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Titleist introduces new limited-edition Vokey Design AD-siXty wedges

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Aaron Dill, the PGA Tour rep for Vokey wedges, was hand-picked for the job by Master Craftsmen Bob Vokey, according to Titliest, and he has spent the last 10 years learning from Bob Vokey himself. Dill, or “AD,” has also established a cult-like following among equipment aficionados for his one-off wedge stampings on the wedges of tour players, most notably for the popular hip-hop lyrics on Justin Thomas’ wedges and cult-classic movie quotes on Morgan Hoffmann’s wedges.

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Now, Dill created his own limited-edition “AD-siXty” Vokey wedges, which were inspired by conversations with Geoff Ogilvy, and they will sell for a starting price of $250 on September 20 through WedgeWorks.

“I spoke with Geoff (Ogilvy) and we got on the topic of Australian golf courses and how they related to courses in America,” Dill said. “I asked him some questions and came up with an idea to complement the firm, links-style conditions that players face. Geoff was always a low-bounce player in his 60 (degree wedge). Originally, he used a T-grind, then was introduced to the L, and that has remained a good friend since. I used original chassis that he had in the L and removed the ribbon, taking the bounce down.”

The AD-siXty wedge has four degrees of bounce and it’s most similar to the L grind, according to Dill, but the AD-siXty has a lower bounce angle in the front of the wedge helping it sit closer to the ground, and it’s designed for a higher flight. It’s especially made for those who play from firm conditions and for bunker play, and the grind has heel, toe and trailing edge relief. The wedges will also be equipped with Vokey’s TX4 groove technology for maximum spin, progressive center of gravity for distance and launch control, and they have a Brushed Nickel finish.

“The AD-siXty will be very different than the low bounce 60-06K,” Dill said. “It will flight higher and be less bounce in most situations, which makes it a great option for firm conditions and bunkers. This wedge is most similar to the L Grind (60-04), but it has lower bounce angle in the front, which makes it sit closer to the ground. With the ribbon removed, players may also notice a somewhat smoother feel and a faster glide through the rough.”

Dill’s limited-edition wedges can be personalized with stampings up to eight characters and with one-of-12 paintfill colors, as well as custom grips, shaft bands and ferrules. They will come stock with BV Wings grips. Click here for more information and purchasing.

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  1. Lars Jolt

    Nov 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

    This screams MIZUNO! NO wonder they are better looking and more refined tham the ugly Titliest wedges.

  2. MrWolf

    Sep 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

    $250 for a cast wedge? No thanks.

  3. Irma

    Sep 21, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Seriously. Titleist is on a losing slide, and they know it. All they do it copy what others are doing, and not even doing that very well.

  4. The dude

    Sep 20, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Still not forged…..Fu Off!

  5. Mike

    Sep 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    More sausage machine wedges from Vokey. Ho Hum.. Must be Christmas bonus time

  6. Jack

    Sep 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    This grind might be fine for the sandbelt courses of Australia. Not so much in the US, where even scratch players would have problems using them effectively.

  7. Sam

    Sep 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I’d rather have a JP than an AD

  8. Andrew

    Sep 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Sorry. No address pics and the grind is a ripoff from the old Cleveland 588s.

    • BIG STU

      Sep 21, 2017 at 3:14 am

      I was thinking the same thing myself Andrew since I am a big fan of the OLD 588s

  9. Boss

    Sep 20, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Shank! What’s with the Mizuno copy of the “AD” in the circle?

  10. Old Gaffer

    Sep 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I love the rusty Titleist wedges, they look naturally awesome!
    Why don’t they leave the other irons as raw forgings and let them rust too?

  11. C

    Sep 20, 2017 at 10:10 am

    A limited edition Vokey? You don’t say.

  12. Chris B

    Sep 20, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I love the “sixty” stamp and the colour.

  13. Joe

    Sep 20, 2017 at 9:07 am

    what’s ‘introdcued’? Sounds interesting.

  14. carl spackler

    Sep 20, 2017 at 8:54 am

    i’d pay $250 if it was a raw wedge arron dill ground himself. but not for some cast copy

    • Caddy

      Sep 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      I understand, but grinding can take awhile. That’s really why they only personally grind for tour pros. He will effectively make a prototype and then they semi-mass produce them. The heads prepped for grinding are likely cast from carbon steel just like the mass produced models and the final shape is literally the same. It will glide through the turf the same too. When Ogilvey gets a replacement, it may very well be the production model.

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Chris Baker WITB 2020

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  • Equipment accurate as of January 2020

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Triple Diamond (9 degrees, D1 setting)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 65

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees, NS setting)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 75

5-wood: Cobra King F9 Speedback Tour (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 75

Irons: Cobra King F9 Speedback (4), Miura MC-501 (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 56-10S, 60-06M)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130 (50), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron TSB Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke SS2R

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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All-new Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw and tour-inspired T-Grind wedges

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Callaway is adding to its successful Callaway Jaws MD5 lineup with a new grind and a new look: MD5 Raw and T-Grind wedges.

The Callaway Jaws MD5 story

As we covered in the original 2020 Callaway MD5 launch piece, these wedges are more than just a stepping stone for the engineering team at Callaway, and instead are a complete evolution of how they design and manufacture their wedges. Here’s why: By reinventing the overall groove shape compared to previous models, they have succeeded in increasing both spin and total control on full and less-than-full shots.

The proprietary groove design of the Jaws wedge gets the contact radius right to the limit set forth by the governing bodies. How closes are we talking?” So close that the initial response from Callaway’s manufacturing partner was “Sorry, we just can’t do this” because the failure rate was close to 50 percent of heads becoming nonconforming.

The solution for Callaway? Changing the cutting tool used on the grooves every 15 wedges. Sure, you could attempt to get more life out of each tool, but when you have everyone from recreational players to the world’s best putting them in play, you can’t make sacrifices.

Callaway 2020 MD5 JAWS Wedge Grooves

2020 Callaway Jaws MD5 wedge: groove detail

The end result is the MD5 Jaws spins over 10 percent more on shots hit around the green compared to the Callaway MD4 and launches lower by one degree. Lower launch is important, because if you talk to any short game coach with a launch monitor, or Roger Cleveland, in Callaway’s case, you will quickly realize that being able to control launch with a wedge is just as important as it is with a driver. A lower-launching wedge means the coefficient of friction is higher since the ball isn’t riding/sliding up the face—and boom, you have a greater ability to hit the “low checker.”

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The raw finish

After many years of limited retail availability, raw wedges have come back in style in a big way thanks to more golfers understanding the benefits of an unplated wedge—it also helps that the most popular finish option in professional golf is raw and unplated too.

The Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw is made from 8620 mild carbon steel to offer a soft feel. Over time, the unplated finish will patina to reduce glare—nothing worse than trying to hit a wedge shot on a sunny day and having the full reflection of the sun nearly blind you in the process.

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The Raw MD5 maintains all the other design features of the already available MD5 wedges, including the four ports and medallions on the back of the head to raise CG for greater trajectory control—but also gives golfers the added option to customize through Callaway Customs.

The T-Grind story

Just like how raw finishes have grown in popularity, so have wedge grinds that offer greater versatility on full and partial shots around the green. The new T-Grind (available in 58 and 60-degree lofts) is a popular choice because it has a higher measured bounce in a standard neutral playing position, but thanks to the crescent sole with heel, toe, and trailing edge relief, the leading edge can get closer to the ground on shots played with an open face.

This puts bounce where you need it and takes it away from places you don’t. Compared to the similar-looking X-Grind (available in 54 and 56-degree lofts) the T has less bounce which can also help players that are more shallow or play in softer more lush conditions.

The new T Grind will also look different from address compared to the standard higher lofted MD5 wedges because they have a slightly thicker topline to raise CG for controlled ball flight.

Availability, Specs & Pricing

The new MD5 wedges will be available for purchase at retail and online starting June 4, and the retail price is $159.99

Lofts – (Italicized are the new grind options)

Right Handed:

  • 50° S Grind,
  • 52° S Grind
  • 54° S and X Grind
  • 56° S and X Grind
  • 58° S,  X, and T Grind
  • 60° S, T, and X Grind
  • 62° C Grind

Left Handed:

  • 52° S Grind
  • 56° S Grind
  • 60° S Grind

The wedges come with 3 premium stock shaft options, Steel: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S200. Graphite: ProjectX Catalyst 80, and UST Recoil wedge F1 ( Ladies flex only )

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges. WRXer ‘hammergolf’ wants to hear from single-digit players who are currently playing the wedges, and our members have been sharing their thoughts on the clubs with plenty of praise for the wedges in our forums.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • cfmgolf: “I am definitely a believer. Tried it on a whim at a PGA SuperStore in FL last fall and was stunned by the consistency of it. Changed from a RTX3 to the CBX2 in my 52* gap within a couple of weeks. Now that we are back in OH for the summer, I changed out 3 wedges (Ping Glide 3.0, and 2 of the RTX 4’s) for an entire bag of the CBX2’s. I am trying the full face in my 56* and found it to be very good also. Biggest benefit for me has been the consistency of the CBX line. Shots out of the rough that can be high on the club don’t really lose much – i.e. more forgiving. I go between a 6-8HCP, and short game is my strong point. Very happy with them so far.”
  • JCRay33: “6 handicap here and bought a couple CBX’s (54 and 58) from 2nd swing a couple months ago and absolutely love them! Way more forgiving than typical blade wedges (had vokeys before) and great feel as well. It’s easy for ego to get in the way and not want to get these, but once you realize, all that matters is performance the choice is a no-brainer and results speak for themselves really.”
  • mortimer: “CBX2 50. Excellent gap wedge for full, 3/4 shots and chipping. Forgiving, consistent and more than acceptable spin numbers. Also offset is fine to my eye. Having said all that I would not game a 58/60 degrees one if you like to manipulate the face for different shots around the green as I do. Intrigued though with the new full-face but have not seen one in person yet.”
  • Simp: “I have a set of 58, 54 & 50 raw CBX2’s allegedly tour issue, and I love them. The 58 has a grind that is lovely. I’m a 0 FYI.”
  • nicelife: “I have Srixon irons and Mizuno T20 wedges. I found the CBX2 50 was the perfect transition club between sets. LOVE the Srixon/Cleveland V-Sole. Visually the face has more grooves than I would normally like to look at, but its performance more than makes up for it. I really like the satin finish. So much so I’m thinking about refinishing my irons. Go for it you won’t be sorry.”

Entire Thread: “Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges”

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