Why this small addition to Vokey’s latest wedge is significant

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The A+ was born out of feedback from Tour pros who wanted more sole width and bounce.

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Sift through the bags of the tour’s elite and you’re bound to come across an “A+” stamp that only recently started appearing on Vokey scoring tools. To be clear, you didn’t miss the memo regarding a new grading scale for grinds. The A+ has nothing to do with mastering the perfect grind — although some pros might disagree.

Peruse Vokey’s extensive grind lineup and you’ll find the A-Grind was released as a WedgeWorks limited option with SM8. The grind came about through conversations between Vokey Tour rep Aaron Dill and former U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy, who wanted a specific option for “firm links-style” conditions.

“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 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.”

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The A+ remains a great option for golfers who “favor a smooth, fast-feeling wedge” but prefer to play it with a neutral angle of attack in a variety of conditions.  Jonathan Wall/GOLF

The current A-Grind in Vokey’s SM10 lineup is a WedgeWorks-only offering featuring 4 degrees of bounce with a smoothed-out sole that allows the leading edge to slide under the ball with little effort. It’s the kind of sole geometry designed for elite hands. Even legendary wedge designer Bob Vokey noted “the wedge requires precise delivery at impact, especially in soft conditions.”

In other words: Bring your “A” game.

The beauty of working with the best players in the world is the quality feedback that emanates from Tour once a grind is introduced. In some cases, the feedback turns into a new grind — like the A+. The “plus” designation at the end of the letter denotes a few key changes to the popular A-Grind, most notably more sole width and bounce.

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In the past, Dill smoothed out the grind lines of an M-Grind, rather than the L-Grind that Ogilvy gamed, to create the A+ look and feel. But not anymore.

“On Tour over the years, we started seeing some loyal M Grind players who were finding that sole to be a little too bouncy for their liking,” said Dill. “A+ comes from taking their gamer M Grind and removing the ribbon from the center of the sole. Those players found the leading edge of the A+ sat a bit lower, and the wedge moved faster through the ground. That helped to unlock a bit more versatility for some based on how they deliver the club to the ball.” 

The A+ remains a great option for those who “favor a smooth, fast-feeling wedge” but prefer to play it with a neutral angle of attack in a variety of conditions

For golfers who’ve often wondered what it would be like to play the A but didn’t have the hands to execute the deft softs, the A+ is a viable option worth pursuing.

The WedgeWorks A+ Grind ($225) is available in 58-degree and 60-degree lofts (right-handed only) and a raw finish.  

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JWall

Jonathan Wall

Golf.com Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour. He can be reached at jonathan.wall@golf.com.

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