For years, wedges with unique sole grinds were available only for golfers on the PGA Tour. Hunched over a grinding wheel in the back of a tour van as sparks flew, technicians shaved off material in the heel, toe or bounce areas to transform wedges to meet the needs of the game’s most persnickety players.
Bob Vokey did that job and still shapes clubs for many of today’s best players. His latest offerings, the TVD-K and TVD-M wedges, will be available starting May 7 and are based on some of the most popular wedges he has made for Tour players. The name itself, TVD, stands for ‘Tour Van Design.’
Both wedges will be available in a California Chrome or Black Ion finish, and they have the same TX3 grooves that debuted in this season’s Titleist Spin Mill 5 wedges.
Titleist says the TX3 grooves help golfers generate more spin and produce better distance control because they are 7 percent larger by volume than the grooves found in previously released wedges. These still conform to the USGA’s 2010 condition of competition, and the new Vokey Design TVD wedges are legal to play in all USGA events.
Because the volume is larger, the grooves should be able to keep more water, grass and debris from getting between the ball and the hitting surface. That should lead to more spin and consistency. Titleist also reports that the surface roughening treatment created by the spin milling process helps increase consistency and reduces the chances of hitting a “flyer” from the rough.
The Vokey TVD-K will be available in 54-, 56-, 58- and 60-degree models. Adam Scott and Jason Dufner were two of the players that influenced the creation of the TVD-K, and it features a significantly wider, more cambered sole than any other Vokey wedge. The wide sole should excel in greenside bunkers, while the extra camber (curvature) should make it more playable on shots hit outside the sand.
“It’s only been on Tour for a couple of years, but we already have 30 guys using it,” Vokey said. “I think the secret is the cambered sole. It is wide and forgiving, but the camber keeps the club moving through the turf. So it’s playable in a variety of conditions.”
The TVD-M wedge will be available in 50-, 52-, 54-, 56-, 58- ad 60-degree versions and has a more rounded, teardrop profile. It’s intended to be extremely versatile and has moderate bounce.
The new Titleist Vokey Design TVD wedges will be available via custom order and at vokey.com/wedgeworks for $160. Numerous shaft options are available, and Vokey’s WedgeWorks site allows golfers several personalized options like stamping, 12 paint fills and numerous grip options at additional cost.