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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 part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He 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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U.S. retail golf equipment sales exceed record $1 billion mark

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This summer, golf saw a surge in business as states emerged from COVID lockdown and equipment sales is one of the areas that has been booming.

On Wednesday, Golf Datatech, an industry research firm, announced that U.S. retail golf equipment sales surpassed the $1 billion mark for the third quarter – which is the first time sales have reached $1 billion for July, August and September.

That figure also represents the second-highest quarter ($1.013 billion in Q2, 2008) of all-time, and per Golf Datatech, golf equipment sales for 2020 are up a whopping 42% over the same period in 2019.

Speaking on the incredible surge in equipment sales, John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC, said

“The story keeps getting better as golf continues to surge coming out of the shutdown, and Q3 equipment sales suggests that 2020 will likely end up positive for the entire year. Year-to-date sales for total equipment are now up 0.2% compared to 2019, and considering the size of the hole created by the shutdown in April and May this recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. While the US economy will not enjoy a ‘V Shaped Recovery’ in 2020, if golf continues on this trajectory we will be there soon.”

Per the company, the best selling items for September were golf bags at +19% and wedges at +18%, while golf shoes were +2%.

Overall, the golf club category was +0.9% for the month, with balls and gloves trending slightly lower at -2.7%. Krzynowek also revealed that rounds played was another area with surging numbers:

“These month-over-month sales records are unlike anything we’ve ever seen since Golf Datatech started tracking performance data in 1997. Our Rounds Played data also shows similar record-breaking growth over the past several months, which is a strong indication that avid golfers and newcomers alike are driving the sport to new levels right now.”

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‘Play a big driver. Why not big irons?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the case for big irons. WRXer ‘2Down’ plays a Ping G410+ driver and has recently put Ping’s G710 irons in the bag, saying:

“Wondered how many play a large headed driver and play a draw or fade off the tee but when they pull an iron it’s some blade size thing so they can “work” the ball.

Recently I put G710 in the bag and answered my question for myself. They feel different for sure, but I am quickly adapting to only bringing the putter with me to the green.”

Our members have been discussing the combination in our forums.

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.

  • Itsjustagame: “Personal preference but big irons tend to have more bounce, more offset and wider soles some or all of which may not suit a particular player.”
  • Fairway14: “Driver is played from a lie with the ball sitting on a tee, irons are played from a variety of lie types.”
  • J13: “They don’t really make “big” irons for players. Most have offset low CG for high launch, and super strong lofts.”
  • LeoLeo99: “I love my big irons. G400. Best I’ve ever used.”

Entire Thread: “Play a big driver. Why not big irons?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about using a 60+ degree wedge

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the use of 60+ degree wedges. WRXer ‘chipa’ plays a hilly course with small and hard greens and has recently ordered an off-brand 68 degree wedge to see if he can pick up 5-6 lost strokes. Our members have been commenting on the logic of using 60+ degree wedges in our forums.

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.

  • PhlashPhace: “I recently made the switch from a 58 to a 60 because I was losing strokes around the green. It took me some getting dialed in from 95-100 with the 54, but now I’m much more effective around the greens, and one of the things I didn’t anticipate was I’m much better from 95 yards with the 54 because it hits and stops rather than generating tons of spin.”
  • MPAndreassi: “My home course small, fast and sloping greens. When I play there, I carry a 64 degree wedge to help pop it up out of the thick rough around the greens, but when I play other courses I drop the 64.”
  • Fairway14: “Cleveland RTX 64* wedge. Good for 50 to 70 yard carry shots.”
  • Phil Major: “I still carry Callaway original PM Grind 64* for those shots and short side bunkers. I can’t live without my 64* wedge! You can close it a little bit to get more spins. I never need to play it open, just straight or close it.”

Entire Thread: “60+ degree wedges”

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