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Spotted: Titleist’s new Vokey SM7 wedges

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As promised by Bob Vokey on our new 19th Hole podcast (around the 19-minute mark), Titleist has unveiled its new Vokey SM7 wedges at the Shriner Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. We have so many in-hand photos of the new wedges they needed to be broken up into two photo albums; here’s Part 1 and Part 2 of the photos.

SM6 (left) vs new SM7

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From the photos, we can tell that Titleist is sticking with it’s progressive center of gravity (CG) design that was featured in its SM6 wedges, highlighted by the curves on the back cavities of the new SM7 wedges. Although in this year’s model — at least when comparing the 46-degree F Grinds — it appears the curve is going in the opposite direction, possibly relocating the CG for different launch, flight characteristics and spin.

Among some aesthetic changes, such as the placement of grind stampings, Titleist is also apparently introducing a new “D” grind into this lineup. Some GolfWRX members speculate it could stand for “Dill,” as in Titleist’s PGA Tour rep and grind master Aaron Dill, or as in PGA Tour player and major champion Jason Dufner, who uses a unique grind in his wedges.

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We’ll be on the lookout for more information on design, specs and release dates for the new SM7 wedges, but for now, enjoy the photos from Las Vegas.

More Photos of the SM7 wedges

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the SM7 wedges in Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 in our forums

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  1. Acew7iron

    Oct 31, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    jwowzer…ban is for USGA sanctioned events and amateurs can play the old grooves until 2022. guess your a pro though, so don’t you already have the SM8s?

    By then Ill have the face as smooth as babys bottom and ready to buy a 6 yo SM7 inlike new condition for $25

  2. Dan

    Oct 31, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Looks great!! I really wish Bob will produce the entire Iron range with his wedge design before he retires.

  3. Bob Jacobs

    Oct 31, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    looks like just another wedge to me…tough to get all that excited

  4. C.B.

    Oct 31, 2017 at 3:04 am

    No CBs? Where’s the Cleveland copy from Titleist? I need to make my AP1 set complete and I need a set of AP1 type wedge in SW and LW. lol

  5. TigerMom

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    The SM6 looks frowny 🙁 and the SM7 looks smiley 🙂

  6. ronnie

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Awesome Vokey’s and I want them in my Fantasy WITB

  7. Acew7iron

    Oct 30, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    So I just purchased a 06 model Vokey 200 series 60 deg wedge off ebay for $25 in like new condition.

    What is *better about this one than what Im bagging?

    • Steve

      Oct 30, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      It’s Vokey/Titleist “brand new” and the latest shiny bright Vokey Design.
      Yours is old and second hand and has no new mojo designed into it by Vokey Design.
      Otherwise, there is no significant difference if you are a decent golfer and you don’t flaunt your WITB.

    • Jwowzer

      Oct 30, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      The SM7 wedges are conforming to the rules, whereas yours is not. Hope you don’t plan on playing in any events ever.

      • Dat

        Oct 30, 2017 at 8:45 pm

        jwowzer…ban is for USGA sanctioned events and amateurs can play the old grooves until 2022. guess your a pro though, so don’t you already have the SM8s?

        • Chuck

          Oct 31, 2017 at 4:21 am

          2024 actually. And even then, the decision of the USGA might be to just let it go anyway.

          Remember that the old grooves have never been made illegal. The USGA imposed its rule only on wedges built after a certain date. (After 12/31/10, if memory serves me.) And only via a “condition of competition,” which the USGA recommends be utilized only in elite-level competitions.

          • Darryl

            Nov 16, 2017 at 7:53 am

            As I’m given to understand also, the onus is on the tournament committee to prove your club is non conforming, which means they need to have the (no doubt very expensive) test rig.

            Someone may correct me on that.

            Either way my Mizuno TP 2000’s are good until 2024 :-))

  8. Stinger26

    Oct 30, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    still no forged offerings. much of the same.

    • The dude

      Oct 30, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Why do you want a forged wedge?.

      • Steve Sands

        Oct 30, 2017 at 10:44 pm

        Everybody wants a Forged wedge….why don’t you? We’ve been asking Vokey forever, and he makes them for the Japanese market which is much smaller than the USA market. Have you ever hit a Callaway X Forged wedges flush or a Mizuno MP series? There is no comparing a Forged wedge to the cast.

        • The dude

          Oct 31, 2017 at 8:50 am

          ….I knew you’d say that….point is..you don’t know the difference…(don’t bother saying you do)….with a high lofted club…it’s almost impossible to distinguish. And Cast has the benefit of durability for amateurs. Also…Why do you think so many tour players use Vokes?

        • Pat

          Dec 8, 2017 at 11:24 am

          Steve Sands, cost. Would you buy a set of 3 wedges at $350 each JUST because they’re forged?

  9. Geof

    Oct 30, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    this is a joke!

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What’s the optimal putter color? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing putter colors. WRXer ‘BankBank’ has come to the conclusion that he putts far better with a black putter than any other color and is interested in hearing the color preference of fellow members.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • sevenfourate: “I love the long-term ease of maintenance of a plain Stainless finish. But like do also love the contrast a black putter head gives. But having a marked/chipped up black finish would drive me nuts. I was at the BMW PGA at Wentworth last week. And saw a surprising number of players using the Red Odyssey putters. Which surprised me as they look quite ‘busy’ at address IMO……”
  • caniac6: “I am using a stainless Cameron, and I like it, but it’s just a bit too shiny. I really prefer a stainless with a finish like the old stainless Pings.”
  • GHIN and Juice: “I love an oil can finish, but I also hate getting rust marks on the head, so I’ll putt with an oil can finish until I can’t stand the rust anymore, and then I’ll change it to a pro platinum/ stainless look.”
  • Fairway14: “My preference is a carbon steel head with a shiny black oxide finish.”
  • iknowbagu: “Color never really mattered to me until I got my current putter. White with a black sightline that works in perfect symmetry with my white ball with a black line just has me really confident with my alignment when I’m over the ball.”

Entire Thread: “What’s the optimal putter color?”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (09/15/21): Mizuno M Craft VI putter

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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 a Mizuno M Craft VI Putter.

From the seller (@car1): “RH Mizuno M Craft VI Putter 34”. Used for 1 round. Grip is the stock Lamkin deep etched cord. $225.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Mizuno M Craft VI Putter

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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Tour Edge launches new Hot Launch E522 and C522 metalwoods

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Tour Edge has today announced the launch of its new Hot Launch E522 and C522 metalwoods, featuring extreme MOI properties with a major emphasis on ease of launch, playability while correcting mishits and slices to go straighter.

Hot Launch E522 Metalwoods

The new metalwoods from Tour Edge contain Houdini Sole technology, with the design pushing weight back as much as is possible in a driver design, according to the company. 

This design creates extra mass, which helped Tour Edge engineers to position weight in the head for an ultra-low and deep CG, optimizing launch conditions in design to provide maximum forgiveness off the face.

The Hot Launch E522 metals feature Diamond Face 2.0 technology with 42 different thick and thin diamond shapes behind the face of the metals in design to offer an enhanced sweet spot.

The Diamond shapes of varying thickness create “mini-trampolines” behind the face, combining with a Cup Face construction that seeks to produce greater face flex, faster ball speeds and better performance on off-center hits.

The offset design of the metalwoods is combined with a sole heel weight in design to provide ultimate slice fighting technology.

In addition, the strategically placed heel draw-bias weighting of the E range allows the face to square up at impact in a bid to offer straighter ball flight that helps right-handed golfers avoid the right side of the course, and left-handed golfers avoid the left side of the course.

The super-shallow face design also seeks to produce higher launch angles with extreme ease of launch. Led by its extremely high MOI rating, the E range metals from Tour Edge are designed to be extremely stable and powerful. This increased MOI aims to both increase ball speed on mishits while keeping shots straighter, with the back and low CG positioning also helping to provide greater launch.

Tour Edge’s new E522 metalwoods also feature Control Length shafts that have been optimized with shorter shaft lengths that were designed specifically for the E range metals to greatly improve accuracy, control and to offer maxed out Smash Factor ratings for the clubhead.

Hot Launch C522 Metalwoods

The C522 metalwoods feature the same Diamond Face Technology as in the E522 woods, while a back weight is strategically placed to the extreme rear of the C522 driver, fairway, and hybrid. 

The extreme rear weight is housed in an all-new Deep CG Casing that places more mass at the extreme trailing edge of the clubhead. The back weight and Deep CG Casing creates an extremely high M.O.I. rating designed for top in-line stability, while the lower and deeper CG positioning of the club aims to affect ease of launch while offering forgiveness off the face at impact.

The C522 metalwoods offer upgraded acoustic engineering through Acoustic Resonance Channels (A.R.C.) Engineering. The A.R.C. sound channel system is a visible technology that can be seen on the sole of the clubhead. Internally, these channels bounce sound on the inside of the clubhead in design to provide excellent sound and feel.

In addition, the Power Channel on the sole of the club behind the clubface is deeper in a bid to provide better weight distribution and increased face flexing, while the Power Channel also seeks to deliver amplified ball speed, and less spin, as well as added forgiveness on shots struck lower on the face.

The C522 metalwoods from Tour Edge come stock with super-light Fubuki HL graphite shafts by Mitsubishi Chemical that range from 45-grams to 60-grams depending on the flex.

The new TourEdge metalwoods arrive at retail on October 1 and cost $249.99 for both the E and C drivers, $159.99 for both E and C fairway metals and $139.99 for the E and C hybrids.

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