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What IS that on the back of Rickie Fowler’s Cobra King wedge?

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Rickie Fowler is no stranger to using wedges that are custom-made… and with wild, Oklahoma State-orange stampings on them.

Back in 2015, I spoke to Ben Schomin, Cobra’s director of tour operations, about Rickie Fowler’s special Tungsten-plugged Cobra irons and wedges. Schomin told me that since Fowler likes his wedges a half-inch short and at a swing weight of D3, Cobra developed a special fixture to mount the wedges in order to be able to insert conical Tungsten rods into Fowler’s wedges to make them heavier. He also said that each wedge took to 2-to-3 hours to make.

Flash forward to 2018, and Schomin has a bit different, more time-efficient process to add weight.

As we spotted in his recent WITB, Fowler has new wedges (56 and 60 degrees) with metal protrusions on the back cavities that look like caterpillars. To find out more about Fowler’s new Cobra King wedges, I again spoke to Schomin to get the lowdown. Here’s what he had to say.

“The grind is a specific shape I’ve been making for Rickie the last couple of seasons. Since he plays his irons 0.5 inches short, we need to add weight to those clubs to get the swingweight back up… Typically we’ve added tungsten internal weighting for both, but for testing purposes, I’ve added weld beads to increase weight over the years, which helps speed up the weighting process. Now I clean up the weld heat tint and re-blast the head to make it look good.” 

Here are the specs on Fowler’s new 60-degree wedge.

  • Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue
  • Length: 34.5 inches
  • Swing weight: D4.5
  • Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet .600 Rib 1+ .5 RH

Next time you see Fowler get up and down using a wedge, know that he has a bead-welded, torched caterpillar on it helping out.

See all of the clubs in Fowler’s bag here.

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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15 Comments

  1. sid

    May 9, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Cobra club designers must wince painfully to see all that ugly weld bead on the back of their beauties. It’s a total rebuke by Rickie that must really sting… lol

  2. William King

    Feb 2, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Is that club on the USGA and R&A approved list? No doubt the original is, but I think that the rules prohibit alterations to an approved club.

  3. Milton Gombo

    Jan 31, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    He used as little welding heat as possible, so as not to warp the club head. Weld will crack and fall off if not ground down and finished properly.
    Lesson learned: if you like a heavy wedge, look elsewhere.

    • George

      Feb 2, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      You don’t have a clue what you are talking about.

      • Milton Gombo

        Feb 2, 2018 at 5:51 pm

        Professional Certified Welding Inspector and consultant here.
        Heard we can all learn something from everyone. Please elaborate.

  4. M-Herd4

    Jan 31, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    If it doesn’t bother Ricky it doesn’t bother me. Most pros don’t care how pretty the club is as long as it feels right in their hands and they can hit the shots they need to on command.

  5. Blake

    Jan 31, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Did people not know this?

  6. farmer

    Jan 31, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Not a very good job of welding. Ugly, but it works. No way to clean up those welds and make them look good.

  7. George

    Jan 31, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    It’s a tool. All these idiots that sit around looking at their clubs obviously have no idea how to use them.

  8. Piney

    Jan 31, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    “Now I clean up the weld heat tint and re-blast the head to make it look good.”

    If that’s your definition of “good”, please don’t ever touch my clubs. It looks ridiculous. Also, there’s physically no way that bead welding, then removing a finish, then re-blasting his clubs is faster than adding or removing a few strips of lead tape…

  9. Ed

    Jan 31, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    What’s wrong with a neat patch of lead tape? The weld bead makes the Cobra wedge fugly.
    Will Cobra provide me with a custom weld bead or do I have to go to a local muffler shop for a weld bead? 😮

    • deeo

      Jan 31, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Maybe it‘s inefficient to use leadtape because of all the adhesive?
      I honestly don‘t know, but this torched caterpillar seems more … condensed than adding layers upon layers of lead tape.

  10. Zach

    Jan 31, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Are those 56 and 60’s really those lofts? He has some 54 and 58 stamps on them that would elude one to think they are 54* 58*??

    • Brian

      Jan 31, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      They’re probably bent to 56/60 for bounce and/or offset purposes.

      • Zach

        Jan 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm

        Or is it the other way around? Looks to me like the stock on them is 56/60 and he has bent to 54/58?

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Justin Rose’s Winning WITB: 2018 Fort Worth Invitational

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 440 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 70TX

3 wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80TX

5 wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (4 iron), TaylorMade P730 Rose Proto (5-9 iron)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (48, 52, 56 degrees), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135X

Putter: TaylorMade TP Ardmore 2

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5

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As spotted by GolfWRX Forum Member “anthony007,” Jimmy Walker was shown on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive hitting an unidentified driver at the Warrior Open.

In anthony007’s forum post, along with the photo, he asks the question “Is this a new Driver from Titleist?”

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While the response is a bit cryptic, it does seem that Walker confirms he was indeed testing a Titleist prototype driver.

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The University Of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Men’s Golf team is participating in the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma on May 25-30. Representing the Mountain West Conference, the team is led by Head Coach Dwaine Knight.

To see the team’s full roster, click here

Below, we highlight the clubs and shafts that each of the players on the team are using at the championship.

Shintaro Ban

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

Hybrid: Callaway Epic (20 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Steel 115

Irons: Callaway X Forged (4 and 5 iron), Callaway Apex MB (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Fourteen RM Raw wedge (50, 55 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (50 and 55), S400 (60)

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 7S

Harry Hall

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917 F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 65TX

5 Wood: Titleist 917 F2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 65TX

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (3-9 iron)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 120X

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300

Putter: Evenroll ER5 Hatchback (36.5 inches)

Jack Trent

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 7X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX

Hybrid: Titleist H2 818 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

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

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5R
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 (35 inches)

Justin Kim

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 7TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-TP 8TX

Driving Iron: Titleist 712U (3 iron)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS $-Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Sm6 (50, 54 and 58)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Justin Chong

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 6X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

5 Wood: Ping G30
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

Hybrid: TaylorMade M1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD 85X

Irons: Miura CB-57 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-09 F Grind and 58-08 M Grind)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey V-Line Fang O-Works

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Garrick Higgo

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 60X 120MS

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Black 70 TX

Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 85H X-Flex

Driving Iron: Titleist TMB (2, 3 and 4 iron)
Shaft: KBS C-Taper 130X

Irons: Titleist AP2 (5-PW, GW)
Shafts: KBS C -Taper 130X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 Matte Black (55 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 130X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X7M Black Tour Only

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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