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Limited Edition: Vokey “Brushed Copper” wedge finish

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Available starting on May 12, Vokey has a new “Brushed Copper” limited-edition finish for its SM6 M-Grind wedges that will sell for $199.

“Wedges are highly personal, and since many golfers prefer a specific look, Bob Vokey and his team are constantly evaluating new finish options,” Titleist said in a press release.

The “Brushed Copper” wedges have a black oxide finish that’s lightly brushed onto the club heads, which reveals an “underlying copper plating” that will wear throughout the normal course of play to show increasingly more of the copper, according to Titleist. The finish is also said to highlight the unique shaping of an M-Grind.

In our review of Vokey SM6 wedges, which we gave 5 stars, our Zak Kozuchowski said “the M Grind will work best for golfers who like to manipulate the face open or closed.” Titleist says the crescent-shaped M-Grind is Bob Vokey’s favorite grind.

The Brushed Copper versions will be sold in 54-, 56-, 58- and 60-degree options in select golf shops around the country only. They will come stock with True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 shafts. For more options on Vokey wedges, head over to Wedge Works where Titleist allows golfers to fully customize their wedges.

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  1. WARLAW

    May 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I also think this is a ploy from the manufacturers to get us to consume more products. Lets be honest if you notice the difference in spin as your wedge gets older, (75 rounds), chances are your good enough to have someone buy you a new one, or they already sponsoring you.
    As for the rest of us, the older, the rougher, the better.
    But is it just me, or did anyone notice the examples they gave for that “test”? I measure my wedges by how much back spin I’ve gained or lost, not by how much they roll out and release? Would never have bought SM5’s if they did what the test suggests.

  2. Nico

    Apr 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    This finish looks amazing!

  3. Tony Rich

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Vokey’s used to be $99 chrome and $109 oil can for better deeper grooves that lasted years….now it’s $200 for thinner grooves and some copper that stops spinnning after 20-30 rounds. Since the US penny is now worthless, shouldn’t copper be the cheapest priced Vokey ever?

    C’Mon Bob, you can do better than this.

    • Joshuaplaysgolf

      Apr 27, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      The grooves changed due to USGA guidelines as to what constitutes a conforming club. That has nothing to do with Vokey. Charging $50 extra just for a finish, that has everything to do with Vokey.

  4. Chuck

    Apr 26, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    lol. You could be right, and I still laugh because DG S200 shafts are absolutely perfect for me in wedges.

  5. Chuck

    Apr 26, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    …and still no raw wedges. The easiest thing; the most simple production finish (which is to say, none) and the thing that lots of better recreational players want, from seeing them in tour players’ bags.

    This one really stumps me. Something for which there is a clearly-stated demand (known to anybody who frequents sites like GolfWRX), and zero extra production costs.

    • IowaHacker

      Apr 26, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      You can get raw wedges on Vokey.com??????

  6. IHateLoveGolf

    Apr 26, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Dude – you are killing me.

    • IHateLoveGolf

      Apr 27, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Definitely. Keep ’em coming, my friend. : )

  7. Tom54

    Apr 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Seems to me that mfgrs are not helping the growth of the game currently. $500 drivers seem the norm now. Now a ltd Vokey wedge for $200. Not to mention the $1200 set of irons. And all of these “hot” items will no longer be current nor worth anything in 6 months when newer model debuts. Memo to all the golf honchos, How about letting us really anticipate news clubs rather than the constant carrousel of replacing something just to replace it.

  8. Fat Perez

    Apr 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Yeah, brushed copper!! Didn’t you know having manipulated steel is the wave of golf’s future world, and these make you swing faster, and you hit the ball ultra higher, and the ball loves the spin put on them, and and and and and and!!! Titleist, Titleist, it’s ok guys, WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU AND YOUR 2 YEAR PRODUCT RELEASE SCHEDULE!! Please do not fall into the trap of cramming the market with nonsensical products that cost a jillion dollars! Please relax and continue to refine your 2018 line. Sheesh.

    • H

      Apr 27, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Golf has always been that way, doofus. It’s a rich man’s game. Period.

  9. Bob

    Apr 26, 2017 at 11:38 am

    No 52* wedge. I’m out

  10. JD

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Didn’t you guys have an article not too long ago about how often you should replace your wedges? Do you think the Vokey folks read it? Why would I pay MORE for the most often replaced clubs in my bag?

    • mp-4

      Apr 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Because brushed copper? 🙂

    • Brian

      Apr 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Um, it was Titleist that performed the “study”.

    • mhendon

      Apr 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      I took out my SM4’s last year and went back to my 20 year old original Cleveland 588’s. I still get plenty of spin and they just feel better to me.

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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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