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Limited Edition: Vokey “Brushed Copper” wedge finish

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Available starting on May 12, Vokey has a new “Brushed Copper” limited-edition finish for its SM6 M-Grind wedges that will sell for $199.

“Wedges are highly personal, and since many golfers prefer a specific look, Bob Vokey and his team are constantly evaluating new finish options,” Titleist said in a press release.

The “Brushed Copper” wedges have a black oxide finish that’s lightly brushed onto the club heads, which reveals an “underlying copper plating” that will wear throughout the normal course of play to show increasingly more of the copper, according to Titleist. The finish is also said to highlight the unique shaping of an M-Grind.

In our review of Vokey SM6 wedges, which we gave 5 stars, our Zak Kozuchowski said “the M Grind will work best for golfers who like to manipulate the face open or closed.” Titleist says the crescent-shaped M-Grind is Bob Vokey’s favorite grind.

The Brushed Copper versions will be sold in 54-, 56-, 58- and 60-degree options in select golf shops around the country only. They will come stock with True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 shafts. For more options on Vokey wedges, head over to Wedge Works where Titleist allows golfers to fully customize their wedges.

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  1. WARLAW

    May 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I also think this is a ploy from the manufacturers to get us to consume more products. Lets be honest if you notice the difference in spin as your wedge gets older, (75 rounds), chances are your good enough to have someone buy you a new one, or they already sponsoring you.
    As for the rest of us, the older, the rougher, the better.
    But is it just me, or did anyone notice the examples they gave for that “test”? I measure my wedges by how much back spin I’ve gained or lost, not by how much they roll out and release? Would never have bought SM5’s if they did what the test suggests.

  2. Nico

    Apr 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    This finish looks amazing!

  3. Tony Rich

    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Vokey’s used to be $99 chrome and $109 oil can for better deeper grooves that lasted years….now it’s $200 for thinner grooves and some copper that stops spinnning after 20-30 rounds. Since the US penny is now worthless, shouldn’t copper be the cheapest priced Vokey ever?

    C’Mon Bob, you can do better than this.

    • Joshuaplaysgolf

      Apr 27, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      The grooves changed due to USGA guidelines as to what constitutes a conforming club. That has nothing to do with Vokey. Charging $50 extra just for a finish, that has everything to do with Vokey.

  4. Chuck

    Apr 26, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    lol. You could be right, and I still laugh because DG S200 shafts are absolutely perfect for me in wedges.

  5. Chuck

    Apr 26, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    …and still no raw wedges. The easiest thing; the most simple production finish (which is to say, none) and the thing that lots of better recreational players want, from seeing them in tour players’ bags.

    This one really stumps me. Something for which there is a clearly-stated demand (known to anybody who frequents sites like GolfWRX), and zero extra production costs.

    • IowaHacker

      Apr 26, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      You can get raw wedges on Vokey.com??????

  6. IHateLoveGolf

    Apr 26, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Dude – you are killing me.

    • IHateLoveGolf

      Apr 27, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Definitely. Keep ’em coming, my friend. : )

  7. Tom54

    Apr 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Seems to me that mfgrs are not helping the growth of the game currently. $500 drivers seem the norm now. Now a ltd Vokey wedge for $200. Not to mention the $1200 set of irons. And all of these “hot” items will no longer be current nor worth anything in 6 months when newer model debuts. Memo to all the golf honchos, How about letting us really anticipate news clubs rather than the constant carrousel of replacing something just to replace it.

  8. Fat Perez

    Apr 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Yeah, brushed copper!! Didn’t you know having manipulated steel is the wave of golf’s future world, and these make you swing faster, and you hit the ball ultra higher, and the ball loves the spin put on them, and and and and and and!!! Titleist, Titleist, it’s ok guys, WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU AND YOUR 2 YEAR PRODUCT RELEASE SCHEDULE!! Please do not fall into the trap of cramming the market with nonsensical products that cost a jillion dollars! Please relax and continue to refine your 2018 line. Sheesh.

    • H

      Apr 27, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Golf has always been that way, doofus. It’s a rich man’s game. Period.

  9. Bob

    Apr 26, 2017 at 11:38 am

    No 52* wedge. I’m out

  10. JD

    Apr 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Didn’t you guys have an article not too long ago about how often you should replace your wedges? Do you think the Vokey folks read it? Why would I pay MORE for the most often replaced clubs in my bag?

    • mp-4

      Apr 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Because brushed copper? 🙂

    • Brian

      Apr 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Um, it was Titleist that performed the “study”.

    • mhendon

      Apr 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      I took out my SM4’s last year and went back to my 20 year old original Cleveland 588’s. I still get plenty of spin and they just feel better to me.

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Jon Rahm WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @10 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 @14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

jon-rahm-witb-2020Utility iron: TaylorMade RSI TP UDI (4)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52-09), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12SB, 60-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)

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The most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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