The Stroke-Saving Secret is in the Sole
They say golf is a game of inches, but that’s a fraction off.
It’s a game of one inch – the difference in sole width between the xE1 Wedge and a traditional model.
Check out the bottom of your sand or lob wedge. It probably measures about an inch from leading edge to trailing edge.
By contrast, the xE1’s Auto-Glide Sole is a full two inches wide. Believe it or not, that’s a very big deal
That single, solitary extra inch is key to fulfilling the purpose of every xE1 Golf Wedge:
To help the average golfer save strokes by compensating for his miss-hits and giving him the confidence to play any greenside shot. (Yes, even the famous, Phil-style flop.)
First and foremost, the xE1 was built to eliminate fat shots from the fairway, rough or sand. It can cut down on thin shots, too, while greatly decreasing the risk of shanks. And just wait till you see the amazing shots the xE1 allows you to execute. All thanks to a pair of brilliantly simple innovations: the Auto-Glide Sole and RPM (Repositioned Performance Mass).
Extra-Wide Sole = No Fat Shots
Let’s briefly examine the differences between a conventional wedge and the xE1.
Conventional wedge: The thin sole does little to ease the clubhead through rough or sand, perpetrating fat shots. What’s more, the Point of Resistance (POR) is at the front of the sole, near the leading edge. This pushes the rear of the sole downward as it passes through impact, which can cause the club to bounce off the turf or sand and up into the ball. Result: a nasty thin shot.
(By the way, the club’s dime-sized sweet spot and blade-style design aren’t doing you any favors in the forgiveness department.)
xE1 Wedge: The Auto-Glide Sole’s added width and gentle curvature help the clubhead literally glide through anything in its path, including thick rough, soft sand and wet grass. No digging or snagging means no fat shots.
Then there’s RPM, a small yet crucial technical detail which relocates the POR to the rear of the xE1's sole. This effectively forces the leading edge down through the shot – no bouncing, no skidding, no "bellied" wedges.
True, you can still skull or blade the xE1 in the usual way (where the club never reaches the ground at all). But because there’s no worry about chunking the shot, you swing more aggressively down and through – and you’ll never hit it thin doing that.
Oh, one more thing: The xE1 features extreme perimeter weighting for a high MOI (Moment of Inertia) and ample forgiveness on off-center strikes. Translation – more distance and accuracy on your not-so-good swings.
The xE1 Wedge is Superior to Traditional Golf Wedges
Sole width (leading edge to trailing edge)
Typically 1 inch or less
Effect: Difficulty getting through rough & heavy sand, causing fat shots.
Effect: Clubhead slides smoothly through long grass and soft sand, eliminating fat shots caused by tough lies.
Point of Resistance (POR)
Front of sole
Effect: Rear of sole forced down through impact, causing the clubhead to bounce off firm surfaces.
Rear of sole
Effect: Club’s leading edge forced down through impact, creating clean contact from tight lies in the fairway or compacted bunkers.
Even the shots that I was hitting behind the ball were making it onto the green, some of 'em very close.Kevin Ericsteen