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Bob Vokey hand ground 50 “Vokey Signature” 56-degree wedges

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Before the existence of 60-degree lob wedges, which are now commonplace in the bags of amateurs and professionals alike, golfers relied on 56-degree sand wedges to hit all of the necessary shots around the green. While those days are mostly in the past, Titleist says there are still golfers who prefer to use a single wedge for all shots; bump-and-runs, low spinners, flop shots, bunker shots, and any other shot you may face.

Ahead of the Open Championship, Bob Vokey personally hand ground 50 wedges — they measure 56 degrees in loft and have 12 degrees of bounce — that have heel, toe and leading-edge relief to maximize versatility. That means the soles are designed to work in a variety of setup positions, including square, open or toe down, according to Titleist. There’s also a “pre-worn leading edge” for cleaner turf interaction.

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“It’s the ultimate 56 degree [wedge],” Bob Vokey says. “When I was learning about wedges from some of the best short-game players, they could manipulate the face to execute all the shots they needed. This wedge was inspired by those players, with a sole shape to enable a variety of shots.”

The philosophy of playing a variety of short-game shots with the same club will be especially prevalent this week at The Open Championship. Whereas many American courses lend themselves to high-trajectory shots around the green, Open-style courses often require more lower-trajectory shots that can mitigate the effects of the wind.

The Vokey Signature wedges have a “Diamond LC” finish, and they will sell for $400 each. Custom shafts, grips, ferrules and shaftbands are offered. There are only 50 wedges available in total, and this a U.S.-only release.

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  1. Donald Trump

    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I’m waiting for PXG to come out with a $3,000 wedge made of the finest materials……..

  2. Lloyd

    Jul 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Why would anybody pay Titleist $400 for a wedge with Vokey’s name engraved on it. For that price they should engrave my name on the wedge.

  3. Bryan

    Jul 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Honestly, $400 for a 1/50 hand ground wedge by Vokey himself seems like a pretty good deal. OTR already retails for $150

  4. JD

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    That’s why whenever I buy a new wedge, I drag them on the asphalt on my walk to the car. Gotta pre-wear that leading edge.

  5. Roger in NZ

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    The comments on only One Wedge for all money shots is realistic.
    If your Titleist 681 set had a 50 degree PW then the next club was
    the Sand Wedge, likely a 56 that you loved…and likely a 588 Tour Action with a Worn Edge !!!

  6. Ben Jones

    Jul 19, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I have two Cleveland wedges with leading edges that are really “pre-worn” and look great, so are they worth $400 a piece?

  7. Tom54

    Jul 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I can see several hundred dollars for a putter cause with proper care it’ll last forever but spending that kind of money for a limited edition wedge that will wear out quickly makes not much sense

  8. PXG PRO

    Jul 19, 2017 at 11:27 am

    What a cheap, pedestrian item at $400! Only real pros play PXG! GO PXG GO!

  9. Joe

    Jul 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

    the same ole same ole…. people complaining about pricing. Can’t afford it? That’s ok, really. I would say if you really wanted it you could get another job to pay for it… but that would probably be narrow-minded of me…. kind of like complaining about expensive clubs

    • LD

      Jul 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      I would say it is narrow-minded stating that everyone complaining about price is unable to afford it.

    • Matt

      Jul 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      You really expect to put out a $400 wedge and not get comments on the price. Come on dude. Obviously those of us who realize how short a wedges life span is aren’t going to pay that. There’s a reason they only made 50, they know the pool of buyers for it is infinitesimally small.

    • RG

      Jul 19, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      I know what you mean! These jokers on here just dont get i

      • RG

        Jul 19, 2017 at 11:38 pm

        it! Oh and by the way I have a brand new limited edition jar of dirt for sale for $200. I know what youre thinking, but this is special limited edition dirt! Oh, to expensive? Well go get asecond job you bum!

  10. MikeyB

    Jul 19, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Gee, ONLY $400 a wedge? Pffft. Obviously meant for the lunch pail hauling, beer swilling Muni course hacker. The guy who would have to hide clubs from his wife, and try to convince her she made a mistake balancing the bank account this month.
    Talk to me when you buy Honma ‘Five Star’ clubs that cost $5,400….EACH. Yes a full set of 14 clubs cost $76,000 dollars three years ago!
    Varying degrees of cost can be found on mostly Japanese hand made products such as Miura which fall into the same $300/400/500 a club range. PXG, and now creeping up in price Callaway Epic Pro at $250 a club.
    Just another boutique club for nothing more than the $ the nameplate generates.

  11. ComeyforPresident

    Jul 19, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Someone should buy all 50 and then sell them for 1000 bucks each.

    • Teaj

      Jul 19, 2017 at 9:49 am

      That could work given that it is a US only product you could sell them in different countries. Now if I only had $20,000 laying around.

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“When you’re old and stubborn, you like what you like,” the 41-year-old told PGATOUR.COM.

Indeed, as he has transitioned into Titleist’s latest woods and wedges, the 14-time PGA TOUR winner has remained steadfast in playing his 2003 680 irons with KBS Tour 130 X shafts.

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Scott indicated Titleist engineers took a different tack: They made CAD (computer-aided design) copies of his beloved 680s and CNC-machined what he called, “basically the same clubs.”

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He continued: “It’s very nice for me that Titleist was able to do that. I know what I know. I’ve played it so long, I’m at a point where I think it’s detrimental to go searching and trying to change. I know how I play, and I know what I need to play well.”

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