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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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The drivers used by the top-10 most accurate players on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s most accurate golfers use to find the short grass? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving accuracy on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Callaway: 5
  • PXG: 1
  • TaylorMade: 4

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the available specifics of their drivers, shafts and how often their tee shots found the fairway.

10. Jim Furyk

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.2X
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.77

9. Steve Wheatcroft

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.79

8. Emiliano Grillo

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.89

7. Brian Gay

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Shaft: Aldila Rogue MAX 65TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 70.92

6. Kyle Stanley

Driver: TaylorMade M1
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.20

5. Brian Stuard

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.21

4. Ryan Moore

Driver: PXG ZZ
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.94

3. Chez Reavie

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 72.09

2. Ryan Armour

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto 6F5
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Driving accuracy percentage: 73.58

1. Henrik Stenson*

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 62
Driving accuracy percentage: 74.79

*Stenson, as we know, tees off with his beloved 13-degree Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood with a Graffaloy Blue shaft the vast majority of the time.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New Ping G410 Driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from hervygolf21, and it surrounds the new G410 driver from Ping that is allegedly set for release at the beginning of 2019. Our members have found out plenty of information on the latest driver from Ping since the thread began, apparently, and here’s a quick look at some of the features you might expect from the new model (if you take forum members’ word for it).

According to the thread, the PING G410 will be black with red accents, will have a higher MOI than the current G400 model, will still contain the Ping Turbulators and will be offered in 12 degrees without draw weighting. It’s also believed that the G400 Max will remain current until July/August 2019, but at a lower price point.

Here are a few posts in the thread reflecting on the news, but make sure to check out the entire thread and join the discussion at the link below.

  • lc1342: “Love both the G400 LST and G400 Max, but if they are bringing out something better… I’ll take it!”
  • cz13x4: “This sounds like a very interesting update. Not keen on red but very interested to see what comes out.”
  • roho: “Late January?  Sounds like maybe a PGA Show unveil in Orlando.”

Entire Thread: “New PING G410 Driver”

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Ben Hogan adds Ft. Worth “White” to iron lineup

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After the launch of Diamond Black Metal finish Ft. Worth “Black” irons earlier this year, Ben Hogan’s nickel-chrome Ft. Worth irons are back…sort of. The Texas-baed company today announced the launch of Ben Hogan Ft. Worth White irons.

Now with respect to the “White” designation, If you’re skeptical/confused, well, let’s just have a look at a comment on BH’s Instagram post announcing the iron launch and the company’s response…

jonmodica: “Very unclear the changes from previous model… also… white? It’s chrome…..”

Benhogangolf: ”@jonmodica More progressive specific to each club head, a more aggressive V-Sole pattern and the ‘white’ is opposite of the popular and newly designed Ft. Worth Black.”

There you have it, folks. “White” as in contrast to the Ft. Worth Black irons, and the Ft. Worth White is not merely a re-issue of original chrome Ft. Worth, according to the company.

With respect to the changes to the V-Sole system, the company said this in its marketing materials for the Ft. Worth Black.

“Feedback from strong players and robot testing indicated that the leading edge could be increased on certain irons, and trailing edge softened … especially with less-than-full shots in the shorter irons.”

“So, in our ongoing quest to design and manufacture the best clubs in golf, we’ve modified the V-Sole Technology used on the Ben Hogan Ft. Worth BLACK slightly. The sole maintains the same basic design principles as the original V-Sole but has been optimized for each iron in the set. In effect, we’ve strengthened the leading edge from the sole to the face on some of the Ft. Worth BLACK irons, while reducing the trailing edge bounce on others.”

Obviously, the company scrapped the PreciseLoft system introduced with the original Ft. Worth irons. That system offered four loft profiles, all with consistent four-degree gaps. After finding the vast majority of players preferred the “mid-high” launch profile, the company did away with the others…and returned to tradition iron number (rather than loft) stamping on the toe.

The aforementioned lofts in the 4-PW set range from 22 degrees to 46 degrees.

“The Ft. Worth White Irons are illustrative of how Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company interacts with and listens to its customers,” said Scott White, President and CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “On the heels of our sales success with the Ft. Worth Black Irons, we found many ‘traditionalists’ who wanted to play this iron design with the standard nickel-chrome finish, so we accommodated them with this launch.”

Ft. Worth White irons are available for purchase on the Ben Hogan website exclusively for $700.00 per seven-piece set (4-PW).

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