After playing the same Spin Milled 60 degree wedge for the past couple years, I finally came to the realization that it was time to put that old friend in the closet and get something with nice, new, sharp grooves. Unfortunately, being left handed, finding any Vokey wedges in the big box golf stores always tends to be a challenge. Luckily the guys over at Vokey in Carlsbad, California, were able to track one down for me, to which I’m extremely grateful.
I have to admit, I hated the thought of having to break in a new wedge. Even though my old 60* was well past it’s prime, it was like that old pair of shoes that you just can’t get rid of because they’re so comfortable. Now, I’m staring down the shaft of a wedge that has never gotten up & down from a deep greenside bunker. Never holed out from 60 yards, and never chipped it close to save par time and time again. So after playing 4 full rounds and numerous practice sessions these are my conclusions about the new Vokey Spin Milled wedges.
I could go on and on about the grooves on these things. They’re just ridiculous. The milled face and and grooves produce so much spin that it can be difficult to control at times. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not complaining , but for those of you who have never been able to spin the ball, these wedges will do it automatically.
I didn’t think that the 7* bounce on the new Vokey would be noticable, as my old wedge was 8*, but I actually prefer the lower bounce. It’s much easier to make solid, crisp contact on short chips around the green and it’s just as good from fairway lies. I tend to dig a bit more with my wedges, but even with the lower bounce it wasn’t an issue at all.
I play a 60* wedge from all greenside bunkers, unless it’s just a crazy long shot. This wedge get’s the ball up extremely quick and generates spin even from fluffier lies. The fact that it has a little less bounce makes it idea for those bunkers that are wet or hard packed at the bottom.
Great feel on chips and pitches. Again, I like to do most of my around the green work with a 60*. When you strike these wedges dead center, you feel almost nothing. The ball comes off very pure and goes where you want it to (with tons of juice).
They just plain look cool. I’ve always thought that the aesthetics of a club are as equally important as the performance. If they look like junk, you’ll probably hit them like junk. This 60* Vokey looks very appealing at address. The simple, classic shape of the wedge inspires short game confidence, and we could all use as much of that as we can get. The logos and graphics on the back are subtle and traditional.
Ok now on to the bad…Honestly, there’s nothing "bad" about these clubs whatsoever. There’s a reason they’ve been the premier wedge in the industry for years. That being said, I was a little disappointed that Titleist stopped making this model with the Oil Can finish. A lot of golfers don’t like that rusty old wedge look, but I got so used to it that it’s taking me a while to embrace the Tour Chrome finish.
While I like the 7 degree bounce, it would be nice to also have the choice of the 4 degree bounce in the left handed 60* wedges.
One thing I noticed on the new model was that the leading edge was slightly rounder than I remember from previous years models. It may be a minor change or my memory could be shot, but I prefer a slightly straighter leading edge. So far it hasn’t effected the performance of the club at all, but for me, it’s more of a comfort factor than anything.
Make them easier to find. Like I said before, this is probably more of a problem for us lefties, and it’s no way a reflection of the performance of the wedges, but it’s tough to find these wedges. I was trying to wrap my head around driving 150 miles round trip to get this wedge at the nearest golf shop that had it in stock.
Let’s face it, Titleist & Vokey know what they’re doing and the technology that goes into the Vokey wedges is amazing. This new 60* degree is already living up to the performance of the wedge it replaced. While the cosmetics and feel took a little while to embrace, this is the best wedge I’ve ever had in my bag..hands down. It’s not a wedge that should be used exclusively by low handicap players. Even a 20 handicap golfer will see a huge benefit from putting a 60* Spin Milled wedge in his or her bag. Price tag is normally around $119.00 USD, depending on where you buy, but this is comparable to the other brand wedges of this level. Now if I can only find a new 52* Spin Milled to match my new 60*.
Thanks again to Vokey for providing the wedge.
You can find the new Titleist Vokey Spin Milled series at GolfSmith.com
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