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Titleist Vokey SM5 Wedges

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Titleist’s new Vokey SM5 wedges offer golfers more tour-preferred grind and bounce options, as well as more spin from their larger third-generation Spin Milled grooves.

The new “TX3” grooves have a 7-percent larger groove volume in two different configurations. The grooves are deeper and narrower on the 46-to-54 degree wedges than the previous generation to deliver better distance and trajectory control, reducing the chance of flyers from the rough.

“On tour these guys have to aim to a lot of small targets,” said Aaron Dill, who builds and grinds Vokey wedges for PGA Tour players. “They need to trust that their golf ball will travel the exact distance they need it to, even from a tough lie in the rough. The deep and narrow TX3 groove helps push the grass down better, which gives you that increased edge radius contact for more spin and consistent distance.”

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Above: A Vokey SM5 56-degree wedge with 10 degrees of bounce, an “M Grind” and a “Raw Black” finish. 

On the 56-to-62 degree SM5 wedges, the grooves are the same width as the previous generation, but they have a greater depth that adds roughly 400 rpm more spin on full shots from the rough, according to company testing.

“The groove configuration changes with the [56-degree] model because this is where testing showed that the player makes a more oblique impact versus a more direct impact in the lower lofts,” said Master Craftsman Bob Vokey. “The wider TX3 groove on the higher lofts will sheer away the grass, rather than pushing it into the groove, and perform better on partial shots.”

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The SM5 wedges are cast from 8620 carbon steel, and are available in lofts from 46 degrees to 62 degrees in two-degree increments. They come in six tour-inspired sole grinds (L, T, S, M, F and K), with each model sorted into low-, mid- and high-bounce categories. That creates a selection of 21 different loft, bounce and grind combinations.

The wedges will be available in stores March 14 in three different finishes — Tour Chrome, Gold Nickel and Raw Black — and will sell for $129. The Tour Chrome and Gold Nickel are plated finishes, while the Raw Black finish will rust over time.

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SM5 Sole Grind Descriptions

  • L Grind: Narrow crescent sole with small forward bounce surface and minimal camber. Swing type: Slider. Condition type: Firm.
  • T Grind: Dual bounce sole with wide trailing bounce surface. Swing type: Slider/Neutral. Condition type: Firm/Medium.
  • S Grind: Full sole with straight trailing edge ribbon and moderate heel relief. Swing type: Slider/Neutral. Condition type: Firm/Medium/Soft.
  • M Grind: Crescent sole with narrow forward bounce surface and moderate camber. Swing type: Slider/Neutral. Condition type: Firm/Medium.
  • F Grind: Full sole with moderate camber and small trailing edge ribbon. Swing type: Slider/Neutral/Digger. Condition type: Firm/Medium/Soft.
  • K Grind: Wide sole with increased bounce and enhanced camber. Swing type: Neutral/Digger. Condition type: Medium/Soft.

 

Click here to see what members are saying about the Vokey SM5 wedges in our forum.

 

 

Click here to see what members are saying about the Vokey SM5 wedges in our forum.

 

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  1. Leglikewood

    Feb 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    What would be the standard bounce/grind setup for a 56 and 60?

  2. Curtis

    May 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Can’t wait for my wedgework sm5’s this weekend!!

  3. Brian

    Mar 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    What’s the difference between tour chrome finish and gold nickel finish? Durability wise? Purely cosmetic?

    • Gary Lewis

      Mar 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      I think it is pretty much cosmetic. The Gold might not reflect the sunlight as much as the chrome.

      • Brian

        Mar 23, 2014 at 11:29 am

        Thanks! I have black nickel irons and was hoping for a return of that in the wedges but I don’t mind the gold nickel.

  4. Gary Lewis

    Mar 2, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Nice looking wedges and Vokey is continuing to try to improve on a winning formula, and I would bet they will kick ass on the marketplace. Sounds like Vokey has been able to increase the performance with the grooves. Kudos on that. I have just bought a few of the Cally Mack Daddy 2’s, which I like very much, but the SM5 looks like another winner too and it appears he likes Mizunos idea on the grooves. Can’t wait to see these in person.

  5. Jericho

    Feb 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    just had a set of mp-4’s built matched with x100’s played Monterey on my birthday for the first time with these was 4 under through 14 then gave it back away for an even par 71 ..I’ll take it.. with that said..do I get mp t4 wedgeswith s400 to keep the same feel or wait for sm5’s..kinda leaning towards mp t4 ?

  6. Rich

    Jan 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Never been excited about a Vokey line before but I’m very keen to see these. I’m getting sick of my ’09 X Forged wedges (even though the original MD grooves were cavernous!) and these look nice.

  7. simon

    Jan 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Very much like my Mizuno’s design only with less feel.
    There does seem to be more options with the SM 5 but the lack of forging keeps the Mizzy’s in my bag.

  8. sam Brooks

    Jan 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Yea sounds like they have use mizunos quad cut idea.. Mizunos have some crazy bite on partials even when chipping you can control the spin really well.. Hmm yea think I’ll stick with mizzys

    • Chris S

      Jan 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      absofreakinlutely. I bought two Vokey wedges for a total of nearly $400 last year and they won’t be in the bag this year. I would be willing to pay more for forged versions because the grinds are great. Just wish the feel was there.

  9. sam Brooks

    Jan 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Sweet..

  10. Mark Burke

    Jan 22, 2014 at 9:28 am

    When I was living in the Tubes in Palm Springs. I never thought I would see a day when vokey would offer so many options on their stock wedges. Now if I can only get my shot on tour, I can maybe use these wedges to get me to the promise land. My caddy New York is coaching me up right now, this year is the year I clear my name.

  11. Harry Dorton

    Jan 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Look like every other Vokey of past 15 years.

  12. Chris G

    Jan 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    So excited for these. Has noticed a big drop in spin on partial shots with SM4’s. glad to see they fixed that issue. Raw Black in 46,54 and 60 for me please.

    • Harry Dorton

      Jan 21, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      I am sure it is the club.

      • Troll

        Feb 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm

        Harry’s taking out his 18th hole frustrations on everyone else

  13. Phil

    Jan 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Sounds like Mizuno design with the different grooves.

  14. Kimmy

    Jan 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Does Raw Black mean it will rust?

    • Deaus

      Jan 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Yes, it will rust. Rust can provide extra spin some say. If you dont like the rust you can use an oil that Vokey has, or stuff I use called SCHUTZ, I have a set of PVD irons that rust really easy but this oil prevents it.

      • Dave

        Jan 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        Does the oil mess with spin? More of a question of whether oil residue stays on the club, which I would expect to impact spin / crisp contact.

  15. John Aiello

    Jan 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    These look great. My only wish was that they did not add the bounce number in red below the loft number on the toe of the club. I think it looks cheesy.

  16. Jeremy

    Jan 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Will all of the SM5 finishes be offered in Left Hand?

    • Cole

      Feb 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      The tour chrome and raw black are available in LH but I am not sure about the gold nickel

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik Max (10.5 degrees, set to 9.25 degrees)
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In our forums, our members have been talking drivers. WRXer ‘Hogan9’ kicks off the thread saying:

“I play the Ping G400 10.5* with the stock Alta regular shaft. I’m 70 with a torn rotator cuff and really struggle with distance off the tee. I’ve tried various models of almost every brand out there, and the G400 is the longest and straightest for my swing.”

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  • BogeyParBogey: “M3 440 9* with Tensei White stiff. I don’t hit the ball that far (good ones go 220-230), but for whatever reason this driver has been much longer for me than others. The ST190 9.5* with Atmos Red regular was an absolute disaster to start the year.”
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Callaway’s 300 Pro Golf Laser rangefinder features slope measurement and can scan multiple targets at once

From the listing:Slope feature measures angle of incline/decline and automatically calculates slope adjusted distance. 6x magnification; range 5-1000 yards with +/- 1 yard accuracy. Pin acquisition technology (P.A.T.) quickly locks onto the pin from up to 300 yards away. Exclusive BIRDIE feature delivers audible “chirp” to confirm distance acquisition to flagstick.”

Price: $199.99

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3. Gogogo Laser Rangefinder

The Gogogo laser rangefinder, which can measure up to 650 yards, is designed for golf, hunting and bowhunting

From the listing:The most cost-effective rangefinder you can find on the market to provide you everything you need for golfing, hunting, bowhunting and other professional application with reliable product quality and after sales service. Both models have slope function. The physical slope switch is for tournament legal. Provide high-precision distance measurement. Integrates latest functions such as continuous range readings, ARC (angle range compensation), Pin-Seeking and Flagpole-Locking Vibration (Vibrate when the flagpole is locked) and Speed Measuring.”

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Featuring 650 yards range with slope and flag lock, the Wosports rangefinder takes fourth spot

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Price: $80.84

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