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Bob Vokey hand ground 50 “Vokey Signature” 56-degree wedges

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Before the existence of 60-degree lob wedges, which are now commonplace in the bags of amateurs and professionals alike, golfers relied on 56-degree sand wedges to hit all of the necessary shots around the green. While those days are mostly in the past, Titleist says there are still golfers who prefer to use a single wedge for all shots; bump-and-runs, low spinners, flop shots, bunker shots, and any other shot you may face.

Ahead of the Open Championship, Bob Vokey personally hand ground 50 wedges — they measure 56 degrees in loft and have 12 degrees of bounce — that have heel, toe and leading-edge relief to maximize versatility. That means the soles are designed to work in a variety of setup positions, including square, open or toe down, according to Titleist. There’s also a “pre-worn leading edge” for cleaner turf interaction.

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“It’s the ultimate 56 degree [wedge],” Bob Vokey says. “When I was learning about wedges from some of the best short-game players, they could manipulate the face to execute all the shots they needed. This wedge was inspired by those players, with a sole shape to enable a variety of shots.”

The philosophy of playing a variety of short-game shots with the same club will be especially prevalent this week at The Open Championship. Whereas many American courses lend themselves to high-trajectory shots around the green, Open-style courses often require more lower-trajectory shots that can mitigate the effects of the wind.

The Vokey Signature wedges have a “Diamond LC” finish, and they will sell for $400 each. Custom shafts, grips, ferrules and shaftbands are offered. There are only 50 wedges available in total, and this a U.S.-only release.

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  1. Donald Trump

    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I’m waiting for PXG to come out with a $3,000 wedge made of the finest materials……..

  2. Lloyd

    Jul 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Why would anybody pay Titleist $400 for a wedge with Vokey’s name engraved on it. For that price they should engrave my name on the wedge.

  3. Bryan

    Jul 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Honestly, $400 for a 1/50 hand ground wedge by Vokey himself seems like a pretty good deal. OTR already retails for $150

  4. JD

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    That’s why whenever I buy a new wedge, I drag them on the asphalt on my walk to the car. Gotta pre-wear that leading edge.

  5. Roger in NZ

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    The comments on only One Wedge for all money shots is realistic.
    If your Titleist 681 set had a 50 degree PW then the next club was
    the Sand Wedge, likely a 56 that you loved…and likely a 588 Tour Action with a Worn Edge !!!

  6. Ben Jones

    Jul 19, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I have two Cleveland wedges with leading edges that are really “pre-worn” and look great, so are they worth $400 a piece?

  7. Tom54

    Jul 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I can see several hundred dollars for a putter cause with proper care it’ll last forever but spending that kind of money for a limited edition wedge that will wear out quickly makes not much sense

  8. PXG PRO

    Jul 19, 2017 at 11:27 am

    What a cheap, pedestrian item at $400! Only real pros play PXG! GO PXG GO!

  9. Joe

    Jul 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

    the same ole same ole…. people complaining about pricing. Can’t afford it? That’s ok, really. I would say if you really wanted it you could get another job to pay for it… but that would probably be narrow-minded of me…. kind of like complaining about expensive clubs

    • LD

      Jul 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      I would say it is narrow-minded stating that everyone complaining about price is unable to afford it.

    • Matt

      Jul 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      You really expect to put out a $400 wedge and not get comments on the price. Come on dude. Obviously those of us who realize how short a wedges life span is aren’t going to pay that. There’s a reason they only made 50, they know the pool of buyers for it is infinitesimally small.

    • RG

      Jul 19, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      I know what you mean! These jokers on here just dont get i

      • RG

        Jul 19, 2017 at 11:38 pm

        it! Oh and by the way I have a brand new limited edition jar of dirt for sale for $200. I know what youre thinking, but this is special limited edition dirt! Oh, to expensive? Well go get asecond job you bum!

  10. MikeyB

    Jul 19, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Gee, ONLY $400 a wedge? Pffft. Obviously meant for the lunch pail hauling, beer swilling Muni course hacker. The guy who would have to hide clubs from his wife, and try to convince her she made a mistake balancing the bank account this month.
    Talk to me when you buy Honma ‘Five Star’ clubs that cost $5,400….EACH. Yes a full set of 14 clubs cost $76,000 dollars three years ago!
    Varying degrees of cost can be found on mostly Japanese hand made products such as Miura which fall into the same $300/400/500 a club range. PXG, and now creeping up in price Callaway Epic Pro at $250 a club.
    Just another boutique club for nothing more than the $ the nameplate generates.

  11. ComeyforPresident

    Jul 19, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Someone should buy all 50 and then sell them for 1000 bucks each.

    • Teaj

      Jul 19, 2017 at 9:49 am

      That could work given that it is a US only product you could sell them in different countries. Now if I only had $20,000 laying around.

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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