Hold every green
Holding fast greens from 40 yards is one of the hardest shots in golf. Players who understand this will often lay up a little shorter so they can have a fuller shot and generate more spin to hold the green. This creates a dilemma because the further you are from the pin, the harder it is to score. Titleist has come to the rescue with their Vokey Spin Milled line of wedges that create so much spin, no short game shot is too hard.
Originally only higher lofted clubs could be found with spin milling, but now Titleist is offering spin milled wedges ranging from 48 to 64 degrees. Vokey spin milled wedges also come in two flange types, standard and tour grind. Most players will want to stick with the standard flange, but if you need a little more versatility the tour grind really allows you to open the face for those flop shots and short fades.
If you're really looking for something special Bob Vokey releases a limited edition "M" grind every few months. I haven't personally played these, but I'll admit the little red "M" on the club looks cool.
Vokey wedges have always been good looking clubs. There are no gimmick inserts or strange millings, just a refined, precision club. The top line is thin, and the leading edge is never too round. The spin milled versions are no different than the standard line. At address the spin milling is nearly invisible and should not distract the player at all.
These wedges are made from 8620 mild carbon steel and feel soft at impact. It's definitely not overly soft or mushy, but players who have been using firmer wedges (like Cleveland) may want to try these out first to see if it's to their liking. The standard True Temper S200 shafts are very smooth through impact with little vibration but a good amount of feedback.
You will hold more greens with Vokey spin milled wedges, period. The amount of spin these clubs generate is amazing. I can hit a low 40 yard pitch and have the ball stop on the first bounce. My playing partners are often commenting on how quickly I can stop the ball, but it's not me, it's the clubs. Some will say that the spin milling is too aggressive and it destroys golf balls. Indeed, it does cause the occasional nick and scratch, but I'm willing to bet you lose your golf ball before you scuff it to the point it's unplayable.
From the rough these clubs really shine. Down hill, tight pin? No problem. Thick Bermuda rough? Easy. Well, maybe not that easy, but I'm able to play more aggressive shots from the rough just because I know the ball is going to hold.
Even though you'll be the envy of all your friends, there is a point where you just have too much back spin. Vokey spin mills can generate a little too much back spin and become problematic if you're really swinging and your lie is tight. Like any club, practice will tell you how much you can go at it before trouble ensues.
The only qualm I have about the vokey spin milled wedges is how quickly they wear down. I've been playing my wedges for about 6 months now and the effective spin milling has been completely worn off. It has gotten to the point where I am actually getting less spin off of the club than the standard vokey wedge (of the same age and usage). Granted, I play a lot more golf than the average player, but I would guess most people will need to replace these at least every year to maintain a decent amount of control.
Tip: Clean the face/grooves with a damp clo
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Titleist Vokey Wedges--Satin Finish and Smooth as Silk.
Since 1995, I have traded irons at least annually. I have owned everything from Callaway to Titleist irons. However, from 1996 until a couple of years ago, I was devoted to Cleveland Wedges. First and foremost, Cleveland was reknown for its outstanding wedges. At times, I have even carried Cleveland Pitching Wedges instead of the wedges in my iron sets. I have owned the 588, 900 and RTG Series, to name a few.
Recently, I noticed in the major golf publications that Cleveland had lost its luster. Unanimously, the raters are rating Titleist Vokey Wedges as the #1 wedge in golf, although Scratch wedges are #1 on the Nationwide Tour. Needless to say, this is a major blow to Cleveland Golf and its marketing and sales divisions. I have owned Titleist irons, but I had never owned a Titleist Vokey Wedge. Since I believe in keeping the highest rated technology in my bag, I purchased Vokey 52 and 60 degree wedges in 2007 and I understand the hype.
I love the satin finish on my Vokey Wedges. There is no glare and they look good over time, although they will rust in the grooves if stored even slightly wet. The feel is a little muted, but it is very good. The range of bounce is a little limited in some lofts compared to Cleveland's offerings, but I was able to meet my needs.
In play, the ball seems to spring off the club face and the spin is excellent. I can stop the ball quickly, or spin it back easily with my Vokeys. You can open the face and slide it underneath the ball for magnificent flop shots. Vokeys cut through deep rough like a hot knife through butter. You can pitch and chip with the best. I have even hooded the 60 degree and chipped with it when I was too lazy to return to the cart for a less lofted wedge.
The satin finish club faces and soles seems to show less wear than a chrome finish over time. Given my CG10s, made from that CMM (carbon metal matrix), had very little feel, I am duly impressed.
Recently, I replaced my Vokeys with Scratch Wedges in the same lofts. Scratch Wedges have more feel than Vokeys, but they also cost about 50% more. All things considered, I agree with the raters that Vokeys are the best off-the-rack wedge in golf today. Break free from your mediocrity, the Vokey alternative is worth the risk.
"Beaten by skill, but never by technology!"
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Vokey Spin Milled Wedge
For those of you who put credence in a persons opinion based upon their golfing ability, my handicap is a 2. I am also a collector of golf clubs, especially the older Wilson forged blade models. I tend to be a traditionalist when it comes to club design, preferring the smaller compact blades to the robust designs of today. Setting a Wilson blade behind the ball, gives me a feeling of exactness and forces me to really focus on the shot at hand. But this is a review on Vokey wedges isn't it? Precisely! I compare today's Vokey wedges to the same style of wedge that Bob Mendralla designed for Wilson for the last 50+ years. Bob Vokey has really fine tuned the traditional design, giving the golfer a real sense of confidence when placing the wedge behind the ball. My own personal experience has been nothing short of amazing. I've changed nothing in my club set except for the wedges. I use a Vokey 248-06 Tour Chrome in place of my regular Pitching Wedge, a 252-08 Tour Chrome as a Gap Wedge, a Spin Milled Oil Can 256-10 for my Sand Wedge and a Spin Milled 260-04 for my Lob Wedge. What I have experienced is improved accuracy and distance control over my short game. When you think about it, what else is there when it comes to your short game? My scores have decreased as well, dropping from a 6 handicap at the beginning of the year to a 2 handicap now. I can't say I've really noticed a huge difference in increased backspin between the regular Tour Chrome and the Spin Milled wedges, but I think that has as much to do with the ball as it does the club. Both wedges seem to hold the green equally well for me. What I have noticed is a better feel for the short shots. Maybe some of that is mental, I don't know. But for several rounds now, I can't wait to get my hands on a Vokey wedge because I know I can 'get it close' and save strokes. Cleveland may advertise they are the #1 wedge on tour but from what I've seen this year on the Pro Tour, more of the tournament winners are playing Vokey wedges just like Geoff Olgilvie at the U.S. Open. The wedges sit well behind the ball, they have a very clean appearance, Titleist offers them in several lofts and bounces so there's no reason you shouldn't be able to find one that works for you. By the way, I prefer the lower bounce models because I get a better sense of control and workability, able to 'clip' the ball off hard pan, than with the higher bounce wedges. They've been on Golf Digest's Hot List for several years running.
116 of 125 people found this review helpful.
Titleist Vokey Spin Miled, best wedge yet.
I have played all sorts of wedges: Cleveland, Adams Watson, Macgregor V-foil tour, Ping, original Vokeys and once again Titleist has outdone theirselves. The milled face and extra-thick spin-milled grooves provide controllable spin unparelleled by any other wedge I've used. I now have the 50 degree the, 52, the 54, the 56, the 58 and 60 and interchange them with the more lofted clubs spin-milled and the longer clubs (50 and 52) not spin milled. Even hitting a full 54 degree spin-milled Vokey from 110 yards produces too much spin where you really need to fly it over the flagstick. I am a mid handicapper and don't always have control on how much spin I can put on the ball. With these clubs I can expect a similar amount of spin on every full shot, pitch and chip given my grooves are clean. Any other gimmick wedges (diamond faces, sand paper finish, Alien type edges) do not work like these do. Matched up with a Pro-V1 ball or anything comparible allows the golfer optimum spin, feel and control as the ball stays on the clubface longer. The only drawback is that the thick grooves chew up softer covered golf balls. Any ball will wear faster for that matter. On the other hand it can act as a reference of a good shot when three evenly spaced groove slices on the ball cover appear and the cover material is still embedded in the middle of the club-face!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
A versatile wedge
Titleist wedges such as the Titleist Vokey Spin Milled wedge just feel right. They sit down on the ground with the leading edge ready to dig and catch the golf ball perfectly. They have enough mass in head to get through any rough with ease and they have great ball spinning features. The Spin milled version has a fingerprint-like machining pattern on the face of the club that can also contribute to spinning the golf ball to cause it to 'check-up ' on the green. These clubs are money around the green- I have used Cleveland wedges for years and stopped short of purchasing the laser grooved wedge- seemed like cheating to me. I have since switched to Titleist. My son loves his Titleist that he purchased last year and would not want to play a round without it.