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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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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 56 degrees), TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Mizuno’s new ST-180 driver

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Mizuno has recently released a new ST-180 driver that we spotted on Tour at the 2017 RSM Classic. The company’s “wave sole” technology makes an appearance for the first time in a Mizuno driver; the design is used to push weight low and forward to reduce spin rates, and the construction contracts and expands during impact to increase energy into the golf ball. The result is a lower-spinning driver, especially for those who hit down on the golf ball, and increased ball speeds across the face.

The ST-180 drivers have a new Forged SP700 Titanium face insert that allows the faces to be made thinner — saving weight from the face while increasing ball speeds — and they feature what the company calls a “Internal Waffle Crown” that saves weight to help shift CG (center of gravity) low and forward in the head.

There’s a slew of custom shafts available for no upcharge. The stock grip is Golf Pride’s M31 360, and the drivers are selling for $399.99, available in stores now.

Below is a collection of early feedback from GolfWRX members, and make sure to join the full discussion. See more photos of the ST-180 driver here.

Note: The posts below have been minimally edited for grammar and brevity.

GolfWRX Members comment on the new Mizuno ST-180 driver

TeeGolf: I’ve seen the ST180 driver [in person] and it looks like it sits perfectly square to me. And this is coming from someone who has been playing a Titleist driver set 1-degree open for the past 3 years. It doesn’t look closed at all. 

trhode: I’ve been playing the M2 all year. In comparison at address, the ST is very closed. I had 3 customers look at it yesterday too and they all had the same reaction: closed. That being said, I did play 18 on the simulator and hit some monster drives. The head, with the Raijin shaft, seems to be just a little lower spin than my TaylorMade M2. The blue finish doesn’t bother me either. 

akjell: Hit this yesterday at the Mizuno demo day yesterday at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, CA. Far from a hook machine but definitely a bomber. The Mizuno’s reps put me in a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70X and I could hit this this driver on a string possibly a bit better than my M1. Of the Mizuno drivers of late, this has to be the best one.

odshot68: Ordering it today. Was fit and played a round with it. Optimal launch and spin. Tensei Blue 70x at 9.5 degrees. This is definitely not left bias; first Mizzy driver ever.

nmorton: Hit this today and it’s going in the bag. Just a classic head shape that suits my eye. Been messing around with a number of drivers over the past year and haven’t singled one out. Last long term driver I had was the 850. The ST checks all of the boxes for me…looks great down by the ball, sounds solid and performs as good as any other. What really sold me was how well slight mis-hits performed. I had the 12.5 dialed down so it definitely sat open a bit. Didn’t hit the fairway but it looks sharp as well. 

evoviiiyou: Had a chance to test the driver with a couple shafts last night. The head is definitely deeper than the JPX900 and the footprint seems bigger from he set up position, very confidence inspiring like the JPX900 but a little improved. Finish and graphics are very similar to the 900 which is very nice if you like the satin Mizuno blue and I do love it just like the satin black I recently had done to my JPX driver and 3 metal. 

regiwstruk: My current gamer is a Titleist 917D3, and this is definitely replacing that. I used a JPX 900 from November 2016 through June 2017 — biggest differences are the sound and that the distance is up there with at least one of the leaders in the market. Anxious to see how it does on the course! 

Paul065: It is high launch, low spin yes but I wouldn’t say it was targeted at the average golfer. It’s basically their version of Callaway Epic Sub Zero. Rory used the Sub Zero. 

Tommyj: I went down to Carls yesterday specifically to look at the ST180. I’ve read some comments that the face looks closed. When I picked it up it was in the 10.5D position and did look slightly closed but then looked perfectly square at 9.5D and also square at 10.5D which seemed sort of odd. The shape is not for me, I had a Cobra F6 and while the ST180 footprint isn’t that big its still substantial. I like blue on drivers and the ST180 has a real quality look to it with the matte finish, having said that I’m not sure I’d want to be looking at that shade of blue all the time. The sound was an absolute killer for me, it was completely unexpected because I always associate Mizuno with being traditional and understated… ST180 launch was lower than G400 in the neutral setting, about the same when I lofted the Ping down.  ST180 was noticeably lower than D2. Longest driver of the three was G400, followed by ST180 then D2. For me the ST180 had the widest dispersion with G400 being the most accurate (by a wide margin).

Discussion: Read more comments about the ST-180 driver here

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