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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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Joaquin Niemann WITB 2020

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Joaquin Niemann - WITB January 2020

Driver: Ping G410 LST (10 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X (45.25″, tipped 1″)

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3-wood: Ping G410 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X (tipped 1″, 43″)

Hybrid: Ping G400 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 95 X (40.25″, D2)

Irons: Ping iBlade (4-9)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.0 (-1/4″, D1)

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (46-12 degrees), Ping Glide Forged (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: Ping Prototype PLD Anser (Black finish)
Grip: Ping PP58 Midsize Full Cord

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Shaft fitting: Is it worth it? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing shaft fitting and whether it makes a substantial difference or not. WRXer ‘2ndCut16’ recently snagged a set of heavily discounted T100 irons on eBay and asks members:

“My question is, is it worth going to get a shaft fitting? They currently have DG S300, which was what was in my 714AP2 ( I was not fit for these either), but I’m curious how much the shaft may make a difference? I’m sorry if this has been covered before, I’m just recently was bit by the equipment bug and am trying to learn all that I can.

Given that I saved a good junk of the cost of the clubs, I’d be willing to spend a little to get the right shaft, if it is actually going to make a difference, I just wanted to check here before I spent the $100 for the shaft fitting.”

And our members have been having their say in our forums.

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.

  • nhaun2: “I definitely think it’s worth it with the way the technology has progressed the last 5-10 years. $100 seems kinda steep, but I feel like most places will credit that back or at least a portion of it if you make a purchase through them.”
  • Ri_Redneck: “Never worry about paying for something that is worth the price to YOU! If your goal is to be the best golfer you can be, then your priorities are far different from the average weekend golfer. Fitting is typically expensive, but the information you get can be well worth the cost. As ChipNRun mentioned. Most of us have a swing that probably won’t change much over the next few years. Knowing what shaft characteristics fit you allows you to oftentimes choose a set of ideal clubs right off the rack! Knowledge of your equipment will help you make the most of your equipment buying dollars and avoid falling prey to the marketing that is so prevalent today.”
  • thesamewise: “1 million percent worth it. The right shaft will complement your game and can accentuate your strengths and mask some of your flaws a little. I got the right shafts in my irons, and I just can’t believe how much they help.”
  • Ruleschamp: “Not gonna make that much of a material difference in terms of performance but if you want them to feel the way you like the club to feel then go for the fitting and just enjoy the fun.”
  • GLF4EVR: “Piece of mind may be worth it just so you do not have that little thought in the back of your mind about it. I have done my own tinkering for many years now. I have never had any lessons, and all the club building I have done was thru this site. Had the chance to see a professional fitter last year. Spent over 2 hours going over every club in the bag & was charged only $65. Only recommendations were what kind of graphite shafts to put in my irons if I want to switch & to play with the bounce on my 58 wedge. To me, that was the most worthwhile $65 I have spent on golf in a long time. To find out I was correct in all my work & the way I had gone about; it was just about priceless for me. It is kind of strange to not have that little voice in the back of my head anymore with any questions about my equipment & the fine-tuning I have done. My only thing I would say is to make sure the fitter knows what they are doing.”

Entire Thread: “Shaft fitting: Is it worth it?”

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Chicago Cubs player Ian Happ auctioning off his 1/1 Bettinardi putter with proceeds going to Covid-19 relief

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Chicago Cubs Centerfielder Ian Happ is auctioning off his PROTO IH8 Bettinardi with all proceeds from the sale going to Covid-19 relief efforts for Cradles to Crayons.

The putter, which is open for bids until June 8, is a custom Bettinardi Queen B 8 Slant Neck milled to 365 grams from Double Aged Stainless Steel.

 

A 1/1 used by Happ on the course, the flat-stick features the MLB star’s chosen logos, including the Bettinardi ‘Hive’ logo in the pocket, IH8 Proto on the sole, and also his father’s initials KH. 

 

The putter comes with a unique team-only issued 2016 World Series Cubs Championship headcover, signed by Ian Happ on the W side and a Lamkin Deep Etched Grip.

 

Specs: 

  • Model: Bettinardi Queen B 8 Slant Neck
  • Dexterity: Right-Handed
  • Weight: 365g
  • Length: 35 inches
  • Face Milling: F.I.T. Face (Feel Impact Technology)
  • Finish: Black Chrome

You can bid on the putter here, with the current leading bid as of June 3 currently at $450.

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