Pros: Consistency, spin control , feel, strike
I took delivery of a Vokey Spin milled CC 50-08 wedge today after reading the excellent reviews on TheSandTrap. I had never used one and only use the standard Wilson Deep Red II wedges that I got with my iron set. I opted for the 50 degree version as it fitted neatly between my 44 degree wedge and 55 degree sand wedge. By my reckoning the Vokey would play about 105 yards. Up until now I had been using the Wedge for every shot from 90 to 120 yds.
I unpacked the Vokey and went straight to my local par 3 course, which has good quality, if a bit firm, greens. Most of the greens are raised which means if you miss the green you can end up in trouble. The first hole measured 105 yds downhill to the centre. This had caused me problems as my gentle wedge rarely gripped and usually rolled off the green and down one of the slopes on either side or off the back. On the other hand a full sand wedge just didn't have the legs to reach the putting surface.
I took a couple of practice swings with the Vokey to adjust to the relatively short shaft (compared with my Deep Reds, then took it on. Using a smooth swing I was relieved to here a resounding click as I clipped the ball of the surface. The ball seemed to fly on a very high trajectory, but I could tell immediately that the distance was spot on. The ball thumped down on the green and hopped once to one side the sat down, good as gold, on the green. I went on to use the Vokey on 8 of the 9 holes either from the tee (playing off the deck) or around the green. Whilst I need to work a bit to get the touch for use around the green (I usually use a 7 or 8 iron to chip and run) I was amazed at how quickly I got used to the Vokey.
It was amazing! I didn't think it was possible for me, a medium/high handicapper, to get that level of control and spin even out of the bunkers. I wiintend to replace my PW and SW with other Vokeys. I'll be looking to leave myself 100yd pitches whenever possible. Only wish I'd invested in one earlier. Thank you Titleist, thank you TheSandTrap.