• Bob Vokey releases sixth version of Spin Milled wedges
• Designs give more distance control and versatility
• "They're the best wedges we’ve made," said Bob Vokey
Bob Vokey’s name has been synonymous with Titleist wedges since he joined in 1996 and he has just shown his Spin Milled 6 models for the first time.
With his newest range, Bob Vokey has set out to improve three areas of wedge play. They are as follows: distance gapping, shot versatility and spin control.
Did he achieve it? Well the fact that SM6 wedges are already the most played wedge model on the PGA Tour in 2016 suggests the answer is yes.
“These are the best wedges we’ve ever made,” said Vokey. “Our engineers have taken everything I’ve learned working with tour players, PGA pros and amateurs over the last 20-plus years, everything Aaron Dill (Vokey’s Tour Rep) has learned from being on tour week in and week out, and brought it to life with technology that will help golfers at every level of the game.
SM6 really is the total package” In the new wedges, Vokey has installed a ‘Progressive Centre of Gravity’ concept that allows each loft ‘to produce precise distance and trajectory control with exceptional feel’.
In the lower lofted wedges (46˚-52˚) you’ll see a thinner topline and raised lower section. That is a result of the progressive centre of gravity that has been positioned low in these lofts, giving a natural progression from the lowest lofted head in your standard set of irons.
The mid lofts (54˚ and 56˚) have their weight positioned to keep distance-gapping stays consistent while the high lofts (58˚ - 62˚) have the weight higher in the head. By doing that, Vokey has given more control and feel in these higher lofts.
Grinds: What are they and how do you choose?
The SM6 wedges come in five different grinds, but what is a grind and how can picking the right grind help improve your game?
One of the key aspects of a grind is the amount of bounce it has. Bounce has to do with the curve of the sole from the leading to trailing edge and has become an art that specialist wedge makers like Bob Vokey have mastered.
The grind makes a difference to how the wedge acts when it comes into contact with the ground and can make a real difference to the end result. Titleist has made its SM6 wedges available in its L, M, S, F and K grinds and here’s what they do:
L-Grind – This grind has a narrow crescent sole shape for players that tend to slide the clubhead underneath the ball, as well as those who regularly play in firm conditions.
M-Grind – Like the L-Grind, this is for ‘sliders’, also described as players who don’t take a divot. It has a narrow crescent sole and a mid bounce.
S-Grind – A fairly neutral shape with a full sole, it gives a moderate amount of heel relief. It will fit most conditions and swing types.
F-Grind – If you’re after the most basic grind, this is the one. It is designed for most types of ground conditions and players.
K-Grind – This is used by both Adam Scott and Jason Dufner and is specially designed for softer conditions as well as people who tend to dig with their wedges.
Titleist Bob Vokey SM6 – pricing and availability
RRP: £140 (steel), £155 (custom graphite)
Lofts: 46˚ - 62˚
Finishes: Tour Chrome, Steel Grey and Jet Black (raw)
For more information on the SM6 wedges, visit titleist.co.uk