Titleist Vokey Chrome Wedges Reviews

Titleist Vokey Chrome Wedges

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Rust is GOOD!

Oct 3, 2000
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Pros:Rusts, sets up nicely, lots of spin, very versatile

Cons:Initially eats golf balls, does not rust quickly enough

For a long time, I did not carry a lob wedge. I opted for a long iron or fairway wood in place of the 'spatula'. Well, I noticed one day that I was opening the face of my sand wedge more and more, and hitting my 2 and 3 irons less and less, so I decided the time was right to add the 60* wedge. I have on occasion carried a Cleveland 485 LW, but my results were inconsistent. I have a "love-hate" relationship with my Cleveland. I either hit a beauty of a shot, or it's a disaster. Knowing that my Cleveland is what it is, I opted for the newest offering from Titleist.

I recently acquired a RAW Vokey 260-06 lob wedge. For those of you that do not know, the raw vokey is Titleist's answer to Cleveland's RTG series of wedges that will rust over time. Why would you want a rusty wedge? Some folks think that the increased friction increases spin, others like the fact that the rust will not blind you as a highly polished chrome club can, or if you're like me, you simply like the look of DULL clubs.

My first time out with my Raw Vokey, I had mixed feelings. I had a 75 yard approach, which is perfect for the lob wedge. Set up, nice swing, nice high ball flight, ball landed and sucked back about 2 feet. Upon walking up to the green, I noticed that my brand new Precept Tour Premium had "grown hair". In other words, this thing SHREDDED the cover. Nice results, but not worth ruining every golf ball I have. I made a point to go to the range and hit a couple of large buckets of balls over the weekend to "dull down" the grooves. The Vokey still produces lots of spin, but now, it is more gentle on the golf balls, while still imparting lots of spin.

I have two lob wedges that I alternate depending on course conditions. I have a Cleveland 485 (NOT THE 588)LW and my Raw Vokey. The Cleveland has 0* bounce, and is very good for hitting off of tightly cut fairways, or due to the wide flange, getting out of bunkers with fluffy sand. The Vokey has 6* of bounce, which is better for hitting out of rough, although the results from the bent grass fairways in Des Moines have been very pleasing as well. Hitting green side shots and other trouble shots with the Vokey is a LOT easier than the Cleveland, and I like it more than the Cleveland for chipping. As I stated earlier the Vokey REALLY seems to put some 'sauce' on the ball. You can be VERY aggressive in going for the pin, and if you are using a softer ball such as a Professional, Revolution, or Precept Tour Premium, you can REALLY go at it. The downside is that when new, the Vokey will eat a golf ball like a Great White eating a seal pup. It's not pretty at all, but as I stated, it can be remedied.

If you are in the market for a wedge, then I would NOT hesitate to acquire a Raw Vokey. If rust is not your thing, then go for the chrome, but I am VERY pleased with mine after about 3 weeks of play.

Sir Hacksalot


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