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Posted: March 1, 2011
In our slideshows from the professional tours posted here on Team Titleist, we often include photos of Bob Vokey Spin Milled wedges featuring a "tour-only" Black Oxide finish sitting in the bags of our Titleist Brand Ambassadors.Good news: Now you have the chance to post photos of your own...As of today, Vokey TVD Spin Milled wedges are available in a tour-inspired Black Oxide finish through the WedgeWorks Exclusives line on Vokey.com – along with new shaft, grip and customization options.
New items have also been added to the Vokey Store, including a BV Custom Polo shirt and two new hats (pictured at the bottom of this page).
WHAT IS BLACK OXIDE? Popular on the worldwide professional tours in both wedges and putters, Black Oxide is a non-plated, low-glare finish that many players favor due the added contrast it provides against the golf ball at address.
TVD Black Oxide wedges are available in 52º, 54º, 56º, 58º and 60º lofts (in right hand only) and will be built at WedgeWorks, Titleist’s high performance custom shop in Carlsbad, Calif., where Master Craftsman Bob Vokey and his team of artisans design and build wedges for everyone from PGA Tour players to avid wedge enthusiasts.
The present line of WedgeWorks Exclusives wedges features the tour-proven Vokey Tour Van Design (TVD) sole and Condition of Competition (C-C) grooves. The TVD features a crescent shaped sole and moderate camber, which allows the wedge to easily pivot around its center for versatility and shot making. The TVD will continue to be available in its two current finishes – Bright Brushed Chrome and Oil Can Zero (each finish created specifically for WedgeWorks Exclusives), in lofts ranging from 52º to 60º.
NEW SHAFT OPTIONS: The WedgeWorks Exclusives shaft matrix has also expanded to include the new Dynamic Gold Spinner and KBS Hi-Rev wedge shafts, adding to a host of custom shaft options that address the wide variety in player performance and feel preferences. Other shaft options include True Temper’s Dynamic Gold, Tour Issue and Project X, as well as the KBS Tour in steel and graphite.NEW PERSONALIZATION OPTIONS: The customization and personalization options available on WedgeWorks Exclusives are virtually endless, allowing wedge enthusiasts to express themselves and truly make their wedges their own.Golfers can choose from three different hand-stamp styles (straight, freestyle, snow) in up to eight letters and/or numbers; 20 different paintfill colors; and 40 different toe-engraving combinations – including a new BV Diamonds toe engraving (pictured, right).Grips come in a wide variety of textures and colors to match individual look and feel preferences. Among the grips available are the New Decade Multi-Compound and full cord Golf Pride Tour Velvet, as well as ribbed and .600 diameter options. BV Custom grips – including two new BV Wings grips from Golf Pride – are available only through WedgeWorks.A new shaft band option (pictured below) has also been added.
For more information on WedgeWorks, or to order WedgeWorks Exclusives, please visit Vokey.com.
And when your WedgeWorks Exclusives order hits your doorstep, we'd love for you to share a picture of it with Team Titleist. Please post your pictures here – we are looking forward to seeing them!
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Finally, here's a look at the new items (BV Custom Polo shirt, Black BV Wings cap and White BV Custom Wedges cap) now available in the Vokey Store.
For a closer look, or to place your order, click here.
We're excited to bring you another installment of our Team Titleist Member Spotlight, where we get the chance to learn even more about our Team Titleist members and their unique connections to the game.We consider ourselves very fortunate to have so many passionate and knowledgeable golfers on Team Titleist sharing their stories, tips and experiences with each other on a daily basis – and we look forward to checking in with more of you soon!In this month's spotlight, Team Titleist member Dennis "Deno" Oricchio lets us in on his fascinating history with the game, including his chance encounter (and golf lessons) with Titleist Advisory Staff member Butch Harmon more than 40 years ago.It's a great read, and just another great story from Team Titleist...
TEAM TITLEIST: How did you get started in golf? Who introduced you to the game?DENNIS ORICCHIO: My dad introduced me to the game. I would help him clean his clubs and golf balls as a kid when he came home. … My first set was cut-down ladies clubs. As I eventually grew, I had a set of Sam Snead maroon-shafted clubs. Still have 'em.
As my Dad always used Acushnet Titleist balls, I had a shag bag full. I would chip balls onto my neighbor's grapevine two doors down in a small Italian neighborhood. Not an easy shot. Sometimes I didn't make it over the clothesline next door. It was the only green thing I could see. Every fall, the old man would return the balls in an old pot when the vine would die and the golf balls fell through.TT: What's your best score and where did you shoot it?DO: I shot a 66 in 1967 on a public course. After returning from Vietnam, my relaxation was hitting 200-plus balls every morning and after work – it's amazing how that much practice dials in the irons.
I always drove the ball 300 yards with persimmons but the irons were in need of tuning. I had a sponsor and as per the old Tournament Players Division requirements, I needed a check made out for $10,000 a year for three years. Before they signed the check, I spent a month in Florida at their expense playing tournaments – but changed my mind. I worried about owing back the money.
My Army mate in Alaska got me to hitting crisp irons on the post driving
range. He was none other than Butch Harmon. Who knew at the time? I
saw his name tag when I met him and mentioned Claude Sr. (Butch's father
and 1948 Masters Champion.) Small world. We went to Hawaii and Vietnam
together. Never talked to him since.
TT: What's the best piece of golf advice you have ever received?DO: "Don't quit your day job" – To myself in the '60s.TT: Can you recall the best golf shot you've ever hit?DO: Well there are a few, but I would have to say a second shot close to 250 yards with a Toney Penna persimmon 3-wood, to a par 5 at Loxahatchee Golf Club in Florida. ... The road outside the club is Toney Penna Drive.
TT: How do you mark your Titleist golf ball? Does it have any special significance?
DO: I fill in the loops in Titleist with red and green. Touch of Italy.
TT: What's your favorite Titleist club in the bag? Why?
DO: The 4-iron (695 MB with Sensicore S400 shaft) for sure. Gets me around or under any tree on the course. TT: What's the most special moment you've ever had on the golf course?
DO: Every round with my Dad was special. Now the older grandsons are playing. Priceless. TT: Have any on-course superstitions?DO: Always have a 1969 quarter as a marker and tie my left shoe first. TT: If you had to play one golf course every day for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
DO: There are a few. If I could only pick one, I'd say Ridgewood Country Club in N.J.TT: How did you hear about Team Titleist? What are some of your favorite features of the community and what kind of things would you like to see in the future?
DO: I fortunately found Team Titleist from the Titleist site. Great place to pull up a chair, meet new friends, and learn all about new technology.
TT: Favorite golf movie?
DO: To laugh, "The Caddy" with Dean (Martin) and Jerry (Lewis). TT: Favorite golf book?
DO: Too many. Mostly biographies of the great players. Butch Harmon's "The Pro" is one of my favorites because he joined the Army to get away from it all in the '60s. TT: Favorite golf destination?
DO: Florida has been No.
1 for many years. Started school there in the '60s (University of South
Florida), have a place in Orlando and plenty of friends. Oh, Maui would
be great – but no chance.
TT: Favorite 19th hole meal?
DO: Grilled chicken sandwich – and a cold beer.