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Why I choose to play a vintage wedge – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their vintage wedges. WRXer ‘TimZ’ has been looking at a few wedges from the early 2000’s recently and reached out to our members looking for the reason why they choose to play a vintage wedge over a modern day creation.

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.

  • hackinghokie: “I play a set of BECU Ping Eye 2 wedges from 1990 and they’re phenomenal. I know folks say to replace wedges every few years to maintain optimal spin and performance, but I’ve had perfectly fine results playing a number of vintage wedges. As long as the wedge is in good shape, I’d feel comfortable using it.”
  • sheepdawg: “I stuck an almost new BeCu Hogan Special SW. in my bag in October. I’d had it since the 90s. Man what a sweet wedge. The first time out I hit a few really nice short shots and on the last hole got up and down out of a bunker. Liked it so much I bought it’s twin on ebay for around $25 shipped. I forgot these have a unique feel.”
  • bhard315: “My current 52 and backup 52 are both Vokey 200 series wedges. Both are starting to wear out quite a bit but I also have 4 mint condition Oil Can Vokey 200s in my wedge collection. All 52 degrees. Not letting go of those at all. Fantastic wedges.”
  • deejaid: “My pitching wedge and gap wedge match my set which is modern, but my sand wedge is an early 80’s Spalding EV-A wedge.  Very narrow sole, huge amount of bounce, leading edge onset, not offset.  I use this club everywhere from 75 yards in, except for green side bunkers.  It is great out of deep rough or tight lies, opens up beautifully for flop shots. Out of the sand I use a Ping ISI nickel lob wedge.  It is like cheating.  Pops the ball out straight up and on the green with ease.”

Entire Thread: “Why I choose to play a vintage wedge – GolfWRXers discuss”

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  1. Donn

    Jan 10, 2024 at 8:32 pm

    My sand wedge is an original Ben Hogan Sure Out, 56 deg x 12 or 14 or 16 bounce. Originally from around 1965. Big heavy sole. It works. I hear that Callaway bought Hogan Co. way back when in order to get the Sure Out. Lots of Alien type wedges are pale copies, without the weight of the Hogan. But my other wedges are newer, a Mizuno S5, Mizuno T7, and now a Vokey T grind for the hard pan where I play now.

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Kevin Chappell WITB 2024 (April)

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X Denali Black 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

7-wood: Cobra King LTDx Prototype (21.5 degrees @20.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 9 X

Irons: Srixon ZX (3), Cobra King CB (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (52-08F, 56-10S), Cobra Snakebite (60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron SB-2, Scotty Cameron TourType TG6.2
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Check out more in-hand photos of Kevin Chappell’s clubs here.

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Spotted: Axis1 prototype broomstick putter

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We have seen an uptick in longer putters out on the professional tours with players gravitating toward either counterbalanced or broomstick styles. As a refresher, A “broomstick” putter is a long putter that is usually built to a length that goes up to your chest. If you have seen Adam Scott putt in a tournament recently, he uses what is classified as a broomstick putter.

Axis1 might not be the most common brand in the world of putters but they have been around a while, most notably in Justin Rose’s bag.

Axis1 is known for a putter that doesn’t look traditional but a design is used to get the center of gravity to the center of the club face, aligned with the shaft. This technology keeps the face aligned with the ball throughout the stroke. More traditional putters rotate around the shaft axis, which doesn’t align with the center of the putter, making it easier for the putter face to not be square to the target at impact.

This week at the Valero Texas Open, we spotted a prototype Axis1 putter in a long broomstick version. The head shape looks very similar to the current Axis1 Tour-HM putter that the company currently makes, which is a more squared-off mid-mallet. The prototype looks to have a similar multi-material head with a 304 stainless steel face mated to a composite back. Twin site lines run together, on the topline and on the flange, to create a longer line for aligning the putter. The steel face has a fairly shallow milling to it, and the flowing heel hosel connects to the aggressive shaft bend.

A matching black shaft is installed, and at the grip end is Super Stroke’s Zenergy Tour 1.0 two-piece in white and black. No word on if or when this will come to retail yet.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/4/24): Mint set of TaylorMade Qi 10 irons

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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 set of TaylorMade Qi 10 irons.

From the seller: (@ch1985): “Mint set of TaylorMade qi 10 irons 5-PW, AW (used 1 round and some range balls) with factory stiff steel shaft –  $925 shipped.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Mint set of TaylorMade Qi 10 irons

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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