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July 10, 2014

Titleist Vokey Limited Edition Indigo Wedges

Posted at 12:47 PM by Michael Chwasky

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For a limited time (starting on July 16) Titleist Vokey Design SM5 wedges ($185) will be available with an Indigo finish. The unique PVD finish will wear over time but won't rust like raw finish wedges. Like other SM5 wedges the Indigo model features Spin Milled TX3 grooves and TX3 scorelines to produce more spin for enhanced control on both full shots and those around the greens. 

"We've had the Indigo finish in WedgeWorks in the past, but only in the 400 Series. People went crazy for them," Vokey said. "We took them to the PGA Show this year and everyone was gravitating towards the Indigo finish and asking us when we would offer it in SM5. Even some of the Tour guys saw it and loved it, so we've decided to put out a limited release."

The iridescent blue wedges come in two mid-bounce grinds and eight loft, bounce, and grind combinations. The M grind features a crescent-shaped sole with a relieved heel, toe and trailing edge, while the S grind features a fuller sole with moderate heel relief. 

The new Vokey SM5 Indigo wedges are available through Vokey.com and at select golf shops. 

(Photos: Courtesy of Titleist)

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May 26, 2014

Rory McIlroy on how the Nike VR X3X Toe Wedge helped him win the BMW PGA and his ideal driver-ball combo

Posted at 12:08 PM by Michael Chwasky

X3xRory McIlroy is known as one of the greatest drivers in the game, but his short game was the key to his win at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday, when he overcame a seven-shot deficit in the final round.

During his back-nine 32, McIroy chipped in for birdie on the par-3 10th, got up-and-down from the short side to save par on the par-3 14th, got up-and-down from the greenside rough for birdie on 17 and then got up-and-down from a bunker on 18 for another birdie and a two-shot lead. McIlroy made all these shots with a club that wasn't even in his bag at the start of the year: his 59-degree Nike X3X toe-sweep wedge [photo, right].

The unorthodox wedge -- with a wide sole near the toe and a narrow sole width at the heel -- looked a little unusual to the traditional-minded McIlroy when he first saw it, but he tried it out at Quail Hollow and loved how it played out of the rough.

"I'm pretty confident and can play all the shots," McIlroy said, "but [the toe sweep] is easier to play on some shots when you need to work really hard to keep the club open. This club really slides through the thick grass and that really gives me confidence to stay aggressive when I miss the green."

VIDEO: How Nike's Flop-Friendy Toe Sweep Wedge Works

McIlroy credited his new wedge for his up-and-downs from the rough on Sunday and also his bunker shot on 18.

"I’ve always been someone with not a lot of bounce to my wedges but I think it’s helped my bunker play as well," he said.

During the week McIlroy averaged more than 294-yards in driving distance. He said that his ideal driver-ball combination is "something that launches the ball at the right angle with good ball speed and a good spin rate." He doesn't try to lower his spin rate because that spin helps him find the fairway.

"I know some guys want less spin," McIlroy said, "but for me a little extra spin keeps the flight tight for me and with my high swing speed I can get away with it."

Known as a superlative feel player, McIlroy also talked about how his ball -- the Nike RZN Black -- feels at impact.

"It feels solid, and it feels softer than the ball I was playing last year," McIlroy said. "It performs well in the wind and rarely gets touched by the wind. Days with a little wind like yesterday you don’t have to aim too much off-line because the wind won’t move it."

Rory_clubs_300_december2013DRIVER: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5°) with Kuro Kage XTS 70X shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VRS Covert (15°, 19°)

IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9) with Project X steel shafts

WEDGES: Nike VR Forged (47°, 52°, 56°), Nike VR X3X toe sweep (59°) with Project X steel shafts

PUTTER: Nike Method 006

BALL: Nike RZN Black

APPAREL: Nike Tour Performance Collection

SHOES: Nike Lunar Control

Photo: McIlroy's clubs in December 2013 (Kohjiro Kinno/SI).

Golf.com's Mike Walker contributed to this report.

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April 24, 2014

Tour Edge Exotics CB PROs Forged Wedges

Posted at 1:47 PM by Michael Chwasky

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The first forged wedge to ever appear in the Tour Edge Exotics line, the new CB PROs ($100) features precision-milled MONGO grooves that provide the most extreme sharpness and width allowed by the USGA. The grooves are also built with smaller micro-grooves for added face roughness and spin control.

Other features of the CB PROs include a tour-grind beveled sole for enhanced versatility from a variety of lies and 1025 carbon steel construction for a Tour-like feel. Available in 50, 52, 54, 56, and 60-degree models.

Exotics CB PROs forged wedges come with Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty as well as a 30-day play guarantee.

(Photo: Courtesy of Tour Edge)

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April 08, 2014

TaylorMade Tour Preferred Wedges

Posted at 11:47 AM by Michael Chwasky

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The new Tour Preferred wedges from TaylorMade ($129) were designed by industry veteran Clay Long in combination with the company's extensive Tour staff. The result is two different sole grinds that will appeal to the full gamut of players: 

Classic Grind: Aimed at players who want a traditional design and shape. Available in 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60-degree models with tour-proven bounce options. Features include slight progressive camber that increases with loft, ample heel relief, and Micro Texture face for enhnaced spin and control. 

ATV Grind: Based on the previous ATV design but with an improved, slightly narrower sole design. The new and improved shape provides less bounce on full shots and sand shots but maintains higher bounce performance on open-face shots. Available in 54, 56, 58, and 60-degree models, all with the same Micro Texture face as the Classic Grind. 

The Classic Grind will be available on 4/18 while the ATV Grind hits retail on 6/15.

(Photo: Michael Chini)

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March 05, 2014

Titleist Makes Cactus-Stamped Wedge for Victor Dubuisson

Posted at 3:46 PM by Mike Walker

Wedge_1Victor Dubuisson's new cactus wedge from Titleist.

We all know that a "sandy" is getting up and down from the sand, but what do you call getting up and down when your ball is under a cactus plant? We're not sure but it's definitely a French word.

France's next great golfer Victor Dubuisson lost the Accenture Match Play Championship final to Jason Day after 23 holes at Arizona's Dove Mountain but he gained a legion of fans with his amazing short game in the extra holes with two incredible up-and-downs from the desert brush. As a reward, Titleist gave Dubuisson a special cactus-stamped wedge to Doral this week.

Dubuisson was modest this week when discussing those shots at Dove Mountain, calling them "50-50."

"I was a kid, I used to practice a lot my short game," Dubuisson said. "But those two chips I managed to do two weeks ago, you know, it could have just stayed in the rocks or in the bush. It was great but it was like 50-50, it was not really my control."

 

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Photos courtesy of Titleist.

June 27, 2013

First Look: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 wedges

Posted at 1:03 PM by Robert Sauerhaft

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Forged from 1020-carbon steel, these wedges have machined grooves, enhanced surface roughness and laser-etched oval marks on the face. The 56° delivers 25 percent more spin than Callaway’s current wedges but 25 percent less spin than the original Mack Daddy grooves in the X-Forged wedges (pre-2010 rules change).

The Mack Daddy 2 comes in a standard grind, C-grind or U-grind. Lofts of 54° or less have a standard grind, the 56° comes in a standard or C-grind, and the 58° and 60° are available in a standard, a C- or a U-grind.

The U-grind (pictured here) has a wider sole with a concave area and a more rearward bounce profile designed for greenside explosions. Phil Mickelson, for instance, used the 60° (U-grind) and 64° lofts at Merion. The wedges will be at retail starting on July 14. $119 in chrome or "vintage" finish.

Photo courtesy of Callaway

 

June 25, 2013

Hopkins Golf launches ultra-customizable CJ-1 wedge

Posted at 11:24 AM by Robert Sauerhaft

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Ex-Cleveland CEO Greg Hopkins is thinking outside the box here.

Upon retiring from Cleveland Golf, Hopkins began his new company with the mission of providing customizable clubs to amateurs just like the pros.

Equipment is stored, assembled and shipped direct from UPS shipping hubs. Clubs are sold online only at hopkinsgolf.com.

The cast, carbon steel heads come in seven sole grinds with numerous cosmetic options so that players can personlize their clubs. For now, Hopkins Golf is only making their CJ-1 wedge.

Standard grind, $99; custom grinds, $129; custom grinds with custom cosmetics, $149.

(Photo: Michael Chini)

May 28, 2013

Titleist Vokey 'WedgeWorks' Hand-Ground Wedges

Posted at 11:28 AM by Mark Dee

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You know what they say: If you can't bring the hacker to the tour van, bring the tour van to the hacker.

True, they don't say that often. Maybe never. But now, Titleist is giving you a taste of the Tour with WedgeWork's Hand Ground wedges from its Vokey Tour Department.

Starting June 19th, Vokey is offering the full Tour treatment to Average Joes. What does that mean, exactly? Well, mostly that they'll be crazy customizable, and that they won't come cheap.

First, we'll walk you through the cool stuff. You start with either a 58- or 60-degree wedge in Vokey's previously-Tour-only "Raw" finish. That club then goes to one of Vokey's team of wedgemakers in Carlsbad, Calif. They'll be taking your order.

Next, you select from four of Vokey's sole grinds: The M, a standard, medium-bounce club with heavy heel and toe relief; the E, a limited-edition, full bounce sole option designed for soft turf; the V, another custom grind that's a narrower-soled, higher-bounce version of the standard M; and the T, a narrow-soled grind with a wide trailing edge common in Vokey's super-high-lofted wedges. Got that? Know what fits you best? Good. Onto step two.

Now, you're going to choose the additional grinds you want applied. This is where it starts to feel pretty Tour-y. You can go shape it into a square-toed look, straighten the leading edge, pre-wear the leading edge, bevel the topline, add additional heel-relief (on E-grinds only), or add a Pro-Groove, a channel hand-ground into the sole, which Vokey says allows players to better "activate the bounce on short pitches." At this point, you might as well go ahead and specify your preferred shaft, length, loft, lie and swingweight.That should cover the brass-tacks stuff.

Still with us? Good. Because now it gets sassy. Vokey will let you pick from five toe stampings ("Prototype 2013," "Hand Ground," "Special Grind," "Spin Milled" or "BVHG"). You can get an additional custom stamp, too, up to eight letters/numbers using 12 available colors in one of four available styles. Just for good measure, pick your favorite Vokey shaft band, grip and ferrule. Finally, your hand-grinder will stamp his initials on the hosel. (BV means it was done by Voke himself. Good luck getting strokes with that in the bag.) Voila! There you have it, your custom wedge.

Orders for WedgeWorks Hand Ground wedges can be submitted to the Vokey Tour Department through Vokey.com beginning June 19.

It'll cost you $350 per stick, and expect 2-3 weeks turnaround time. But, hey, its easier than getting on Tour.

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(Photos: Courtesy of Titleist)

May 22, 2013

Nike offers three new sole grinds for VR Forged Wedges

Posted at 4:16 PM by Michael Chwasky

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From left: VR Forged Standard Grind; VR Forged Dual Narrow Grind; VR Forged Dual Wide Grind (Nike)

Nike Golf has extended the VR Forged Wedge line to include three new sole grinds: Standard Grind, Dual Narrow Grind, and Dual Wide Grind ($129.99). 

Based on the needs of Nike Tour staffers, the three grinds are designed to offer optimum performance from a wide variety of turf conditions and playing situations. The Standard Grind model is the most versatile in all conditions and was inspired by the model played by Tiger Woods. This grind promotes a proper address position without requiring the face to be opened or manipulated. The Standard Grind is recommended for players who want all their wedges to play similarly with loft as the only variable. 

The Dual Narrow Grind model features a narrow sole width, increased bounce, and extreme sole relief. The wedge is designed to sit low to the ball regardless of face position (open or square). This model was inspired by Paul Casey, who likes a wedge that allows for more shotmaking ability.

The Dual Wide Grind came about through work with Nike's European Tour players, who face wet conditions more often than US players. This model offers the increased forgiveness and ease of use normally associated with wide sole, low bounce wedges and is the easiest of the three to use for greenside shots. The Dual Wide Grind was designed with feedback from Francesco Molinari.

All three models are built with Nike's high-frequency X3X grooves and laser crosshatch pattern, which significantly increases surface texture for greater spin in all situations. 

VR Forged Standard Grind 

Finish Options: Tour Satin, Black Oxide

Loft/Bounce Options: 48/10; 50/10; 52/10; 54/12; 56/14; 58/10; 60/10 (available in RH)

52/10; 56/14; 60/10 (available LH, Tour Satin only) 

VR Forged Dual Narrow Grind

Finish Options: Tour Satin, Black Oxide

Loft/Bounce Options: 56/16; 58/14; 60/13 (available in RH)

VR Forged Dual Wide Grind

Finish Options: Tour Satin, Black Oxide

Loft/Bounce Options: 56/8; 60/6 (available in RH)

RELATED: ClubTesters review Nike VR Forged Wedges

March 05, 2013

Cleveland’s Wedge Fitting system boasts adjustability

Posted at 12:39 PM by Robert Sauerhaft

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Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge. Credit: Snap36

Cleveland’s updated custom-fitting carts and fitting “displays” come stocked with interchangeable wedge heads and shafts. The carts include a choice of three head styles (588 RTX, 588 RTX CB or 588 Forged) in an assortment of lofts, bounce or lie angles. Specifically, the 588 RTX (46° to 60° lofts) comes in high bounce, standard or low bounce options, plus 2° upright, standard, or 2° flat lies. There’s also a selection of nine wedge shafts so you can dial in a desired flight and feel.

The company’s fitting displays (a pared down version of the carts) include four wedge heads -- 588 RTX (56°), 588 RTX CB (56°), 588 RTX Low Bounce (56°), and 
588 RTX CB (50°) -- and five wedge shafts. A complementary fitting app includes product specs and info, recommended fitting processes, custom shaft and grip options, and a searchable database of pitching wedge lofts (all brands) from the past five years to help choose proper wedge lofts to match your irons.

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September 18, 2011

Cleveland's brings back the iconic 588 wedge

Posted at 8:00 PM by David Dusek

The last thing the engineers at Porsche want to do is mess around with the 911. Give it a more-powerful engine, add ceramic brakes, tweak the suspension…fine, but the guiding principle is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Today's 911 looks very similar to the first one that rolled out of the factory in Stuttgart, Germany, back in 1964.

When Cleveland Golf recently decided it was time to update the 588 wedge—so named because in 1988 it was the company's fifth wedge offering—it took the same approach. The 588 has been used to win 26 major championships and 335 PGA Tour events, and it's not a stretch to say that the club is the foundation of the entire company.

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With an updated logo, the back of the new 588 has received a facelift, but the shape of the club and the form it takes at address have not been altered at all. Still forged from 1025 carbon steel to give it a soft feel, the new 588 has Cleveland's Tour Zip grooves for the first time along with the company's new laser-milled surface-roughness treatment. First applied to the CG15 wedges, the tiny lines etched into the club's face are designed to help maximize spin.

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"This treatment helps to create a lot of friction between the ball and the face on every shot, from the rough and from the fairway," says Scott Carlyle, Cleveland Golf's business unit leader for irons and wedges.

The 588 Forged wedges will be available in lofts ranging from 46° to 64°. "We've provided all these lofts so you can optimize the gap spacing between every wedge in your set," Carlyle says.

The 588 will also be available in low-, standard- and high-bounce offerings to ensure you'll have the ideal amount of bounce for the sand and conditions you face most often.

Both the satin chrome-finished and mirror chrome-finished 588 Forged wedges will come standard with a True Temper Tour Concept wedge shaft for about $140. Look for them to arrive in pro shops in November

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August 10, 2011

Mizuno's new MP R-12 wedges

Posted at 4:04 PM by David Dusek

MizunoMPR12-Wedge_600x450 JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The new Mizuno MP R-12 wedges, which are set to arrive in pro shops in early September, have two unique features that should appeal to golfers who are trying to seamlessly blend their irons and wedges.

First, the sole grinds on stronger-lofted wedges are different from the sole grinds on the higher-lofted models. For example, the 50° gap wedge has a “triple cut” sole design that features a beveled leading edge, the sole itself and then a beveled trailing edge. This sole design makes the wedge behave and feel like an extension of your irons.

"If there is one thing that this club is good at, it's being an 11-iron," said David Llewellyn, manager of research and development for Mizuno Golf.

The 56° and 58° wedges have a modified C grind that removes bounce from the toe but leaves it in the heel to help golfers get out of the sand and rough more easily and stop the club from digging. The bounce in the toe and the heel is aggressively ground off the MP R-12 long wedges to maximize versatility.

MizunoMPR12-Wedge-Grooves_600x450In addition, by studying full and half shots closely, Llewellyn and Mizuno engineers discovered that a narrower and deeper groove is more effective at creating spin on stronger-lofted wedges. Armed with that information, they built the MP R-12 gap wedges (50°-54°) with a slightly different version of the company's Quad Cut grooves than the higher-lofted wedges (56-64°).

"The closer you get to the greens, like on a 30-, 40- or 50-yard pitch shot, the shallower and wider grooves actually give you more bite," Llewellyn says.

The MP R-12 wedges will come standard with True Temper's new DG Spinner shaft and will be available in either a satin chrome or black nickel finish for $120.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Mizuno clubs, and schedule your fitting with  GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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May 09, 2011

Ping's Anser wedges arrive on the PGA Tour

Posted at 3:22 PM by David Dusek

Ping Anser Wedge Back PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Last year Ping released its first forged iron, the Anser. The new Anser wedges look like an extension of those irons, and they have some features that should make them appealing to mid- and low-handicap players.

"It's a forged wedge and the hosel got a little bit longer," says Matt Rollins, one of Ping's PGA Tour representatives. "Therefore, we decided to add a tungsten piece out on the toe to elongate the sweet spot."

In the photo on the right, the tungsten is the slightly-darker metal surrounding the 60.

Rollins also says that the ball flight of the Anser wedges, which are made from a soft 8620 stainless steel, is slightly flatter and lower than some of Ping's other wedges. "I'm not saying that's wrong, or better, or worse… it's just different," Rollins said.

The biggest difference between the Anser wedges and the other wedges in Ping's lineup (Tour-STour-S Rustique, Tour-W TS) is that there is no back weight, according to Rollins. Ping has traditionally used that back weight to help adjust the club's swing weight. With the Anser, club builders can insert small weights inside the hosel to adjust for a player's desired shaft weight or shaft length.

While the Anser lacks the weight badge, it does feature a stabilization bar that runs diagonally across the cavity in the toe section. "We had a couple of people in our testing who said it was a little off when they hit it intentionally out on the toe," Rollins says. By adding just a little more mass in that area, Ping hopes to enhance feel on flop shots and delicate pitches.

Ping Anser Wedge FAce When the Anser wedges are released later this summer, look for 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60° options. Thanks to a notch that Ping designs into the hosels of all its wedges and irons, fitters can easily bend the clubs into the exact loft you want. In fact, Hunter Mahan, who put the Anser wedges into play last week at Quail Hollow, had his 56° bent to 53°.

"You just have to remember that for every degree that you bend the club, you take a degree of bounce either on or off," Rollins says. "There's a one-to-one ratio."

Ping does not have a suggested retail price for the clubs yet.

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April 25, 2011

Luke Donald using Mizuno's new MP-T11 wedges

Posted at 3:36 PM by David Dusek


Luke Donald is one of the best bunker players in the world. This season he's playing with new wedges, changing from Mizuno's MP-T10 to the company's newest model, the MP-T11.

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Like its predecessor, the MP-T11 wedges are forged from 1025 carbon steel and feature Mizuno's Quad Cut Groove technology. The company says the process allows Mizuno to precisely control the width, depth, draft angle and shoulder radius of each groove more precisely.

When Golf Magazine asked several "regular Joes" to try the MP-T11 wedges, they said that the clubs seemed to produce as much spin with their new, USGA-conforming grooves as old, big-grooved wedges did. Testers also noted that the clubs easily handled a variety of lies and were extremely versatile, providing excellent distance control on chips and pitches along with a soft feel.

The only knock against the MP-T11 wedges heard was voiced by a few testers who said the clubs felt a little light and were not as forgiving as some other wedges on the market.

Learn more about the MP-T11 on Mizuno's Web site.

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(Photo by Shaun Best/Reuters)

April 03, 2011

No course puts wedges to the test like Augusta National

Posted at 10:00 PM by David Dusek

Mickelson-Masters-2010-Beck_600x450 Instead of hacking chips and greenside pitch shots out of long, gnarly rough, as they do in a U.S. Open, the competitors at the Masters are forced to perform acts of short-game heroism off tight lies.
 
Really tight lies.
 
"Augusta National and the Masters put more of a premium on technique than a U.S. Open," says Roger Cleveland, who as chief of golf club design at Callaway Golf makes the wedges for three-time champ Phil Mickelson (right) and 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman, among others.
 
Cleveland notes that under U.S. Open conditions, the ball sometimes buries in the rough and other times sits up. Regardless, pros can swing steeply with a high-lofted wedge and pop it out like a bunker shot.
 
That technique won't work at the Masters, where tight lies make it hard to get under the ball. Only crisp, in-the-grooves contact will produce the spin a player needs to control the ball on Augusta's legendary greens.
 
Equipment preparations for the Masters usually begin in Florida several weeks before the tournament.
 
Bob Vokey, who designs wedges for Titleist and works with many of the company's staff players, was busy two weeks ago at Bay Hill. "[The pros] think it's going to be firm greens, so I switched out some [wedges] of staffers like Zach Johnson and Ricky Fowler and Charlie Hoffman," he says.
 
According to the man they call "Voke," the rule of thumb is to use wedges with slightly less bounce at Augusta National. The less bounce a wedge has, the easier it is to slide under a ball resting on a tight lie. But taking too much bounce off a wedge has a downside at the Masters.
 
"Sometimes I'll be working with the player and we'll talk about taking the bounce off,” Vokey says. "But the sand there, you know, it gets kind of fluffy. If you take too much bounce off to make the club work from the tight lies, you're going to take away from the benefits you get in the soft sand.”
 
Brandt Snedeker, who tied for third at the 2008 Masters, recently asked Cleveland Golf's Rob Waters to make him a new 60
° wedge with reduced bounce in both the heel and the toe.
 
Reducing the bounce in the heel allows Snedeker to open the face more while still being able to slide the club under the ball. Taking bounce out of the toe means Snedeker's wedge won't rebound off the turf as much as it swings through the hitting area. The bounce remaining in the middle of the head is helpful when Snedeker hits square-faced bunker shots. It's a subtle detail, but an important one.
 
Roger Cleveland also says that he gets many requests from Callaway staff players for Augusta-specific wedges in the weeks leading up to the Masters. He notes that both Mickelson and Ernie Els made modifications to their wedge setups, with the tournament in mind, a few weeks ahead of time.
 
Like playing a series of practice rounds at Augusta before Masters week, Cleveland says it's one of those things that veterans simply know to do, but some rookies don't.
 
Mickelson-Masters-2010-Biever_600x450 Another strategy to increase spin and control at Augusta is to add a super-high lofted wedge. Mickelson used a 64
° wedge to get up and down several times at Winged Foot in 2006 during the U.S. Open, and a few players now carry one all the time. Cleveland warns that it's not a magic wand.
 
"You have to practice with it,” Cleveland says. “You can't just put in a 64
° wedge. I mean, these guys are incredible, but it still takes a big commitment to swing as hard as you need to swing with that club. You've got to get used to it, especially under pressure. It's difficult, which is why I think a lot of guys are reluctant to use it.”
 
Vokey notes that adding a 64
° wedge also presents another challenge: What club is the player going to take out to make room?
 
One thing that Waters, Vokey and Cleveland all agree on is the necessity of fresh grooves. Regardless of the sole grind or the loft, the USGA's recent groove rule changes make sharp grooves critical to generating spin and control.
 
Reps and club builders from all the major manufacturers will be on-site in the days leading up to the opening round of the Masters. If players need last-minute tweaks, complete back-up sets of clubs are waiting in each company's tour van across the street.
 
They can work a lot of magic on wedges in those trucks, and they’d be happy to do some tailoring too if one of their players ends up with a new green jacket.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway, Cleveland and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photos: top, Robert Beck/SI. Bottom, John Biever/SI)




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