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Former Cleveland CEO Hopkins starts wedge company

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Greg Hopkins, who resigned as the CEO of Cleveland Golf/Srixon in September, has established his own wedge company, Hopkins Golf.

Starting June 1, golfers will be able to get a set of the wedges that company calls “PGA Tour caliber.”

“For years, the ability for golfers to acquire Tour-authentic equipment has been very difficult, if not impossible,” Hopkins said in a company press release. “In fact, if people did find a way, it proved to be extremely expensive and they waited a long time before they could play with their new clubs.”

According to Randy Romberg, vice president of marketing for Hopkins Golf,  the wedges will be available in seven different grinds, although all seven will not be available for each club. For example, the 50-degree wedge will have three different grinds available, whereas the 54-degree will have six different grinds.

Full details on the wedges, such as the price of the wedges as well as some of the technical aspects, have yet to be finalized. While a specific price has yet to be set, Romberg promised the wedges would sell for less than what is currently available on the market.

Romberg estimated that there are “20-something” different wedge varieties, each with the ability to be customized to include a player’s initials, preferred paint-fill color and hand stamping.

These clubs will only be available through Hopkins Golf’s website, which will help keep the cost of them down.

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Andrew Prezioso is a freelance sports reporter and photographer (http://amprezioso.smugmug.com/). You can follow him on Twitter @AMPrezioso. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, after graduating from the University of Richmond in 2012.

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  1. Kurt

    Jul 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I just bought a 56 and 58 degree can’t wait for them to come in… great price with custom grind payed 20 bucks more than the rtx

  2. Chuck Harvey

    Jun 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Looking foward to seeing them I have been a cleveland player for 13yrs.as a pro .Played cleveland wedges my whole career.

  3. Rick

    Apr 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Got some early rounds in with one of his 58 degree’s….very nice club…good weighting and feel…definitely think they are going to be a hit….

  4. Erik

    Apr 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I really like what Mr. Hopkins has to say about tour quality equipment. The low handicapper needs to have access to better equipment without paying an arm and a leg for it. I’m all for getting better stuff wnd joining the exclusive club!

  5. J

    Apr 2, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Well… Cleveland makes a hell of a wedge… Have to give the product a shot

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SPOTTED: New Callaway Forged irons… Apex or Legacy?

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

  • elwhippy: A new Legacy iron? Looks a bit Japanese shaped. 
  • mattTHEkatt: Like an X-Forged/Legacy Black mashup. They look powerful. 
  • DTown3011: …gotta be the next Apex!
  • J13: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • mgholda: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • TheMoneyShot: I thought Cally was going to phase out the Apex name after they released the MBs?
  • john443: A larger cavity in these then the X- Forged… competitor to the 750 and AP3 maybe? …or Legacy Black finally brought to retail…hallelujah. CF16 replacement???!
  • Equipto: These look very sharp, and like thumpers. I don’t care if they are a Legacy Black or Apex replacement, call them whatever… i’ll try them 
  • mrmikeac: Next gen Callaway Apex Legacy? Hmmmm…..
  • Brizam: The Legacy Black might be the best players cavity back ever made.  If they were to become available they’d move straight to the top of the list of clubs to buy for me. 
  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

Previous Apex Pro irons

Previous Legacy irons

Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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