Live Chat with Master Craftsman Bob Vokey! Your Questions Answered

Posted: November 5, 2010

Do you ever wonder what inspires Master Craftsman Bob Vokey while behind the wheel working on the perfect grind for his next wedge?

After sticking a shot close with your trusty Vokey wedge, do you ponder how all of the elements of club design worked in perfect harmony with your swing?

Do you want to know how “The Voke” comes up with his masterpieces?

Well, we’ve got some great news for you…

The one and only Bob Vokey will be answering questions during a live webcast on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. EST (3 p.m. PST), with our friends over at GolfWRX. (Click here to go to GolfWRX for more details.)

And before “The Voke” goes live, we are giving members of Vokey Nation and Team Titleist the chance to have their questions answered first.  

Next week, we’ll be stopping by WedgeWorks, our high performance custom shop in Carlsbad, Calif., for a little fireside chat (minus the fire) with Bob, made up entirely of your questions and his answers.

He won’t be able to answer them all, so make sure your question is a good one – Bob is going to handpick the ones he answers.

And by the way, if your question is picked, you’ll also receive a special gift from Bob and the Vokey Wedges Team. (Hint: You can wear it on your head.)

Simply post your question in the comments section below we’ll take care of the rest.*

*Please note: The Voke has finished reading all of your questions and has chosen the ones he is going to answer. He thanks everyone for the overwhelming response and looks forward to answering more of your questions in the near future. Stay tuned for Bob's answers later this week right here on Team Titleist!


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Robert Sellman

I remember the thinking used to be that a wedge should have a little softer shaft for feel and control than the shafts of the other other irons. What is your thinking?

Robert Sellman

I have been told that I should stay with steel shafts in my wedges. I have been using graphite in my irons for 5 years now. My new Vokey wedges are graphite, and I am very happy with them. A 72 year old with a 5 index. What is your feeling on the subject. Thanks

Chris R

Bob - love the wedges, but would love to see a 52 degree with more bounce. Currently, I think your 52 degree wedges only come with 8 degree of bounce. Might we ever see a 52 degree with 12 or 14 bounce?

Robert Sellman


I read in an artical where you mentioned some Tour pros like a Square lke toe.  What does that mean Square like toe?  Why might they prefer that.

P.S. I love my Spin Milled in 52, 56 and 60

Robert Sellman

How does bounce create more loft?

Robert Sellman

How can you tell when it is time to replace a wedge?  Is there a general # of rounds you recommend?  

Robert Sellman

With the movement back to the V-Grooves which provides less spin is it possible to manufacture the club face of a wedge in a way that creates more spin such as changing the aspect angle of the V-Grooves relative to  the face of the club (e.g.; the top of the grove has a 90 angle to the face and the lower groove has a 30 degree angle to the face instead of 15 and 15 degrees?

Robert Sellman

I have recently changed my iron shafts to graphite due to elbow issues. I have not changed my wedges because i am concerned about feel and weights. Any suggestions to getting properly fit wedges with graphite shafts?

Robert Sellman

We've all had our favorite irons that have simply worn out over time.   So considering you are an expert for one of the most valuable clubs in our bags, what is the best technique to keep the surface (especially for spin milled), grooves and materials/finish clean and playable for the longest period?

Robert Sellman


Recently while browsing WRX's many forums, I've come across a few of your wedges that have been "rawed."  Can you explain this process and it's purpose?  Does one get more surface roughness and thus more spin from a rawed wedge as opposed to a finished one?  Do they last longer? Or is it merely for appearance?  Thanks, and by the you need a new assistant?