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Vokey launches new HandGround program

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Bob Vokey is now offering the tour grinding experience to all golfers through the introduction of the new HandGround program on the company website.

The HandGround program has been created with the aim of offering golfers who seek tour-level customizations such as additional heel relief, squared up leading edge, or tour grind.

The option is currently available on all Vokey SM7 Raw models, and golfers are now able to choose from a variety of performance and profile adjustments.

The performance adjustments are aimed to allow golfers the opportunity to change the wedge’s playing characteristics based on their unique swing-type and course conditions through the process of grinding material off the sole of the wedge.

The performance adjustment options which golfers now have the chance to choose from include

  • Pre Worn Leading Edge
  • Smooth Grind Lines
  • Heel Relief
  • Trailing Edge Relief

While the profile adjustments on offer are designed to allow the golfer to create a confidence-inspiring head shape that fits the player’s eye by grinding material off the profile. The profile adjustments on offer from Vokey include

  • Semi-Square Leading Edge
  • Thin Top Line
  • Tour Grind (smooths all profile lines & slightly reduces profile size)

Two club grinders that Bob Vokey has personally trained are carrying out the task, and the master craftsman will oversee the entire process, as well as grinding HandGround orders himself from time to time.

Speaking concerning the new project, Bob Vokey stated

“This takes me back to my roots – one player at a time, one wedge at a time, crafting the sole to the player’s exact specifications.”

With the F, K and L Grind wedges, golfers now also have the chance to make specific grind selections to their club. For example, choosing a J Grind for the K Grind wedge to offer heel & trailing edge relief, or an A Grind for the L Grind wedge to soften the grind angles.

The HandGround wedges are now available on all SM7 Raw models through Vokey.com. The price of the wedges starts at $195, with an additional $75 charge for all Handground services.

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. Bitter

    Dec 15, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Why you all so mad?

  2. A. Commoner

    Dec 15, 2018 at 11:32 am

    A hyped up stick made for maybe 2% of the golfing population. Let them have it. C’mon, 98% or so do not have the feel, touch, fine muscle control, or overall skill to benefit from the ‘subtleties’ ground into this ‘miracle wand.’ How many, like me, feel neglected market wise.

  3. Kirk

    Dec 15, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Ridiculous, wedges have gotten crazy expensive lately..

    unless your a true artisan short game specialist…..guys who cant chip but have money will do this whole program and nothing will change

    With all options available today if you cant make one work than sad to say vokey special grind for 3 Bill’s wont either

  4. JThunder

    Dec 14, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    I love how the high-and-mighty come out of the woodwork to “criticize” the golf industry at every new product announcement. Maybe find a more productive way to spend your time – like starting at a wall or sucking air through your teeth.

    Yes, golf companies exist to make profits. Especially the publicly traded ones. And, yes, they will come out with new products every year – whether “improved” or not – essentially because, in modern capitalism, they must. Especially the publicly traded ones.

    Golf clubs are not life’s essentials. And, if you’re on Golfwrx, they’re not “the tools of your trade”. (The big joke being, the folks who make a living with their clubs get them for free – plus a ton of cash – all of which comes out of YOUR pockets!)

    Golf clubs are luxury items.

    So drop the idiotic, disingenuous shock and indignation when you see “custom options” and high prices. No one needs to play golf. No golfer needs more than one set of (grown adult) golf clubs in their life, except in the unlikely event they wear them out. Any golfer could assemble a full set – especially of used clubs – for the price of one hand-ground Vokey. And when you start grumbling “that isn’t good enough for me”, then accept the fact that golf is your hobby, perhaps even golf clubs are your hobby, and you’re being a whiny little child that your precious hobby isn’t as cheap as you’d like it to be.

  5. Tom

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    $300 for a Handjoob? I don’t think so…

  6. Blake

    Dec 14, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Am i crazy or was there some other hand ground raw program launched a year or two ago?

  7. MP-4

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Use SM6’s which are fine, but saw the Cleveland RTX 4’s in the shop and they are pretty nice. Kind of like an S Grind but looking down on them they sit and look a little better. Titleist should have kept JP and come out with something fresh. SM4 – SM7, SM7 seems like the end of the design cycle.

  8. Gun Violent

    Dec 13, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    I’ll give you $99, Vokes, take it or leave it lol

  9. ogo

    Dec 13, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Golf club marketing buzzword is now “customization”… so geardeads can own “tour-tested” features… for a few more $$$$$$$$$$$$… and feed their neuroticism.
    So every off-the-shelf stock wedge is now deficient and inferior and should be scrap ped… to gain tour quality wedge shots. (“Golfers are gullible.” — Harvey Pennick, Little Red Book,)

  10. Titleist Fan

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Huge Titleist fan, but not sure how much longer. Have seen so many shortfalls in improvements since the SM2, SM4/5’s were just harsh and ball flight was awful. SM6/7’s are average at best.

    Now Voke wants $300 to use a belt sander on the edge and sole, you’re losing your fan base and reputation Voke.

  11. Franksail

    Dec 13, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Worth jumping on their site to learn more about the various grinds. Bob Vokey’s experience goes a long way. Like the idea of more options and focus on SCORING clubs !

  12. ian

    Dec 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Not new I have a hand ground wedge prototype from vokey made in 2014.

  13. Babaganoosh

    Dec 13, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Go to harbor freight and get a cheap wheel and grind yourself. I swear, golfers are the least resourceful bunch on the planet. The golf industry thrives on you fools.

  14. Tom

    Dec 13, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Wedges are the “lowest tech” club in the bag….nuttin new here! Sellers be sellin!!!

  15. Thunder Bear

    Dec 13, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Is it me or are wedges starting to get too expensive? $200 for a wedge is crazy high IMO.

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Graphite Design Tour AD IZ Hybrid shaft set for March launch

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ProsChoiceGolfShafts.com has revealed that Graphite Design is set to release the latest in the Tour AD premium line of hybrid golf shafts, the Graphite Design Tour AD IZ – “Into the Zone” Hybrid, which will be available from March 4.

The Tour AD IZ Hybrid, which has been designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory headquarters, contains premium, aerospace-quality carbon-fiber materials that aims to offer golfers with a great feeling and performing shaft.

IN THE FORUMS: Our members have been discussing the new addition from Graphite Design, having been impressed with previous hybrid shaft releases from the company.

The new Tour AD IZ hybrid shaft is available in the following: 65g R2 and R1 flex, 75g R and S flex, 85g R, S and X flex and 95g S and X.

With medium stiffness starting at the handle, a firm center section and a firm tip profile, the Tour AD IZ 65g and 75g hybrid shafts aims to offer a mid/high launch angle with mid ball spin rates.

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The Tour AD IZ 85g and 95g hybrid shafts, on the other hand, contain a firm stiffness beginning at the handle, firm center section and a stiff tip profile designed for mid launch angle and lower spin rates.

The Graphite Design Tour AD IZ – “Into the Zone” Hybrid costs $290 and will be available from March 4.

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Our Johnny Wunder was on site for a Honma launch event in California, and he filed these photos of new Honma staffer Justin Rose’s weaponry in addition to grabbing the World No. 1’s WITB details.

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New ultra-lightweight Wilson D7 driver features 192-gram clubhead, RE-AKT Technology

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Wilson Golf has unveiled its latest driver, the Wilson D7, which with its superlight design, aims to provide golfers with a driver that produces greater clubhead speed with added forgiveness.

The Wilson D7 driver contains a clubhead which weighs just 192 grams and features RE-AKT Technology plus a combination of superlight design and reactive face technology, the combination of which aims to deliver faster clubhead speeds and ball speeds for added distance.

The new Wilson D7 driver features a (K)omposite lightweight crown design, which has helped the company to lower the CG position of the driver. The composite crown is made with a layer of Kevlar sandwiched between layers of carbon fiber, which aims to offer improved sound off the clubface while dampening any unwanted vibration.

This 2019 Wilson driver contains a fixed hosel and weighs in at just 280-grams total weight. The idea behind the lightness of the driver is to offer slower-swing speed golfers the chance to increase their club speed significantly.

Speaking on the new release from Wilson, Jon Pergande, Global Innovation Manager at Wilson Golf stated

“The process of creating the D7 driver started with designing the head shape and then stripping out all available weight, almost 25 grams. This weight was strategically returned to the head with the goal of improving the sound of the driver and optimizing ball flight with Dynamic Launch Control.”

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The 9-degree driver is targeted for players with a faster swing speed, with internal weights moved forward in the aim of reducing spin and offering a lower launch. The 10.5-degree option is designed for golfers with a moderate-to-fast swing with weighting towards the middle to provide for more spin and a higher launch, while the 13-degree option is aimed at those with a slow-to-moderate swing speed with weighting further back for a high launching and spinning driver.

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The driver will hit retail stores on January 21 and will cost $299.99.

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