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James Patrick joins Titleist



Wedgemaker James “Patrick” Harrington has announced on his website that he has joined Titleist “to further advance [his] passion and creativity” with wedges.

For years, there has been speculation that Titleist has been looking for a wedgemaker to succeed legendary wedge maker Bob Vokey, for whom the company’s current line of wedges is named. Vokey, 73, has suffered several health problems in recent years, including kidney cancer in 2008.

Harrington, 30, has a reputation as one of the best wedge grinders in the industry. He had a well publicized split with Edel Golf in January 2011, and has since been producing handmade wedges for his own company, James Patrick Golf, which he founded in his home state of Wisconsin.

Harrington did not make clear what role he would take with Titleist, only saying that the company is “providing the resources needed to continue to explore the unending pursuit of creating the world’s finest wedges.”

He thanked his fans for “helping to build the foundation,” and said that move to Titleist is “the next step in the journey of my life’s work.”



Above: Custom wedges created by Harrington for James Patrick Golf. 

James Patrick wedges were created one at a time by Harrington, allowing him to make them with custom grinds, finishes and stampings that caught the attention of several golf websites and publications. Even though the wedges had a base price of more than $300, with custom options that could cost customers hundreds more, Harrington struggled to keep pace with demand for his products, which are currently listed as “sold out” on his website.

Harrington ground the handmade wedges from Kyoei forged blanks, and created them with a design that included a thinned out hosel for less resistance on shots from the sand and grass, as well a three tungsten weights in the toe section of the wedges that Harrington said move the center of gravity closer to the wedge’s sweet spot for more consistency.

Prior to starting his own company in 2011, Harrington attended Arizona State University, where he graduated from the PGA Management program. He went on to work as a grinder for leading club fitters Hot Stix and Cool Clubs, and trained under legendary clubmaker Don White in 2008.

According to his website, Harrington has worked with PGA Tour professionals Fulton Allen, Cameron Beckman, Robert Garrigus, Peter Jacobson, Matt Kuchar, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman and Aaron Baddeley, for whom he ground a set of irons that Baddeley used to win his first Tour event in 2006.

Click here to read what members are saying about James Patrick’s move in the forums.

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  1. EZ

    Jun 26, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    …..And yet….3 YEARS go by without anything….did they just buy him out and make him sign a non-compete for the rest of his life? What a shame.

  2. BigBoy

    Jul 30, 2013 at 12:04 am

    im going to sprinkle hundreds and thousands all over my Cleveland wedges

  3. Juan

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    a good thing gone bad….bring on the mass production

  4. Jack Lives Here

    Jul 28, 2013 at 6:30 am

    James wedges are beautiful. Van Gough was under capitalized as well. I wish James every success with the new position.


    Jul 27, 2013 at 6:40 am


  6. Blanco

    Jul 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Does this guy ever smile? He needs to a visit to smiley-town. My guess is they don’t go into full on JP-mode for many years (if he stays on that long)– he’s there for more design and tour stuff not marketing. His name doesn’t ring out yet but will one day.

    Personally I think his wedges look gaudy with the exception of the unstamped raw steel stuff I’ve seen. I think his grinds are excellent though.

  7. Scott Rose

    Jul 26, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Hmmm….form or function? I’d rather see an artist stay solo.

  8. Clayton

    Jul 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    “Show me the money!!!” – JP

  9. HBL

    Jul 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Probably for us, the masses, there will be no change. Almost impossible to get now and, at least, in the near past. In the future, we can expect mass produced wedges with the pros getting the custom work like it is with Vokey.

  10. The Real James

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I wonder how a mass produced JP will look?

    Ever try grinding a wedge? It’s pretty easy if you have a good grinding machine, and then 5 swings later all the prettiness is left in the turf.

  11. princeton

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This is the biggest news in the Golf Equipment Business in years!!!! This is huge that Vokey as tapped his heir apparent to take over once he retires fully! Vokey stated yesterday that he is only working two or three days a week and for the every so often special request from a Tour Pro! I wonder how Aaron Dill is feeling today? I am sure that this hurts him a little, as thoughts were that he would be Vokey’s pick for his replacement…?

  12. Jack

    Jul 25, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Plus, I doubt he is really taking over for Vokey. I think he is more likely to create his own line (much younger and different look), much like he is doing already, but backed by Titleist’s money and marketing power.

  13. Jack

    Jul 25, 2013 at 2:17 am

    I like the look of the wedges, but not at 300+ before custom options!

  14. RatzA$$

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Wow that’s awesome. Someone stamps a sand wedge, quick paint fill of skittles like colors and a “special grind” and presto! Every minute a sucker is born.
    Those that can’t dress like Fowler can have clubs that approach his outfits.

    • Roger

      Jul 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Ratz i’m still Lovin my Ping Eye 2 BECU wedge!!! Classic great looks and feel …and a great Wedge too !!!

  15. Desmond

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:41 am

    “I don’t want to be the big-box retailer,” Harrington said. “I like the roots of where I’m at, me making hand-made stuff. I’m able to offer a unique look because I’m an artist. I don’t want to grow too fast.”

    An odd change for a guy who didn’t want to be a big-box retailer, but wanted to be an artist.”


    • KCCO

      Jul 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Confused by this comment…..but anyway JP has always been an artist, and when at his level, each day his work will only progress, with that being said, when the time comes I wonder if he has more of a gamer wedge (meaning no frills on the looks, and just a performer), and be able to dull it down a bit, just a clean wedge and something thats gonna fill the vokey void when that day comes…. curious as to how they much different they would play then the beautiful designer stuff I’ve seen in his galleries history, as most look like collector pieces I would decorate my house with…..not being sarcastic, his work is top notch

  16. J

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    His wedges are sick!

    Will be curious to see what kind of prices come out of the Titleist custom shop now..

    JP wedges and Scotty putters… You could spend 5,000 and walk away with just your wedges and a putter.

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American Express, Abu Dhabi Golf Championship Tour Truck Report: BK to Srixon? MCA has a ton of new shafts, Rickie goes graphite




Most of the big action for Team TaylorMade is taking place in Abu Dhabi with Rory and Tommy in the field. After extensive weeks of testing, this is what they have in the bag this week

Tommy Fleetwood WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees @8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX (tipped 1 inch, 44.75 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Rocket 3 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX (42.5 inches)

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (19 degrees @18.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX (41.25 inches)

Irons: TaylorMade P7TF (4-PW) 
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: Callaway MD5 Jaws Raw (52-10S, [email protected], 60-08T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue  S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 3
Grip: SuperStroke Mid Slim 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (D, 3W, 5W, 7W, and wedges), Iomic Sticky @12:30 (irons)

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x ’21 Proto

Rory McIlroy WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees @8.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (45.5 inches, 59.25 lie, D4)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX (43.25 inches, 58 lie, D4)

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (19 degrees @ 18.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7MB (4-PW)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 7.0 (6.5 in PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09SB, 56-12SB, 60-08LB)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper (34.25 inches, 2.5 loft, 70 lie)

Ball: 2021 TaylorMade TP5x (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (58R 1+1, logo down)

Matthew Wolff WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (10.5 degrees @9)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD TP 7 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (3-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (50-09SB, 56-12SB, 60-09LB)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord (+3 double-sided tape)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Proto (33 inches, lie at 70, 3.5 loft, D4)
Grip: TaylorMade Red/Black

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ’21 PIX

Other TM news 

Doc Redman put the new Aldila Ascent Red 70 TX in his SIM2 (60 TX pictured below).

Sepp Straka put the new MCA Kaili White 60 TX in his SIM2.


The Fujikura Ventus Red trend continues with Russell Henley moving from his KBS TD to Ventus Red 7 X in a TSi4.

Tyler Duncan was testing a custom K Grind lob wedge. He was inspired by Kevin Na’s win and looking at Aaron Dill’s pics on IG. Can you blame him?

Justin Thomas (Abu Dhabi) moved out of Ventus Red 6 TX (tipped 1 inch) in his TSi3 (9 degrees) into a Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 X. According to my source, JT was looking for a specific feel with the driver and also one that dialed in the launch windows on a little cutter he has been working on. We will keep you updated if it sticks or if any of the info changes.


Akshay Bhatia put the new Apex Utility Prototype in play with a KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 105 X shaft. Shay also put the new Epic Max LS driver (9 degrees @8.5) with a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green “Hulk” 75G 6.5 TX.

Kevin Na tested Callaway’s Epic Max LS (9 degrees) with a Graphite Design Tour AD GP 6 X. No need to panic, that original Epic gamer ain’t goin’ anywhere till it keels over and dies.

Phil Mickelson was spotted testing a Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X shaft in a Mavrik Sub Zero. Not confirmed if it will indeed go in play.


Scott Stallings (non-staff) put a Ping G425 LST (10.5 degrees @11) driver in play with an MCA Kaili White 60 TX (tipped 1 inch @45.25).

Abraham Ancer (non-staff) also converted to the Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @7.75) with an MCA Tensei AV Raw Blue 65 TX (tipped 1 inch @45).

Cameron Champ lost his clubs en route to Palm Desert and the Ping Tour squad had to build a brand new set of sticks from scratch, top to bottom. Thankfully the gamers showed up and Cam was left with a fresh new backup set.


Rumor has it that former world No. 1 Brooks Koepka has inked a deal with Cleveland/Srixon to play its Z-Star XV ball, ZX7 irons and Cleveland Zip Core Wedges. Koepka showed up to Palm Desert with a new set of irons with Tour Issue X100 shafts, a Srixon utility, and his trusty Nike Vapor Pro 3-iron and TaylorMade M5 driver with an MCA Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX shaft. We will continue to update to confirm or deny the rumors. Awesome news for Srixon and BK if true.


Rickie Fowler made some significant changes to his bag coming into Palm Desert. The Cobra staffer put the REV33 MB’s back in the bag this time with a fresh set of Mitsubishi Chemical MMT 125 TX graphite shafts. Fowler, who has tested quite a few different shafts over the years, going from KBS C-Taper S+ to Tour Issue X100, loved the integrity of the MMT’s.

In testing, they tried a set that was soft stepped as well as the current set that is straight in. The overall takeaway was integrity on mis-hits and hitting a very specific flight window all while keeping spin the same. Fowler also had the new Cobra RadSpeed Driver in the bag with a Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 60 TX shaft.

Jason Dufner put the new Aldila Tour Concept 60 TX in his Rad Speed Driver (70 TX pictured below).

Free Agents

Scottie Scheffler finally swapped out his TaylorMade P730’s for a brand new set of P7TW’s (5-PW). Like his older set, they come fully loaded with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts. Scottie did keep his Srixon Utility 3-iron and Z785 4-iron in the bag, however.

Newly minted free agent Ryan Moore showed up to the Desert with a bag only a true gear junkie could love. The six-company bag featured a TaylorMade SIM Driver, TSi2 3-wood, Srixon hybrids, Mizuno MP-18 irons, and Cleveland Zip Core wedges.

Paul Casey put the Titleist TSi3 driver in the bag with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX shaft.

KBS seeded out a new Proto graphite shaft. The yet-to-be-named new edition to the TD line has a higher modulus material on the bottom third to increase stability and lower torque. The feedback with the original TD from players with fast speeds: it needed to be stiffer. This “newer version,” which will probably only come in the category 4 and 5, is very firm.

Patrick Reed went back to his Ping G400 LST driver—that’s all on that.


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Rickie Fowler spotted with graphite iron shafts (Mitsubishi MMT) at The American Express



When it comes to equipment stories, The American Express this week at PGA West is the gift that keeps on giving. Our newest scoop is that Rickie Fowler is taking after another Cobra staffer (aka “the big golfer”) and has made the switch to graphite shafts in his irons.

From the photos captured from his practice round on Wednesday, it appears that Rickie is using Mitsubishi Chemical’s MMT shafts in his custom and yet to be released Cobra Rev33 irons.

This is not the first time Rickie has switched iron shafts in the last 12 months. He was a long-time user of KBS C-Taper before switching to True Temper S400s, and now it appears he is looking at graphite as his next frontier.

This is a developing story and we are working hard on getting all the details and specs of this equipment change but for more pictures of Rickie from The American Express, check out the gallery below.


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2021 FootJoy HyperFlex with BOA



FootJoy is celebrating its 75th year as the number one shoe in golf, and to celebrate designers are continuing to push the boundaries of comfort, support, and technology with the release of the all-new 2021 HyperFlex with BOA.

The HyperFlex is two years in the making and features a number of new technologies to provide the stability golfers require with the out of the box comfort they demand.

“They look and feel so athletic. They are super comfortable the moment you put them on.”
– Rafa Cabrera Bello

HyperFlex with BOA technology

WRAPID Fit Technology: BOA is a staple footwear technology, but the designers at FootJoy wanted to take its capabilities further and make it more comfortable. The result is an asymmetrical configuration that ensures a snug comfortable fit but reduces unwanted pressure on the top of the foot. It enables the shoe to move with you, wrapping your foot for complete security, all while providing powerful support through the swing.

Stratofoam Cushioning: This is a proprietary foam blend that is used in the midsole to offer the perfect amount of walking comfort while still providing the right amount of support to reduce fatigue.

OptiFlex outsole –  The design winds through the length of the sole to naturally flex as you walk and still offer torsion control through your swing when needed.

“This new outsole technology is designed to mimic the natural flexure of the foot, so not only are you getting a great walking shoe, but a shoe that will maximize the ground force throughout every movement in the golf swing.”
-Chris Tobias, Vice President, FJ Footwear.

Waterproof Technical Mesh Upper – The Hyperflex is going technical to maximize comfort by pairing a breathable knit mesh-lined upper with a waterproof membrane to regulate foot temperature in any weather while also keeping your foot dry.

Price and availability

The new Hyperflex with BOA, along with the standard laced model will be available starting February 1, and will be priced at $179.99 with the Wrapid BOA system and $149 for the traditionally laced model.

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