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Hank Haney inspires Callaway’s new Sure Out wedges

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PGA Tour players arrive to the green with an arsenal of specialized short-game shots to help them save a par or make a birdie. It’s a far different story for most amateur golfers; they just hope to make solid contact with a wedge.

Few golf instructors understand this juxtaposition better than Hank Haney. He’s known for helping Tiger Woods with his game during his prime, but now focuses his time helping average golfers shoot better scores. After signing an endorsement contract with Callaway last January, he told the company it could help average golfers play better with a wedge that took the fear out of their short games.

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Callaway listened and its collaboration with Haney led to the development of the new Sure Out wedges, which look and function much differently than the company’s Mack Daddy wedges that are used on the PGA Tour.

First and foremost, the Sure Out wedges are designed to make bunker shots easier for average golfers. They use oversize club heads and wide, rounded soles to minimize turf resistance and prevent the clubs from “digging” in the sand. The design of the wedges also eliminates the need to open the club face at address, something Haney says most golfers are scared to do.

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“It’s pretty much impossible to either blade or chunk this wedge,” says Dave Neville, Callaway’s Senior Director of Brand Management for Metalwoods and Wedges.

The wedges are also designed to be “shank proof;” their hosels are pulled back from the club face to give golfers more confidence around the greens.

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Like Callaway’s Mack Daddy wedges, Sure Out models are made to spin. The wedges use 17 machined grooves that extend the width of the club face to increase spin on shots contacted on the toe and upper areas of the club face, common impact areas for average golfers. Like Callaway’s Mack Daddy Forged wedges, Sure Out models also have a smaller groove on the bottom of their club faces that Neville says is key for generating increase spin on short chip shots around the green.

The Sure Out wedges ($119.99) will be available on March 10 on Callaway’s website. Stock shaft options are the KBS Tour 90 (steel) and UST 65 (graphite). They’re available in lofts of 58 and 64 degrees.

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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. chinchbugs

    Mar 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Alien wedge 1/10 the price and probably twice the clubs….and that is NOT saying much….

    Up next from DL the perfecter club….take the perfect club and just increase the head cc’s and put a more recent shaft in it… can’t wait (yawn)

  2. Warwick Weedon

    Mar 2, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I want one!! The anti shank hosel attracts me. The Alien did not work for me.

  3. exrog

    Mar 1, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    this wedge $119.99. the EX-1 $59.99. ( it may be XE-1 , not sure but still…) Bazooka 1-out $49.99. all the exact same thing. I am an 8 handicap and struggle with sand shots. I have the bazooka 1-out that I have tried in the sand with not much success, but for chipping around the greens that club is fantastic. if I am playing a course with thicker rough around the greens I will put it in the bag.

  4. N. D. Boondocks

    Mar 1, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I still will play my old Hogan Sure-Out if I know the bunkers are fluffy – very good results, then.
    If I play it from a bunker with wet &/or packed sand – very bad results, then.

  5. chinchbugs

    Mar 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

    You are SURE(ly) OUT of my foursome if you play this club!

  6. Mat

    Mar 1, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Just another wedge with a Granny Flange™.

  7. SlapHappy

    Mar 1, 2017 at 1:41 am

    I’m a gonna scoop some ice cream with that back flange area

  8. SteveTT

    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I don’t see the need for score lines abutting the top line of these wedges…. unless you happen to hit the ball very high up on the face…. and even then it won’t help! And if you think about it, the high up score lines will create added friction with the flying sand and could conceivably twist the clubface open due to the unequal face area higher than the last full score line at the hosel. Do you see my point?

  9. Matt

    Feb 28, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Have been gaining the 60PM for a couple of years, might give this a go

  10. Gary

    Feb 28, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    besides the old alien version of this club Moe Norman used a version of this club years ago..sad to say but anyone over a 18 handicap should be using this club for chipping and sand shots….and for you guys that are good out of the sand these clubs are just plan amazing,

  11. Cdub

    Feb 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Haney will do anything to make a buck.

  12. ArkJag

    Feb 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Coming to a K-Mart discount rack near you….

  13. Golfguy

    Feb 28, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    My brother-in-law up north sent me an interesting note. Believe it or not, you can still buy the Alien Sand Wedge at Costco Canada. 56 degrees of loft.

  14. Travis

    Feb 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    What in God’s name is Callaway doing?!

    They’re officially going downhill in my book. I was just thinking that Callaway is becoming a cheap and cheesy brand, and now this?!

  15. rex235

    Feb 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    The Mack Daddy Wedges are available in Left Hand.
    Like Thomas and Teresa Baretti are asking…
    What about the “SURE OUT” model?

  16. Blake

    Feb 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    “impossible to blade”

    I highly doubt that

  17. GhostofBenHogan

    Feb 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Sure out of original ideas, eh Callaway?

  18. Mark

    Feb 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Pass the sick bag please. Absolutely hideous and an insult to Hogan wedges of old.

    • Desmond

      Mar 4, 2017 at 3:10 am

      Not many remember “Hogan”

      See bankruptcy

  19. CCTxGolf

    Feb 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Strange lofts. 64* is a very, very niche wedge loft. As someone said below somebody playing a 64* probably has no need for this help/technology. It takes the other uses that a good player has for wedge with that much loft out of play. I find the 58* a strange choice too but at least somewhat more applicable for a mid high handicap player. Wonder why no “normal” sand wedge lifts.

    • Joshuaplaysgolf

      Feb 28, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Possibly to offset the fact you can’t open it up? So these are supposed to produce auto flop shots?? Only answer I can think of.

      • CCTxGolf

        Feb 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm

        That’s very good reasoning. Almost like the wedges are just “auto” opened up! Lol Thanks for the input. Makes since

    • Jack

      Feb 28, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      I use a 60 because I hit it comfortably to about 90 yards, 3/4 about 75 yards (can max it to about 100+, but that’s not what I need, and an occasional bladed shot will go 120 lol). It comes in very handy for approach shots and I use it for chip shots too as it provides more loft and minimizing roll out. Why do you think it’s a strange choice?

  20. The dude

    Feb 28, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    But in a statement Haney also said

    “Really works best with the swing magic- power connector-impact snap-sky track devices-the Haney blueprint-swing plane caddie!”

    This guy would endorse a pancake if they paid him to say it will improve your game…

    • Mike

      Feb 28, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      thats the best comment ever!!!!

    • Jim

      Mar 2, 2017 at 10:32 am

      I agree. Can HH possibly shill anything else. Everything he touches apparently is the best thing to improve your swing, your chipping, your whatever. Depending on the day of the week, and who is paying him that day, he’ll shill anything. Really lost credibility in my mind.

  21. acemandrake

    Feb 28, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I used to have the Hogan Sure Out.

    It was best for bunkers with lots of fluffy sand.

  22. JJ

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:38 am

    First they buy the Ben Hogan Company and rob the Apex and Edge brand name and now this! Can’t believe they give the credit to Hank Haney. What’s next the Callaway Radial Irons? or Callaway Personal blades? Callaway Equilizer Wedge? Ben Hogan must be rolling over in his grave!

    • SlapHappy

      Mar 1, 2017 at 1:40 am

      Those are great ideas! But Callaway is already doing that. Keep up, will ya?

  23. Thomas Barretti

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:37 am

    will it be available in left hand

  24. dr bloor

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Kind of odd loft choices. 56* is traditional for a sand wedge, and if you really need that sole, you probably shouldn’t be thinking about putting a 64* in the bag.

  25. TexasSnowman

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

    not a fan of haney in general; but this is good. they should actually extend the concept into the 50-52-54-56 lofts.

  26. dan

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Ummm… you can’t just make the exact same wedge with the exact same name and give credit to Hank for “inventing” it. Anyone ever hear of the Hogan “sure out?” It’s literally the exact same shape and concept with slightly shorter grooves.

    • dan

      Feb 28, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Did I mention that it’s actually called the Hogan “Sure out” ?? Come on people!

  27. Geoff

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Ping Glide ES already incorporates everything in this wedge and executes it flawlessly.

    • Geoff

      Feb 28, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Callaway crediting themselves and Haney for this knockoff is Trumpian.

  28. ImPeach 'Im!

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Looks a lot like an Alien wedge from the 90’s.

  29. Matt

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:49 am

    This looks like a straight copy of Cleveland golf smart sore wedges. Only difference is grooves that go through the whole face.

  30. Brian

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Decent bunker player here, but we (definitely myself included) all have the odd days where nothing in greenside sand seems to work. I’ve been toying with the idea of a 60º PM grind…but I might give this a look if it makes bunker shots that simple.

    • Tom

      Feb 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

      I’m with ya Brian. These might make shots easier on course with little to no sand in bunkers or way side areas.

      • Jim

        Mar 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm

        That was the point of the deep (way wider than THIS incarnation) sole and tight-to-the-ground front edge…Minimal bounce & inherently low COG. Worked off hardpan w/o having to lean shaft back – or open face to add loft, and thw width of it created bounce in powdery sand….
        Absolutely worth a try (the original – or maybe the Cleveland Smart Sole 60….a lot of loft for some people from sand, but if you master it, a 54 degree then becomes an awesome choice for chipping pitching and fairway wedge… Not a lot of money – we’re not talkin’ buying a $750 driver to experiment with – or a $350 PXG SW…

        The original was awesome.

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K.J. Choi WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Valero Texas Open (4/18/2018).

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6x

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Ozik Matrix MFS M5 60X

3 Wood: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

5 Wood: Ping G400 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8x

Hybrid: Ping G400 (22 degrees)
Shaft: Atlus Tour H8

Irons: Ping G400 (4-PW)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120X

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50-12SS, 54-12SS, 58-10)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping Sigma G Wolverine T
Grip: Ping Pistol

Putter: Ping PLF ZB3
Grip: Super Stroke KJ

Putter: Ping Sigma Vault Anser 2
Grip: Ping Pistol

WITB Notes: We spotted Choi testing a number of clubs at the Valero Texas Open. We will update this post when we have his 14-club setup confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Choi’s clubs. 

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Titleist AVX golf balls passed the test, are now available across the United States

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Titleist’s AVX golf balls first came to retail as an experiment in three markets — Arizona, California and Florida — from October 2017 to January 2018. AVX (which stands for “Alternative to the V and X”) are three-piece golf balls made with urethane covers, and they’re made with a softer feel for more distance than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

After proving their worth to consumers, Titleist’s AVX golf balls are now available across the U.S. as of April 23, and they will sell for 47.99 per dozen (the same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls) in both white and optic yellow.

According to Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, the AVX is a member of the Pro V1 family. Here’s a basic understanding of the lineup:

  • AVX: Softest, lowest trajectory, lowest spinning, less greenside spin and longest
  • Pro V1x: Firmer than the Pro V1, highest spinning and highest trajectory
  • Pro V1: Sits between the V1x and the AVX in terms of feel, spin and trajectory, and will appeal to most golfers

Different from the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, the AVX golf balls have a new GRN41 thermoset cast urethane cover to help the golf balls achieve the softer feel. Also, they have high speed, low compression cores, a new high-flex casing layer, and a new dimple design/pattern.

For in-depth tech info on the new AVX golf balls, how they performed in the test markets, and who should play the AVX golf balls, listen to our podcast below with Michael Mahoney, or click here to listen on iTunes.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the AVX golf balls

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