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Pro Tip: Gain Control with the Titleist SM9 Wedge

Pro Tip: Gain Control with the Titleist SM9 Wedge

Master craftsman Bob Vokey is an icon in the world of golf. His long-spanning career includes the Titleist wedge-maker being inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

But there’s no signs the 83-year-old is slowing down any time soon, especially with the release of the Titleist Vokey SM9 wedge.

Titleist Vokey SM9 wedge

The latest to enter the Titleist Vokey wedges lineup is one that features the first redesigned groove in more than half a decade. It also has a progressive centre of gravity to help with control and with flighting your scoring shots. There’s also a ton of options to really dial in what you need from a scoring club, with 23 bounce/loft options across six sole grinds.

Titleist Vokey SM9 Tour Chrome L Grind Wedge

The reason there are so many grinds, Vokey himself told Golf Digest in a recent interview, was because of how important they are when it comes to helping golfers improve their feel with short shots.

A well-fit wedge is the ideal tool to help you play better around the greens.


“Grinds are a performance technology. Finding which one is right for you has a direct impact on your short game and score,” Vokey said. “It takes some education. You need to know how you swing, what conditions you play in most often, and understanding how various grinds can benefit you.”

The grinds for the new Titleist Vokey SM9 wedges are as follows. And remember, Vokey said, you don’t need the same kind of grind for each of your wedges.

The F Grind (the most-played sand wedge on Tour) is an all-purpose grind, The M Grind is idea for players who have a shallower, more sweeping swing type, The S Grind has a faster feel through the turf and is best for neutral to firm conditions, The D Grind has high measured bounce and blends versatility from toe, heel, and trailing edge, The K Grind is the highest bounce wedge in the line and is the ultimate recovery tool from the bunker, and finally The L Grind is the lowest bounce option in the SM9 line and is designed for precise players.

The Titleist Vokey SM9 wedges come in four different finishes: Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel, Jet Black, and Raw.


In terms of construction, these new Titleist Vokey wedges see an improved progressive CG that was first introduced in the SM8. It produces a wedge that squares at impact – helping to deliver trajectory control and consistent distance. There’s a new spin milled process that produces even sharper grooves for higher and more consistent spin.

While you may think there are might be too many options – not so, says Vokey. The options that exist, very simply, circle back to trajectory and distance control. And when it comes to your scoring clubs, that’s exactly what you’re hoping to see improve.

The six Tour-proven grinds help to offer versality and maximize creativity while the centre of gravity has been raised even further to help with solid contact and a more controlled ball flight. Not only that, but the groves in the new Titleist Vokey wedges are engineered through a new cutting process (which includes micro-grooves cut in between the main grooves!) to help to maximize spin and durability.

With plenty of options available, Bob Vokey has once again done what he does best to help golfers of all skill levels get better: He’s taking decades of craftsmanship and experience, and applied it to the line of new Titleist Vokey wedges.


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