Golf News – July 11, 2014
Titleist Introduces A Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 Indigo
Master Craftsman Bob Vokey is adding a new, blue finish to his Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 lineup for the summer.
Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 Indigo wedges, available for a limited time beginning July 16, are plated and then treated with a special Indigo PVD finish for a unique iridescent blue appearance. The Indigo finish will wear over time and when used out of a bunker; however, the wedge will not rust.
“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.”
Vokey SM5 wedges are currently the most played wedge model on the PGA Tour, and can be found in the bags of such players as Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. Since 2004, Vokey Design wedges have been the #1 wedge on the PGA Tour and the most played wedge at every level of competitive golf.
All SM5 wedges feature the new, deeper Spin Milled TX3 grooves, delivering more spin for precision trajectory and distance control and improved greenside performance. TX3 scorelines, a progressive design with seven percent larger groove volume, produce additional backspin by channeling away grass and sand for improved contact between the ball and groove edge. Proprietary Spin Milled technology also provides trajectory and distance control through precisely milled grooves and machined face texture, significantly reducing the chance of “flyers” from the rough.
The new Vokey SM5 Indigo wedges are available in two SM5 mid-bounce grinds, M and S. In total, there are eight different loft, bounce and grind combinations: 54.10 (M and S) 56.10 (M and S), 58.07 (S), 58.09 (M), 60.07 (S) and 60.08 (M).
The M and S grinds, like all of Vokey’s SM5 grinds, have been derived from Vokey’s work with players on the PGA Tour.
The M grind is Vokey’s original tour grind and one he considers his “Most Favorite.” It features a crescent-shaped forward bounce sole and relieved heel, toe and trailing edge, along with medium camber and bounce.
The S Grind, a full sole with moderate heel relief and a medium ribbon ground along the trailing edge, was inspired by Steve Stricker, who likes to play his wedges in a square position with the shaft leaning away from the target.
“Steve has a shallow angle of attack, with little to no wrist action. The S Grind gives him the versatility to hit many different shots around the green, even with his neutral style,” Vokey said. “For players that like to rotate the face open, the M Grind is a very popular option.”
The full line of Vokey SM5 wedges, launched this spring, are also available in Tour Chrome, Gold Nickel and Raw Black finishes.
Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 Indigo wedges are available for a limited time through Vokey.com, with an MSRP of $185, including customization and personalization options. SM5 Indigo wedges will also be available at select U.S. golf shops. Golfers should call 1-888-TITLEIST for more information on availability in their area.
Zach Johnson part of three-way tie after first round of John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. – Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman shot 8-under-par 63s Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the John Deere Classic.
Johnson and Sabbatini played bogey-free golf, while Harman had nine birdies and one bogey on the par-71 TPC Deere Run.
They led 2004 British Open champion Todd Hamilton, Australian Steven Bowditch and William McGirt, the best afternoon finisher, by a stroke. Brendon de Jonge, Kevin Tway, David Toms and Robert Streb are two back at 6-under 65.
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Steve Stricker withdraws from Open, Ryo Ishikawa tabbed to replace him
HOYLAKE, England (AP) – Steve Stricker has withdrawn from the Open Championship next week at Royal Liverpool. It’s the second straight year he has decided not to play as he cuts back his schedule.
Stricker was replaced in the field by Ryo Ishikawa of Japan.
Stricker last year began reducing his schedule to spend more time with his family. He thought about playing The Open this year, though it looked unlikely when he added The Greenbrier Classic to his schedule and his wife caddied for him.
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