Bob Vokey with Zach Johnson

Posted: April 3, 2007

I had a good chat with Zach Johnson and his caddie when we were at Doral a couple of weeks ago. Zach was looking to tweak his wedges a little bit in preparation for the Masters, especially his 60°. He is going to experience a lot of tight lies and fast greens at Augusta National, so he was looking for a lob wedge with a little less trailing edge and a little less bounce that he could more easily slide underneath the ball. I also made him a couple Spin Milled backups for all his wedges and sent them to his home so he could practice with them during his off week. His current wedges were getting worn and he wanted a little more bite this week. Zach had a Top 10 finish at Doral. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get another one at Augusta. -- The Voke


Voke and Zach.


Discussing Zach's lob wedge in preparation for Augusta.


Zach setting up to hit some wedge shots.


Zach's practice on the range at Doral led to a Top 10 finish.

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Nation


Fascinating stuff!  For those of us who don't have the privilege of your personal services, can you share what grinds you recommend for which conditions?  Clearly the description on the Titleist.com web site has good info, but it only describes the wedge products (normal and spin milled) in their shipping configurations.  For those of us that are brave enough to take a Vokey wedge to the grinding wheel, can you give us some hints on what you do for the tour players and why?  Thanks in advance for anything you are at liberty to share.

Nation


This is tough to do without personally demonstrating.  Every player is different and my approach with every player is different, so there is no way I could provide a succinct answer to that question over the internet.  Otherwise, you run the risk of ruining a good wedge. Please note that we are working on providing more detailed information on special wedge grinds through our websites in the future, so stay tuned.

-- Voke

Nation


I understand the challenge you are describing and am eagerly looking forward to the updated information on the web.  Appreciate the response to a tough question!

Nation


I have been playing golf for 41 years and have never had access to any of this grinding technology. It is cool that you can do this for the Tour pros, but what about the rest of us?

Nation


Can you explain what the T-grind does vs the V-grind?  Any chance on the ability to get a T-grind Spin Milled for retail?  I live in Texas and we believe in many a tight fairway.  Thanks for the help and keep up the great work on this great blog site.

Nation


Please see the notes above regarding special wedge grinds.

Nation


Please see Voke's note above with regard to special wedge grinds. These grinds serve as a kind of developmental testing process that often help shape our in-line offerings but are rarely brought to market in their prototype form. As Voke noted, we are working on providing more information on these grinds through our websites in the future.

Nation


I guess it worked!!!

Nation


If the chip on 18 is any indication, it looks like Voke should feel proud about helping Zach win the Masters!

Nation


Nice job on Zach's wedges for the Masters.