (4 shots)
4.It is another club in the bag to be used depending on what you think may be needed I still used my 8 iron to chip and run ..
My mate and I had a great day and we still told these stupid stories over a beer after the game … about what great shots we played during the game ..
He loved my new toy but did not run out and buy one ..
Hey Troy and others,
I have been playing for 3 years and I struggle with my short game as well. Being a 5’1″ woman, I have small hands and have a set of women’s clubs that were cut to my height.
Do you think the grip would be ok? Could a club like this be re-gripped if I needed it?
Thanks for any advice
New drivers from wood to metal bigger heads adjustable fat,flat irons wedges all sorts putters long and short blade to mallot you still have to hit the thing and every one has the same chance to use what is best fitted for you unless you are a touring pro and get plush grommed faiways,greens,tees,traps,marshalls to take advantage of every rule that is out there use whats best for you move up and have fun
Thanks for the comment! Good luck this year.
I imagine the club could be re-gripped, yes. I also imagine it could be cut to length by a club fitter in your area. I have not worked with the club on that level, but like many clubs, I imagine this is possible.
Talk with a local club fitter for more answers here. Good luck!
New clubs have helped golfers, yes. I disagree with your assessment on the professional game. Have fun and enjoy the club if you do so choose to use it!
Just so everyone is aware, if you search the USGA website for the XE1 wedge by Golf Tailor it now shows up in their database and is indeed a conforming club.
I don’t see a Ladies’ option.
Great, thanks for sharing, Neil!
Hear that everyone?? Legal wedges!
Again, thanks Neil,
If you want a ladies option, I would probably suggest cutting down the original wedge and getting the proper adjustments made so the club fits you (i.e. loft and shaft).
I have yet to find a ladies option for the club either.
Have a good one!
I am a single digit female player, age 60 and need to find a new sand wedge as mine has the old square grooves. I have been looking for another wedge and this looks interesting. I currently use two of the SCOR wedges, the 49 and 54 degree ones, and am deadly accurate with them from 40-85 yards. the sand wedge is a 60 degree and I just have had less confidence in it of late. I agree with some of the comments on both sides of this issue. Nothing will work well without practice, but if it improves the overall percentage out of the bunker it might be worth a try. If you have any other wedge recommendations for me I would welcome them.
Used my recently purchased XE1 65 out on the course for the first time today. Landed in 4 bunkers and got out of each bunker in one shot with all ending up on the green. I know that this doesn’t sound anything special, but if you saw how my bunker play was previously you would know how much of an improvement this is. To sum it up, I think that this club is GREAT.
Great comment, Anne and we agree, SCOR wedges are fantastic!
Good luck and let us know if the XE1 wedge is for you.
That is quite the achievement for many golfers– Great work!
I am an Ok wedge player, but decided to purchase this product. I took it out on the practice area today. It is pretty good. It won’t replace my other wedges, but it will become my 14th club in the bag. It is most effective when you need to get the ball up (over an obstacle) quickly and stop it quckly to a closely cut pin. This club enables me to do this easier than my other wedges. It really produces a great flop shot without hve to “work” the ball too much.
Worth a try
Thank you for the productive comment! Hopefully this helps give some golfers more insight into making decisions on the club.
I Very Admired to all above Golf Players here.
I played Golf when I was 14 since my father is a daily Golfer but I stop after I further my study in Australia Melbourne. I start to love Golf playing since January , this year. I m not entitle to play at any Golf Field since I not a membership to any Golf Clubs since far too expensive for me to join as a member where I always wish for.
I swing my golf at Sea side and work out my wedges at the sand alone the sea side daily. Recently I do lots of works and understanding of the Important for wedges beside Driver & Irons but recently I saw a Advertisement for xE1.
As of my understanding for ” “The First Time You Pick Up This Club… No Practice.” ….. My personal Opinion at this message brought to my understanding was that as long as you have a your basic and skill of swing you need no practice.
Just my cents of thought & no offense .
I read quite a few of the comments and would just like to share my opinion. One of your “problems ” with the club was that it was advertised as requiring zero practice. I saw a comment that said something to the affect of… I went from making 3-10 to 6or 7 out of ten with this club. Now if that was me I’d want practice and try to get 9 or 10 out of ten. Just because it helps an amateur golfer I don’t think it takes anything away from the game.
I have a lovett wedge which i have had for years now. I totally agree Troy it’s the practice thing….. not the way to market a product. I’ve spent many an hour practicing with my lovett wedge and i know my distances from 20 yards to 60 yards with this club. I very rarely leave a shot in the bunker and it has given me the confidence to use conventional wedges alongside it. will i try this XE1 wedge…when my lovett wedge breaks maybe. trust me if you don’t practice with these wedges you will still chunk it, top it, shank it under hit and over hit the ball.
Tony (13 handicap )
Agreed, Tony. There are clubs that help different golfers, but without putting the tool to work it’s hard to see the gains available.
Thanks for the comment,
There is a much better wedge solution out there that is more well rounded for all golfers and comes in multiple lofts 50º, 55º and 60º. The HWedge is a Hybrid Wedge and it will not only help your game, it makes it challenging as well. With the HWedge you can hit higher shots and recover from all types of lies, but it gives you the confidence to hit at pins and really try to score better.
Best of all the HWEDGE is completely legal in all competition and the company provides a moneyback gaurantee – Love it or Return It. See for yourself at hwedge.com
xE1 .. more snake oil for the insanely non-gifted. If you notice,the 1st video in the commercial is a bit contrived. In the ‘bad’ sand shot, the fellow has no follow-through, hence, the ball doesn’t get out of the bunker. However, with the xE1, his swing has a complete follow-through .. whaddya know, the ball comes out of the bunker. Like one guy said, it the new face of the Alien wedge from the 90’s.
Interesting, Mike. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the comment. I would agree. The technique used is much, MUCH more important than the tool used.
Its showing up in the USGA database as approved. Great news golfers.
Thanks for sharing, Larry!
I tried both the 54* and the 64*. No dice. I skilled them both repeatedly. I’m a 8hcp but have trouble with tight lies when a pitch is necessary and my bunker play is mediocre. These wedges did not help one bit. I actually do better with my Callaway Milled wedges and will continue to work on technique. I sent them back for a refund. Just a gimmick in my opinion.
Interesting, thanks for sharing, Kevin.
This wedge is designed to be hit with a square face or You will blade it. That’s the beauty of it. Opening the blade will cause thin shots. It’s keeps the short game very simple and easy to use.
Tried the 64degree, like to have threw my back out trying to get out of a bunker. It goes back tomorrow.
My shots around the green and out of the bunker don’t suck. I can and do blade/skull it once in a while but it’s due to poor technique, not the club. Anyway, I ordered both the xE1 in both lofts just to check it out. Like a lot of others’ comments, if it helps then why not? Money-back guarantee…I don’t see a downside here.
It seems your biggest issue is with the marketing. Damn near every club on the market boasts unrealistic results. Buy this $500 driver and hit it longer and straighter. We all know that with a lousy swing you are in the woods regardless of the club. I don’t have the club but if it works for some then great. The OP criticism of the club is really nit picking. The same criticism could be placed on just about every golf club and golfing aid out there. We all know golfers will try anything to improve their score.
Great tip, Larry. Thanks for sharing!
Hmm..heal up, Phil.
Good deal, Tom. Enjoy!
It’s true. All golfers are looking to improve their golf games. Many companies are accused of over-marketing. But I’d like to see the other clubs that literally boast guaranteed shaved strokes.
This style of club comes around about every five years or so. It was the Alien Wedge five years ago, and it will be something else five years from now. Confidence (no longer makes clubs, I believe)had one about 20 years ago. If you play only once a month and don’t practice, then it will do what it is supposed to. You wont have any touch with it at all, and if it get with-in five feet you’re lucky.
If you don’t learn how to play around the greens, and that means practice, then you get what you deserve. Learn how to play shots around the green, using the loft and bounce of a good wedge, and you will be happy about improving. Anyone who doesn’t practice doesn’t deserve to play good golf. Period.
Despite the bluntness of your comment, I must say that to some extent, I agree with it. Fun can be for all, both the avid and novice, but true success should come to those who strive for it.
Thanks for sharing.
I have not fished in years.
And I’m not great at it.
If I ever do fish again
I hope someone has a fish finder.
“There’s a fine line between fishing
and just standing on the shore like an idiot.” Steven Wright
Funny stuff, Chris!
How does this club differ from a hollow metal-head driver with a sweet spot four times larger than a tradition wooden one – and the ability of almost any golfer to out-hit such a ‘traditional’ driver off the tee – and straight! – by 50/70/90 yards? How about latest putter technology as compared to a Bulls Eye? Or… well you get the picture. The only example of technology that truly changes the rules of the game is, for me, the long-shaft putter. Shouldn’t your club be controlled by your hands rather than, say, your chin or your chest.
It’s unlikely to make much difference to regular low-handicappers or pros, but like all the other advances in equipment technology, if it improves the pleasure in the game of the mid-to-high handicapper – where’s the harm? If it turns up in my local pro shop in Belgium at that kind of price (99 bucks – to take two or three duff bunker shots out of every round I play? Hardly a bank-breaker!)… I’d buy one. ‘If’…
BTW, who but an idiot would be taken in by the ‘needs no practice’ guff? The vids of it in action are – to say the least – ‘disingenuous’ 😉 How many thousands of hours would we guess the people in their ads have spent on a golf course? Admiring the sky – or practicing?
But ‘a grain of truth’ is probably good enough for us hackers and hewers, which is probably what the XE1 can really claim. If you practice…
Hopefully you can get your hands on one!
Very true, “if you practice.”
Hi Troy, great blog. I bought the XE1 65 & 59 last summer. I struggled to fit them in my bag, but dropped a 5 iron and my 60 degree Vokey. They worked for me to start with I think it was a placebo effect, but accuracy was lacking. Where I play golf here in England we play on a lot of clay courses. Once the Autumn arrived the XE1’s were almost useless. They are a summer club for tightly mown courses, in the UK they will only ever get used in dry conditions. Come the winter I put the chipper back in my bag and no wedges below 54 degrees.
Invest in practice that’s all I can offer, I am an above knee amputee so getting a good chipping swing is not easy but I don’t consider XE1’s to cure my chipping yips… practice will do that.
A tip for those that own this club and thin it…close the face very slightly, oh and if you are going to purchase it get it regripped immediately.
Paul – 16 handicapper
Thanks for the comment, Paul! I would echo much of what you’re saying here, particularly noting the conditions you play on and the work necessary.
Nice tip for XE1 users to re-grip the club. 🙂
Good luck in 2016!
I have not read all the posts so I hope I am not duplicating what has already been said, but isn’t there an unwritten rule in golf that any replacement club will perform marvellously for 2-3 rounds and thereafter revert to the characteristics of the club it replaced?
Perhaps it’s like the “new putter syndrome?” From everything discussed here, the XE1 wedge seems to help some and have a neutral effect to others. At the end of the day, comes down to practice.
I purchased both the 59 & 65 XE1 wedges last fall in hopes that it would improve both my short game and enjoyment of the game. I can honestly say these clubs have delivered on both. I was very frustrated because I could not hit many greens and always seemed to be in trouble or just short of the green. Using these clubs have allowed me to get up and down more than I could have imagined. Just today I played 9 holes and used one of these clubs on 7 holes. Shot my lowest score ever for 9 holes – 5 pars & 4 bogeys for a 40. Last fall I was shooting 8 – 12 strokes higher. So I can testify that they absolutely will help lower your scores if you struggle with the short game. Doesn’t matter to me what anyone’s opinion is about these clubs. Bottom line, they have kept me from giving up the game and after all, isn’t that what matters most?
I’m in Australia, where can I buy this bloody thing ?
I would like to purchase the x1E wedge. I am in Sydney Australia could you please give me your on line details so that i can do this. I dont want to phone and give my card details over the phone and more than happy to purchase through PayPal
This wedge is terrible i cant believe they advertise this piece of junk. I am not a great golfer 14 handicap will stick with my 60,56,and 52. Dont fall for the false advertisement.
I recently purchased both clubs and have mixed reviews. The biggest challenge is getting the distance correct. The 65 has worked well in the sand but has come up short on pitches leaving long putts. The 59 has been more consistent. Bottom line is ig you don’t practice with these clubs you truely don’t know what they can and cant do for you.
You’re right. Different clubs offer different results. The only way to truly improve and find the groove with any club is through practice and some time spent.
I will sell mine for fifty dollars and cut my loss in half,, I work in Manhattan, so we can arrange a swap. For me , It was not my cup of tea, but for an experienced golfer it probably can help if you are talented with high degree clubs.
The club is actually not designed for experienced golfers as much as the players looking for help in green side bunkers and short distance shots from the rough.
Loved reading all the comments and different views. I’m the guy who for years couldn’t get out of a bunker, just couldn’t. Recently, I’ve studied countless videos, had lessons from a pro, changed clubs and practiced a lot and I’m at about a 75% success rate now. I have just taken delivery of the XE1 and if it can deliver me that extra 25% out of the bunker, I’ll be a happy man. All my practice has made me quite proficient with the 60 degree around the greens but I’ll try out the XE1 there too. First hit on the range in a couple of days and I’ll report back my impressions.
To the Aussie buyers, I’m in Perth and bought from their website. Shipping is a whopping #38US (ouch) but the club arrived inside 2 weeks.
I hit this club and it’s the easiest club to hit in my bag. A narrow stance and move the bal forward or backward depending if you need a 10 to 50 yard shot . It’s worth the money.
Ok….ive read alot of the comments. Lets look at it from a different perspective for a moment please ! What if a golfer never had a sand wedge….only a pitching wedge. And was in the market for a sand wedge… And If he wanted to buy a sand wedge….. where would this club fit in the grand scheme of things ? Would this be the ulimate sabd wedge ?
Great, Neil. Keep us posted. We’ve heard mixed reviews, both good and bad, so let us know!
Interesting, Tom. Yes, ball position is critical when chipping, good to hear you’re using that technique. Good luck this summer!
I took my new XE1 to the range today. I started with some shots off short rough. They all popped up well and went about 20m. So far so good. Next I headed for the bunker as this is primarily what I purchased the club for. Remember with my 60 degree I’m getting out around 75% of the time. Over the course of the next half hour I hit a lot of balls and the results could only be described as a DISASTER. Shots out well and near the pin, let’s say 1%. Of the rest half stayed in the bunker and half were bladed about 60m, something the advertising said wouldn’t happen. I tried all sorts of setup and swings with absolutely no success. To say I’m disappointed with this club would be a huge understatement. I’m hoping someone out there can advise me on how to play the club out of sand. I’ll try again but on first looks, it will be going back.
Neil, thank you for sharing your experience. Unfortunately, doesn’t sound like things went well. Good luck in your pursuit of a great green side ally.
Update, I got a couple of videos from golf tailor, watched them and went back to give the XE1 another try. This time was worse than the first with zero balls out of the bunker and completely inconsistent shots around the green. I won’t be keeping this club as it has not delivered on any of it’s many promises.
I don’t know how I ended up on this article. I accidently clicked one of the ad on other website then got hooked to the claim how easy is to get out of the bunker and the price was pretty decent. I am not a golfer by the way. I am a curious person so started thinking “Really? All the big companies try to make the clubs better all the time yet this claims it’s better? Hmmm” Then I googled for the reviews and read some reviews and comments.
This reviewer seems troubled by the company’s marketing claim and feels that if it doesn’t do what it claims then it is cheating the customers and if it does what it claims that it takes away the traditional practice hard and improve your game idea.
Regardless of any sport, to be fair to all the participants of the sport, there are rules. The rules that covers everything from the equipment specification to the duration to the scoring methods and places where it can be carried out and etc. Out of all the rules only rules that the players and the equipment manufacturers can have somewhat choice/influence is the equipment that used to carry out the game. The governing body provides specification allowed on the equipment style and materials etc. and the manufacturers have been doing tremendous amount of research to make the equipment within given specification and the players have been practicing to improve the game. As the equipment has improved the rules of the game have changed to be more challenging because the average level of players improved as the equipment has improved historically.
So this company has done or claimed the same thing all the other companies have been doing – improved design in the equipment that can help the players improve their game/scoring. Regarding their claim “no practice needed” let the consumers figure it out whether it is true or not. They even give 60 days to try it out! Maybe the company exaggerated and it requires little bit or a lot of practice but if the consumer likes it because it still does better than the other club they will keep them. If they don’t like then they will return or stop buying them. Let the market decide. The latest news says the clubs are USGA conforming so they followed the rules and made playing golf easier. And when every player does better because this wedge is good then the bunkers will be phased out and the different type of hazards will be implemented because any easy sports will lose attraction. No sport is fun when it’s not challenging. If anyone really like to cry about the having selections or improving equipment and be fair then they should make only one size club and balls made with exactly same material and all the players share them just like soccer or football. Then it truly become a sport where there is no cheating or influence whatsoever by the equipment yet only each player’s personal physical or mental skills will make the difference in the game.
The author said, “In my eyes, this is a get rich quick scheme for struggling golfers. The xE1 is more like a cheat code for a player instead of a solution. Unlike other products we’ve highlighted in the past, this wedge does not help improve a golfer’s skills. The website even brags about not needing practice: “The First Time You Pick Up This Club… No Practice.” So improving skills it to get out of the bunker easily to the desired spot and this club let you do it and it’s cheating???? Perhaps the author is upset that he spent so much time to improve his skills so he can get out of the bunkers using the inferior wedges and now others can do so so easily for $99.00? LOL
I can attest to the fact that the author has a sometimes spotty bunker game! 😉
Thank for the thoughts, Andy,
I think we golfers have over expectation that equipment will save us shots, of course it will be only if we use said equipment properly and with training. The XE1 is still not in my bag at the moment, although it is nearly May, we still have ‘preferred lies’ here in the UK. Tight lies are few and far between. We can all only have 14 clubs in our bag. I carefully consider which clubs I need to get my score around the course I am next playing. At the moment a chipper takes the place of the 60 degree wedge as at the moment it can save me a few shots as the grass around greens in the Spring can be a bit pot holey and sparse. I know chippers are frowned upon but I reckon in these Spring conditions they are safer option than a more lofted club with my skill level.
Hopefully if we do ever get a summer or warmer temperatures here this year the XE1 will get some time in the bag, but at the moment my 54 sand wedge does the majority of the work so that’s where my practice is focussed.
Regarding the comments that the XE1 wedge is bad because it takes the skill out of the game … in 1935 Gene Sarazen was having success with a club nobody had seen before. He could get out of the sand better than anyone else with his new secret club … the sand wedge. It changed the game. I watched Tom Watson at a local clinic several years ago. He played 18 holes and on one par 3 about 190-195 I asked what he hit. “3 iron”. Last week I saw players hitting 6 or 7 from that distance. George Bayer was the longest hitter about 60 years ago. He could hit it a whopping 300 yards. Today everybody on tour hits it 300; some 350 or more. Golf balls evolved from a wooden ball, one stuffed with down, and a ball made from Gutta-Percha Gum. Perhaps the ‘purests’ should find an old Mashie Niblick and see if they can compete hitting the ‘Feathery’. Skill will always prevail no matter the equipment. I got home this afternoon and saw a long cardboard box on my front porch, soaked from the day long rain. My XE1 65 degree was safely wrapped in plastic. I can’t wait to take it to the course.
Well written and many strong statements here, Dennis. I agree with you. Technological advances are always going to make the game more fun to play.
I’ve had this club for about 5 months, and am an 18 handicap. Its a great club for a short sand shot, and that is what I use it for. I still open the face just as I did for my Sand Wedge and am very satisfied with the results.
As for using as a pitching wedge, I will decline. I have much better distance and control with my regular pitching wedge, perhaps because I am so accustomed to it.
Awesome, thank you for the comment, Tom!
I just received my delivery of the XE1 Wedge 65 degrees. I went to a chipping green at a golf course near my home to try it out. I’m about a 20 handicap golfer and I discover that you do need to practice if you are going to use the XE1 Wedge. I worked with the XE1 Wedge for two hours. It took me at least an hour of practice to get the feel of how to use the XE1 Wedge. I did all kinds of lies in grass, tight lies, bare ground, and sand bunker. There is no way you can use the XE1 Wedge without at least some practice. In my opinion that man on their commercial that hit three balls without ever practicing with the XE1 Wedge was three LUCKY golf shots.
Great work, Gerald. Good luck in your continued practice!
I bought these 3 weeks ago (April 2016) – (both 59 and 65 degree wedges ) I have only been playing for 5 months and so ordered these as i am struggling with my iron and wedge shots. They were delivered to Australia within 2 weeks and i went onto the course thinking I was going to impress my new golfing buddies with my new found skills. Wrong! I added at least 10 shots to my round as I skulled and fatted shots, and decided to leave them in the bag after the 7th hole . Ball placement forward, ball back – no matter what way i tried it – no good. You must practice with these wedges. So Down to the driving range for 2 hours to practice both in and chipping over the bunker shots after studying the video – and I found if I opened the face ( I did not know what that meant till I looked at You Tube) the balls fly up like a drone on steroids . But only 4 out of 10 times. These clubs are NOT forgiving, and I think you need to be really skilled and experienced to use them. Gotta go – I need to go practice with them. My advice – save your money and spend it on a few lessons. But then being self taught I dont listen to my own advice .
Interesting review -much appreciated . I was interested in the XE1 because of the green side traps at the club I play on a regular basis. 14 handicap and a fairly good sand player at other courses with soft fluffy sand. However my usual course has very hard sand very often wet. Usually shoot mid 80’s but today was so frustrating with 4 triple bogeys with one thing in common- hitting from green side sand traps laying 2 on par 4’s either over the green (blading it) or leaving in the trap. So tired of hitting a good drive and then missing green pin high in a nasty trap. Shot a 92 with 4 triple bogeys.
Fairway bunkers are not a problem- hit the ball first and usually have an acceptable shot.
Is the XE1 the answer or should I go to my excellent teacher at this club and take a lesson on how to get out of these traps ?
It sounds to me, like if you were blading the ball from firm traps, the XE1 will not be the wedge for you. This wedge has a lot of bounce and will not assist you from the lies you explained. This helps players from soft sand who tend to chunk the ball or leave it in the bunker.
Sounds like you’d be better off asking for a tip from a local professional. Good luck in the future!
Ray the XE1 59 may well be of help, mine is particularly good out of wet sand I just can’t have it in the bag for that shot only, I would disagree with Troy on this though the 65 is too much. However a lesson on wet hard bunker play from a Pro is always a positive…mine advocates using a 60 degree for this shot!
I’ve been playing for several years and have always had trouble around the greens. I took a different approach to fix the problem. I bought a $29 pitching net and took a $40 lesson from my local PGA Pro. What a difference it made to my game and I saved $30 over the price of this new do everything wedge.
Tom this is an incredibly encouraging comment. Great work, hopefully your success with your short game continues throughout the season.
I would like to buy 1ex mwedge please hell me
If you are against technology, why buy graphite shafts, new tech balls, giant head drivers etc? or why go for lessons at a pro?
Why be against this wedge but not against all the other hi-tech stuff?
I don’t believe the argument here lies in the technology. It’s in the marketing practice.
Like some have commented, you still NEED TO PRACTICE with this club. The loft on the XE1 (65 degree) is so severe it is hard to “consistently” make contact with clubface to provide the results in which you desire. The only purpose this club is in my bag is when I “short-side” myself and need something that gets the ball up quickly (high) and sits down without much roll out…otherwise, I see this club as “worthless” (I may use it once or twice around or sometimes never) and my Cleveland wedge with 14 degree bounce is excellent out of traps. I am not going to purchase the 59 degree, but if I could trade in the 65 for it, I would…the 65 is just too severe to get consistent results. PRACTICE IS NEEDED WITH THIS CLUB JUST LIKE ALL OTHERS.
TO ALL THE HATERS, this is NOT the 1st time in the history of golf that an equipment manufacturer has claimed that you can improve your game by up to 5 shots per round without practice. I took delivery of my XE1 (65*) 2 weeks ago. The first shot I played with it, I bladed 15 metres over the green. Used it again for the recovery shot, but in doing so adjusted the ball position back a little and made sure I did not let the club head get ahead of my hands. In other words, the bladed shot was from BAD technique & ball position, nothing else. Ball popped up in the air nicely and landed about 5 metres from the pin, released a little and finished inside 1 metre. Used it later in the round to play some chip shots. Now I have NEVER in 50+ years of playing this game (even when I was an 8 handicap) been able to get a pitch or chip shot to grip and stop. They have always rolled out. Have to say I’m loving the results with this club, so much so that I’ve taken my regular sand iron out of the bag. WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT WHAT THE ADVERTISING SAYS. THE CLUB DELIVERS WHAT IS PROMISED. In my case I’ve gone back and reviewed my dvd on “Secrets of the Short Game” by Phil Mickelson (in my opinion the BEST short game instructional video I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen most of them over the last 50 years). The 2nd week not 1 bad shot with the club, no practice during the week, just a dvd review and ensuring my short game technique & ball position was correct. BTW, I did not line up square, I opened my stance as usual and got sensational results with check and stop. All I need to do is adjust the length of my takeaway when more carry is required. I have to give the XE1 a 10/10 rating thus far. BTW it is a legally conforming club. I’m playing in a sanctioned 4 day amateur tournament next week and I checked with my golf association and they have confirmed that it is a conforming club.
I requested a comment or review comparing this XE1 wedge with Cleveland Smart Sole wedge.
Can you post something here?
I’ve never hit the Cleveland Smart Sole, but judging from the pictures and reviews I’ve read, the concepts between the two clubs are linear. Both clubs have massive soles, designed to help golfers who struggle from the sand and tight lies in the fairways. They aren’t versatile clubs, but they are effective in doing what they’re designed to do.
Here’s a great review of the Cleveland Smart Sole: http://pluggedingolf.com/cleveland-smart-sole-2-0-wedge-review/
I am a 12 handicap and have now had this wedge for a week and played 4 rounds with it. First and foremost is the claim that it totally eliminates thin and fat shots. FALSE unless your a tour pro like the one pushing the club. After 2 hours of practice in and around the green and from the bunker I wasn’t real impressed. Because of the 65 degrees of loft you must be very precise. In the first round I played I nearly holed 3 10-15 yard chipshots from around the green and got a few others close. But after 4 rounds I’m getting very selective when and where I use the club. It’s a club that I think I can use effectively for some select shots but I’m going back to the bump and run shots for more accuracy. If this club is as good as they say it is, how soon will we see tour players begin to use it??? Probably never. Understand that you will still need to practice using this club, if for no other reason than the 65 degrees of loft. If it was the 59 I don’t think it would require as much practice. But I would rather have the 59 degree versus the 65 degree. Just too much loft. It’s an ok club, but definetly not a cure all club.
I agree. You will never see the pros using this club. Good luck in finding a wedge solution. Hard work tends to be the best cure all.
Hit them straight,
To Roger – I use the 59 far more than the 65, but with such a poor summer in the UK neither club is in my bag. I’m playing off 14 at the moment and find putting a high degree wedge in my bag (for perhaps one shot), makes the club very under used. My coach is unimpressed with it so all the practice I do is around bump and run with a 54 wedge or chipper, does not look as sexy as a lob approach but far more accurate percentage wise!
You can hit bad shots with this club just like any other club. Like any other club a person is swinging it. The advertising for this club is quite poor. Reminds me of a golf lesson I had years ago-as the lesson ended, the Pro asked if he could hit a couple shots with my driver. No tee, just off a very tight deck – 3 rifle shots about 300 yards. The lesson was – the PERSON swinging the club! not so much the club.
I’ve been using the 65 degree for the last three months when I’m within just a few yards of the green and the shot to the green has to be very soft on landing. I’m amazed when I read that someone is hitting the ball 30 yards with an XE1. I can move the ball back in my stance, use a swing speed similar to that I would with a driver and only hit at the most ten yards forward — it does go high, but it does not roll more than a couple feet after landing. Moving the ball forward I might get the ball to go five to ten foot.
It is easy to slide the club head under the ball. If the ball is setting up I leave the XE1 in the bag. I’m not a very good golfer, but seeing the results of your swing add up to six inches up and four inches forward is still an embarrassment.
I’ll buy the 59 degree when I find one on ebay at a better than retail price.
I want to give you all a review of the XE1 wedge. A little background: I’m 54 and an 18 handicap. I golf 2-3 times a week and I rarely hit the green in regulation, so I’m always chipping and hitting for one putt pars. Normally I leave myself with 20 + foot par putts (thus the 18 handicap).
I have been hitting the Alien 65 degree wedge for 17 years. It is my go-to club. The problem with the Alien is it has holes instead of grooves, so almost impossible to put any spin on the ball.
I was looking for another 65 degree wedge with grooves so I leave myself 10 foot par putts. I bought the XE1 off Ebay July 20 and took to the range and played my first round today.
Because I have 17 years experience with a 65 degree wedge, there was hardly any learning curve for me. First thing i noticed was the weight of the XE1. It is rather heavy. I had to adjust to that. I learned to take a half swing and control the distance with how hard I hit the ball. Practiced in the sand and had 2 shots today for green side bunkers. This club is phenomenal out of the sand once you get it. With the Alien, I was almost always out of the sand, but with the XE1 I was putting for make able par putts.
My normal score on my home course is around 91-94, sometimes I score under a 90. Today I shot my career best 82, with 2 birdies. I hit the XE1 close to the pin all round.
Was the club worth 10 shots ? Possibly, but I did play out of my mind today. This club will be in my bag till i quit playing 20+ years from now.
David, great in-depth review from a player who has experience with a similar club. Thanks for sharing!
so you pretend to dump on the club whilst promoting it nice marketing
well done. Do you enjoy seeing all these poor people buy just another club because “it is so good it is cheating” Sorry, but hang on you are only objecting to the marketing “good one”
Doug, I am confused. Our company has no affiliation with the XE1 wedge. This was simply designed as an opportunity to discuss a club that has created much buzz. It isn’t marketing. It’s creating content for an audience. Your comment is misguided.
I started playing at 18 years old…..stopped for 47 years and now play again (we live on a course).
Bought the 58 and 65s….They WORK GREAT!!!! from the very first ball I hit. They do what they are designed and have made the game more enjoyable…Isn’t that what’s it all about???
You won’t ever see me on tour or even in local championships…but it can hit these wedges with confidence and have fun!!!!!
That’s great to hear! Fun golf is good golf. Keep playing and enjoy!
I borrowed one from a guy who said it was a waste of money, but he can’t hit the side of a barn with a shovel. Found out after 10 minutes of practice that with this piece of junk, I can’t hit the the side of a school building. It feels like a cheap club you used to get out of those barrels at driving ranges. Oberwhatever should be ashamed. And Hank Haney too. I would bet this thing is made by Warrior Golf. More junk. Don’t be gullible and fall for this scam.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY WITH THESE WEDGES, I BOUGHT THE XE1 65 WEDGE AND ALSO BOUGHT THE 59 DEG. I FOLLOW HANK HANEY AND IT WAS IN ONE OF HIS EMAIL TO ME AS A LINK TO IMPROVE THE SHORT GAME. SINCE APRIL OF THIS YEAR 2016 HAD THEM AND THEY ARE JUST GARBAGE. IF THE BALL IS NOT ON A CLEAR FAIRWAY LOCATION IT NEVER DOES THE JOB. I GAVE THE TO FRIENDS TO TRY THEM AND SAME RESULTS. THE VIDEO IS TOTALLY MISLEADING TO ME. I AM SO DISSAPPOINTED WITH THE RESULT AND I HOPE HANK NEVER ENDORSES THIS PRODUCT!.
I’m always guilty of buying the next fad item in an effort to improve and lower my score so when I saw the ads for this club, I decided to give it a try. I practiced with it for quite a while prior to taking it to the course ….. I really wanted to understand the feel of this club vs. my standard wedges.
I finally took it out and placed it into play and after roughly 6 to 8 rounds, removed it from my bag and left it in the garage with al the other “wonder” clubs I’ve purchased in the past.
To me this club is all talk and no walk and I’d not recommend it to any of my golf buddies.
Thanks for reading.
I’ve had my XE65 Wedge now for approximately 7 months. I was that impressed with the 65 I also purchased the 59 not long afterwards. Like everything else in golf these wedges require some dedicated practice. Certain things that I have been working on with these wedges is to keep the club face square (do not open up the club face). I have also been focusing on body rotation, that means back pointing towards target at top of backswing then clearing the right hip (I’m a left hander) at the follow through on my downswing.Do not stab at the ball,instead follow through completely. Don’t get me wrong, not all shots come out exactly how I plan (then again that can apply for every other club in the bag).I know that by reading the reviews that there are a lot of opinions out there regarding the XE1. All I know is that as a golfer with a handicap in the mid 20’s these wedges have definitely helped with my confidence when I am in a bunker and also when I have to hit a lob shot over a bunker.
Michael, thank you for the constructive comment. Good luck with the club!
I believe that in order to stop bladeing shots with the club you still have to have some forward lean. It seems that you will still skull it if you don’t ..I am 73 years old and play in the mid 90’s.. If I can get out of bunkers easier, than it will be worth it .. I really would like some comments on the forward lean tho …
Do I need to have a forward lean when using these clubs?? I seem to be skulling a lot of my shots with both the 59 and 65 degrees
The forward lean is a concept we love teaching here at USGolfTV. We like to see more pressure on the forward foot, especially in chipping. We outline it in this article: https://usgolftv.com/golf-instruction-2/ball-position-at-address/
Also, this video may be of some help to you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6rH0_OjQ7U
See our comment to Bill Garrity above. This video may be of help to you, too! Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6rH0_OjQ7U
Here’s the truth. Golf was originally shepherds knocking round shaped stones into rabbit holes with their wooden shepherds staffs. For many years the game was played on severely rugged terrain, where no proper upkeep was required.
I have both the 59 and 65 and my wife and I love them. The shepherds would probably consider anything more than how they were playing golf beyond how they played to be quite cerebral. Ladies and Gentlemen, golf has evolved, and once the competitive element was placed on it people focused more on winning versus having fun. To my wife and I, somewhere in the middle of this debate/ conversation is the truth, and these wedges do a stupendous job of filling that gap.
Easy to get in and out of situations, and competitive enough to stay on the leaderboard. They must be doing something right because a few brand name competitors are trying to compete against them now when I went into the golf shop a few days ago and people are coming in asking for the XE1.
I just want to follow up on a review I left in April. I have both clubs and now have a full season in the bag. On the pro side I have had my best season out of the sand including everything from soft and heavy to hardpack like cement. You still need proper sand technique but definitely much easier. If you hit them right-like any other club-you can hit great shots from various lies and conditions.
Cons. Ad stating you can’t hit fat or thin shots due to the sole. Well I hit fat, thin, skulled, bladed, to hard, not hard enough etc. Like any other club.
Bottom line is I hit many more good shots than bad and will continue to use them. I’m 59 and have an 18 handicap.
Thank you for the comment, Fred. It’s interesting how the XE1 has pushed the envelope for game improvement wedges and the impact it’s started to have on the industry.
Jamie, that’s great to hear about the improvement! Thank you for leaving the comment and review, we’re glad to hear you’re having more success.
Troy, I noticed that, in a prior thread on this forum, you said your staff received the xe1 wedge and you were going to put a video together to test it yourself. Did that ever get done and, if so, where can I view it? I have read most of the comments here and I am seeing mostly positive reviews from those who use them. I am tempted to buy them but would like to see and independent video review, not their advertisement.
Don, thank you for the comment. Yes, there is a video review of the club. This was filmed over the summer. Hopefully it helps you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l0S4XCHeus&t=69s
I have the XE165, the XE159 and I have recently purchased a XE155. This new addition to the XE1 range is a great club for when I am in the 70 to 80 metre range of the hole.
When I took delivery of the club I did not have the required amount of time to practice with it first before taking it out on to the course.
I was pleasantly surprised at how the very first shot that I played with it came off the club very sweetly with a very pleasing amount of loft.
Now that I have had it for a couple of weeks I would recommend this club, as I like the way that it seems to have a very large sweet spot and it pops the ball up with very little effort.
A Great New Addition.
Thanks for the comment, Michael. Good to hear you’re finding success.
This comment is not about the club itself…I just got it delivered today by UPS. What my comment is about is the hidden charges that the seller applies and doesn’t mention when you order. I paid shipping and handling calculated on my Canadian address…..only to find that I had to pay $19.00 extra for duty when it was delivered. No where in the order form does it say this. The customer service guy “Dave” says I should have expected to pay this and he wasn’t doing anything about it. What a scam….you expect an all in cost when you see it on your invoice.
I’ve just sold these clubs, as to be honest we just don’t have the conditions to use them in the UK. Its not often I put a 60 degree in my bag but when I do it will probably be my old Vockey which will get me over a bunker if needed.
Interesting Paul. Thank you for sharing.
I agree with Troy that it shouldnt be allowed
Not saying that it should be allowed, but there are questions to be asked about the merit behind some of the marketing.
I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the Lovett wedge, which was extensively advertised on the golf channel using all the same selling features; regular stance, no opening of club face, etc. I’m guessing about 15 years ago.
Tom, fascinating comment. Thank you for sharing. I would have been quite young during that airing. Thank you for sharing! Anyone else remember the Lovett wedge?
I just received my C3i (20 minutes ago via UPS)…which is the same (mostly) design of the XE1. We had 4 inches of snow yesterday so it’d be awhile before I get to try it out. It is however, quite beautiful. Compared to the pictures and videos I’ve seen of the XE1 it at least LOOKS like a much better product. I almost bought the XE1 last year but didn’t like the look of it. It looked bulky. Also read several negative reviews, though clearly some like it. I took a chance on the C3i because I’m sick and tired of chunking and blading my short shots from off the green and in the sand.
I have a 56 and 60 Callaway mack daddies, which are beautiful clubs, but I can’t seem to use them well. True, I could practice more. I played a hundred and eight rounds in 2016 (I’m retired) and got some improvement with the Callaways…but still hit too many bad shots.
Has anyone else bitten on the Chip Beck infomercial? I decided to potentially throw away a hundred bucks in the hope of fixing my short game. The C3i sure is pretty. Can’t wait to try it out. LOOKS like a much better value than the XE1. Be interested in anybody else’s take on the C3i.
I have played these wedges and love them. I have the 65, 59 and 55. The 65 is great for flops from rough around the green and off the fairway with a normal swing for me is good out to about 50 yards.
I can close the face and hit it a little lower with the same swing and get about 60 yards. The 59 I use from about 60 yards to maybe 75-80. (again closing face to go longer and lower) The 55 from about 80-90 yards.
I practiced a lot with them to dial in the distances and also use the clock method (swing length) to change distances. These clubs have the flat sole that make them hard to hit fat and I seldom skull the ball with these.
These actually work great out of the crappy muni bunkers that I frequent, the 65 gets out high and checks up and I use the 59 for longer bunker shots. On the occasion that I actually get into a real sand trap at a good course and have to move sand I use my Titleist Vokey sand wedge which is much better at shoveling sand, open face and splash out of the sand.
The clubs work for me, I didn’t buy them for the no practice thing because I knew having played for years that it is a bogus claim (as most golf advertising is).
If you don’t or wont practice you probably can play with this 65 around the green better than you can a lob wedge due to the flat sole. These clubs don’t work well for chipping so I bump balls with my PW or use a hybrid if the grass isn’t too thick.
The clubs are fine and are just a preference and the grooves are conforming. My old Cleveland wedges sure pushed the limit, these aren’t even close to the zip grooves of Cleveland.
Don’t hate on these clubs, but feel free to hate on the advertising and Olberholser, pretty sure in competition he wouldn’t use these.
Thanks, I enjoy your articles.
Steve, thank you. Great comment. You’re right on the advertising part. But great news on your success with the clubs. Keep up the great play and thank you for following!
Troy, I hope no one will buy the new drivers that are out there today, since most golf company allowed you to set about 4 different degree of your driver, lie of your driver and trajectory. I guess everyone should only be using a neutral driver. the ex1 wedge you still need to practice with it, just not as much as you would with a traditional wedge. We only have so much time to practice since most of us work, have a family and other obligation in our life than to become a scratch golfer in our limit time of entertainment.
Dennis, you’re exactly right. The XE1* wedge you still need to practice with it. It was my point all along.
FYI I work too. I haven’t played a round of golf since early October. I feel your pain.
Thanks for the comment.
Here is a first hand review of the 65 degree XE1 wedge, I also have the 59 degree but not used it yet. I have had this club for a year and like all clubs you still need to practice with it. One key for me was to watch the instructional video several times as I was not using it properly. I dedicated myself recently to keep with it no matter the results. I must say the results have been pretty good. I’m a 13.2 index golfer and have always had consistency problems from around the green and bunkers. Instead of a 50/50 expectation for a good shot I believe I’m more 80/20 now. And the 20 percentage weren’t great shots but acceptable. One swing thought with this club is don’t decelerate on your down swing. Its a leap of faith but the results are the proof. I look forward to using the 59 degree wedge from further out and I will review that club as well. Here’s to better golf!
B. Swanlund, great advice on “don’t decelerate.” Maintaining speed through the strike is key with this club!
Here’s another great video to use chipping that will work with this club: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz8NF59xh_0&t=126s
When I started playing golf, my driver head was made from a laminated block of maple. The shaft was forty-three inches long and made of steel. Somewhere along the way drivers have morphed into metal headed behemoths with shafts made of graphite and and other exotic materials. These clubs are cherished and the most sought after instruments in the game. So much so that golfers of all skill levels and only too happy to pay $500.00 or more. How is the evolution of the all-important scoring club any different? Go for it! Make the game as easy as possible. You have a few short years to enjoy the game. And the club is legal to boot.
Fred, you are stating great facts here….there has been tremendous progress in the design of drivers…so why not wedges. Thank you for posting and adding to the conversation.