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Vokey adds High Bounce M Grind to WedgeWorks offerings

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Available today through WedgeWorks on Vokey.com: the High Bounce M Grind. Titleist tells us the call for a high bounce (10 degree) M-grind wedge came right from the pros, and eight staffers are currently gaming the wedge on the PGA Tour.

The 60.10 M offers players more bounce than the SM6 60.08 M, and the difference is most noticeable on full shots, Titleist says. “Diggers,” or players with a steeper angle of attack on full shots, who are looking for versatility around the green will be pleased with the new offering.

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As can be gleaned at a glance, the 50.10 M features Vokey’s Progressive Center of Gravity and TX4 groove technology, as well as a brushed chrome finish.

Here’s what wedge-making royalty Bob Vokey had to say about the High Bounce M:

“The High Bounce M is an incredible tool for Aaron (Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill) to have on the van to help those players who have a steep angle of attack and need a high bounce wedge, but at the same time want that versatility of the M grind around the greens. We started to hear the same type of request from a bunch of guys. They’d say, ‘I love the M Grind, but I’m catching my full and three-quarter shots heavy. The wedge is digging in the fairway.’ We took that feedback and made this wedge for them.”

And since we’re talking about WedgeWorks here: These wedges can be customized, including personalized stamping in up to eight characters and one of 12 paintfill colors. Golfers can also choose from a selection of shafts, grips, shaft bands and ferrules.

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Available through WedgeWorks on Vokey.com or by custom order, the High Bounce M retails for $195 — a price which includes custom BV Wings grip, custom shaft band, and up to 8 character stamping.

 

 

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  1. SV

    Sep 3, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I know I am dense, but how is anyone to make any sense about what you need with all of the different lofts and bounce options? I know, get fit, but I am not sure a fitter can make much sense of it either.

  2. JuNiOR

    Sep 2, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Offer the J Grind if possible WedgeWorks….you can make one with a K grind with trailing edge smoothed out 1/8 inch around the heel relief area.

    Si Woo Kim has an awesome one in the bag freaking phenomenal versatile tool to use for a 60

  3. Chad Bourne

    Sep 1, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    So they bent a 58 degree M grind two degrees, slapped new stamps on it, upcharged $45

  4. George

    Aug 31, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    just buy non OEM wedges you wont regret it

  5. 3PuttTerritory

    Aug 31, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I did an edel wedge fitting and was fit for 22 degrees of bounce. Real talk.

    • Charlie

      Aug 31, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Do you play the ball behind your back foot? What in the world?….

      • 3PuttTerritory

        Aug 31, 2016 at 7:08 pm

        A golf professional did once describe my swing as steep and angry, but this is not an outrageous number for an Edel wedge.

  6. Charlie

    Aug 31, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    So they took a 2* stronger wedge and bent it 2* weak? Couldn’t a player already order that?

  7. Joshuaplaysgolf

    Aug 31, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Can someone please offer some sort of explanation on why grinds are slow-released through Titleist…and why in the world some grinds are more expensive than others? It makes no sense to me. These can’t be new grinds they are developing, and it sure as heck can’t cost $45 more to make an M grind rather than an S grind. I’ve played a bunch of Titleist equipment for years, and for the most part, like the company, but this has always felt like an underhanded way of getting extra money out of their customers for really no reason.

    • Charlie

      Aug 31, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      That’s the industry now. Thin margins. Gotta get all they can, when they can.

  8. Nick

    Aug 31, 2016 at 11:53 am

    So….it’s basically the SM4 or SM5 which previously had more bounce and now it’s going to cost $195? Am I missing something?

  9. M-Dizzle

    Aug 31, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Team Titleist makes some great stuff but it’s getting a little ridiculous lately. Putters that run $410 because of a new name and 1 inch shorter and $195 wedge because “stampings”.

  10. Double Mocha Man

    Aug 31, 2016 at 10:13 am

    They don’t make a wedge that I can’t dig with… my divots are a greenskeeper’s nightmare.

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Fujikura launches new Pro 2.0 and Pro 2.0 Tour Spec shafts

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Fujikura has announced the launch of the second generation of its Pro series shafts: the Pro 2.0.

The first iteration of the Pro shafts were designed with a soft handle section to aid in loading. The Pro 2.0 presents an even more effective loading zone, according to the company, which also says torsional stiffness is 14 percent greater in the 2.0.

“Like all of our shafts, the Pro 2.0 has been designed utilizing enso, a 3D motion-capture technology that no one else in the shaft industry has,” said Alex Dee, Vice President at Fujikura Composites America.

“This technology and advanced data analytics has allowed us to crack the code on how club performance and ball flight are affected by shaft characteristics and swing type. When we compared to the original Pro, we saw the 2.0 was significantly easier to swing, had tighter shot dispersion, and lower spin to deliver the club head with more power, control and distance. We were thrilled with the result.”

The Pro 2.0 is painted “Destroyer Grey” with a metallic blue design in line with the original Pro shaft. The Tour Spec model is painted “Tour Spec White.”

The shafts will be available in weight ranges from 57 to 87 grams (5, 6, 7, 8) and in flexes starting at R2 up to X. $225 MSRP; $250 for the Tour Spec model. Hybrid option available for $140.

Available at over 600 qualified Fujikura charter dealers beginning February 1. Full specs at Fujikura.com.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Pro 2.0 in the forums.

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Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi, will continue to use FCB putter

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Fred Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi putter, the FCB (Fred Couples Blade), for the past four years. Now, he’s officially joining Bettinardi’s Tour staff.

Couples, who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the PGA Tour Champions, will putt exclusively with the company’s flatsticks.

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“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won 5 times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.

Couples averaged 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi wand last year.

“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”

Here’s a look at Boom Boom’s FCB putter.

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Odyssey’s new EXO 2-Ball, Works Red and Black, and Toulon putters

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There’s one thing Odyssey has never struggled with: giving golfers options. Today, the company launched a trunk-full of new putters, including eight Works Red and Black putters, Toulon Atlanta and Portland models, and an Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter that gives the classic 2-ball design a very new, and premium look.

Most of the new putters, actually, are mallets. More specifically, they are mallets that Odyssey says feel like blade putters; that’s because they’re made with toe hang (like a blade putter) rather than face-balanced designs of typical mallets. Toe hang frees up the face of a putter to open and close, a stroke-style that many golfers employ — amateurs and pros alike.

According to Austie Rollinson, chief designer of Odyssey, there’s been a trend of blade users on Tour switching into mallets because of this toe hang, and that will continue to happen. Odyssey says that of the PGA Tour wins last year, 29 winners used mallets — 14 of those were mallets with toe hang — while there were 20 blade winners. Also, of the top-50 in Strokes Gained: Putting, 31 players used mallets, 13 of which were toe-hang mallets, and 19 players used blades.

Therefore, many of the new putters from Odyssey are toe-hang mallets. Check out all of the new putters below, with info on design, pricing and release dates.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new putters here

Odyssey Works Red and Black putters

 

The new Works Red and Black putters — adding on to the line of putters released in 2017 — continue to use microhinge face inserts that are designed to “grab” the ball to impart more topspin on the golf ball to get it rolling faster. The new offerings launched today include a No. 1 Wide S, No. 1 Tank, No. 7 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, Marxman, Marxman S, Jailbird Mini and Jailbird Mini S.

They will sell for $199 with a standard Winn AVS midsize pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke grip starting on February 23.

See more photos and join the discussion about the Works Red and Black putters here.

Odyssey EXO 2-Ball

The new EXO 2-Ball, made with Rose Gold PVD, is a premium version of the iconic 2-ball shape. It’s CNC-milled with a microhinge insert, has an aluminum crown with a steel sole plate and Tungsten in the rear portion of the head. The EXO 2-ball also has black circles instead of the familiar white color for which 2-balls are known.

According to Odyssey, it’s a “statement product,” and it will only sell 5,000 of these putters globally. They will sell for $499.99 starting on February 2.

Odyssey says: “Our new Odyssey EXO 2-Ball is a premium limited edition putter unlike any we’ve ever offered. It combines one of the game’s most innovative and iconic putter designs with top-notch materials and meticulous production to create something truly special.”

Toulon Atlanta and Portland

Odyssey’s premium putter brand continues dipping its toes in the mallet style with its new mid-mallet Atlanta and Portland models. They have gunmetal finishes and are 100-percent milled from soft, 303 stainless steel. They also have Toulon’s familiar diamond-milled faces for improved roll.

The Atlanta and Portland models will sell for $399.99 apiece and hit retail on February 2.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Toulon Atlanta putter here

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