Back-ups for Ben Curtis

Steve Mata and Bob Vokey went through the bag with 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis on the range today. Ben has been playing the new 907D2 driver all year and was looking for a backup. His driver has 8.5° of loft with an Aldila VS Proto 70-S shaft. Ben, who also won the Booz Allen Classic and 84 Lumber Classic last year, isn't one to change his equipment very often. However, he did ask Mata to make a backup set of the Titleist Forged irons he has been playing for the last two years. Voke is also making backups to Ben's SM54 and SM60 prototype wedges. Bob has made a special grind with more heel-toe trailing edge relief which will play with the effective bounce reduced. Bob says that Ben is a very creative wedge player and this grind helps him hit a variety of shots. As usual, Ben will be wearing the colors and logo of the local NFL team this week - the Miami Dolphins. Ben said he still gets fans rooting for him because of his NFL outfits, especially during football season. -- Joe Gomes

Ben's Vokey SM54 prototype wedge.

Ben and Mata talk irons on the range at Doral.

Ben makes sure that Mata has all of his specs dialed in.

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20 Replies

  1. Robert Sellman

    Do the Oil Can Spin Milled wedges spin more than the same wedges in Tour Chrome?

  2. Robert Sellman

    Only Voke knows for certain, and he's not telling!

  3. Robert Sellman

    What are the specs on an M grind?  For example, would it be a 3° toe roll, a 7° heel roll, and a 2° trailing edge roll?

  4. Robert Sellman

    Ben's 54° wedge has an M grind, which you can read more about <a href="/2007/05/08/new-vokey-wedge-for-daisuke-maruyama/#comment-734" rel="nofollow">here</a>.

  5. Robert Sellman

    What type of grind and specs does Ben have on his 54° wedge?

  6. Robert Sellman

    As I'm sure you can imagine, Voke stays pretty busy between his work with our R&D department and with the players each week on the PGA TOUR. Unfortunately, this doesn't leave him enough time to work with the many fine players who could benefit from his services.

  7. Robert Sellman

    I am a full member of the Canadian Tour. I am wondering how I could get into contact with Bob about getting set with some wedges.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  8. Robert Sellman

    I would also pay a premium for a grind service.  Being left-handed is hard sometimes.

  9. Robert Sellman

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  10. Robert Sellman

    Any thoughts on offering a similar service to the Custom Shop that Scotty does for putters to do grinds like this on Titleist wedges?

    I play Spin Milled wedges but the wide soles without relief do not adapt well for me to hardpan and tight lies.

    I'd pay the extra premium for this service.

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