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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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