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post #1 of 14
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I was kind of talked into trying one of these wedges, since I'm reconfiguring my bag in 2 weeks. A friend of mine was dead set on me getting these Snake Eye wedges instead of the Vokeys or CG15's that I was looking at. He was actually pretty aggressive about telling me that I'd be spending double the money for nothing, but I was skeptical, but I told him to pick me up a 58 and I'd buy it and try it out. I'm currently gaming CG14's that are about 2 years old.

The first thing I noticed was that they were forged, and I didn't really expect that from a $50 wedge. So I took it out to the course to hit it, but I didn't practice or hit a single shot on the range before I teed off.

So on the 1st hole, I teed off, right down the center, but I left my approach short. So I went for my CG14 60*, but decided that I'd give the Snake Eyes a try. I hit a low flyer, and I yelled "Check, Check, Check" and it listened. The ball hit the green and just stopped. I was using a Srixon Z-Star, btw. So I was definately impressed by the backspin. A shot like that with my CG14's would have ended up over the green easily.

So now I'm using it constantly out on the course, and the spin I'm getting is amazing. I can be aggressive and attack the pin without worrying about it now. In one round, I was able to adjust and attack, and the results were great. I ended up the round with 29 putts, but only 2 greens in regulation (my iron play has been waaaay off lately). So I was pitching quite a lot during the round.

The only bad thing is that the new sharp grooves really tears up a soft cover like the Z-Star.

I am giving him the money tomorrow to get the 54 for me....... So I'd say if you want Vokey spin without the Vokey price, you may want to give one of these a try. You may be surprised............ I sure was.
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Re: Snake Eyes 685BX Wedges

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Re: Snake Eyes 685BX Wedges

Originally Posted by LBlack14 View Post
Or these....



dang, love the look of those, where could i buy some at?

**edit, nevermind found em on diamond tour.
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Re: Snake Eyes 685BX Wedges

wow, those look amazing. I'm sad to see after some research that they are purposely non-conforming. They should make conforming and non-conforming versions for people who want to follow the rules or compete
Originally Posted by LBlack14 View Post
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post #5 of 14

Re: Snake Eyes 685BX Wedges

Don't you think that maybe your old wedge's grooves were worn down?

Most shots with a premium ball and decent grooves would stop fast.
post #6 of 14

are the felon wedges illegal only because of the post-2010 rule?? or are they just literally made even more aggressive than even the pre-2010 legal wedges??

 

Im not quite sure how important conforming grooves are....i read people on here constantly saying they were buying wedges to "re-conform". is everybody playing on the tour? haha

i have only considered these wedges because im considering amateur tournament play in which grooves that were legal until 2010 for the pga tour are legal for slightly longer on amateur tours. (i think something like 2014?) either way id probably prefer the snake eyes because they are "cheap" (not by any means in terms of quality i assure you) and it could prove as a good starting point for me to build up a wedge for the first time with a specific shaft/grip/bounce/loft ETC.

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Been playing with Snake Eyes 685 with Rifle 6.0 shaft ----- 54 and 58 degrees.

 

Since I played with these wedges (3 months), I had the confidence to go right at the flag either from a 75 yard fairway approach or chipping around the greens.

 

I had chipped a few shots right at the bottom of the cup, approach shots had given me gimme putts.

 

Yes, stopping power is amazing.

 

The 'stripping' ended after a few rounds.

 

BTW, I use Bridgestone E5 and Macgregor VIP balls, with equal success.

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Originally Posted by 18thbunker View Post

Been playing with Snake Eyes 685 with Rifle 6.0 shaft ----- 54 and 58 degrees.

 

Since I played with these wedges (3 months), I had the confidence to go right at the flag either from a 75 yard fairway approach or chipping around the greens.

 

I had chipped a few shots right at the bottom of the cup, approach shots had given me gimme putts.

 

Yes, stopping power is amazing.

 

The 'stripping' ended after a few rounds.

 

BTW, I use Bridgestone E5 and Macgregor VIP balls, with equal success.

in terms of feel, how are they?

 

im in the market for a new set and ive been looking at the 1025 forged Macgregor VIP black crome wedge and the snake eyes 685BX black as well...

i think both companies might be owned by golfsmith, so they have similiarities.

just curious on the feel whether its soft or slightly more solid.

Like something to fit with my FG tour irons.
 

 

post #9 of 14

Did you say you are playing with Wilson FG Tour irons ?

 

I just went to the range yesterday to try out a new set of Wilson FG Tour irons....

 

You got your answer right there in regards to 'how the SE 685 box feels' ...

 

Similar to the FG irons ---- solid.....soft but not as soft as Mizuno MP-6... series of irons.
 

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Originally Posted by handlez42 View Post

in terms of feel, how are they?

 

im in the market for a new set and ive been looking at the 1025 forged Macgregor VIP black crome wedge and the snake eyes 685BX black as well...

i think both companies might be owned by golfsmith, so they have similiarities.

just curious on the feel whether its soft or slightly more solid.

Like something to fit with my FG tour irons.
 

 



 

post #10 of 14

I just built the 5 iron version of the 685X and used it for the first time Saturday.  Liked the idea of a forged club but didn't want to invest the $ in case I really didn't like them.  Results on the practice tee were pretty good but mixed on course (possibly due to the fairways being zoysia instead of bent like I'm used to playing).  I've got to say though that there isn't anything to compare with hitting one pure with a forged club.  Like a hot knife through butter.  I'll have to check out the wedges as well - need a 52 to add to the bag.

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Originally Posted by 18thbunker View Post

Did you say you are playing with Wilson FG Tour irons ?

 

I just went to the range yesterday to try out a new set of Wilson FG Tour irons....

 

You got your answer right there in regards to 'how the SE 685 box feels' ...

 

Similar to the FG irons ---- solid.....soft but not as soft as Mizuno MP-6... series of irons.
 



 

 

I recently was looking at a Adams Watson Black (Performance Grind) at the local sports store and even with their rave reviews, i didnt like their shape. They almost seemed a bit big and oddly shaped. Even the vokeys looked a big too big in shape. My favorite is actually the matching FG Tour wedges, which isn't surprising. They have a really nice shape thats slightly smaller and more round with an attractive soft finish. But considering the price is much more than the Watsons and i haven't heard any responses on the grooves ability to create spin, distance, or even feel.. I bet if they priced the wedge around the same price as the watsons more people would pull the trigger, and possibly change their opinions.
How does the Snake Eyes' 685bx shape compare to the bigger companies wedge shapes?

 

 

My only peev towards the SE 685bx wedge is that it isn't offered in a 50^ option (after getting a 54 and 58), which i desperately need. I've considered bending a 52 though. i know for certain i need new mid loft wedge as well as "high" loft wedge. I've got some old Ram Tom Watson wedges that somehow im capable of spinning but only with perfect shots...no walking backwards with these old dogs though.

 

 

yes love the FG's. I heard a guy saying if there was anything comparable to the beloved Mizuno MP irons it would be the FG tours. Soft but a little more solid (not "harsh" of course) than the MP's. He also said he only could tell that slight difference when he took his glove off to hit both. I only use his opinion because Mizzy's were never in my possibilities. (JPX-800 pro WERE though) Considering they were my first set of fitted irons as well as forged, i can't imagine the need to pay more for something slightly softer. Plus, i love the wilson staff history. Classic looks in those FG's for sure.


 

 

post #12 of 14

Hurricane Golf got the FG Tours for $329.00. If u call them, ask them to match ebay price with free shipping......very good folks

post #13 of 14

And my last concern i forgot to mention would have to be the sole grind of the 58 and 60 degree wedges. Are they ground down on the heel or toe for versatility? ensuring you can open up the face in a variety of lies without lifting the leading edge. More for the purpose of flop shots.

 

I'm all over the forums asking about a number of wedges because this would be my first set or  2 or 3 to buy of quality wedges. I pride myself on being creative around the greens. Flop, pitch, chip, anything you name i'll use it in a number of ways moving the ball around in my stance and opening and squaring the stance. Just wanna make sure i buy the right wedge to make sure it doesnt hold me back. My high loft wedge now has 14 deg bounce with an old school grind so opening the face isnt a friendly choice from any lie where the ball lays tight somehow like thin rough or fairway.

post #14 of 14
I went out today and my friend had a 56 685bx and he actually never used it and i loved the spin I was seeing from it and the control of my chipping .... I bought it from my friend and can't wait too keep using it
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