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Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Wedge Review: You should know
Increased shot versatility, improved distance and trajectory control with more spin say Titleist. Vokey reckons a progressive centre of gravity means the CG is aligned with the impact position of each wedge (so higher on the high lofts and lower on the low). Every groove of each SM7 produced is inspected by quality control which Titleist say leads to tighter tolerances, and on average gives up to 100rpm more spin.
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Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Wedge Review: We say
To many golfers Vokey have set the benchmark for wedge design for years, for us although the SM7s barely changed from the SM6 it’s the best shaped Vokey for years. We’re really picky when it comes to wedges and by testing the jet-black head instead of a chromed model the head shape and size (it’s actually pretty small) are heavily disguised, meaning it’s difficult to spot the quirks which ordinarily catch the eye. There’s plenty of spin tech wrapped up in the SM7 yet backspin was 500rpm down on our very highest spinning model. That’s certainly not a reason to write the SM7s off, they’re beautifully designed, available in tons of options (lofts, sole grinds and finishes) and you can rest assured they’ve been optimised to perform in decent players hands.
Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Wedge Review: Verdict
Our SM7s came with shafts matched to our irons, it gives a similar feel, which if you want to maximise consistency seems like a sensible way to go rather than just buying off the rack. To ensure correct gapping and grind selection we’d always recommend attending a proper short game fitting, which Titleist hold up and down the country throughout the season.
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Titleist have revealed their new Vokey SM7 Wedges, with six different grinds and 23 loft, bounce and grind combinations.
Master Craftsman Bob Vokey and his R&D team claim to have moved on the Titleist SM6 wedges with the introduction of the new Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 7 wedges.
Available in golf shops worldwide beginning 9th March, 2018, new Vokey SM7 wedges provide all golfers the opportunity for a better, more confident short game through unmatched craftsmanship, technology and performance.
Vokey said: “One thing I know from working with tour players the last 20-plus years is that they won’t put a new wedge in play unless it’s better. Every time we come out with a new one, we have to prove it. I can’t tell you how many times over the last couple years players asked me and Aaron (Vokey Tour Rep, Aaron Dill) how we were going to make something better than SM6. Based on how quickly guys are switching to SM7, we know we’ve done it.”
Improving in all three areas of wedge performance, new SM7 models provide increased shot versatility with expanded fitting options, improved distance and trajectory control and more spin.
The fastest way to a better short game is through a wedge fitting. Developed through his collaboration with the world’s best shot makers, Bob’s six tour-proven sole grinds – F, S, M, K, L and the new D grind – allow golfers of all skill levels to be precisely fit for their swing type, shot making style and course conditions.
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Titleist Vokey SM7 Key Features
The Vokey SM7 wedge offers the game’s most complete selection of lofts, bounces and grinds, with 23 different combinations.
➤ Finely tuned Progressive Centre of Gravity locations improve trajectory and distance control while creating the best-feeling Vokey wedges to date.
A concept pioneered by Vokey R&D, Progressive Centre of Gravity aligns the CG with the impact position of each loft to produce precise distance and trajectory control with exceptional feel. Engineered using cutting-edge CAD technology, Progressive CG is visible technology on the back of the wedge.
Advanced testing of SM6 models showed an opportunity to enhance the CG locations within SM7. The Vokey R&D team pushed the locations even further – higher on the high lofts and lower on the low lofts – to produce more consistent performance with noticeably better feel at impact.
➤ 100% inspected Spin Milled grooves cut at even tighter tolerances deliver more spin (up to 100rpm more spin on average).
Bob and his team identified the opportunity for an additional Spin Milled cutting process for plated wedges (Tour Chrome and Brushed Steel) as compared to the raw offerings (Jet Black and Raw). This new method improves upon Vokey’s industry-leading groove cutting tolerances, resulting in a more precise cut by finish and more spin in the plated wedges.
A proprietary heat treatment is applied to all Vokey Design SM7 wedges, resulting in longer lasting spin through the life of the wedge.
➤ New SM7 wedges are available in three finishes (Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel and Jet Black).
Tour Chrome retains its popular bright chrome finish. The darker Brushed Steel finish is richer and slightly more polished when compared to the Steel Grey offered in SM6, while maintaining a non-glare finish in the playing position. The raw Jet Black has been enhanced with black paint fill in the logos and graphics, inspired by requests received on tour by Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill.
➤ Adanced Personalisation and Custom Details
SM7 wedges can be customordered with a wide range of specifications and personalisation, including an industry-leading selection of shafts, grips, shaft bands, ferrules, stamping and paint fill. For a complete list of personalisation and custom options, visit Vokey.com.
Titleist Vokey SM7 F Grind: RRP £150
Full sole designed primarily for full swings and square face shots. For that reason, F is the only grind available in the 46o-52o models. The 54°/56° F Grind is the most played sand wedge on the PGA Tour.
Titleist Vokey SM7 M Grind: RRP £150
Vokey’s favourite, the M grind is designed for players that like to rotate the club face open and shut to manufacture shots around the green.
Titleist Vokey SM7 K Grind: RRP £150
The highest bounce wedge in the lineup, the K Grind is the ultimate bunker club and the most forgiving wedge in the lineup for all shots.
Titleist Vokey SM7 S Grind: RRP £150
Design based on feedback from Steve Stricker, the S is best for square faced shots with a touch more versatility than the F Grind. Simple mechanics are best with this wedge.
Titleist Vokey SM7 NEW D Grind: RRP £150
The player’s high bounce wedge, the new D Grind offers high measured bounce with the crescent shape of the M Grind for shot making versatility.
Titleist Vokey SM7 L Grind:
The L Grind features a narrow crescent shape allowing maximum green side versatility, but it is the least forgiving wedge in the lineup.