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Cleveland’s new Smart Sole 3 wedges add a tier for performance

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At one point or another, we’ve all dealt with the frustration of hitting chunks and skulls all day around the greens. Cleveland’s line of Smart Sole wedges, with their ultra-rounded soles, are designed to help these struggling golfers get the ball up and down more often… or at least onto the putting surface.

On July 24, Cleveland is launching its new Smart Sole 3 wedges, a line that includes a lofted sand wedge and a lower-lofted “chipper” meant to produce running shots. Each of the wedges use a new three-tiered design — thus the “3” in Smart Sole 3 — to be more versatile than their predecessors. The extra-wide sole adds forgiveness, according to Cleveland, and the different tiers will better prevent digging or other unwanted turf interaction from a variety of lies — the rough, fairway, fringe, bunker, dirt, etc.

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Cleveland has also removed weight from the hosels and added it to the toe portions of the Smart Sole 3 wedges in order to shift center of gravity (CG) more toward the center of the club heads. This will provide a more balanced feel, according to Cleveland, than the previously released Smart Sole wedges.

The Smart Sole 3 sand wedge has 58 degrees of loft, while the chipper has 42 degrees of loft. They are each offered with both steel ($119.99) and graphite shaft ($129.99) options, and they come stock with a Lamkin Blue Cap grip.

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  1. Dave R

    Jul 10, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Presently use old old hogan sure out works great and looks the same. Hum!

  2. Kenny

    Jul 10, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Tiger would be deadly with the chip and run model

  3. Philip

    Jul 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Nothing new here, but the fact that this is a new release, maybe a lot of the casual golfers who just do not understand sand and around the green will try them out. I play with someone who has an old Callaway version of this and his is quite consistent with a basic chip out of the sand.

  4. Norm

    Jul 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    The Cleveland Smart Sole wedges are an important breakthrough in wedge sole design. I hope they have some kind of patent protection for this ingenious invention. They will be in my bag.

    • steve s

      Jul 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Patent protection? For something that was done 30 years ago by someone else? And repeated every 5 years since and called “new, innovative” every time? I don’t think so…..see, Maltby, Alien, XE1, CEi, etc….

      • steve s

        Jul 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm

        And the Ram Recovery Sand Wedge…….there is one on ebay right now for $17….

  5. dave

    Jul 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    i dont get these…..these help with sand shots if you are swinging incorrectly out of the sand. yet they are worse much worse for every other shot including correct swings out of the sand and any sand that is harder or thinner…..i do have a buddy that is horrible out of the sand. maybe maybe this would help him as long as he doesnt use it other than in the sand.

    • Norm

      Jul 10, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      They are multi-purpose wedges for all wedge shots because of the Smart Sole design.

  6. ComeyforPresident

    Jul 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Very original.

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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.

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Andrew Landry’s Winning WITB: 2018 Valero Texas Open

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Driver: Ping G30 (9 degrees at 8.8 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue ATX65 TX
Length: 45.25 inches, tipped at 1 inch
Swing Weight: D3

3 Wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees at 15.15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75
Length: 43 inches, tipped 1 inch
Swing Weight: D2

5 Wood: Ping G (17.5 degrees at 17.75 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 85
Length: 42 inches
Swing Weight: D2

Irons: Ping iBlade (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105X
Swing Weight: D2

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F and 60-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping PLD ZB-S
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 33 inches, 3 degrees, 3 degrees flat

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord

WITB Notes: Landry tweaked his iron lofts before the Valero; 1 degree weak in his 4 and 5 iron, and 0.5 degrees weak in his 6-PW.

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Alexander Levy’s Winning WITB: 2018 Hassan Trophy

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 915Fd (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 70TX

Hybrid: Titleist 816 H1 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95X Hybrid

Irons: Titleist 716 CB (3), Titleist 714 MB (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 120S

Wedges: Titleist SM6 (52-08F),Titleist SM7 (58)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Putter: Odyssey O Works 7
Grip: Odyssey Pistol

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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