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Vokey to launch new line of TVD wedges

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In March, Titleist launched its much-anticipated Vokey SM5 wedges, which offer golfers more spin through their new Spin Milled TX3 grooves, as well 21 different loft, bounce and grind combinations.

The SM5’s will cover the needs of most golfers interested in a Vokey wedge, but there’s always a few discerning players who want something a little different. For them, Vokey is releasing a new line of what it calls “Tour Van Design,” or TVD wedges, which add the new grooves and more grinds to two of the company’s most popular wedge models on tour: the TVD-K and TVD-M.

TVD-K wedges are used on tour by both Adam Scott and Jason Dufner in their lob wedges, and have soles that are wider and more cambered than other Vokey models. They’re available in lofts of 54-12, 56-12, 58-10 and 60-10.

While the 58- and 60-degree models are similar to their SM5 counterparts, the 58-11K and 60-11K, they have narrower soles and 1-degree less effective bounce than the SM5 models.

“The K grind has been a huge hit for us,” said Titleist Master Craftsman Bob Vokey. “It’s only been on Tour for a couple of years but we already have 30 guys using it. I think the secret is the cambered sole. It is wide and forgiving, but the camber keeps the club moving through the turf. So it’s playable in a variety of conditions.”

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The TVD wedges are available in two finishes: California Chrome (left) and Black Ion. 

The new TVD-M, which is available in lofts of 50-08, 52-08, 54-10, 56-12, 58-08 and 60-08, has a rounded teardrop profile that matches the shape of the TVD-K. Its moderate bounce and crescent-shaped M Grind sole makes it a great option for golfers who play courses with various turf conditions.

“We’ve had a lot of requests to match up the chassis, or shape, of the TVD-M with the TVD- K,” Vokey said. “It’s the natural progression of the series. We now have three distinct shapes in the Vokey family: the SM5 with a high toe peak, the rounded teardrop of the TVD and the compact look of the Hand Ground series. We have a look to fit anyone’s eye.”

Vokey’s new TVD wedges ($160 plus personalization packages) are available through Vokey.com and authorized Titleist accounts on May 7 as part of Vokey’s WedgeWorks lineup. They’re offered in two different finishes – California Chrome and Black Ion – and can be ordered in custom lofts, lengths and lie angles.

Golfers looking for a more personal touch can take advantage of Vokey staples such as toe engravings, stampings and laser shaft etching, as well as a variety of custom grip, shaft, shaft band and ferrule options.

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  1. Curt

    May 1, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Vokeys, in my opinion, are just as soft as forged wedges. I’ve used Mizuno, Cleveland, Ping & Scratch wedges and I keep going back! Picking up a couple of wedge works on Saturday, can’t wait!!

  2. BOBBY D

    Apr 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    new TVD-K ordered and should be here soon…can’t wait to get it into play!!!

  3. cmasty

    Apr 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Forged actually dampens the vibration… Less “feel”, if you will. Thus forged feels softer.

  4. Calvin

    Apr 29, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Will the SM5 be carried over to the hand ground wedges as well?

  5. The dude

    Apr 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Why do they noT offer a forged?

    • The truth

      Apr 30, 2014 at 11:57 am

      because Vokey knows that forged clubs are overrated. Titleist knows that consumers will continue to buy their cast wedges for their “feel” clubs and yet play their overpriced forged irons. LOL.

  6. Ben

    Apr 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

    one day they’ll offer forged wedges to us. one day……..

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/18/24): TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head

From the seller: (@lasallen): “For sale is a BRNR mini 11.5 deg head only in brand new condition.  $325 shipped.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head 

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/18/24): Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made

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It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made.

From the seller: (@DLong72): “Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made. ?: $1150. ?? 100% milled collectors item from the limited releases commemorating when Ping putters won every major in 1988 (88 putters made). This was the model Seve Ballesteros used to win the 1988 Open Championship. Condition is brand new, never gamed, everything is in the original packaging as it came. Putter features the iconic sound slot.

Specs/ Additional Details

-100% Milled, Aluminum/Bronze Alloy (310g)

-Original Anser Design

-PING PP58 Grip

-Putter is built to standard specs.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Inside Collin Morikawa’s recent golf ball, driver, 3-wood, and “Proto” iron changes

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As you probably know by now, Collin Morikawa switched putters after the first round of The Masters, and he ultimately went on to finish T3.

The putter was far from the only change he made last week, however, and his bag is continuing to change this week at the 2024 RBC Heritage.

On the range of The Masters, Morikawa worked closely with Adrian Reitveld, TaylorMade’s Senior Manager of Tour at TaylorMade, to find the perfect driver and 3-wood setups.

Morikawa started off 2024 by switching into TaylorMade’s Qi10 Max driver, but since went back to his faithful TaylorMade SIM – yes, the original SIM from 2020. Somehow, some way, it seems Morikawa always ends up back in that driver, which he used to win the 2020 PGA Championship, and the 2021 Open Championship.

At The Masters, however, Rietveld said the duo found the driver head that allowed “zero compromise” on Morikawa’s preferred fade flight and spin. To match his preferences, they landed on a TaylorMade Qi10 LS 9-degree head, and the lie angle is a touch flatter than his former SIM.

“It’s faster than his gamer, and I think what we found is it fits his desired shot shape, with zero compromise” Rietveld told GolfWRX.com on Wednesday at the RBC Heritage.

Then, to replace his former SIM rocket 3-wood, Morikawa decided to switch into the TaylorMade Qi10 core model 13.5-degree rocket head, with an adjustable hosel.

“He likes the spin characteristics of that head,” Rietveld said. “Now he’s interesting because with Collin, you can turn up at a tournament, and you look at his 3-wood, and he’s changed the setting. One day there’s more loft on it, one day there’s less loft on it. He’s that type of guy. He’s not scared to use the adjustability of the club.

“And I think he felt our titanium head didn’t spin as low as his original SIM. So we did some work with the other head, just because he liked the feel of it. It was a little high launching, so we fit him into something with less loft. It’s a naughty little piece of equipment.” 

In addition to the driver and fairway wood changes, Morikawa also debuted his new “MySymbol” jersey No. 5 TP5x golf ball at The Masters. Morikawa’s choice of symbols is likely tied to his love of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

Not enough changes for you? There’s one more.

On Wednesday at the 2024 RBC Heritage, Morikawa was spotted with a new TaylorMade “Proto” 4-iron in the bag. If you recall, it’s the same model that Rory McIlroy debuted at the 2024 Valero Texas Open.

According to Morikawa, the new Proto 4-iron will replace his old P-770 hollow-bodied 4-iron.

“I used to hit my P-770 on a string, but sometimes the distance would be a little unpredictable,” Morikawa told GolfWRX.com. “This one launches a touch higher, and I feel I can predict the distance better. I know Rory replaced his P-760 with it. I’m liking it so far.” 

See Morikawa’s full WITB from the 2024 RBC Heritage here. 

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