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Cleveland’s new Smart Sole 3 wedges add a tier for performance

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At one point or another, we’ve all dealt with the frustration of hitting chunks and skulls all day around the greens. Cleveland’s line of Smart Sole wedges, with their ultra-rounded soles, are designed to help these struggling golfers get the ball up and down more often… or at least onto the putting surface.

On July 24, Cleveland is launching its new Smart Sole 3 wedges, a line that includes a lofted sand wedge and a lower-lofted “chipper” meant to produce running shots. Each of the wedges use a new three-tiered design — thus the “3” in Smart Sole 3 — to be more versatile than their predecessors. The extra-wide sole adds forgiveness, according to Cleveland, and the different tiers will better prevent digging or other unwanted turf interaction from a variety of lies — the rough, fairway, fringe, bunker, dirt, etc.

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Cleveland has also removed weight from the hosels and added it to the toe portions of the Smart Sole 3 wedges in order to shift center of gravity (CG) more toward the center of the club heads. This will provide a more balanced feel, according to Cleveland, than the previously released Smart Sole wedges.

The Smart Sole 3 sand wedge has 58 degrees of loft, while the chipper has 42 degrees of loft. They are each offered with both steel ($119.99) and graphite shaft ($129.99) options, and they come stock with a Lamkin Blue Cap grip.

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  1. Dave R

    Jul 10, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Presently use old old hogan sure out works great and looks the same. Hum!

  2. Kenny

    Jul 10, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Tiger would be deadly with the chip and run model

  3. Philip

    Jul 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Nothing new here, but the fact that this is a new release, maybe a lot of the casual golfers who just do not understand sand and around the green will try them out. I play with someone who has an old Callaway version of this and his is quite consistent with a basic chip out of the sand.

  4. Norm

    Jul 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    The Cleveland Smart Sole wedges are an important breakthrough in wedge sole design. I hope they have some kind of patent protection for this ingenious invention. They will be in my bag.

    • steve s

      Jul 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Patent protection? For something that was done 30 years ago by someone else? And repeated every 5 years since and called “new, innovative” every time? I don’t think so…..see, Maltby, Alien, XE1, CEi, etc….

      • steve s

        Jul 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm

        And the Ram Recovery Sand Wedge…….there is one on ebay right now for $17….

  5. dave

    Jul 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    i dont get these…..these help with sand shots if you are swinging incorrectly out of the sand. yet they are worse much worse for every other shot including correct swings out of the sand and any sand that is harder or thinner…..i do have a buddy that is horrible out of the sand. maybe maybe this would help him as long as he doesnt use it other than in the sand.

    • Norm

      Jul 10, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      They are multi-purpose wedges for all wedge shots because of the Smart Sole design.

  6. ComeyforPresident

    Jul 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Very original.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/26/21): AutoFlex SF505 driver shaft

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

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 – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for an AutoFlex SF505 driver shaft

From the seller (@Gehly): “AutoFlex SF505 (std. stiff flex) Driver shaft, untipped w/ Callaway adapter. Rainbow graphics and nice blue MCC+4 grip installed. Length is 44.5” from end of adapter to butt of grip. $625″

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: AutoFlex SF505 driver shaft

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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Tommy Fleetwood WITB 2021 (October)

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  • Tommy Fleetwood what’s in the bag accurate as of the CJ Cup.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (8 degrees @9.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX

7-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (21 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe (52-09), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 WedgeWorks (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #1
Grip: SuperStroke

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x (2021) #19

Grips: Iomic, Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

More photos of Tommy Fleetwood’s WITB in the forums.

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Ventus Notes: The rise of Fujikura Ventus on tour

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Fujikura’s Ventus shafts swept the top three spots in our GolfWRX Members Choice voting this year, and the popularity of the Red, Blue, and Black shafts extends beyond our membership all the way to golf’s professional ranks.

As a refresher: Ventus relies on Fujikura’s proprietary VeloCore Technology to tighten shot dispersion and enhance performance on off-center shots.

“As swing speeds increase on Tour over the last few years, the Tour player is seeking tighter dispersion to hit more fairways,” said John Hovis, Tour Operations & Technical Services Manager at Fujikura. “We challenged our engineers to develop a stable, low spinning, stiff tip shaft to improve control and ball speeds and the result was Ventus.”

The multi-material VeloCore derives its stability from ultra-high modulus pitch 70-ton carbon fiber (about 150 percent stronger and more stable than T1100g) and 40-ton bias layers that run the full length of the shaft.

Ventus also features an ultra-stiff tip section and an accelerated taper butt section that maximizes energy transfer through the swing. It’s available in weights and flexes ranging from 57 grams to 86 grams and R2 up to X flex.

Fujikura Ventus models

Red: Mid launch, mid-high spin
Blue: Low launch, mid spin
Black: Low launch, low spin

Fujikura Tour success

A few morsels to speak to the primacy of Ventus…

In the “driver, fairway, and hybrid shafts combined” category Ventus is the most played wood shaft model on the PGA Tour for the 2020-2021 season.

14.5 percent of all wood shafts used this season on PGA Tour are Ventus. 25.84 percent are Fujikura, more generally.

At the 2021 Travelers Championship, there were more Ventus shafts in play (82) than and next closest competitor (63).

Fujikura is the No. 1 wood shaft on LPGA Tour in 2021 with a 25 percent share.

Fujikura is the No. 1 wood shaft on Japan’s JGTO Tour in 2021 at 36.2 percent.

Fujikura is No. 1 wood shaft on the Champions Tour in 2021 at 30.82 percent.

12 players have won PGA Tour events with a Fujikura wood shaft this year, including the 2020 Masters and 2021 PGA Championship winners.

Notable players who have gamed a Fujikura Ventus shaft at some point this season: Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Louis Oosthuizen, Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia, Garrick Higgo, Adam Scott, Lexi Thompson, and Nelly Korda.

A few setups, below.

Jordan Spieth

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

Phil Mickelson (PGA Championship)

Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (6 degrees @5.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (47.9 inches)

Rory McIlroy 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

A final word

Ventus is Fujikura’s No. 1 volume top-grossing shaft in the aftermarket in 2021. This is unheard of for the company as it’s a $350 shaft. Historically, Vista Pro or Pro shafts have traditionally been Fujikura’s highest volume movers as they are $125 and $200 respectively.

Fujikura Ventus specs

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