How a major champion brought Vokey’s latest wedge to life
What comes to mind when you think about the 2006 U.S. Open? It’s likely Phil Mickelson’s epic meltdown on the 18th hole that kept him from hoisting the one major trophy that’s continually eluded him over the years. Maybe it’s Colin Montgomerie’s incredible gaffe from the center of the fairway.
In terms of memorable moments, those two top most lists.
Few remember the up-and-down from eventual winner Geoff Ogilvy — a deft pitch that settled next to the hole for a tournament-deciding par. The Aussie calls it the “best up-and-down I’ve ever made.” It’s big words from someone who possesses an all-world short game.
When you have an elite short game, people tend to listen when you have thoughts about the scoring tools in your bag.
Titleist Vokey SM9 Tour Chrome Custom Wedge
“I spoke with Geoff, and we got on the topic of Australian golf courses and how they compared to courses in America and around the world,” recalled Vokey Tour rep Aaron Dill. “I asked him some specific questions which resulted in an idea to design another lob wedge grind option that complemented the firm links-style conditions that players face – not just in Australia and Europe – but globally. Geoff has always been a low bounce player in his 60-degree, so I took his 60-04L wedge and removed the ribbon, resulting in a grind that moves through the turf quickly with very little resistance.”
Ogilvy and Dill’s creation has turned into a popular option for a number of current pros, including 2023 U.S. Open winner Wyndham Clark, 6-time Tour winner Max Homa and 3-time winner Tom Kim. For some of the best players in the world, the low-bounce design is ideal for tightly-mown areas where the club needs to get under the ball quickly and efficiently.
The Vokey WedgeWorks 60A ($225) lob wedge features 4 degrees of bounce with a smoothed-out sole that allows the leading edge to slide under the ball with little effort — assuming you have the hands and action to execute the shot. As Vokey noted, “the smooth, fast-feeling wedge requires precise delivery at impact, especially in soft conditions.”
In other words, the 60A isn’t for everyone.
“The most important club for me, probably in my bag, is this A grind,” Clark said. “I use the SM9 60-degree A grind, which is a low bounce 60 that is very versatile. I’m able to – on tight lies, rough, wet lies, firm lies, whatever it is – hit the shot I want, and with the amount of spin I want, trajectory and everything.”
For golfers who have the skill to handle the 60A, the wedge is available through WedgeWorks (right-hand only) in a raw finish and can be outfitted with six toe engravings and a myriad of stamping options (10-character straight/freestyle stamping; 15 characters around the toe and two lines of 10 characters each). The popular Flight Line alignment feature can also be added to the wedge.
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