A Closer Look at Bill Haas' Historic Vokey Wedge Water Shot
Posted: September 27, 2011
The second Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas saw he could get a club on the ball, he was already pulling one of his Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges from the bag.
His Pro V1x sat on edge of the water, two-thirds above the mucky surface and five feet below the elevated green.
Both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs titles were both on the line.
And there was only one thing on Bill's mind: "Play it like a bunker shot."
"If there's a little bit of water, if you don't mind getting your feet dirty, then (just) blast it out of there," Bill said.
Bill's wedge of choice: His Vokey Design Spin Milled 60º•E (E-grind), bent to 59º with 7º of bounce.
The 60º•E resembles the Vokey Design Spin Milled 60•07º wedge currently available through Titleist authorized retailers with C-C (Condition of Competiton) grooves. (It was available prior to this year with pre-2010 grooves.)
The wedge will also be available beginning Nov. 18 in the new Vokey Design Spin Milled 4 (SM4) wedge line as as 60•07º with a slight modification from the E-grind to the S-grind (pictured).
The E Grind features a narrow to medium sole with full bounce surface and straight relief along the trailing edge. Slight heel camber allows the blade to be easily opened for shot-making versatility. The moderate effective bounce and full bounce surface with camber make the E Grind another versatile wedge suitable for a wide variety of playing styles and conditions.
The S-grind is an E-grind with some additional heel relief.
Faced with perhaps the most difficult up-and-down of the 2011 PGA Tour season, Haas propelled the wedge into the water behind his Pro V1x and watched it pop into the air and land 3 feet past the hole.
"It came out perfect," he said. The Pro V1x hit the green and stopped dead, setting up perhaps the most impressive and important up-and-down of the PGA Tour season.
"I was lucky that it was a shot that I had to do something. I didn't have to guess, so it wasn't like should I bump-and-run it or should I putt it or whatever. I had a shot I had to hit, and I hit it."
Check out Bill's historic shot in the video below.