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Titleist Vokey Spin Milled Wedge Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2006
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Titleist Vokey Spin Milled WedgeVokey Spin Milled 60

A couple of years ago I had a Vokey Oil Can lob wedge which I loved. After it got ripped off I replaced it with a Hogan wedge and now a Mizuno. I liked the Oil Can, but not quite enough to replace it with another one. Not the case with the Vokey Spin Milled.

Technology

The Vokey Spin Milled are wedges which have the grooves milled out of the 8620 mild carbon steel face by a computer controlled milling machine. The main grooves are not the only milling, there are even smaller grooves milled into the rest of the club face by a circular cutting tool (see picture #2). I’ve covered this type of face milling a couple of times before on the MacGregor Vfoil irons and the Eidolon V-Sole wedges. There’s a milling pattern which is only a few thousandths of an inch in the face which gives the player even more spin and control over his shots. The combination of the main grooves and the fine milling of the face result in a contact area 30% greater than regular wegdges. More contact area means more feel, more spin, more control.

Looks & Feel

Standing over the Spin MIlled 60 I feel nothing but confident. These teardrop shaped wedges are very pleasing to the eye. Alignment and ball position seem very easy to get correct.

Titleist Vokey Spin Milled WedgeThe weighting of the Spin Milled 60 is so good it feels like a perfectly balanced, perimeter weighted putter. When you bring the club back in your backswing the blade wants to stay perfectly online and square to the target. I can feel the blade and it’s position throughout the entire swing and due to the perfect weighting it seems to stay online with little effort on my part.

The club I tested has a slightly matted silver finish which Titleist calls “tour chrome.” This matte comes in handy on bright days because you don’t get blinded by the sun reflecting off your wedge. Titleist’s “Oil Can” finish is also available for these models. The Oil Can is a darker, unfinished metal which can actually rust.

Stock Shafts

Dynamic Gold S200 or S300.

Stock Grip

Titleist Tour Velvet Cord Round w/logo underneath.

Available Lofts

54 degrees with 10 or 14 degrees of bounce.
56 degrees with 10 or 14 degrees of bounce.
58 degrees with 08 or 12 degrees of bounce.
60 degrees with 04 or 08 degrees of bounce.

Titleist Vokey Spin Milled WedgeOn The Course

The 60 I used was the model with 4 degrees of bounce. What an amazing club. I could slip the club under the ball and hit amazing flop shots, even on extremely tight lies. With 4 degrees of bounce that’s what that club should be doing.

I could close down the face and chop down on the ball to hit a low runner with two bounces and a quick check. I could also open the face a bit with the ball back in my stance and hit a medium shot which flew 1/3 of the way and rolled the other 2/3 to pin high.

In even the deepest of rough the leading edge cut right through and enabled me to make solid contact with the ball.

I was surprised that the sand shots turned out as good as they did with this club. I thought perhaps having less bounce would make the sand shots more fat, resulting in the “dreaded 2nd bunker shot.” Not the case at all. The SM60 sliced right through the sand and I was able to get some massive spin on the ball.

Critic’s corner

The one thing which could be a problem with this club is now soft the 8620 mild carbon steel is in the face. After only a couple of rounds there are already dents and worn spots from either shots or simply replacing the club in the bag. The metal is so soft that I don’t see this club lasting for several years in the bag of someone who plays regularly. You must be careful when putting the club (or other clubs) in your bag.

I’m not a fan of Titleist’s stock cord grips. I wouldn’t say this is a “problem” but merely a personal preference as I’ prefer a different kind of grip.

Conclusion

One of the shortest conclusions ever: This is the best wedge I’ve played yet, hands down.

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