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GolfWRX Exclusive: Costco Kirkland Signature wedge set coming soon (plus new balls for 2021)

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For gear heads, there is always a small amount of cynicism when a new company enters the golf equipment game. These companies are typically small startups selling big promises—but in the case of Costco and its new Kirkland Signature three-piece wedge set, we have one of the biggest forces in retail disrupting the golf equipment space and offering golfers performance and value as they have never experienced before.

The Costco Kirkland Signature 3-piece wedge set

Just over a month ago, we were the first to report on the Kirkland Signature wedges on the USGA and R&A conforming clubs list. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation on how and when they would be released.

Once again, GolfWRX was granted an exclusive interview with Tim Farmer, Costco vice president and general merchandise manager, to discuss the new three-piece wedge set along with a number of other new products being introduced in the coming months and into 2021—but before we get into the details of the new wedges and more, its time for a refresher.

History of the Kirkland Signature brand, from Costco 

“By taking the lead in sourcing and formulating new products, co-branding with premium national and international brands, and partnering with top manufacturers around the world, we’ve created an exclusive range of (Kirkland Signature) products that reflect our members’ tastes and exceed their expectations.”

Costco’s approach is to capitalize within a market where they believe an opportunity exists to be a price disruptor to other products currently available, and they are taking dead aim at golf.

The original golf breakthrough came with the introduction of the Kirkland Signature Tour Performance four-piece ball in late 2016. The story goes, Costco was approached by a manufacturer with its own IP on a golf ball design and the opportunity to produce a ball under the Kirkland brand. Independent testing conducted by a third party and Costco’s own internal testing proved the four-piece ball offered exceptional performance. The ball was then approved and shortly after arrived in warehouses.

“That’s when things went a little crazy,” says Farmer.

The $1.25 Golf Ball That Flew Off Costco's Shelves Is Only Growing ...

The price of $29.99 for two dozen four-piece urethane balls seemed too good to be true, but in the age of social media and launch monitors, golfers were buzzing, and the balls sold out almost immediately company-wide. Demand and buzz even created a secondary market where the golf balls were selling for 4-5 times their initial price including on eBay.

Costco was both shocked and excited, and the ball became the proof of concept that its own line of golf products could be in high demand by members.

The Kirkland Wedge set story

With the success of the golf balls, it was just a matter of time before Costco got into the club business, and its first product was the KS1 putter, which was a milled design with adjustable weights. Much like the golf balls, consumers were excited to test the new putter, and it quickly sold out across all locations and online—creating a rabid secondary market, much like the original ball.

The wedge shares a similar creative story to the putter in that Costco buyers approached a well-respected design firm, in this case, the Southern California Design company, to develop the wedges and work with a manufacturer for production. This isn’t SCD Co’s first time working in golf either—it had a hand in the (visual) creation of the Cobra AMP Cell irons, and another company Indi Golf and the StingRay wedges.

From concept to creation, the Costco team was deeply involved, and once prototypes were developed it was time for testing.

“The Kirkland Signature wedges have been independently tested and rate extreme high compared to other top brands in the industry” – Tim Farmer

This is a key to the Kirkland Signature promise – “To create products that meet or exceeds leading national brands,” and considering the more simplistic nature of wedge design relative to other clubs like drivers and fairway woods, that involves multi-material construction and other forgiveness mechanisms along with potentially expensive graphite shaft options. Wedges across the industry have fairly generic stock specs and shafts, which creates the potential for Costco to excel in the space.

The wedges won’t have multiple bounce or grind options like wedges from entrenched golf brands, but when you consider the vast majority of golfers have little understanding of those specs anyway and are mostly concerned in making sure they have a gap, sand, and lob wedge, these play the part extraordinarily well. The designers even made sure the soles feature both the loft and club designation (G) 52 degrees, (S) 56 degrees, and (L) 60 degrees.

The Kirkland Signature wedges have a traditionally shaped teardrop silhouette with moderately cambered soles and have milled groves to offer maximum spin and short game control.

Costco Kirkland Signature “Milled face Technology” wedge specs

Consistent with other packaged golf clubs, the specs reflect the greatest opportunity to offer a set of three wedges to the largest part of the golf consumer bell curve

  • Construction: Cast from soft 8620 carbon steel, with milled faces to maximize spin
  • Lofts & Lengths: 52°- 35.5″, 56°- 35.25″, 60° – 35″
  • Shafts: True Temper Wedge shaft (Steel only)
  • Grip:  Proprietary Kirkland designed grip – Manufacturer undisclosed
  • Right-hand only 

PLEASE NOTE: We at GolfWRX are doing what we can to secure wedges for in-hand pictures!

Availability & price

According to Farmer, the wedge set will become available online and within the top 50 US (golf) sales stores in the first week of October, with plans to expand into more stores moving forward.

The price for the three-piece set will be $159.99, which prices each individual wedge at just over $53 a wedge—an absolutely unheard of price point for a brand new OEM wedge.

As a newcomer to the golf space, Costco and its buyers are constantly changing their outlooks for products, and I have been told they have forecasted for a higher demand for the wedges compared to the KS-1 putter (which we will talk about in a moment) meaning for those early adopters, it should be a little easier to get your hands on a set when they hit shelves—or in the case of Costco, the warehouse floor.

Other new products on the horizon

When I last spoke with Tim Farmer about the launch of the KS-1 putter, I asked about other potential new products, and although at the time he was vague in confirming anything beyond a potential replacement to the popular three-piece ball, in our most recent discussion he was able to confirm that a new three-piece ball design has been finalized and should be in warehouses towards the end of October and into early November this year and priced at $24.99.

The last product confirmation from Tim is a completely new Kirkland Signature four-piece urethane performance ball with the current timeline having them arriving online starting in early 2021 and priced at $29.99. Unreal value in the golf ball market.

We would not be performing our journalistic duty if we didn’t remind you that it was just over a year ago when Costco initially launched its second-generation four-piece ball that struggled with quality control and was quickly pulled. Those customers who did purchase them were refunded immediately—which is another shining example of Costco’s commitment to customer service and standing behind all of its products.

With that in the rearview mirror, Tim told me they are very excited about the new four-piece urethane ball and are looking forward to getting it into golfers’ hands.

Last but not least, for those still interested in getting their hands on a KS1 Putter, Tim was excited to inform me that stores, which previously carried them, as well as the online store, should be getting a restock around the middle of October.

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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.

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. EdR

    Nov 5, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Costco is discriminating against left handers!!

    None available for us!

  2. Matt Derian

    Oct 6, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Any sightings yet?

  3. John M

    Sep 8, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Just ordered Kirkland putter weights off Costco site. Hurry! Make sure you hit refresh

    • Dave

      Sep 8, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      You are the man! I check every morning. I just got one. Thank you!

  4. Jason

    Sep 6, 2020 at 12:56 am

    Current balls are rubbish. Hope the new ones are better

  5. StanL

    Sep 2, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    So, how do we know which costco stores are the top 50 in golf equipment to be able to purchase in store? Their website leaves a bit to be desired

  6. Tom Davis

    Sep 2, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    At least the 54 and 60 degree clubs HAVE to have some bounce. Has Costco published what the bounce of those clubs will be?

    • Bob

      Oct 24, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      10 degrees on the 52 and 56 8 degrees on the 60 is what is on the box. In stock at La Quinta Costco

  7. jim

    Sep 2, 2020 at 10:27 am

    LOVE THIS QUOTE. “Wedges across the industry have fairly generic stock specs and shafts, which creates the potential for Costco to excel in the space.”

  8. Jack Nash

    Sep 2, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Play the 3 piece ball and it’s great.

  9. Howard Hayden

    Sep 2, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Are quoted prices for the new balls for a dozen or two dozen?

  10. Jarnio Bubly

    Sep 1, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    If one of these kids signs with Costco Kirkland and wins with a freshly developed full set of these at the extremely lower price points I wonder how it’d change the equipment industry?

    • Gianni's Dad

      Sep 1, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      Spieth ditches the 009 for the ksig1 lol

  11. Dave Sims

    Aug 31, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    C’mon for real? You can get like new Cleveland’s and Vokey’s for $49 on eBay. Who gonna buy wedges with a big Costco Sig brand writing on the back. They look like Kmart clubs, anybody for some KSig Vodka to match you 60*?

    • sinkster

      Sep 1, 2020 at 11:00 am

      Careful with Ebay as at that price point most certainly fakes.

    • Brian

      Sep 1, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      Chinese counterfeits, perhaps.

      • Sam Snead

        Sep 1, 2020 at 8:04 pm

        There are probably a hand full of contract manufacturers who make irons and wedges in China for 90% of the golf industry. These CMs make the top tier to bottom and possibly heads that are later turned into fakes. Basically if a company provides tooling and/or drawings they will make it. The same concept as Endo making all the heady forgings. Price is dictated by the amount of quality, materials and marketing.

        That being said, if I we’re saving money on a wedge I’d go used or get some Wilson harmonized. Anyone who says groves wear out hasn’t looked at photos of Gene Sarazen’s or Seve’s club faces

  12. Annsguy

    Aug 31, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    This should make for some fun debate in the morning.

  13. Mashed Potato

    Aug 31, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Is it true that they only come in packs of 10?

  14. Matt Smith

    Aug 31, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Has several key similarities to Vokey wedges

    • jgpl001

      Sep 1, 2020 at 5:26 am

      Yes, it comes in 52, 56 and 60 deg lofts, it has grooves and a true temper shaft and a grip…..end of..

  15. GMac

    Aug 31, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I just purchased the Kirkland putter this past Friday online. Currently in stock. No weight kit available.

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Here’s why Dustin Johnson is using a 9-wood at the 2022 PGA Championship

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If you tuned into Friday’s coverage of the 2022 PGA Championship, you may have noticed that Dustin Johnson hit a 9-wood at the par-3 8th hole at Southern Hills Country Club.

Wait, a 9-wood?

Yes, a 9-wood. And he made birdie on the hole after hitting his tee shot to 33 feet 5 inches.

While Johnson has been using a TaylorMade Stealth 21-degree 7-wood throughout this season, he typically transitions into either a TaylorMade Stealth Rescue 22-degree club or a TaylorMade DJ Proto 3-iron. This week, however, at the lengthy Southern Hills setup, Johnson opted to put a TaylorMade Stealth 24-degree 9 wood in the bag.

A TaylorMade rep commented on Johnson’s switch this week:

“In our testing, DJ consistently hit his 9-wood 245 yards, which is nearly the exact same distance he produces with his 3-iron. With the 9 wood, however, he hits it much higher and gets more spin, living around 4200 rpm.”

Below are the specs for Johnson’s new club:

Model: TaylorMade Stealth (24 degrees)
Lie angle: 60 degrees
Shaft: LA Golf prototype (tipped 2 inches)
Swing weight: D4

In case you missed it, Johnson also switched into a new TaylorMade Spider GT Splitback putter this week. For more on that switch, click here!

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 PGA Championship this week.

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TOUR REPORT: John Daly’s bizarre irons, Tiger’s surprising equipment changes

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Major championships aren’t always the best place to find interesting gear news. By the time it’s the week of a major, players are typically dialed into their equipment and focused on performance and preparation.

This week was different.

An abnormal amount of gear changes happened this week, and GolfWRX was live at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to cover them all.

Yes, Tiger Woods made significant equipment switches this week, but he wasn’t the only one.

In this week’s Tour Report, we highlight the noteworthy equipment news and coolest gear photos from on site at the 2022 PGA Championship.

Let’s dive right in.

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 PGA Championship

1) Tiger Woods makes big changes

Tiger Woods is the undisputed King of the 2-iron stinger. I don’t think I’ll get too many arguments there.

Most golf fans know Woods historically hit his patented stingers with a forged blade long iron. This week, however, Woods surprised us all by switching into TaylorMade’s P-770 2 and 3-irons to replace his usual 5-wood and P-7TW 3-iron setup.

As highlighted in our report for PGATOUR.com, Woods has found greater forgiveness, height and length from the hollow-bodied irons. Both of his new P-770 long irons are also equipped with True Temper’s new Dynamic Gold MID Tour Issue X100 shafts, which are designed for higher spin and launch.

The new irons weren’t the only changes Woods made to his bag setup, though. He also switched from TaylorMade’s MG2 (Milled Grind 2) wedges into the new MG3 wedges this week. His versions have a raw finish, come with his familiarly intricate TW sole grinds, and have more bounce than you may expect.

Any changes that Tiger makes are noteworthy, since he rarely switches his gear up, but he added four new clubs to the bag this week. Check out his entire new gear setup in the link below.

Tiger Woods’ full WITB at the 2022 PGA Championship

2) Webb Simpson ditches his blades

For essentially his entire career, Webb Simpson has been an old-school blade iron user.

Well, not anymore.

Simpson switched from Titleist’s 620 MB irons into the company’s new T100 irons this week. He spoke to the media on Thursday following his first-round 69 regarding the switch:

“I’ve had a couple of short stints with non-blades in my career but not many.”

“I haven’t been hitting my irons great. Approach to the green is typically a strength for me; this year it’s been a weakness, and I’ve struggled out of the rough. I keep getting told that these the irons I’m playing are better out of the rough, better with distance control, better with mis-hits, and so I guess I was being stubborn but finally listened and I really like them.”

“They’re not a whole lot different than mine the way they look, but we’ve had good results with them so far.”

According to Simpson, his caddie Paul Tesori played a role in Simpson’s intrigue in the new T100 irons.

“Yeah, honestly I hadn’t considered it that much at all. Paul  mentioned it at Wells Fargo after that first round or maybe after I missed the cut on Friday. Then he came to Charlotte last Wednesday and we were doing some testing, and we were seeing some crazy numbers out of the rough with my blades.”

“Thankfully I live on the golf course, so we drove to my garage, picked up this other set — honestly I didn’t know if I had this other set still. I don’t know if Titleist will like this or not, but if I don’t use a set I give it to a friend. I’m trying to spread the word for Titleist, you know. So I might have given to a friend, but I see them in there, we bring them out, and all the numbers we tested were way better.”

“So I still wasn’t certain that I was going to put them in this week so I have both, but yeah, the biggest thing for me is when I look down I want to make sure it looks good, and then after that all I care about is the numbers and how it’s going to perform out of the rough, and so far they’ve passed the test.”

The lesson here for amateurs is to test a range of different irons to figure out exactly what suits your game best. Even the world’s best ball strikers sometimes opt for more forgiveness.

See more photos of Webb’s new Titleist T100 irons here

3) Dustin Johnson switches to a new putter

Dustin Johnson tests multiple different putters every week leading up to just about every single tournament he plays in. While he typically ends up back into his blacked-out TaylorMade Tour Limited Spider, this week he called up a new Spider GT Splitback putter into his starting lineup.

Here’s what TaylorMade Tour rep Bucky Coe had to say about the switch:

“It’s all about the aesthetics. From the feedback I got from him, he grabbed it off the putting green because he liked the longer shape in the back and felt it was more forgiving with the CG placement. The combination of a white cavity and the single sight line allows him to set it up square and align the ball easily.”

TaylorMade also provided the full specs below.

Model: Spider GT Splitback
Loft: 2 degrees
Lie angle: 69 degrees
Length: 35.75 inches, end of grip
Swing weight: E7
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT 1.0
Shaft: LA Golf prototype

4) Custom PGA Championship gear

It goes without saying, but major championships are a big deal in the golf world. Adding to the hype and intrigue, golf manufacturers and apparel companies typically create custom gear that’s special to each of the major events.

With Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the artistic inspiration, golf companies developed their best tributes to the city’s culture and colorways. Which company do you think did it best?

(For reference, in the photo above, Callaway’s staff bag is on the left, Odyssey’s putter covers are top middle, Scotty Cameron’s “Golden Driller Statue” covers are in the middle, Axis1’s putter covers are bottom middle, and TaylorMade’s staff bags are on the right.)

See all of the custom PGA Championship gear

5) John Daly’s wild equipment setup

As we covered in our report for PGATOUR.com this week, 56-year-old John Daly came to the 2022 PGA Championship with a stunning gear setup.

Daly has so much lead tape on his TaylorMade P-770 irons that, honestly, it was difficult to immediately decipher what brand and model he was using.

After speaking with Scott “Scott E.G.” Garrison – his club builder – Daly needed the excessive lead tape because his oversized SuperStroke grips (with 6 wraps underneath) weigh in at 82 grams, which is about 30 grams heavier than standard. In order to offset the grip weight, Daly needed significantly more weight on the heads. Thus, his irons are absolutely caked in lead tape.

Daly also revealed a new PXG “TD” prototype driver; PXG is yet to comment on the driver design, but we’ll update you on GolfWRX.com’s front page as soon as we know more.

John Daly’s full WITB from the 2022 PGA Championship

6) Xander’s new Callaway wedge

The world is waiting on five-time PGA Tour winner Xander Schauffele to win his first major championship. Golf equipment fans are also waiting on more information about his new Callaway Jaws Raw 52-degree wedge. Unfortunately, we don’t know much yet, but we do have photos in his full WITB below from this week.

Xander’s full WITB from the 2022 PGA Championship

8) Patrick Reed’s new Grindworks driver

Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters Champion, has been playing a bag full of Grindworks irons since the end of 2019. The limited edition “PR-101A” irons are forged from S20C soft carbon, and they’re made to his exact look and feel preferences.

The Grindworks connection hasn’t stopped at just the irons, though. Earlier in 2022, Reed revealed a set of custom Grindworks “Barrett” wedges. Now, at the 2022 PGA Championship, Reed put a new Grindworks “Equinox X420” driver in the bag (at least, as of Wednesday ahead of the event).

Reed is a prolific gear tester, so it’s uncertain how long the driver will stay in the bag come competition time, but either way, he helped most of the golf world see the Grindworks driver for the first time.

Patrick Reed’s full WITB from the 2022 PGA Championship

And with that, we say goodbye to Tulsa and the 2022 PGA Championship. We’ll see you next week in Fort Worth, Texas for the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge at the classic Colonial Country Club.

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 PGA Championship

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (5/20/22): Mint Cobra LTDx LS 9 degree driver head

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At GolfWRX, 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 – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Mint Cobra LTDx LS 9 degree driver head

From the seller (@Rosco1216): “Mint cobra LTDx LS 9* head. 5g of neutral melt. Weighs 201g. Do not have head cover but will ship fully protected. Can include adapter if needed. Asking $360 obo. I do have a couple shaft options in the 75x range I could put in if interested. DM me if interested.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Mint Cobra LTDx LS 9 degree driver head

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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