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.com, it 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.
Jimmy Walker spotted testing L.A.B. Blade, graphite putter shaft at Valspar Championship
The putting green at a PGA Tour event is always full of interesting things as players get ready for the week ahead, and this week at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, is no different.
One of the biggest trends in golf is technology-packed graphite shafts for putters, and we continue to see them in more players’ bags week after week. Louis Oosthuizen had a BGT Stability Tour in play last week at the Zurich Classic, and this week, we spotted 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker working with a L.A.B. Blade putter fitted with an LA Golf Shafts Prototype graphite putter shaft.
Although we don’t have the specs of the exact shaft Jimmy is using, LA Golf shafts are well recognized as being one of the leaders in creating ultra-stable graphite shafts for the tour’s biggest hitter Bryson DeChambeau, who not only uses their Texas Rebar shafts in his irons but also a specially designed shaft for hit putter too.
As for Jimmy, this is an interesting move since one of the bright spots of his 2021 stats is his putter where he currently ranks 40th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting.
Bridgestone launches special First Tee edition e6 ball
Bridgestone Golf has launched a special First Tee edition e6 golf ball, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to First Tee, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf.
The special First Tee edition ball is available now exclusively through PGA Tour Superstore and comes in both white and optic yellow color codes.
“We’re very pleased to offer this special First Tee edition e6, exclusively at PGA Tour Superstore. For decades, First Tee has done very fine work, helping young people learn and grow through the game of golf, building strong individuals and communities. It is an honor to create a dedicated product where the proceeds from the sales will bolster their charitable endeavors.” – Dan Murphy, President and CEO, Bridgestone Golf
As a reminder, the e6 is the longest-running model in Bridgestone’s current lineup. The latest model, new for 2021, features a larger, softer core in design for a more responsive feel added distance for moderate swing speed players.
The new design, which is specifically tailored to modern players who value a ball that provides a very soft feel at impact, retails for $21.99 per dozen.
Adidas unveils new Stan Smith golf shoe in classic colorway
Adidas Golf is bringing the classic Stan Smith colorway to the course, with the new unmistakable white and green golf shoe.
Building upon the new PimeGreen upper made with high-performance recycled materials1 as part of Adidas’ mission to End Plastic Waste, this version is also waterproof (one-year warranty) to help keep golfers dry both on and off the course.
The new Stan Smith golf shoe features a PU cushioning in targeted areas in the midsole to go alongside a PU die-cut sockliner in a bid to provide maximum comfort.
The shoe also contains an adiwear spikeless outsole that features lugs inspired by the shoe’s original sole design, offering some added traction for all course conditions to go along with their style.
“When we were talking about bringing this shoe into golf, the original white and green colorway was a must-have as part of our planning. The Stan Smith silhouette is known throughout the world for being so versatile from a fashion standpoint, so we’re excited to give golfers that same style and versatility for when they head out to the course, now in a more sustainable way.” – Masun Denison, global footwear director, Adidas Golf.
As an ode to the traditions of the past, Adidas has also included a removable white kiltie to provide players another way to wear their shoes and give off some added flair for their round.
This classic white and green colorway of the Stan Smith Golf will be available on adidas.com, through the Adidas app, and at select retail partners worldwide beginning Saturday, May 1.
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