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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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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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