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Vokey releases SM6 V Grind on WedgeWorks

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Last July, I had the opportunity to be fit for wedges by Bob Vokey, the wedge guru behind Titleist’s Vokey wedges. It was an incredible learning experience, which I detailed in my in-depth review of the Vokey’s SM6 wedges. Vokey decided the best lob wedge for me was a V Grind, which I had to custom order through Titleist since it wasn’t part of the retail SM5 line. So Vokey’s decision to release a V Grind SM6 wedge through WedgeWorks has personal significance.

V-Grind-54TC-60OC

Like other SM6 wedges, the SM6 V Grind has the company’s new progressive center of gravity design to improve consistency. As I’ve learned since my fitting, there’s legion of golfers who prize their V Grind wedges more than any other club in their bag — both amateurs and Tour players. What makes the V Grind work so well for them and me is its dual-bounce design, which has a high measured bounce forward on the sole. On square shots, it keeps the leading edge from digging, which is great for golfers with steeper attack angles. On open-face shots, however, a V-Grind plays like a much lower-bounce wedge, with a heavily relieved heel, toe and trailing edge areas to help golfers hit lobs and flops from tight lies.

Vokey V Grind 60° TC RH

“The forward bounce of the V Grind is essential in helping players lower ball flight on full and square faced shots,” says Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill. “The grind in the back of the wedge allows players to open the wedge and hug the ground a little easier for tight lies around the green. Tour players are always looking for lower flight, but still need to have options around the green when hitting off of firm, tight turf.”

According to Bob Vokey, the decision to release the V Grind to the public was prompted by requests from the Tour. Many players like the shape of the M grind, which is a stock option, but desired more bounce.

Vokey V Grind 58° OC RH

“It got me thinking about one of my original grinds, Vokey said. “The V Grind is one design that provides more bounce forward on the sole, with enhanced relief in the heel, trailing edge and toe. It’s a really versatile wedge around the green.”

Whether you’re a V Grind candidate or not, keep in mind that added bounce on a wedge tends to lower impact point on the face, which lowers trajectory and increases spin. For drivers, that’s usually a bad thing, but for better players, it’s a great thing for their wedge game.

Vokey V Grind-1

The V Grind wedges ($195 each) are available in two finishes (Brushed Chrome and Oil Can) and lofts of 54 (RH only) 56 (RH only), 58 and 60 degrees. As part of WedgeWorks, the V Grind wedges can be customized with personalized stamping up to eight characters and one of 12 paint fill colors. Golfers can choose from four toe engravings with custom paint fill options, as well as a wide selection of custom shafts, grips, shaft bands and ferrules. Learn more at vokey.com.

Titleist Tour players currently using the Vokey V Grind include Robert Streb, John Peterson and Ben Crane.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. mitch

    Jun 16, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I will stick with edel!

  2. Joshuaplaysgolf

    Jun 16, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I’m not really understanding. It’s pretty frustrating that they are slow-releasing grinds when they already had them at their disposal. Probably would have been a really good fit for me, but I already dropped $500 on 3 new vokeys this year. No way I’m about to run around and drop $195, plus custom shafts to get this grind. Why is it $45 more than the other grinds? Does it cost more to produce this grind?? (Honest question, not rhetorical) I’ve been a Titleist guy for years, but this doesn’t make much sense to me. Not a lot of people are shopping for golf clubs in the middle of the season.

  3. Rand

    Jun 15, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Cheap, hard 8620 cast by the thousands for way too much money. Unfortunately callaway feel into this with the MD3 line. If the fan boys wouldn’t buy vokeys for the name they would lower the price.

  4. Chuck D

    Jun 15, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    +1 Nolanski!

  5. Juan Carlos

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Looks like the Clevelands that were leaked last week.

  6. leon

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Way over priced and feels harsh. The wedges from mizuno, bridgestone or other forged ones from Japan feel much much more softer, aliveness and responsive. And they perform exactly as good as Vokey’s

  7. Jafar

    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:50 am

    So which grind does the v grind compare to ?

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jun 15, 2016 at 11:06 am

      It’s similar to an M Grind, but with more bounce and more aggressive relief.

      • Jafar

        Jun 15, 2016 at 12:25 pm

        Is it a good club for sand shots? or would I be better off with a k grind rather then a V.. Thanks for the response

  8. CW

    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Oil can for the love of all that is sacred!

  9. matt_bear

    Jun 15, 2016 at 9:34 am

    nice job leaving the lefties out…again. :-\

  10. Grinding

    Jun 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

    $195? Whatever. Just re-release the oil can and get this to the public for the same price as all the other grinds. Give the people what they want!

  11. Nolanski

    Jun 15, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Cool but pricey. I play super soft fairways so the S grind will suffice for my game.

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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