Zach to donate Vokey wedge to Augusta National

Posted: April 12, 2007

It's a tradition for The Masters champion to donate a piece of his winning equipment to Augusta National. Zach told me yesterday that he planned on donating his Vokey Design 54° wedge, the same one he used to chip the ball to tap-in range on the final hole. He hit a lot of great shots with that club, but the last chip is the one that everybody will remember. This will be at least the second Vokey Design wedge in the trophy case as the 2003 champion donated one of his as well. -- Voke


Zach reacts to his chip on the final hole Sunday at Augusta National.

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Jerry


Are there any plans to release a new Vokey Design wedge in the near future?

Jerry


What is the lifespan of a Spin Milled wedge?  At what point do the grooves lose optimum performance, with average use? Thanks.

Jerry


To what extent does the dirt in the grooves of a wedge, particularly the Spin Milled wedges, affect its performance?  Should I be concerned with completely removing the dirt within the grooves of the club before each shot?  If so, does Titleist recommend a method, or have a product, for cleaning the club's grooves?  How do Tour players handle this issue?

Jerry


Any debris stuck in a club's grooves reduces the effective volume of those grooves and, in turn, reduces the grooves' ability to perform the task for which they are designed.  For maximum effectiveness, grooves should be cleared of debris after every shot. Tour players generally rely on a caddie with a wet towel to perform this task.

Jerry


We are always working on new designs and testing them with the Tour pros.  While we are currently working on a number of new grinds, we have no plans to introduce any of these models this year.

Jerry


The lifespan of any club depends on a number of factors. Each player needs to individually decide when a particular club no longer performs to their expectations, and replace as necessary.

Jerry


It looks like a number of Tour players have wedge combos of 54° and 60°. If a player was more of a "slider", I'm curious as to which wedge they'd predominantly use for greenside bunker shots (if they had 54.10 and 60.04 wedges)?

Cheers!

Jerry


There is a lot of talk about the benefits of cavity back irons and their wide use on Tour.  But, isn't it true that blades, particularly the 695MB, offer more workability than any of the cavity back irons?  If so, why are Titleist Tour players, like Zach, using CB irons instead of MBs.  Aside from personal preference, is there objective basis for CBs over MBs?  Is it a misconception that CBs are not as workable as MBs?

Thanks!

Jerry


This would likely depend on the firmness of the sand as well as the length of the shot.

Jerry


Cavity back design in irons has more to do with playability than workability. Weight redistribution in cavity back irons allows for an increase in the club's moment-of-inertia (MOI) as well as for repositioning of the club's center of gravity (CG).  This translates into greater forgiveness on off-center impacts and optimized launch conditions with controllable ball flights.