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GolfWRX Spotted: Costco Kirkland Signature wedges on USGA Conforming List

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After a year of speculation, we can now say without a doubt, that Costco is in the process of producing a set of Kirkland Signature wedges—gap (52 degrees), sand (56 degrees), and lob (60 degrees) to be released sometime in the near future.

We can only make this assumption based on the fact that at least three clubs have been submitted and approved under the USGA/R&A groove conformity rule with the lofts: 52, 56, and 60 degrees—although the only image featured is of a 52 degrees.

We do not have any official information at this time beyond having spotted the wedges on the conforming list, but judging by the fact that they appear to be fully finished cosmetic samples, we can guess that it could be a short time before these start showing up in Costco warehouses.

From the available image and description, it appears the wedges will be made of carbon steel—most likely cast—and will feature milled faces to maximize spin. These are all features we see from some of the top manufacturers, so now it will come down to how this potential wedge set will be priced.

Costco Kirkland Signature wedges: How did we get here?

It was just this May, when after long speculation, Costco introduced the KS1 Putter to great fanfare, and we at GolfWRX had the exclusive: The story behind the new Costco KS1 putter. The putter sold out within days at warehouses around the United States.

Now on the heels of the putter and the Kirkland Signature golf ball, which we should note, the three-piece is one of the most reviewed and highly rated products on Costco.comit looks as if recent speculation: With the success of the Kirkland putter, what’s next for Costco and golf? could be correct in that they plan to introduce a set of 3 stock wedges to golf consumers.

As Costco states on its website

“The Kirkland Signature brand stands for quality above all else—quality that meets or exceeds leading national brands.”

We have no idea about what shafts or grips my be part of this package set of wedges but either way, I’m sure that whatever they are priced at, they will be sure to once again shake up the golf equipment industry.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. S

    Aug 17, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Why… I mean why….? Btw, I am a Costco member myself.

  2. T$

    Jul 30, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    It’s just a bummer they only come in packs of 10.

  3. Costco rules

    Jul 29, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I love these comments from some that because it made by costco it has inferior design, inferior materials, inferior production and must me something wrong……they obviously are not members of Costco, nor have had any experience with the Kirkland quality.

  4. Lowell

    Jul 29, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Best return policy. Im gonna give them a go rather than just saying I dont like them because they are from costco.

  5. Bob

    Jul 29, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I would love for them to make a 50, 54 & 58 degree set! Look at the LPGA and even some PGA players that play the lower lofts! Plus, it fits in better with today’s sets that have a 45 degree pitching wedge! Going from a 44 or 45 degree PW to a 52 gap is quite a bit.

    • gwelfgulfer

      Jul 29, 2020 at 11:35 am

      This. Makes no sense to only make these lofts given the direction OEM’s are pushing clubs. Doesn’t hurt that this has been my loft set up for over 10 years now. But good on them for doing this. Just shows what we already know, that the OEM’s are gouging hard on the 2 markets they are entering, to the point that they feel there is a need they can fill.

    • Catherine

      Jul 30, 2020 at 3:16 am

      I completely agree with you!

  6. Costco customer

    Jul 29, 2020 at 9:26 am

    The 3 piece golf ball sucked. The 4 piece was excellent.

    • Jack Nash

      Jul 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      I found the 3 piece spun just as good as the Pro V if not better. There was a Brit Pro on YouTube who did a test and with wedges and the Costco ball was min. 400 rpms better from a buck and a quarter in.

  7. Bruce

    Jul 29, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Being from Canada we will not likely see the wedges or putter in Cdn Costco warehouses. Too bad; golf clubs have gotten way too expensive, we need Costco’s quality products @ fair prices.

    • Jack Nash

      Jul 29, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      You can buy them, and ship them to a U.S. boarder City warehouse then cross and bring them home with you. There’s a few in Port Huron Mich. that people from Southern Ont. use all the time.

  8. jgpl001

    Jul 29, 2020 at 4:06 am

    I am afraid I just do not see the attraction, not even curiosity
    Just now you can find the SM7 and RTX4 at a big discount, for me it would be an easy choice

  9. Paulo

    Jul 29, 2020 at 12:26 am

    I’m going to legally change my name to “Kirkland” and save a fortune on stamping

  10. Delbert

    Jul 28, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Everyone’s a Wiener at Costco!

  11. Carl

    Jul 28, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    As my old friend used to say, those things are ugly enough to scare the dark out of the closet

  12. Garrett

    Jul 28, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I wonder if these will come in a lovely pizza-oil grease finish…

  13. George Stevenson

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Yes to hot dogs!

  14. Santosh

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Obviously, someone is making them for Costco/Kirkland. Who could it be? Cleveland?

  15. Cody Reeder

    Jul 28, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Producing is a bit of an insult to actual companies with R&D. These are no more than blanks purchased basically off Alibaba with kirkland printed on them then sold for a profit.

    Good system, good profit. but they didn’t “produce” them.

    • Blah

      Jul 28, 2020 at 11:19 am

      And taylormade mg2 Are artisan golf ripoffs. Who copied macgregor. Nothing is new. Everyone recycles old ideas with new marketing. The new sim is a rip off of old taylormade v sole tech which Adams used. Keep drinking the kool aid

      • jim

        Jul 28, 2020 at 11:47 am

        Wow, do you believe the stuff you are saying?

        The SIM is a ripoff of the old V-sole? I never knew the V-sole had a titanium face, an 80g sole plate, and a carbon crown.

        The MG2 is a ripoff of the Artisan golf wedges? Hmmmm. Didn’t the MG proceed the MG2? Artisan is doing milled soles on their wedges?

        While the sand wedge hasn’t changed much since Gene Sarazen added bounce to the sand wedge in 1932, TM certainly didn’t copy Artisan. Especially since TM has been making wedges a lot longer.

        • eddie

          Jul 28, 2020 at 4:53 pm

          Design & materials are two different things.

      • JTB

        Aug 3, 2020 at 7:34 pm

        Taylormade and Adams were the same company at the time under the adidas umbrella to be fair

    • Anthony Chapman

      Jul 28, 2020 at 11:43 am

      What R&D is there really now with wedges? Wedges, like putters have become so overpriced with no performance gains. If the sole grind matches, wedges from several years ago are just as good.

    • JP

      Jul 29, 2020 at 11:22 am

      And how do your “actual companies” make their wedges? Does Artisan, Vokey, Cleveland, or TaylorMade have their own foundry in the US where they pour their blanks before finishing? Or do they do exactly as you suggest, buy blanks from China and have them finished in China with their stamping?

  16. stanley

    Jul 28, 2020 at 10:40 am

    i can’t lie folks. i am going to give them a try.

    • DJ

      Jul 28, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      me too! and i’ll get a hot dog while i’m there

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New Mizuno JPX923 irons: Everything you need to know

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What you need to know: Mizuno is launching the successor to its JPX921 series. Engineers leveraged the company’s custom-fitting program — including data from 350,000 golfers — in the creation of the JPX923 series, which includes five models: JPX923 Tour featuring a new V-Chassis and thinner topline, JPX923 Forged with features Mizuno’s third generation of chromoly forging, JPX923 Hot Metal, JPX923 Hot Metal Pro, and JPX Hot Metal HL all featuring new, faster 4335 nickel chromoly, which is 35 percent stronger than Mizuno’s original chromoly.

Mizuno JPX923 irons: What’s new, key technology

JPX923 Tour

Featuring a copper underlay for “Mizuno feel,” the JPX923 Tour is one-piece Grain Flow Forged in Hiroshima Japan from 1025E Pure Select mild carbon steel. Narrower top line and sole in tandem, more rounded trailing edge for cleaner turf interaction.  Features Mizuno’s new ‘V-Chassis’.

“The goal was to engineer a compact, players cavity back that looked and felt like a muscleback at impact. With the copper underlay and new topline, the JPX923 Tour is right there,” says David Llewellyn.

JPX923 Forged

Mizuno’s third-generation of chromoly forging places a wider milling slot heel to toe in the 4120 chromoly 4 through 7-irons as well as well as a thinner clubface. JPX923 Forged are mid-sized, full body Grain Flow Forged irons with a thinner topline and bevelled sole throughout. The scoring irons (8-GW) also feature more compact design and are forged from 1025E Pure Select mild carbon steel.

“The new JPX923 Forged pulls off two impressive achievements. First it feels more solid even though it’s faster from the face. Second, it looks sleeker with a thinner topline and narrower sole even though it plays more forgiving,” says Chris Voshall, Mizuno’s Director of Product.

JPX923 Hot Metal, Hot Metal Pro, Hot Metal HL

With the JPX923 Hot Metal, Mizuno introduces “4355 nickel chromoly,” which is 35 percent stronger than the original Hot Metal material and allows for an eight-percent thinner clubface. Cup face construction works in tandem with a deep center of gravity for high launch with stopping power.

Mizuno developed Hot Metal Pro, Hot Metal and Hot Metal HL (High Launch) from 175,000 real golf swings recorded via Mizuno’s Swing DNA system and describes the three models as follows.

  • JPX923 Hot Metal Pro is a player’s speed cavity that’s compact, with minimal offset for confident ball-strikers seeking maximum ball speed. It’s suitable for low to mid handicap golfers.
  • JPX923 Hot Metal is a forgiving speed cavity suitable for mid to high handicap golfers. It features a full speed, high stability cavity for straight flight and distance.
  • JPX923 Hot Metal HL is a high launch speed cavity delivering a higher launching option for players with moderate swing speeds or aggressive shaft lean, it’s suitable for mid to high handicap golfers.

What Mizuno says

“The new JPX923 series was planned out with Mizuno’s custom ethos at its core” says David Llewellyn, Director of R&D for Mizuno. “We already offer more than 50 unique shafts within our custom program, by expanding to five iron models, there’s an ideal combination for every type of player.”

“We’re constantly evolving the JPX series based on more than 175,000 unique swings we capture every year on the Mizuno Shaft Optimizer,” says Bill Price, Mizuno’s Director of Fitting. “Recently we’re seeing an increase in the number of players with slightly slower swing speeds being fitted – and a trend to more shaft lean. Hence a slight increase in bounce angles through all the models and the introduction of the Hot Metal High Launch.”

Resident Club Junkie Brian Knudson’s take

Note: GolfWRX has not yet gotten an in-hand look at the JPX923 Tour or Forged irons. 

Mizuno’s Hot Metal HL irons look easy to hit and high flying with their larger sole and longer heel to toe shape. You can see some of the tech that is packed into these irons around the badge like the Harmonic Impact ribs and the Stability Frame. Like you would expect from Mizuno the finish quality and badging all look very good and catch your eye without the need for wild colors.

The Mizuno Hot Metal irons look to be the bread and butter of the lineup. The Hot Metal features a little smaller footprint than the HL, less offset, thinner top line, and narrower sole. The look from address will please most golfers and it is still packed with the technology for easy distance and effortless launch.

Hot Metal Pro irons are the smallest of the three but should still offer a great combination of looks and performance. They are still a little longer from heel to toe while offering the least offset and thinnest toppling of the group. The short irons are shaped really well and the whole set flows great from 4 iron down to the pitching wedge.

What they look like

JPX923 Hot Metal Pro

Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal

JPX923 Hot Metal HL

Pricing and availability

JPX923 Hot Metal Pro: 4-PW RH and LH
JPX923 Hot Metal: 4-LW RH and LH
JPX923 Hot Metal HL: 5-SW RH only

Tour, Forged will hit retail in February of 2023. Hot Metal models at retail late September.

  • JPX923 Tour/Forged – $187.50 per club
  • JPX923 Hot Metal/Hot Metal Pro/Hot Metal High Launch – $137.50 per club

Loft comparisons to JPX921

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Mizuno introduces new JPX Fli-Hi

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Mizuno has today introduced the JPX Fli-Hi in a bid to meet every golfer’s demand for greater playability and easier ball-flighting potential at the longer end of the bag.

“We see a lot of players with moderate swing speeds who hit many of their longer irons the same distance – they just don’t have the clubhead speed or consistency of strike to launch the stronger lofted clubs. The JPX Fli-Hi is designed to give those players more practical distance gaps and consistency of flight.” – Chris Voshall, Mizuno’s Director of Product

The new addition features a 17-4 stainless steel face and 431 SS body in a bid to deliver an upgrade in ball speed, while the bendable hosel allows for adjustments in lie angle.

The clubs feature a lighter crown which allows for a higher ball flight, while a re-engineered Wave Soleplate is designed to increase the effective high ball-speed area of the Fli-Hi’s clubface to deliver more consistent ball speeds.

The JPX Fli-Hi is designed to slot seamlessly in to a set, with the models from #4 to #7 designed to correspond directly to the irons they have been created to replace.

The JPX Fli-Hi range features a graduating profile from fairway wood to hybrid to maximize playability. The 20 degree (#4) has a wider fairway type profile, moving towards a tighter hybrid type shaped 29 degree (#7) with a deeper face.

With a deeper center of gravity than the replaced iron, the JPX Fli-Hi is designed to produce more predictable launch and spin rates, thereby more reliable distance gaps between clubs.

The JPX Fli-Hi hits retail this month and costs $137.50 per club.

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Taylor Pendrith WITB 2022 (September)

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Driver: Ping G410 LST (9 degrees @8)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green Small Batch 70 6.5 TX

3-wood: Ping G425 MAX (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green Small Batch 80 6.5 TX

Irons: Srixon ZX (3), Srixon ZX7
Shafts: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 100 6.5 (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore (46-10 Mid, 52-10 Mid, 56-10 Mid, 60-10 Mid)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46-56), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (60)

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Black 3T
Grip: SuperStroke

Grips: Golf Pride MCC, Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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