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GolfWRX Spotted: Costco Kirkland Signature wedges on USGA Conforming List

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After a year of speculation, we can now say without a doubt, that Costco is in the process of producing a set of Kirkland Signature wedges—gap (52 degrees), sand (56 degrees), and lob (60 degrees) to be released sometime in the near future.

We can only make this assumption based on the fact that at least three clubs have been submitted and approved under the USGA/R&A groove conformity rule with the lofts: 52, 56, and 60 degrees—although the only image featured is of a 52 degrees.

We do not have any official information at this time beyond having spotted the wedges on the conforming list, but judging by the fact that they appear to be fully finished cosmetic samples, we can guess that it could be a short time before these start showing up in Costco warehouses.

From the available image and description, it appears the wedges will be made of carbon steel—most likely cast—and will feature milled faces to maximize spin. These are all features we see from some of the top manufacturers, so now it will come down to how this potential wedge set will be priced.

Costco Kirkland Signature wedges: How did we get here?

It was just this May, when after long speculation, Costco introduced the KS1 Putter to great fanfare, and we at GolfWRX had the exclusive: The story behind the new Costco KS1 putter. The putter sold out within days at warehouses around the United States.

Now on the heels of the putter and the Kirkland Signature golf ball, which we should note, the three-piece is one of the most reviewed and highly rated products on Costco.comit looks as if recent speculation: With the success of the Kirkland putter, what’s next for Costco and golf? could be correct in that they plan to introduce a set of 3 stock wedges to golf consumers.

As Costco states on its website

“The Kirkland Signature brand stands for quality above all else—quality that meets or exceeds leading national brands.”

We have no idea about what shafts or grips my be part of this package set of wedges but either way, I’m sure that whatever they are priced at, they will be sure to once again shake up the golf equipment industry.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. S

    Aug 17, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Why… I mean why….? Btw, I am a Costco member myself.

  2. T$

    Jul 30, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    It’s just a bummer they only come in packs of 10.

  3. Costco rules

    Jul 29, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I love these comments from some that because it made by costco it has inferior design, inferior materials, inferior production and must me something wrong……they obviously are not members of Costco, nor have had any experience with the Kirkland quality.

  4. Lowell

    Jul 29, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Best return policy. Im gonna give them a go rather than just saying I dont like them because they are from costco.

  5. Bob

    Jul 29, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I would love for them to make a 50, 54 & 58 degree set! Look at the LPGA and even some PGA players that play the lower lofts! Plus, it fits in better with today’s sets that have a 45 degree pitching wedge! Going from a 44 or 45 degree PW to a 52 gap is quite a bit.

    • gwelfgulfer

      Jul 29, 2020 at 11:35 am

      This. Makes no sense to only make these lofts given the direction OEM’s are pushing clubs. Doesn’t hurt that this has been my loft set up for over 10 years now. But good on them for doing this. Just shows what we already know, that the OEM’s are gouging hard on the 2 markets they are entering, to the point that they feel there is a need they can fill.

    • Catherine

      Jul 30, 2020 at 3:16 am

      I completely agree with you!

  6. Costco customer

    Jul 29, 2020 at 9:26 am

    The 3 piece golf ball sucked. The 4 piece was excellent.

    • Jack Nash

      Jul 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      I found the 3 piece spun just as good as the Pro V if not better. There was a Brit Pro on YouTube who did a test and with wedges and the Costco ball was min. 400 rpms better from a buck and a quarter in.

  7. Bruce

    Jul 29, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Being from Canada we will not likely see the wedges or putter in Cdn Costco warehouses. Too bad; golf clubs have gotten way too expensive, we need Costco’s quality products @ fair prices.

    • Jack Nash

      Jul 29, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      You can buy them, and ship them to a U.S. boarder City warehouse then cross and bring them home with you. There’s a few in Port Huron Mich. that people from Southern Ont. use all the time.

  8. jgpl001

    Jul 29, 2020 at 4:06 am

    I am afraid I just do not see the attraction, not even curiosity
    Just now you can find the SM7 and RTX4 at a big discount, for me it would be an easy choice

  9. Paulo

    Jul 29, 2020 at 12:26 am

    I’m going to legally change my name to “Kirkland” and save a fortune on stamping

  10. Delbert

    Jul 28, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Everyone’s a Wiener at Costco!

  11. Carl

    Jul 28, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    As my old friend used to say, those things are ugly enough to scare the dark out of the closet

  12. Garrett

    Jul 28, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I wonder if these will come in a lovely pizza-oil grease finish…

  13. George Stevenson

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Yes to hot dogs!

  14. Santosh

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Obviously, someone is making them for Costco/Kirkland. Who could it be? Cleveland?

  15. Cody Reeder

    Jul 28, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Producing is a bit of an insult to actual companies with R&D. These are no more than blanks purchased basically off Alibaba with kirkland printed on them then sold for a profit.

    Good system, good profit. but they didn’t “produce” them.

    • Blah

      Jul 28, 2020 at 11:19 am

      And taylormade mg2 Are artisan golf ripoffs. Who copied macgregor. Nothing is new. Everyone recycles old ideas with new marketing. The new sim is a rip off of old taylormade v sole tech which Adams used. Keep drinking the kool aid

      • jim

        Jul 28, 2020 at 11:47 am

        Wow, do you believe the stuff you are saying?

        The SIM is a ripoff of the old V-sole? I never knew the V-sole had a titanium face, an 80g sole plate, and a carbon crown.

        The MG2 is a ripoff of the Artisan golf wedges? Hmmmm. Didn’t the MG proceed the MG2? Artisan is doing milled soles on their wedges?

        While the sand wedge hasn’t changed much since Gene Sarazen added bounce to the sand wedge in 1932, TM certainly didn’t copy Artisan. Especially since TM has been making wedges a lot longer.

        • eddie

          Jul 28, 2020 at 4:53 pm

          Design & materials are two different things.

      • JTB

        Aug 3, 2020 at 7:34 pm

        Taylormade and Adams were the same company at the time under the adidas umbrella to be fair

    • Anthony Chapman

      Jul 28, 2020 at 11:43 am

      What R&D is there really now with wedges? Wedges, like putters have become so overpriced with no performance gains. If the sole grind matches, wedges from several years ago are just as good.

    • JP

      Jul 29, 2020 at 11:22 am

      And how do your “actual companies” make their wedges? Does Artisan, Vokey, Cleveland, or TaylorMade have their own foundry in the US where they pour their blanks before finishing? Or do they do exactly as you suggest, buy blanks from China and have them finished in China with their stamping?

  16. stanley

    Jul 28, 2020 at 10:40 am

    i can’t lie folks. i am going to give them a try.

    • DJ

      Jul 28, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      me too! and i’ll get a hot dog while i’m there

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How far do you really hit your driving iron? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing driving irons. WRXer ‘ Dufner’s Waggle’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“I have been through SIM UDI, U510, HMB, U85, CB ProH…I just don’t hit driving irons very straight or very far. I’ll have a day where I stripe it, but on the whole it’s not really giving me accuracy or a ton of distance. Maybe 225-230 at MOST.”

And our members have been revealing the driving iron they use and what distance they get out of it consistently.

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.

  • Gsea: “My driving iron is a Mizuno True 2 iron. Hit it 200-210. Strictly for tight short par 4s. Love the trajectory.”
  • MtlJeff: “I have a G400 crossover at 20 degrees, I hit it about 225 or so.”
  • COL_B: “I’ve been playing a Srixon U65 18* that I hit 220-235. I can hit it further, but high spin kills it. The Miyazaki Stiff shaft has too much flex, and when I try to really turn on one, it is a hook machine. I recently got a TM TP UDI 2 iron with a C-Taper Lite 110 S that matches my irons. It is 2 in shorter than the Srixon and goes about the same distance, but with a lower spin, and lower trajectory. Carry is 220-225, but it will roll out further than the Srixon if the fairways are dry. The thing is that I really don’t want it to go any further, as I use it on dogleg Par 4s and par 5s where a 250-yard shot gets you in trouble. Straight is the priority with the DI, which is my the Srixon is out of the bag until I get around to reshafting it.”
  • SUPERG: “19 P790 3 iron bent strong 1 degree. C taper 130X same as my irons. It’s going 250 after roll, my fave club. I hit my driver maybe 3 times a round; I hit my 3 iron everywhere else. Just way more reliable!”

Entire Thread: “How far do you really hit your driving iron?”

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The most popular golf balls on Amazon right now

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Editor’s note: Items accurate as of author’s search of Amazon Best Sellers “Standard Golf Balls,” September 17 at 9 a.m. ET. Search conducted from Ireland of Amazon.com. Per Amazon, the results are updated hourly. 


What are the most popular golf balls on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf balls on Amazon as of September 2020. (Prices per dozen unless noted)

1. Callaway Golf Supersoft Golf Balls

Callaway’s Supersoft golf balls are currently the most popular option amongst Amazon consumers this summer

From the listing:The Callaway Superset is a long, straight distance ball that’s incredibly soft. An ultra low compression core promotes fast ball speed and increased accuracy. New Low Drag HEX Aerodynamics are optimized to reduce drag and enhance lift for longer carry and longer distance. A new softer Trigonometry cover formulation has a low compression for enhanced feel and increased greenside control.”

Price: $22.99

Buy here.

2. TaylorMade Distance Plus Golf Balls

TaylorMade’s Distance Plus balls designed to provide maximum speed and low spin are second on the list

From the listing: “React core – low spin – high speed. Has 342 aero dimple pattern. Low drag aerodynamic design”

Price: $11.97

Buy here.

3. GoSports Foam Golf Practice Balls

Foam practice golf balls so you can practice without worrying about breaking much!

From the listing: Set of 16 sturdy foam golf balls so you can safely practice at home, indoors or outdoors. Golf balls feature a realistic dimple texture showing the true trajectory of shots with limited flight.”

Price: $9.99

Buy here.

4. Bridgestone Golf e12 Soft Golf Balls

Bridgestone’s e12 soft golf balls feature the brand’s Delta Wing Dimple pattern designed for less drag and smoother airflow

From the listing: “12 SOFT features the Active Acceleration Mantle which is comprised of a new High Performance Polymer material with added surfactant that creates increased thrust and higher initial ball velocity at impact. The e12 SOFT utilizes Bridgestone’s patented Delta Wing Dimple pattern for less drag and smoother airflow when the ball is in flight. The enhanced aerodynamics increase the straight distance properties of e12 SOFT.”

Price: $29.97

Buy here.

5. TaylorMade Rocketballz Golf Balls (Three Dozen)

TaylorMade’s ultra-soft Rocketballz are a popular product amongst golfers who shop on Amazon

From the listing:The package height of the product is 2 inches. The package length of the product is 10.5 inches. The package width of the product is 3.5 inches”

Price: $34.99

Buy here.

6. TaylorMade Noodle Long & Soft Golf Balls (24)

Another TaylorMade addition to the list with the brand’s Noodle ‘Long and Soft’ balls claiming sixth spot

From the listing:Durable and soft iothane cover. Impact propulsion core for longer carry. Great feel and increased spin around the greens. Patented dimple design for straighter flight.”

Price: $21.99

Buy here.

7. Callaway Golf ERC Soft Triple Track

Callaway’s ERC Soft Triple Track golf balls designed for optimal alignment continue to be a popular seller amongst golfers

From the listing:ERC soft is our longest callaway golf ball with soft feel. A graphene infused dual soft fast core maximizes compression energy while minimizing driver spin and promoting high launch for long distance. New triple track technology helps to improve alignment compared to a regular side stamp alignment aid.”

Price: $34.97

Buy here.

8. Bridgestone 2019 e6 Golf Balls

Just like the brand’s e12 balls, the e6 balls promising excellent distance from all shots take their spot on the hot list

From the listing:Engineered for Consistency. Improved Aerodynamics for Added Distance. Soft Feel, Long Distance. Soft Golf Ball that also Provides Long Distance.”

Price: $21.97

Buy here.

9. Polara Self Correcting 2-Piece Golf Balls

Self correcting golf balls? These balls aim to help prevent you slicing or hooking the golf ball!

From the listing:Polara Ultimate Straight Self Correcting Golf Balls are for the golfer whose problem is significant and persistent hooking or slicing off the tee. The unique 2-piece construction consists of a central core and an outer cover. HOW IT WORKS: From the tee, point the arrow on the ball directly at your target, or line it up with the center of the fairway. From the fairway, play the ball “as it lies” or re-adjust the ball orientation so the arrow again points at your target.”

Price: $44.95

Buy here.

10. TaylorMade TP5x Golf Balls

TaylorMade’s TP5x golf balls complete the Amazon hot list for some of the best-selling balls this summer

Price: $43.99

Buy here.

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: KristianJ

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of KristianJ.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: KristianJ

KristianJ WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M5 Tour (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Whiteboard 73 X (44.75″)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 70 TX (43.25″)

Irons: Mizuno MP18 MMC Fli Hi (3, 4), Mizuno MMC (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 (hardstepped x 1)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 Raw (50-10, 56-11, 60-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper Lite 110 S

Putter: TaylorMade Ardmore 3 Black Copper, 35″

Putter Grip: Super Stroke Pistol

Bag: Titleist 14 way hybrid stand bag

Golf Ball: Taylormade TP5

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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