Written By: Chris Conley
Average Guy Golf was lucky to have such a great and well respected in the industry company send us some of their Custom Grind Wedges to review; I was looking forward to testing these clubs more than anything I can remember in the last few months. I have heard great things about the wedges, and while I’ve hit probably every wedge on the market, I have yet to upgrade my wedges so I was hoping these wedges would take my game to the next level. Before I get into the review, I just wanted to share a little story about the first rounds I played with them. It was a cool wet day, so instead of going to the range with these I went straight to the course as my home course was wide open and I could play and hit multiple shots from different areas with the clubs. On the first hole, I pulled an 8 iron on my approach to about 7 feet off the green, so I pulled out the Henry Griffitts 56 Wedge with a 14 bounce and put it back in my stance to hit a little bump and run. Low and Behold I sank the chip, the first contact that wedge made with a ball was a chip-in for birdie from the green side rough; my second round with these clubs I fired a 77, my first round every in the 70′s, so you can imagine my opinion on these wedges already.
The first thing you notice on the wedges when you pull them out of the box, is the bright yellow grips by Pure Grips. This might seem insignificant to some but for me it shows they think about every aspect of the club; they don’t send you this great wedge with a standard black grip that will be slippery in a month’s worth of use and you have to change it out to something you want. They send you a premium grip that will last you, as well as help you get the true feel that these wedges give you. The next thing you notice when you examine the actual club head is the brilliant shine to these wedges, other wedges like the Vokey, and TaylorMade wedges have a nice shine to them but these are extra bright. After doing some research on the clubs I found that Henry Griffitts uses 100% Virgin 431 Stainless Steel; so the club is pure stainless steel, they are the only club on the market that can say that, and in my opinion what gives the club that extra shine. Henry Griffitts makes their face 100% flat and then engraves the grooves into that flat face which they conform to the maximum limits USGA rules. The grooves work great, on full or even 75% shots, I can back the ball up with these wedges and I have never been able to put back spin on a wedge shot before. The 56 and the 60 degree wedges which I demoed come with a 14 degree bounce, which I have never hit before, I found with the bigger bounce I lost about 10 yards in distance but what I gained was worth the lost in distance. The more bounce, made my sand shots more accurate as I could control the ball through the bunker, my full shots from the fairway were more accurate and I could control the ball once it hit the green, and my wedge shots out of the rough where I would normally punch with an 8 iron, I could now make a full swing on and make good contact with a wedge.
Now we get to the Custom Grind part of the wedges which really sets them apart from other wedges on the market. Henry Griffitts offers 4 different custom grind options, when you go get custom fitted at their specially trained fitters you will be shown which grind works for you. They offer three standard custom grind options, the Standard Grind, The Tour Grind and The Heel Grind; which depending on your swing plane and how you contact the ball, will determine which fits your game. They also offer a more intense custom option called the Hobson Grind, which is a custom grind to your exact needs. This process was named after Master Club Maker for Henry Griffitts, Grant Hobson.
Henry Griffitts refers to their wedges as “Sizzle” and that term works great, because the you these clubs are hot.
- 4 Custom Grinds to Choose From
- Great Look
- Made of pure 431 Virgin Stainless steel (No Scrap metal)
- Machine Fly Cut Process for precission grooves
- Great Weighting
- Great fitting experience
- Custom to your game, not found in a big box store made for the generic golfers game
- At around $165 for Steel and $185 for Graphite a wedge they are a little pricey but the experience and custom fitting will definitely help your game.
As you can see Henry Griffitts goal is to make their wedges fit your game and better YOUR score; they are not a club that will be in your big box stores that are made to fit everyone’s game. They are custom engineered to fit your game and improve your game to your specifications. Visit a Fitting Center today, even if you don’t buy the clubs go through the experience; you won’t regret it!
You can read our Interview with Randall Henry of Henry Griffitts HERE!