Vokey Wedge Finishes & Questions

Is there a difference in the feel of the Vokey wedges from line to line, differentiated by finish? In other words, might the oil can finish be made with a metal that is different to a chrome finish and would provide a different feel?

Are the finishes indicative of anything else, like a series with designs more for an amateur than a pro? Someone once told me some time ago, Vokey made a 200 series, 300 series and 400 series of wedges with the 300 and 400 series being designed more for the player who required some help, the 200 series being for the good player. I wonder how true that is because I don't think I've ever seen a Vokey wedge with anything but a 200 series number. For example, my sand wedge is a 256-14...

I'm thinking about going to less bounce on the new sand wedge and lob wedge I need. Before I decide, I would like to know if there is some difference in feel or design I can avail myself of in the various regular production wedges though.

 

Thanks,

Dennis

The Oil Can Vokey finish tends to rust, so that may change the feel and spin.  The reason why the Oil Can finish is preferred is because it reduces glare from the Sun.  If you don't care about glare, then the Black Nickel and Tour Chrome are best for you.  Have fun with your future Vokey's, I wish I had some.

It could be a mental thing.

Personally, I do not think that there is any difference in them.  I have had Black Nickle and Tour Crome.  I just bought 2 new Black Nickle actually and I like them because there is not glare on the club face at all and that is something to me.  On the TC, there is a little but at the angle of the club you never see it.

Another thing is there is not difference in weight either, just in case you are wondering.

It really comes down to what you want to look at when you are looking down at the ground.  I like the Black Nickle, but you might not.

The 300 series were classic "60's" style wedges with U grooves made from 8620 carbon steel.  We only had 3 models - the 51.07 for firm conditions, packed sand, chipping; the 55.13 with moderate offset, flatter, more square sole - good for players that want to play the ball back in their stance and  hit shots with a penetrating ball flight; and the 59.07 with a wider sole, reduces bounce - spins the ball a lot.

The 400 series also U grooved made from 8620 carbon steel.  52.08 with a narrower sole, reduced bounce - good fairway wedge and long bunker wedge.  The 56.14 with a large, round profile and minimal offset.  The narrower sole and slight camber enhanced playability and versatility.  It had a high center of gravity for managing shot trajectory - very popular on tour.  The 60.08 was a lob wedge with moderate bounce, slightly wider sole for high, soft shots.  Good from softer conditions.  Both the 300 and 400 series wedges came out in 2000.

Thank you folks. I think tomorrow is going to be my day with enough time to hit some golf shops and decide.

BTW - I have a sand wedge I'd like to clone. Sorry to say, it's not a Titleist, but Titleist didn't make clubs when this thing was made. It's a MacGregor Classic FCW15. I bought it when I was in high school, played through college with it and stuck it in the closet around 5 years ago. It's probably a little over 40 years old. It looks classic like a Vokey, but has a bigger flange front to back. It's perfect for any consistency of sand I've found and out of the rough, I used it like a lob wedge with an open face. I don't think it has more than 6-7 degrees of bounce. Good old wedge, but it hardly has any grooves left.

I asked Bob about your wedge and he said that this wedge came out around 1982and that the FCW15 was actually a 55.15.  It had 55° of loft and 15 bounce.  On a replacement wedge, he said that you would look for a wedge with a slightly flatter sole.  He suggested you look at the 56.14 or if that had too much bounce for you, to try the 56.11°.

That's interesting, but at the same time, strange. I had this wedge long before then. I graduated high school in 1967, college in 1972 and movd to Jamaica in 1974. I have a picture of my Slazenger staff bag with it in there somewhere around here.  I only moved to Miami in 1980. I wonder...

Send us some pics of the heads front and back and we can check it out for you. 

LOL - Tomorrow when I can take it outside in daylight. I've tried to take pictures of chrome with a flash before. I know better. I already have a 56/14 Vokey wedge. The old MacGregor has a slightly wider sole, front to back. it's slight, but just enough to see.

Cathi, Titleist Club Concierge

The 300 series were classic "60's" style wedges with U grooves made from 8620 carbon steel.  We only had 3 models - the 51.07 for firm conditions, packed sand, chipping; the 55.13 with moderate offset, flatter, more square sole - good for players that want to play the ball back in their stance and  hit shots with a penetrating ball flight; and the 59.07 with a wider sole, reduces bounce - spins the ball a lot.

The 400 series also U grooved made from 8620 carbon steel.  52.08 with a narrower sole, reduced bounce - good fairway wedge and long bunker wedge.  The 56.14 with a large, round profile and minimal offset.  The narrower sole and slight camber enhanced playability and versatility.  It had a high center of gravity for managing shot trajectory - very popular on tour.  The 60.08 was a lob wedge with moderate bounce, slightly wider sole for high, soft shots.  Good from softer conditions.  Both the 300 and 400 series wedges came out in 2000.

I have two 300 series Vokey Wedges a 55-13 & 59-07 when did these wedges come out & would I still be able to get a 51-07 wedge ?

Both the 300 and 400 series wedges came out in 2000 and are no longer available.  If you are a member of Vokey.com, they do bring back updated versions of older models that are still popular and you would get email notices when they are released.  Otherwise, you will have to scour the internet to find that model.

Cathi, Titleist Club Concierge

Both the 300 and 400 series wedges came out in 2000 and are no longer available.  If you are a member of Vokey.com, they do bring back updated versions of older models that are still popular and you would get email notices when they are released.  Otherwise, you will have to scour the internet to find that model.

Thank you :-)

Also are the 300 series forged or cast ?

They are cast out of 8620 carbon steel.

Personal opinion but felt that the black nickel was clicky compared to the tour finish even though I know they are both cast 8620.  Still play the black nickel though.  Great wedges!

Didn't notice much difference. Just ordered up 3 new Black Nickle