Do you need a wedge that you can change the sole on in your bag? I don’t know if everyone does, but it is a pretty unique concept to dial in the fit of your wedge. Vega Golf came out with the Alcor Tour wedge that can be purchased with one of three different soles with different bounce options. For a more detailed review, please take a listen to the Club Junkie below or on any podcast platform. Just search GolfWRX Radio.
The Alcor Tour is a very traditional looking wedge that is far from traditional! When looking down, at address, the wedge looks very traditional and clean. I am a big fan of wedges that are a little more rounded and with a softer topline. The Alcor Tour is exactly that and has a leading edge that is pretty straight, just a slight bit of roundness that is very pleasant to look at and overall the shape is really good.
The back of the wedge is a little more busy with the screws for the sole and milled channels. The channels are milled not just for looks but to remove material so they can move it out towards the toe in order to get the CG in the center of the wedge. There is also the titanium sole that is held in place with two hex bolts. The sole is easy to change and if you buy the wedge with the 3 soles you get a small Allen wrench with the soles.
Vega did some pretty impressive machine work on the back of the wedge because the soles fit perfectly snug into the small, milled rectangle on the back. Just setting the sole on the wedge produces a tight fit with no play or movement, before even tightening the screws. Vega ensured this tight fit so no vibration could affect the feel of the wedge.
Out on the course, the Alcor Tour feels extremely soft and solid. I would put it up there with some of the softest wedges I have ever hit from some of the most famous brands. Even shots hit higher on the face or more off the toe produced good feel with very little added vibration. The only way to get some harsh feel out of this wedge is to hit one very thin on a cold day. Spin is very good as well, even from less-than-perfect lies. Playing outdoors here in the north, you are going to get some longer grass in the fairway, but the spin and stopping power was still very high. I even got 1 or 2 shots to spin back a little bit from lies that I never thought would. Even out of the rough and fairway the spin was predictable and consistent, never will a roll our that you didn’t think would happen.
The interchangeable sole is a pretty cool idea, and I was really excited to hit the high bounce sole. I can get steep on fuller shots and play in softer conditions here in the north. The high bounce sole has a good amount of trailing edge relief, allowing you to open the face with the leading edge coming up just a small amount. There is more than enough bounce, 12 degrees, to help reduce the depth of your divot on full shots. Good float through the sand comes with the design and I love the very rounded, blunt leading edge. That leading edge allows you to press the wedge forward for a shorter chip shot with no worry of the turf grabbing the wedge. Launch on full shots came out a little higher than some other wedges but landed softly and stopped quickly on the green.
Changing the soles out is very simple with just two screws holding them in place. Even though there are just two screws, the sole stays firmly in place with no jiggling or looseness whatsoever. I don’t think Vega designed this wedge to have people change out the sole when they change courses, but it is a great way to fit and find the sole that works best for you. But some of us like to tinker and you can swap out the soles to match the turf conditions if you want! Overall the Vega Alcor Tour is an impressive wedge with extremely soft feel and great spin.
Max Homa’s winning WITB: 2023 Farmers Insurance Open
Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Black 65 TX
3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (16.5 degrees, C1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue TR 8 X
7-wood: Titleist TSR2 (21 degrees, C1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 9 TX
Irons: Titleist T100S (4), T100 (5), Titleist 620 MB (6-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour $-Taper 130 X
Wedges: Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 50-12F, 56-14F, 60-04L)
Shafts: KBS TOUR $-Taper 130 X (46), KBS Hi Rev 2.0 125 S (56-60)
Putter: Scotty Cameron T-5.5 prototype
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
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