Titleist has announced a new program called “WedgeWorks Hand Ground’. According to Titleist, “through WedgeWorks Hand Ground, golfers now have the opportunity to submit their wedge orders to the Vokey Tour Department and experience the same intricate detail as those players competing on the worldwide professional tours, choosing from several models, grinds and customization options previously reserved for Tour pros only.” What a great way to give back to the game! Based on Bob Vokey’s comments, the Master Craftsman, it sounds like this venture has been a goal of his for a very long time as Bob makes the comment, “I’m bringing everything I’ve learned over the years working with the best players in the world to this project. Many of the little tweaks I like to do on the Tour Van are now available. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
With respect to the available lofts and grinds, Titleist announced, “WedgeWorks Hand Ground wedges are offered in 58º and 60º lofts, and four of Vokey’s favorite high-performance sole grinds – M, V, E and T. The V, E, and T models are available only through the Hand Ground program. All Hand Ground wedges have a raw finish, previously available only to Tour players, along with Tour-proven, precision-milled SM4 grooves.” Golfers also have the optionality of a square toe, straighter leading edge, beveled top line, pre-worn leading edge, or a pro-groove. The pro-groove is a subtle channel in the center of the sole that has been made popular by Webb Simpson. What about stampings? Oh yeah, golfers also have their choice of five custom toe stampings: “Prototype 2013,” “Hand Ground,” “Special Grind,” “Spin Milled” or “BVHG”. Plus, golfers can get one additional custom stamp, too, which is up to eight letters/numbers.
Compare the grinds here.
What can you expect to pay for this level of customization? The wedges will retail for $350. Now, should you pick-up the phone and order the new wedges? I would say that depends on your historical experience of playing Vokey wedges and ability to rationalize the high price point with frequent play. However, if you love detail and your a player that typically hangs onto wedges for a while – go for it! Do let us know if you make the purchase. We would love to hear your opinions on the various models.