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Why does Aaron Beverly’s wedge have holes in it? A wedge expert explains

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Aaron Beverly received this year’s Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption from tournament host Tiger Woods to play in the 2022 Genesis Invitational. Before even making his PGA Tour debut, Beverly is already making a splash in our GolfWRX forums with his unique wedges.

On Tuesday ahead of the event, we spotted Beverly with a unique set of wedges. Each of his Titleist Vokey SM9 wedges (52, 56 and 60 degrees) have two holes in their back cavities; one on the toe portion and one on the heel.

With our GolfWRX forum members speculating why the holes are there, I wanted to get the real answer. For that, I went straight to Titleist’s Vokey Tour rep Aaron Dill – the man who worked on Beverly’s wedges himself – to get the inside scoop.

According to Dill, there are two main reasons for drilling out, or “porting,” holes in his wedges:

“The first reason would be to reduce swing weight,” Dill explained. “He’s a little bit long, he’s a half-inch over standard length, but he likes standard swing weights. And it’s really tough at a half inch to get him down to D5 and D3, so that’s the first reason.

“The second reason is because it looks cool. Part of it is, yes, we want to balance up the weight. Whatever we’re going to pull from it I want to make sure it’s even on both sides. The other part of it is I don’t want to  disturb the BV wings. I’m trying to stay out of there and have a little respect for The Man (master craftsman Bob Vokey, for which the wedges are named). But, other than that, it’s really more about hitting the tolerance and the specs that [Beverly] wants us to hit, and in order for us to do that accurately, we have to port them.”

For those of us who like to experiment with custom club building for ourselves, take Dill’s work as a valuable lesson. For every action there’s a reaction with club building, so make sure that when you change the length of your club setup that you keep an eye on swing weight and make the proper weighting adjustments. You don’t want to drastically change one variable when you’re trying to change another variable in isolation.

Beverly’s wedge set, as you may notice, doesn’t have a uniform finish throughout; he uses a Jet Black 52 and 56 degree wedge, but his lob wedge has a chrome finish. Dill explains why:

“The cool thing about [Beverly’s] set is he actually has a black gap wedge and sand wedge, and then the lob wedge is chrome. I asked him, ‘What’s up with that?’ He’s just like ‘This is what I like.’ I thought that was cool. That’s kind of his thing. Most guys would maintain the same finish throughout, and the majority of guys out here use raw. But for a handful of guys like Cam Smith, Callum Tarren, etc., there’s a handful of guys that really love the darker finish and go with the Jet Black.”

That’s the fun part of customizing your wedges: You can make them functional and practical, while still expressing yourself with things such as custom stampings, the finish, or even ported holes.

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 Genesis Invitational here.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. LUFC Fan

    Feb 23, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Minor third thing is it raises the swing weight higher in the wedge which can help achieving a lower flight and increase spin. Definitely helps with players who want lighter swing weight though.

  2. drumdude96

    Feb 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    I guess the guys in the Titleist tour van have never heard of deburring. He Aaron Dill, every seen a countersink before?! Someone’s going to get their fingers cut on the burrs and sharp edges of those port holes. Terrible workmanship.

  3. drumdude96

    Feb 20, 2022 at 11:57 am

    I guess the guys in the Titleist tour van have never heard of deburring? Someone’s going to get their fingers cut on the burrs and sharp edges of those port holes. Half-a$$ed work, if you ask me. Hey Aaron Dill, ever heard of a countersink?!

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  5. ericsokp

    Feb 18, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Yeah, that must be what’s wrong with my game … my wedges are at D5 instead of D3! I believe that equates to a whopping 6 grams of club-head weight? 🙂

  6. burner accnt gianni sux

    Feb 17, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    “The second reason is because it looks cool. Part of it is, yes, we want to balance up the weight. Whatever we’re going to pull from it I want to make sure it’s even on both sides. The other part of it is I don’t want to disturb the BV wings. I’m trying to stay out of there and have a little respect for The Man (master craftsman Bob Vokey, for which the wedges are named). But, other than that, it’s really more about hitting the tolerance and the specs that [Beverly] wants us to hit, and in order for us to do that accurately, we have to port them.”

    two words, get real

  7. Eric

    Feb 17, 2022 at 10:13 am

    This is huge. They should offer this. I play +.5 and struggle with my vokeys. I always leave them at stock length because of the swing weight issue. I’ve felt Vokey’s +.5″ and they are nearly unplayably heavy. So I just squat more when I have wedges in hand.

    • Joe

      Feb 17, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      Get raw wedges and pick a couple grinds on Wedgeworks, that should drop the SW to about right..

      • Eric

        Feb 18, 2022 at 10:26 am

        I play Vokey 60.08 M as one of my wedges, as an example. Ordering that wedge raw has no impact on swing weight and Im not interested in other grinds.

        But even if I were, grinding has almost no impact on swing weight. I would need 6 grams ground off the wedge to meet my needs at +1/2. Aaron Beverly has 2 x 3gram holes drilled in his wedges. You can see how much metal needs to be removed.

    • drumdude96

      Feb 20, 2022 at 11:53 am

      This is nothing new. People have been porting wedges since forever. You can easily do it yourself if you have any mechanical ability at all and a few basic tools.

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Spotted: Custom Scotty Cameron putters at the Cognizant Classic

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Each week on the PGA Tour, we spot some pretty amazing Scotty Cameron Circle T putters that players are using or testing. This week is no exception as we have some great flatsticks that were built for players at the Congnizant Classic. Here are a few of the ones that stood out to us!

Jacob Bridgeman: Circle T Masterful+

The matte copper finish is something you don’t see a ton from Scotty Cameron, but it looks great on this putter. The Masterful+ is a version of the retail Newport+ with a slightly wider shape from face to back. A Teryllium face insert should offer a softer feel and sound, especially with the deeper milling on it.

Tom Kim: Circle T 5s

Kim’s putter might be the most unique here because of the center shaft, shaft alignment aid, and a sanded-down sole. When you look at the top of the putter, down near the heel, you can see an alignment aid that works with the shaft to make sure the putter face is square to the target. The sole also looks to have the center of it sanded down and that could be to ensure that the putter sits a certain way when it is resting on the turf.

Alejandro Tosti: Circle T Timeless+

This Timeless+ is a take on the retail Newport 2 Plus with a wider shape and a sole plate that moves more mass to the perimeter for added stability. Tosti went with a single site line on the topline of the putter, leaving the flange naked. We see another Teryllium face insert here for dialing in the sound and feel, but this time with shallower milling.

Ryo Hisatsune: Circle T F-3

We haven’t seen too many heel-shafted putters in the past couple of years, but recently they have made a slight comeback. Ryo’s F3 is based off the legendary Del Mar head shape with the larger shoulders surrounding the flange. This putter also has a unique “T” shaped alignment with a white line running from heel to toe on the top of the putter and a half line running from front to back on the flange. The face looks to have a pretty aggressive deep milling for a softer, quieter impact.

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Shane Lowry WITB 2024 (March)

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  • Shane Lowry what’s in the bag accurate as of the Cognizant Classic.

Driver: Srixon ZX5 Mk II (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M5 (19 degrees @ 18.25 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X

Irons: Srixon ZX Utility (3, 20 degrees), Srixon ZX5 Mk II (4, 5), Srixon ZX7 Mk II (6-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X (3), KBS Tour 130 X (4-PW)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack (50-10 MID, 54-10 MID), Cleveland RTX Full Face (58-8)
Shafts: KBS Tour Wedge X Black

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG 2-Ball
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

 

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Tua Tagovailoa’s WITB + 9 interesting equipment photos from the Cognizant Classic

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Welcome to the 2024 Cognizant Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, where the Florida Swing officially gets underway

Not to oversell the story below, but we spotted a surprising amount of interesting gear this week.

We got our first look at Maverick McNealy’s updated set (he’s mostly a free agent now, aside from the putter), Jake Knapp’s two-driver setup, Chris Kirk’s show-stopping new black irons, Tom Kim’s “new” custom Scotty Cameron, an oddly high-tech prototype driver headcover, and we even got a look at Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s set during the Wednesday Pro-Am.

There’s a lot to cover, and no time to waste. Let’s get right into the 9 interesting equipment photos below!

See all of our photos from the 2024 Cognizant Classic here

1) Our first look at Maverick McNealy’s setup in 2024

Now as an Odyssey putter staffer, McNealy is free to play any 13 full-shot clubs that he desires. McNealy has always preferred a blade iron style with a longer blade length – ala Tiger Woods – so it’s no shocker to see him switch into the TaylorMade P-7TW iron head, co-designed by Tiger himself. What’s cool about the photo above is you can see that he originally had lead tape across the top portion of the head, but removed it and added weight to the bottom portion; in all likelihood, he still wanted the extra head weight, but also wanted a bit of extra launch and height. After all, it is a thin blade 3-iron we’re talking about, so it makes sense.

As for the rest of McNealy’s bag, he’s using a TaylorMade Qi10 driver, two Stealth 2 fairway woods (3HL and 7), a set of P-7TW irons (3-9), Titleist Vokey SM10 wedges (46, 50, 54 and 58 degrees), and he’s testing between his longtime Odyssey Toulon “Stanford MM” putter, and a new Odyssey Ai-One Milled “Stanford” black-and-gold putter.

He’s also using a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, where he uses the “dot” while putting for visual focus, and the line for alignment on his tee shot.

McNealy is the type of gearhead that GolfWRX.com is all about; attention to detail, with a flair for style. He’s a pilot, too, which explains the Top Gun-inspired “Maverick” headcovers, and “remove before flight” headcover tag.

Check out McNealy’s full 2024 WITB here from the Cognizant Classic

2) Shane Lowry’s two heartwarming headcovers

Shane Lowry has two daughters.

One is named Ivy…

And the other is named Iris…

See what golf clubs are underneath Lowry’s family-oriented headcovers here.

3) Brandt Snedeker still has the Odyssey White Hot Rossie XG putter in the bag

He’s still got it!

But, let’s not get too excited, because on Wednesday, we also spotted Sneds with a Bridgestone TD-02 putter in the bag, which looks quite similar to his longtime gamer Rossie XG.

Snedeker certainly has a type when it comes to how his putter looks, doesn’t he?

Check out the rest of Snedeker’s 2024 WITB here

4) A prototype Swag Golf headcover

 

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It’s rare that “prototype headcover testing” happens on the PGA Tour, but that exactly what’s happening with Nick Hardy this week.

According to Swag Golf founder and CEO Nick Venson, Swag Golf is in the creation process of what the company is calling “Headcover 3.0,” which uses TPU welding and a support structure to create a three-dimensional look, and greater durability.

The new age of headcovers could be developing right in front of our eyes.

5) Tom Kim’s custom putter

I wrote in-depth about Tom Kim’s new custom putter over on PGATOUR.com’s Equipment Report this week, but below is a few snippets of what he had to say about the customized Scotty Cameron Tour-Only T5S mallet that he switched to recently at the 2024 Genesis Invitational:

“No, [it’s not worn down], they actually milled it out (the black paint) to make me feel like there’s less loft on it. Because it was black, the color change was stronger. I told them my center shafts all look too lofty. They look too behind [the face]. So what they did was – I had no idea they did it – but they shaved off the color so I could see less loft on it. It’s the same thing, it’s just a different color. It doesn’t make me feel like there’s a lot of loft on it.

“It’s a very, very unique putter. The head has been used before, but there’s a lot of details that people don’t really know. It’s a cool putter they made for me. The team did a great job back at home.

“Right now, it’s just helping me feel more connected with my upper body. I’ve always used a blade. I went to the center shaft a little bit before, but I’ve putted my best with a hosel in the back, and I just feel like it started to feel like I just couldn’t really feel it through the release itself.

“And, the start lines were a little shaky, so that kind of made me feel like everything was in front of me. [The center shaft] helps me just feel like the ball was starting straight on my line.”

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the putter in our GolfWRX Forums

6) Chris Kirk’s black Callaway Apex CB irons

We saw Kirk switch into Callaway’s Apex CB irons – which were the stock silver/chrome color – at the 2023 FedEx St. Jude Classic last year, but, we also know that Kirk prefers the look of black irons because they make the head look slightly smaller.

Well, it looks like Kirk is testing out some new black-colored Apex CB irons, which combine the forgiveness of the Apex CB iron head, with the “smaller looking” black colorway that Kirk prefers. He still had his old chrome versions in the bag on Wednesday, to go along with the new black models, so we’ll keep an eye on what irons Kirk decides to put in the bag come competition time.

Don’t be surprised if he switches this week, or sometime in the near future.

See what GolfWRX members are saying Kirk’s new black Apex CB irons here

7) Knapp wins with two drivers in the bag

We already covered Knapp’s two-driver setup on GolfWRX.com and PGATOUR.com, but I wanted to re-emphasize how popular it’s becoming that PGA Tour players are using both a driver and a mini driver, rather than a driver and a 3-wood. Adam Scott and Tommy Fleetwood also come to mind.

I’m not saying you should switch to a setup like this for yourself, but even Knapp says that the BRNR Mini driver is significantly easier to hit than a three wood. When pros say things like that, it’s a cue to amateurs to at least test out its merits for themselves.

8) Make the forums go crazy, Jake!

We’ve already covered a few putters in this story, but still, the Custom Putter of the Week Award goes to Jacob Bridgeman, who showed off his Scotty Cameron putter with a “commando” finish and three white alignment lines.

GolfWRX Forums members weren’t ready for this type of heat, and some even slapped the “NSFW” tag on the putter photos.

Don’t hurt ’em, Jake!

See what else the forum members are saying about Bridgeman’s custom Scotty here

9) Left-handed NFL quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s right-handed golf clubs

Tua isn’t the first person ever to throw a football left-handed and play golf right-handed. Jordan Spieth is the same way. But, admittedly, it did throw me for a spiral when I first saw Tua swinging righty.

Too bad Tua can’t throw a spiral himself!

Sorry, that was a mean attempt at a pun. I’m a Giants fan, though, we can’t help it.

In terms of Tua’s WITB, he was gaming mostly PXG clubs, including a driver, fairway wood, irons, wedges, and a putter. He also had a Callaway Jaws lob wedge in the bag during the Wednesday Pro-Am, just to keep things interesting.

Something tells me the next time we see Tua on the golf course, he’ll be using a custom Miami Dolphins SuperStroke grip on his PXG putter.

And, with that cross-sport connection, we say goodbye to Palm Beach Gardens. We’ll see you next week in Orlando at Arnie’s Place for the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational. See you there!

Check out all of our photos from the 2024 Cognizant Classic here

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