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Cobra unveils Limited Edition Tour Trusty Wedge

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Cobra has announced a limited-edition version of its new “Tour Trusty” wedge, a 1600-club release that gives golfers the chance to play the company’s tour-inspired wedges several months before their full launch in the fall.

The wedge is identical in performance and shape to the retail version of the Tour Trusty wedges that are scheduled to hit shelves on Oct. 1, but it features custom hand stampings on the back of the wedge that were designed by Cobra-Puma Tour Staff Member Rickie Fowler (Click here to see the clubs in Fowler’s bag).

According to Jose Miraflor, director of product marketing for Cobra-Puma, the Tour Trusty wedges were inspired by the company’s Tour Staff, namely Fowler, Jonas Blixt and Ian Poulter. For this reason, the wedges have much less offset, bounce and a straighter leading edge than the company’s current “Trusty Rusty” wedges, which were created with higher handicappers in mind.

The Tour Trusty wedges are cast from 8620 Carbon Steel, and will be available for righties and lefties in odd-numbered lofts from 47 to 63 degrees on Oct. 1 for $119. They’ll be released in two different finishes — Tour Satin Chrome and Matte Black — with True Temper S200 shafts.

The Limited Edition Tour Trusty wedges will be available on June 1 in a 55-degree model with 12 degrees of bounce (right-hand only) in the satin finish with a True Temper S400 Tour Issue shaft for $149.

A Deeper Dive

One of the most eye-catching features of the Tour Trusty wedges is the strip of chrome finish on the rear portion of the sole, which highlights the wedge’s special grind.

Like the Trusty Rusty, the sole has a notch in the back, which Miraflor says is important because it helps the leading edge sit closer to the ground at address. It also works with the heel grind to allow the sole to slide more efficiently through the turf on open-faced shots.

But what he says is equally important is the curvature of the leading edge, which is shaped like the front of a ski to keep the club from “sticking” or digging in the ground.

[quote_box_center]”Most wedges rely on the bounce to do all the work,” Miraflor says. “But the bounce is what gets [a wedge] to come out of the ground. With [the Tour Trusty wedges], we created a leading edge that reduces the amount of digging so it’s a smooth transition into the ground.”[/quote_box_center]

Each wedge is available in only one grind, with the exception of the 55- and 59-degree models, which will come in high- and low-bounce versions. The 55-degree will be available with 8- or 12-degrees of bounce, and the 59-degree with 6- or 10-degrees of bounce, each with different sole configurations to accomodate different angles of attack.

The lower-bounce models will have less camber and less leading edge radius, as well as a wider sole that is designed for golfers with shallower angles of attack. The higher-bounce models will have more camber, more leading edge radius and a narrower sole that is preferred by golfers with more aggressive attack angles.

Note: Camber is the curvature of the sole from front to back. If a wedge has more camber, it has a more “round” sole. Leading edge radius is the visual curvature of the leading edge that is seen from address. More radius means more curvature, and vice versa. 

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The face of a Tour Trusty wedge.

The Tour Trusty wedges also feature new grooves, which are 100 percent milled and have sharper edges and steeper sidewalls than past modes from Cobra. To add even more zip, the wedges have a half-moon shaped milled face texture that varies the spacing and height of the milling marks to maximize surface roughness within the USGA’s current rules.

Miraflor says that by changing the spacing and heights of the milling marks, the “average roughness” of a wedge faces can be maximized without having to worry about “peak roughness,” two variables that are tracked by golf’s ruling bodies. And because a golf ball touches between four and five grooves on good wedge shots, shots will be exposed to a consistent range of face textures that will normalize spin in the same way as a uniform face texture, he says.

Rickie Fowler has been testing the Tour Trusty with custom grinds since the Word Challenge in December. Click here to see photos and discussion about the 59-degree wedge he was trying at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, or click here to see what members are saying about the Tour Trusty in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum.

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  1. GeeMan

    May 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Scratch Golf wedges are the way to go

  2. David

    May 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

    $119 for a wedge that’s not even forged? No thanks.

    • CMac

      May 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Neither are Vokeys, yet golfers gladly pay 10 bucks more per wedge.

  3. Muhammed

    May 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Im with Rickie #vokeysforlife

  4. SwingAway!!

    May 14, 2013 at 4:14 am

    I dont understand what the big deal is… when Rickie doesnt even use these clubs???

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GolfWRX Spotted: New TaylorMade “P7MB” irons

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We’re used to spotting new equipment on tour. Usually, however, the “tour” is the PGA Tour…not the developmental Clutch Pro Tour.

Nevertheless, TaylorMade staffer Charley Hull was spotted with new “P7MB” irons in her bag at the Open Access Masters at Sunningdale Heath Golf Club. Rumor is she was fit into them yesterday and had them in the bag today. That is an extremely quick turn around at the tour level.

Upon initial inspection, they are most similar to the P7TW and P730 irons with a different muscle structure. And for what it may or may not be worth in terms of performance similarities, Hull won a Rose Ladies Series event two weeks ago with P730 irons in the bag.

However, the Carlsbad-based company is without comment on where these irons will fit into the P700 family of irons or if there are any plans to bring the blades to retail.

SUNNINGDALE, ENGLAND – JULY 08: <> at Sunningdale Heath Golf Club on July 08, 2020 in Sunningdale, England. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

GolfWRX will continue to update this post with more information and additional sightings of the “P7MB” irons…stay tuned. 

 

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WRX Insider: A deep dive into the bag of Jordan Spieth

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One of the most satisfying aspects of the PGA Tour resuming (post lockdown) has been the Jordan Spieth resurgence. His struggles have been well documented over the past couple of seasons and the why of it has been overcomplicated and oversimplified all at once.

What we are seeing is a still very young, very established future Hall of Famer going through the sometimes arduous process of trying to get better. Every player that goes through it deals with it differently, and there is no right way. Point is, he’s trending upwards again, and it’s only a matter of time before he starts winning. Jordan Spieth in top form is great for the game, on all fronts.

I have always appreciated Jordan’s relationship to his golf clubs. His bag, compared to most, has changed very little during his career. He’s like Tiger in that regard—his setup is a fixed point of reference that he works off of not the other way around. In simple terms, Jordan elects to not find it through drastic equipment changes, he prefers to leave the constants alone and adjust elsewhere—I wish I could do that.

The lifelong allegiance to Titleist is also something I find interesting. The argument could be made that he is indeed the poster child for the Titleist brand. AJGA, USGA, college, PGA Tour all the way through with Titleist golf clubs and ball.

So what’s it like working with him? For a player who tends to prefer simplicity, how hard is it to keep it simple? The two men that can answer that better than anyone are Titleist tour rep J.J. VanWeezenbeck and Vokey Wedge rep Aaron Dill.

JW: In regards to the fitting/testing process with Jordan, can you walk me through what it’s like and what steps are taken to ultimately get something in his bag?

JJ: It’s a teamwork event. We will normally travel to Dallas and schedule time with Jordan and Cameron McCormick. We always want to match Jordan’s preferred look and performance window, but also involve Cameron heavily to make sure the product is enhancing the swing feels he is trying to create.

AD: Working with Jordan from the beginning has been very simple. While the work can be challenging, the directive is clear, and we know what we need to do because Jordan shares insight into exactly what he wishes to get. The technical parts of Jordan’s game are very good, so when we are testing and working on wedges, the flights, spins, and trajectories are very consistent. Spotting issues is something that doesn’t take much time, and we are able to make adjustments quickly to create positive results.

JW: He is currently in an older 3-wood and hybrid. Why hasn’t he transitioned into a newer model? Can you give us some context on what the testing was around those two parts specifically?

JJ: Jordan has played a TS2 3-wood in competition a few times. A lot of the great that TS2 brings to the table is some of what caused the issue for Jordan. His first event with it he hit it twice on second shots into a par 5, both times he flagged it and both times it went just over the green. So all the ball speed that has been added to the new TS fairways is a great thing for you and myself, but we have some more work to do with Jordan on getting him the exact distance he wants with that club. We are always working on ways to get him the look, feel, and flight he wants with all his clubs.

JW: He has had loyalty to Graphite design AD DI shafts in his fairway metal woods and utilities for some time, what is it about that shaft vs the others that the response to.

JJ: As you can imagine players hit a lot of golf balls. When a certain shaft matches up well with a player they get to know it really well and understand how that shaft reacts with different swings. We can do so much in the clubhead these days and have so much flexibility that we don’t want to change those feels unless we see a big improvement in a shaft change. Plus the GDI DI is still a great golf shaft—Sungjae Im is another one of our players who has a lot of success with that shaft and continues to.

JW: Jordan has one of the most prolific short games in recent history. Can you talk me through his wedge setup and shed some light on any nuances that in his wedges that he prefers?

AD: Jordan’s wedge setup has been very consistent from the beginning. However, over time, small adjustments have been made and most of them stem from wedge nostalgia from past models that Jordan loved.

A great example of that was when Jordan was using a 60-04L—this wedge was in the bag for a while and the biggest adjustments we made to the wedge was in the profile reducing the par height to look slightly smaller and increase topline curvature. This profile was precisely the look Jordan needed to see to feel comfortable and it was my focus with every wedge I made. One day at Trinity Forest, Jordan was working with coach Cameron McCormick and saw an old rusty wedge resting against the wall. When Jordan picked it up he realized it was an old 60T that he has used ages ago. The moment this wedge was put in the playing position that old feeling came back. Jordan called me and said “I have this old 60T in my hands I just love this thing.  Do you still make this wedge?”

I made Jordan a newer version and he couldn’t have been happier. It was like reuniting with an old friend. Some other changes we have made have come with time and testing, moving from Project X 6.0 to Project X 6.5 in the 46 was one of those changes. Experimentation and learning from Jordan have taught me a great deal about what I need to focus on when making his wedges–so much is in the details.

JW: Jordan has been committed to the Ventus Blue in his driver for the past 2 to 3 seasons, what performance traits did he gain vs his older Graphite Design model?

JJ: Jordan first put the Ventus Blue 6X in his TS3 driver at Colonial 2019, coming from a GD IZ 6 that he had had some good success with as well. At Colonial, he had been working with Cameron and was going through some changes in his release sequence that were causing some toe strikes. With the Ventus, we were able to keep some really good feel and move the strike to a better face location and let him be more in charge of the face-to-path relationship vs gear effect having some issues at the time. Jordan isn’t normally keen on changing equipment as he is working on swing changes.

JW: Jordan had a big hand in the development of the T100 irons. Where in the iron do we see his influence specifically?

JJ: The profile of this iron would be a big area you would see his influence. Marni Ines, our Director of Irons Development, came to LA years ago and got a lot of feedback on all the performance variables Jordan loved about his irons and some aesthetic things he would love if he could have it all. Marni and team did a great job of getting even better performance in T100 in a more players driven package of offset, top line, and blade length.

JW: Have you ever tested other iron shafts with him besides PX 6.5 and 6.0 in wedges?

JJ: Briefly, at TPI around 5 years ago, I think we made it three swings with a few options. From what I was able to find, Jordan moved into a 5.5 PX in 2009, and he has stayed in that profile ever since, moving to 6.0 in 2010 and 6.5 in 2016 after he gained a decent amount of speed. Like we discussed earlier, these guys work hard at their games and really learn a golf shaft, especially in their irons. They need to be able to work the ball up/down and left/right to attack a golf course at the level they are competing at. With the evolution of irons products, we are able to keep up for Jordan in performance without having the change how the shaft loads and unloads for him.

AD: Project X has always been the go-to shaft with Jordan. For whatever reason, this feel and performance have just made sense with him. Since March 2009, this has been the go-to shaft. I don’t recall ever changing or testing other shafts.

JW: Is Jordan a player that grinds on his gear week in and week out or is he someone that will play with something until it basically breaks down….he doesn’t seem to tamper much.

JJ: Jordan very much goes to work at an event. Normally at an event, we will do his grips and loft/lie.  Occasionally he may weaken a loft or two to hit just the right number based on conditions for the week, but any major club work we would do somewhere other than at an event.

AD: Lofts and lies mainly and a fresh 56/60 wedge when spin decay begins to start.

JW: Any misses you guys build-out of his bag? Any new shots you build in?

JJ: The biggest thing is trying to get him equipment that enhances center strikes for him. He is such a good ball striker he can tell within a dimple or two if his strike was off-center—it’s really remarkable. When we test drivers we will mark things up and he will tell you “dimple high, and dimple toe” and always be right.  So really pushes you as a fitter which is great.

JW: Any fun testing stories or equipment memories with Jordan?

JJ: One of my favorites was one of my first times working with Jordan and also kind of outside my lane. Cameron and Jordan had come to TPI to work on metal woods, wedges, and golf ball. We were in our north fairway testing balls and wedges. The number of shots he was hitting was amazing to watch–low cuts, high draws–really watching and analyzing how the golf ball reacted on the green to each shot and controlling the spin. He quickly said “Yep. This golf ball is going to be great—don’t even bring my old ball to the tee.” We worked with the new golf ball with the driver and were able to get him matched up. Just his attention to details on the feel and ability to hit some many shots with a wedge was really impressive–at the time he had only had one win on Tour, but you could immediately see what he had the ability to do.

Jordan Spieth WITB w/specs

Driver: Titleist TS3 10.5@9.75 (D1 Setting) w/ Fujikura Ventus Blue Proto 6X 45 Inches

3-wood: Titleist 915F 15 (A1 Setting) w/ Graphite Design AD DI 7X 43 Inches

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 21 (B1 Setting) w/ Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95X Hybrid 40 Inches

Irons: (4) Titleist U500

(5-9) Titleist T100  w/ True Temper Project X 6.5

*All Irons Titleist STD Lofts, Length, SW, Lie Angles are .5 flat

Iron Specs: Loft, Length, Lie

4-23/38.5/60.5

5-27/38/61.5

6-30/37.5/62

7-34/37/62.5

8-38/36.5/63

9-42/36/63.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (46/10F@46/08, 52/08F, 56/10S), Vokey Proto (60/06T) w/ True Temper Project X 6.5 (46) 6.0 (52,56,60) “JS” Stamping

*Aaron Dill grinds off 2 degrees bounce out of Jordans PW

*All wedges Titleist/Vokey Std Length, Lie

Wedge Specs: Length, Lie, SW

46-35.75/64/D3

52-35.5/64/D3

56-35.25/64/D5

60-35/64/D5

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009 (350g, 4 loft, 71 lie, 35′ length) w/ SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0 grip

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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WITB GolfWRX Member Edition: “Sea8tea”

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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 kick things off with one of our early submissions.

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

Member: Sea8tea

Sea8tea WITB

Driver: Titleist TS2 (10.5 degrees @11.25, C3 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees @15.75, C3 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7X

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (2), Titleist 718 CB (4-6), Titleist 718 MB (7-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100 (2), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46-08F, 50-08F, 54-10S, 58-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

Putter Grip: Black Matador – Medium

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Midsize

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

*All wedges are 1 degree weak (47, 51, 55, 59)

*All iron and wedge shafts are 1 inch over standard

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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