PING’s Glide Wedge is Totally Hydrophobic

PING’s Glide Wedge is Totally Hydrophobic

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Written By: Tony Covey

I suppose that as far as wedge stories go, there’s a bit more to the tale of the PING Glide wedge than most. That said, I will concede that much of what I’ll discuss here today is, in one form or another, common to nearly every new wedge narrative.

For this new model, PING wanted to take a fresh look at everything that goes into a wedge. So as you might expect, we’re going to talk about tour player feedback, refined shapes, new materials, sole designs, and of course, new grooves, but the most compelling part of the Glide wedge’s story starts in a most unusual place.

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Hydrophobicity

“Hydrophobicity. It’s a real thing, you can Google it” – Marty Jertson, Director of Product Development for PING

Actually, let’s skip right to Wikipedia.

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And so here comes your relevant background.

As various finish options for the Glide wedge were being kicked around, PING’s engineers were tasking with using the one that performed best.

Best performing finish?

Most of us likely think of clubhead finish strictly as a cosmetic thing. I gravitate to darker, low glare options. I know some of you love the copper look, and a few of you believe that a rusty club makes the ball spin more.

It really doesn’t matter what you or I happen to believe about our individual preferences, because the guys at PING developed a series of experiments designed to determine if any of their finish options offered an actual quantifiable performance advantage. By the way, this is the kind of thing PING’s engineering team classifies as fun.

This is where hydrophobicity enters the discussion.

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What PING found was that their smooth chrome plating was actually more hydrophobic; more repellent to water. In practical terms; when conditions are wet, moisture spreads away from the cover of the ball and the face of a smooth chrome wedge faster than it does with the other finishes PING tested.

The net result is a 30% increase in spin, and a reduced occurrence of fliers. Again, we’re talking about damp conditions, moderate to severe rough, and other situations that put moisture between the ball and clubface.

30 percent. That’s significant.

In my time in the golf industry, this wasn’t just the most detailed conversation I’ve had about hydrophobicity, it’s the only time the word has ever come up.

PING finds improvements in unexpected places, and again, turning over this particular rock was apparently fun.

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The Rest of the Glide Story

PING’s story is that the new Glide wedges were engineered from the hands down. What that really means is that their team assumed little while looking to make improvements in every aspect of their wedge design.

As many wedge stories do, this one starts with feedback from tour players.

PING spent a lot of time filming the wedge swings of their tour staff members to gain a better understanding of where they had performance gaps.

What PING learned isn’t much different from what you and I already know…even if we don’t realize that we know it. There’s an instantly recognizable feeling that results from using the bounce – the skidplate – of the club correctly.

“You feel the sole thump the ground”, says Marty Jertson. ”At impact you get this feeling of perfect balance, like the club is gliding through the turf”.

Gliding. I see what you did there.

For the less Zen among us, what Marty’s talking about are those shots that just feel right…the ones we know are going to spin like a tour pro hit them.

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Fitting Starts at the Ground

A good bit of how those shots materialize comes from turf interaction, and turf interaction starts with the sole.

You’re no doubt familiar with various wedge fitting techniques – bounce, grind, digger, driver, sweeper, etc. It’s all related, it’s all important, but it can also be extremely complex.

To help simplify things for the average golfer while still keeping the fitting aspect meaningful, PING’s approach to putting the golfer in the right Glide wedge focuses on sole width.

13 Options

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The Glide wedge comes in 3 models; a standard sole (SS), thin sole (TS), and Wide Sole (WS). Not all sole designs are available in all lofts (for example, the TS model isn’t available below 58°), but the idea is that between the three widths and thirteen total loft/sole combinations, the golfer will be able to find his best fit based on his technique.

First, it’s important to understand that the thinner the sole, the more the club will naturally want to dig.

If you have a shallow angle of attack (the guys who just nip the grass with their wedges) or regularly play from firmer fairways and bunkers, you’d likely do well with the TS or SS designs.

You could probably figure this next part out on your own, but the Wide Sole (WS) design is basically for the other guys. If you have a steep angle of attack, take monster divots, or generally play in softer conditions, your game is made for the Wide Sole model.

The WS design produces less downward, and more forward force at impact. Not only does this help prevent digging, it also offers more forgiveness for the less skilled golfer whose impact timing might be less than Zen-like.

Worth a mention, I suppose; while the Wide Sole models will have lower measured (actual) bounce, the effective bounce will be higher. For all intents and purposes, bounce equals forgiveness.

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Other Glide Improvements

As with most new club releases, the PING Glide Wedge comes with its own laundry list of improvements.

Softer Leading Edge – PING has rounded the leading edge radius to help prevent digging.

Increased Offset – I know, we’re all super-awesome golfers, and most super-awesome golfers hate offset. So yeah, PING has increased offset, however, thanks to smoother transition from the hosel, you probably won’t notice.

Intelligent Groove Design – That’s actually my phrase (it’s technically not Trademarked or anything), and it’s not unique to PING. What it means is that PING has optimized the grooves on wedges with lofts from 47°-54° for full shots, while 56°-60° models have grooves with steeper sidewalls (24° compared to 16°) designed to promote more spin on pitches and chips.

Chrome Plated 431 Stainless Steel – The hydrophobic nature of PING’s smooth chrome finish should, by now, be legendary, but it’s also worth a mention that PING is using a softer 431 material in the Glide wedge.

Increased Static Weight – The Glide wedge comes stock with a 118 gram CFS wedge. While swing weights will actually be lower in the 56°-60° models, the higher static weight helps provide a stable feel and lower ballflight.

New Dyla-Wedge Grip – The new grip, which definitely shares some similarities with Lamkin’s wedge grip, is ¾” longer than a standard grip. It has 3 distinct thumb markings to encourage golfers to choke down while developing consistent, repeatable hand placement.

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Pricing, Specs, and Availability

The PING Glide wedge is available in standard sole (SS), thin sole (TS), and wide sole (WS), with a combined 13 loft/sole options:

SS: 47º, 50º, 52º, 54º, 56º, 58º, 60º

TS: 58º, 60º

WS: 54º, 56º, 58º, 60º

Shipping to retailers in February, the PING Glide wedge has a MSR of $140 (steel ) and $160 (graphite).

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Contest – Win The Next PIMP List Wedge

Contest – Win The Next PIMP List Wedge

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First, let me say a quick Thank You to all of you who kicked in theme ideas for the next #PimpList wedge.

The guys at Golf Alchemy are ready to get started bringing your ideas to life. Before they can, however; we need to select a winner from your Top 5 Submissions.

It’s time for the final vote.

The Giveaway

To be eligible fore the giveaway, all you need to do is vote for your favorite theme from the list of choices below. Once the final count is tallied, the guys at Golf Alchemy will create two wedges. One will be sent to MyGolfSpy to be kept in our vault. The other will go to one of you guys (selected at random) who vote for the eventual winner.

The winner will be selected at random.

Voting Ends 11/23/2014 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time. Basically, you have just over 1 week.

Vote Now

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Contest! – Win this Edel Clyde W. Hand-Engraved #ThePimpList Wedge

Contest! – Win this Edel Clyde W. Hand-Engraved #ThePimpList Wedge

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Yesterday we rolled out #ThePimpList – a collection of 19 of the sexiest custom wedges you’ll ever find in one place. Today we’re taking it a step further. We’re giving away one of the most popular (based on your votes so far) Pimp List wedges.

This stunning deep-blue torched Edel Wedge, hand-engraved by Clyde W. can be yours.

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Seriously. We’ve been so overwhelmed (in a good way) by the response that we’ve decided to celebrate the success of ##ThePimpList by giving all of you a chance to own this stunningly beautiful wedge.

If you missed The Pimp List yesterday, you probably should check it out right now.

Once again, here are the details on this one-of-a-kind Edel Golf creation:

Loft: 56°
Grind: Driver Grind 18 degrees of Bounce
Finish: Engraved by Edel Master Engraver Clyde W., finished by torching to a deep blue color
Metal:  Carbon Steel
Stampings (significance): Hand engraved by Edel Master Engraver Clyde W.
Designer/Grinder: Hand Ground by Neil Oster, Hand Engraved by Clyde W.

How To Enter

1. If you’re not already a subscriber, subscribe to the MyGolfSpy Newsletter (We’ve made it easy…here’s a form:)

2. Name this wedge. Every stunning work of art deserves a name. The Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s David, or for the sake of a solid popular culture reference, Seinfeld’s Golden Boy…not that a t-shirt really qualifies for what we’re going for here, but you get it.

Be Creative, Be Brilliant

And on the off chance you don’t get it; let me spell it out for you. Leave a comment with your original name for this Edel Golf/Clyde W. masterpiece, and if you want to make it a bit more interesting, let us know why you chose the name. Be creative, be funny, and most of all, be brilliant.

They MyGolfSpy staff will review the entries and choose our favorite. They guy who came up with it, he wins the wedge. It’s that simple.

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Hurry up and enter before we change our minds!

We do have very specific plans for a few of #ThePimpList wedges, but a few of you have suggested that we auction of some of these fantastic wedges for charity. It’s an idea that we’re kicking around, but there are certainly no strings attached to this giveaway.

We Can’t Force You, But. . .

If the eventual is so inclined, we would certainly appreciate a donation to The First Tee, or some other organization of the winner’s choosing dedicated to growing the game of golf.

Contest Rules

1. Contest ends Friday, May 9th at 8:00PM Eastern Time. Entries posted after that time will be disregarded.
2. Limit 3 Entries Per Person. That’s right…you get 3 tries.
3. Winner will be chosen from qualified entries by the MyGolfSpy Staff. Decision is final, and 100% at our discretion.
4. Must be a resident of planet Earth. Sorry, no Martians or Moon-dwellers.
5. As always…VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

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Innovation or Gimmick? – Nike Toe Sweep Wedge

Innovation or Gimmick? – Nike Toe Sweep Wedge

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Written By: Tony Covey

Invariably, any time nearly any golf company releases its latest product innovation (golf companies love the word innovate in all of its forms), a segment of golfers will immediately scream “gimmick”!

If it’s white, or orange, or anything other than black, it’s a gimmick.

If it has a slot, a channel, or a cavity, it’s a gimmick.

If it slides, flips, or moves by any other method, it’s a gimmick.

And absolutely, above all else, if it’s made by TaylorMade…well, you know.

Whatever it is, Titleist would never do that, and if and when they do, well then and only then is it real innovation.

Such is the mindset of the golfer, and we understand, and we’re basically good with any and all of it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about some of the more interesting products out there that probably aren’t going to appeal to the absolute traditionalists among us.

Let’s have a conversation. Let’s flush it out. Let’s decide whether we’re looking at an innovation or a gimmick.

Nike’s Toe Sweep Wedge

By the letter, the product is actually called the VR (because everything at Nike is VR) X3X Toe Sweep Wedge. The selling point for the Toe Sweep is that it offers the benefits of a wide -soled wedge, while retaining the versatility of a more traditional design.

While it’s a given that I’m glossing over some of the finer points of the R&D that went into the design, what Nike basically did was take a wide sole wedge (what most would classify as a game-improvement design), and grind the hell out of the heel. In fact, there’s so much heel work that the grind actually intrudes onto the back of the face.

The Toe Sweep wedge looks like a novice wedge grinder’s first day mistake, but there’s little doubt that Nike’s most interesting wedge to date was a purposeful creation.

Golf companies like to throw around the word extreme. In this case, when Nike says extreme heel relief, they actually mean it.

As far as wedge grinds from reputable companies go, Nike’s Toe Sweep is the most bizarre design I’ve seen in quite some time, maybe ever.

Let’s not sugarcoat this one bit; wedges that look anything like Nike’s Toe Sweep are generally the stuff infomercials are made for. Get yours now for just $59.95 (that’s not the actual price). Take the swoosh of the Toe Sweep and nearly everyone will think it’s a gimmick. Even with the swoosh, some will almost certainly argue it still is.

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What the Toe Sweep Is Supposed to Do

The toe-sweep sole is an innovative combination that blends the best attributes of several of Nike’s most functional grinds. The VR X3X Toe Sweep wedges perform like a wide sole from the bunker, but slide through the tightest lies around the green with ease. – Nike Golf Press Release

The wide sole piece of the Toe Sweep design was put in place to make it easier for golfers to easily launch the ball high out of the bunkers. Nike’s Nate Radcliffe describes this as “activating the toe”. Basically it means that the mass of the clubhead is in the right place to help you hit solid shots out of whatever trap you happen to be in.

Unfortunately, my only opportunity to hit the Toe Sweep so far has come in god-awful conditions. Think it never rains in Vegas? Apparently, some days it pours. Bunkers weren’t wet; they were filled with mud, which obviously isn’t ideal for sand play.

Better bunker players than myself did alright with them, and really, it shouldn’t much matter. Most people understand that wide-soles are generally beneficial out of the sand. This issue with the wide-sole is that it doesn’t lend itself well to being opened up around the green.

Wide-sole wedges lack versatility, which is why flop-shot obsessed guys like myself, and others looking for more playability around the green, tend to stick with more traditional (narrow-sole) designs.

About that Heel Relief

Despite the distinctively odd look created by the extreme heel grind, at address, the Nike Toe Sweep looks perfectly normal. That is to say, it looks like any other Nike wedge, and really, Nike’s wedges look as good as most anything else out there.

As soon as you put sole to ground, any fears (or hopes) you had of staring in an infomercial are immediately dashed. I immediately forgot about the wacky looking grind, and when I hit my first open faced shot, any concerns that Toe Sweep might be a gimmick were put to rest when my ball hopped and stopped on the green.

Like most any other wedge, it’s easy enough to vary trajectory simply by moving the ball back or forward, or by closing or opening the face, but without a doubt, the most definitive (and surprising feature) characteristic of the Toe Sweep wedge is how well it performs wide open from very tight lies.

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Flop Shots off Concrete?

It seems impossible that it could be so easy to hit wide open shots with what’s mostly a fat-soled wedge, but that’s exactly what I did (time and time again) with Nike’s new Toe Sweep wedge. The extreme (there’s that word again) heel relief is so functional that, should the need arise, you could actually hit a flop shop off concrete.

“Why would you need to hit a flop shot off concrete?” – GolfSpy X

Now right there is a guy who doesn’t play golf with me very often.

Lost in the nonsense about hitting totally unnecessary shots is that Nike has basically done what they’ve claimed. They’ve given you (golfer and consumer) a near-zero compromise wedge that gives you plenty of sole to get out of sand, and deep rough, while retaining an extreme (this time it’s my word) amount of versatility, which basically means the average golfer (who is still an athlete) can more effectively play nearly any shot from nearly any lie. And yes, that includes flop shots off concrete (you know…should the need ever arise).

If concrete isn’t your thing, I should probably mention that the Toe Sweep works very well off of tightly mown fairways as well.

Oh…and for those wondering about spin. Nike’s wedge grooves have always tested well for us, but paired with the new RZN balls, and the Toe Sweep spins like a muthafu…

The one potentially compromise is this; some of us love beautiful sexy little wedges (mostly because they’re beautiful, and little, and sexy). Nike’s Toe Sweep, while perhaps not an ugly duckling, is an odd duck, and I suspect some of your buddies will look at you cross-eyed when they find it in your bag.

“Did you buy that from an infomercial” is a question you should probably get comfortable answering. Either that, or hit a flop shot off concrete. That’ll shut ‘em up.

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Innovation or Gimmick?

Unfortunately, in the golf equipment game whether or not something works as advertised doesn’t always dictate success. Perceptions matter more, so ultimately it’s almost inconsequentially how well the Toe Sweep wedge actually performs.

If the majority consumer (whether informed or otherwise) decides the Toe Sweep is a gimmick, then it’s a gimmick (even if I say it’s not).

Historically, Nike Golf hasn’t been particularly adept at telling their own product stories. Their model relies heavily on athletes playing and winning with their products. Winning is their story, and it actually works pretty well when you have guys like Tiger and Rory on Tour, but that may not be enough for Toe Sweep.

It’s fair to say Toe Sweep is one of few Nike golf products designed for the everyday athlete (as opposed to the tour professional), and to reach that audience I think you need to speak directly to it.

Based on what I’ve, the Toe Sweep wedge is one of two signature pieces (the other being the new RZN balls), but if Nike doesn’t adequately tell its story, then I believe it’s destiny will be that of a gimmick, or perhaps worse still; an afterthought collecting dust as Vokeys and Clevelands are pulled off the shelf around it.

Have Your Say

What do you think? Is Nike’s Toe Sweep an innovation or a gimmick? Would you consider replacing one or two of your wedges with something that looks as strange as the Toe Sweep?

Specs, Pricing, and Availability

Nike VR X3X wedges (including Toe Sweep) feature a satin chrome finish, Dynamic Gold Wedge shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips.

Loft Options: RH: 56, 58, 60 degree. LH: 56 and 60 degree
Availability: January 31, 2014
Street Price: $109.99

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Digging In With Cobra’s Tour Trusty Wedge

Digging In With Cobra’s Tour Trusty Wedge

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Written By: Tony Covey

“Yeah , Yeah, we’re a colorful company…but we always start with performance” – Jose Miraflor, Director of Product Marketing at Cobra Puma Golf

A couple weeks ago, Cobra-PUMA sent out the official press release for the new Tour Trusty wedge. Of course that came a few months after they released the Limited Edition Rickie Fowler #BRINGIT prototype, so it’s not like this was really the first time most of you heard about the new wedge.

So rather than rehash what had already been written, or worse yet, write a few new awful Rickie Fowler jokes (something with orange, a mustache, and definitely Oklahoma State), I thought it might be interesting to dig a little deeper (no pun intended) into the refined sole design of the new Tour Trusty and see if maybe I couldn’t help educate golfers on the finer points of the new design.

The original plan was to discuss the new grind and nothing but. The thing is, when you get Cobra-PUMA’s Jose Miraflor on the phone, more often than not, you get way more than you bargained for.

Jose will be the first to admit that he’s not a 5 minute conversation kind of guy, and if I’m being honest, neither am I.

Sure…I did eventually get the details on the new grind, but Jose made sure I knew that there’s a lot more to the new Tour Trusty than that weird notch thing.

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A Totally New Wedge

For their Tour Trusty wedge Cobra combined heel and toe relief with their distinctive rear notch to create what the company calls the Tour Notch K-Grind. Those familiar with Cobra’s Trusty Rusty series might be surprised to learn that other than that signature notch, every aspect of the wedge has been completely redesigned.

While the Trusty Rusty could very much be considered a game-improvement wedge, the new Tour Trusty was designed for, and to an extent, by Cobra’s Tour Pros (Poulter, Blixt, and Fowler). The tour-inspired changes are clearly evident in the shaping of the new wedge.

The Trusty Rusty’s classic, though oversized, teardrop shape has been replaced by a more modern design. Offset has been virtually eliminated. The leading edge has been straightened out, and to an extent, so has the topline.

The Tour Trusty isn’t the most compact wedge on the market, but it’s not a big wedge either. It’s at worst small to medium sized. That description holds true for the topline thickness as well.

According to Miraflor, the new design makes Tour Trusty ideal for avid to rabid golfers, better amateurs and, of course, Tour players.

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Dissecting the Tour Notch K-Grind

While it’s basically impossible not to notice the notched sole, the Tour Trusty actually has 4 distinct grind points where Cobra has removed material from the head.

Leading Edge Relief

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The most subtle of the grinds on the Tour Trusty is along the leading edge. Cobra added just a hint of radius to help prevent the wedge from digging into the turf.

The Notch

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While the notch certainly helps the Tour Trusty stand out from the crowd, it turns out it actually serves a purpose. You didn’t think it was just a gimmick, did you?

When the wedge is in the square position, the notch does 3 key things:

It helps that radiused leading edge sit closer to the ground.

It provides relief to help the wedge glide through the turf.

Finally, an often overlooked benefit of the notch is that it helps the wedge exit the ground as smoothly as it enters. While this is perhaps something the average golfer may never have considered, it’s something that crucially important to many Tour Pros.

Heel Relief

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Heel grinds are among the most common grinds found on today’s wedges. Cobra’s implementation isn’t functionally any different than anybody else’s. The heel relief helps the leading edge sit closer to the ground when the wedge is played open, which as you probably know by now, makes for a more versatile wedge.

Toe Relief

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The reasoning behind removing material from the toe is perhaps more interesting than you might initially think. There is the obvious; if you’re going to remove material from the heel, for symmetry alone you should probably remove it from the toe.

Removing material from the toe is also critical for maintaining the desired center of gravity (CG) location.

Finally, as Jose Miraflor told me, there are guys that will actually stand their wedge up on the toe to hit shots out of depressions or deep grass. Like the heel grind, the toe grind better allows the club to slide under the ball when playing toe-down variations of the bump and run from less than ideal lies.

Thanks Jose…that would have been great to know a week ago. Next time.

Pulling it All Together

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The Tour Notch K-Grind is the combination of heel and toe relief along with the signature notch. It’s like wedge Voltron.  The trailing edge relief grind helps the wedge get through sand and rough to produce higher, soft-landing shots.

Before I could even question the necessity of including the grinds on the lower lofted wedges (52° & 54°); clubs  that most golfers don’t play from the sand with any regularity, Miraflor told me that grind provides enough versatility for golfers to open up their lower lofted wedges and still hit the high, soft shots from longer distances.

I’ll admit it’s not a shot I’ve attempted particularly often. I think I tried it in Myrtle Beach like 9 years ago. It didn’t go so well, and I haven’t tried it since.

But Does it Spin

“Does it spin, stop, sit up, bark, back up? Like your best dog, a wedge should do what you ask it to.” – Jose Miraflor

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It’s pretty well-known these days that the USGA has put firm limits on what golf companies can do with not only their grooves, but also with surface texture.

Like everybody else in the industry, Cobra’s Tour Trusty grooves are right up against the USGA limit. To get the most bite they possibly can, they’ve made the edge radius smaller, which made the grooves sharper. Steeper sidewalls provide more volume, and the end result is grooves that are 15% larger than Trusty Rusty’s and most importantly, produce more spin on full shots.

With that out of the way, let’s be brutally honest, Cobra’s groove story isn’t that much different than what we hear from basically everyone else trying to sell a wedge. We’ve got grooves, and they spin as much as the USGA allows them to. Moving on…

Sneaky Peaks

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What is actually compelling is Cobra’s approach to surface milling. You’ve probably heard of Cleveland’s ROTEX, Wilson’s micro-spin enhancers, or Callaway’s Laser Milled Micro Grooves. Basically everyone is trying to use whatever surface texture they can to help offset the USGA’s limitations on grooves. If you can’t get more spin from the grooves get it from the rest of the face.

For a surface texture to conform to USGA specifications it has to pass two different tests.

The Average Surface Roughness Test can be thought of as a measure of the abrasiveness you can feel when you run your fingernails across the face. What the test actually looks at is how tightly spaced the surface texture patterns (whatever that happens to be) are.

The Average Peak Roughness Test looks at how deep, or I suppose, how tall the surface milling is.

Cobra’s patent-pending design, which they call Variable Feed Rate Milling (VRF) cuts a percentage of the surface grooves to only half the depth of the others in the pattern. Because the USGA’s measurement is based on the average depth, Cobra’s process allows for surface grooves that are taller and more tightly spaced than what you can legally achieve through a consistently-sized pattern.

According to Jose Miraflor, the benefits of the Cobra design are most apparent from inside of 30 yards, where VFR allows for optimum spin.

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Tour Proven

For whatever reason many of you seem to care who is playing what on tour. If Phil Mickelson has a backwards 64° (bent to 63.847° and 2.18° flat), U-Grind wedge, all of us absolutely need to have one too. I don’t actually think it should matter to the average golfer, but Cobra staffer Jonas Blixt has the new wedges in play, as do Cobra’s LPGA and Symetra staffers.

Blixt is a particularly interesting case, and while obviously his talent accounts for the lion’s share of his production, it’s worth mentioning that his best numbers (PGA rankings) come from inside of 30 yards – exactly where Miraflor told me the Tour Trusty’s face milling makes the biggest difference.

Blixt ranks #16 in Scrambling from the rough and #9 for Scrambling from 20-30 yards.

The other guys…Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter; I’m told they’ll both be spending more time with the wedge this fall, and I would classify the Cobra guys as cautiously optimistic that one or both will have the Tour Trusty in the bag for next season.

Specs, Pricing, and Availability

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The Tour Trusty will be available at golf retailers on October 1st, 2013 for $119 per wedge.

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JAMES PATRICK GOLF CUSTOM WEDGE GIVEAWAY!

JAMES PATRICK GOLF CUSTOM WEDGE GIVEAWAY!

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A few months back, I brought to life, The Art of James Patrick to MyGolfSpy readers. I introduced Mr. James Harrington, the man behind James Patrick Golf, and walked you through one man’s life passion. Harrington is true artist and craftsman that has redefined the custom wedge marketplace. It’s been said by many readers that the only other thing in the modern game that surpasses a JP Wedge in beauty, elegance, and precision, is SPY ZINGER himself (Saternus, et. al., 2013).

THE UPDATE – WHAT’S NEW AT JP GOLF?

Last month, I had a chance to play a round of golf with JP at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Stillwater, Minnesota.  I gave him a delightful beating, and absolutely outscored him…on one hole.  Anyway, after asking me how it feels to be the best looking man in golf, he gave me an update on some projects he’s been working on since we published the original article.

The latest project is the James Patrick Golf Channel Grind.  The JP Channel is cut into a the sole of a traditional higher or low bounce wedge.  The fitting principles are the same. If you need high effective bounce in your wedges, then you would need a high effective bounce with the JP Channel Grind.

The JP Channel is designed with a series of channels that activate depending on your unique swing path towards the golf ball.

The golf swing can be broken down into three unique paths.
:: Square to the target line.
:: Inside to outside of the target line (typical draw/hook swing).
:: Outside to inside of the target line (typical fade/slice swing).

“As golfers, especially in our wedges, we need the versatility to be able to hit a multitude of shots.  We may need be able to open our stance and the face for a green side flop or bunker shot…or we may even need to hood the face and come from the inside depending on the shot you need to hit.  Your natural swing path may cause you to come into the ball at a certain angle in relation to the swing path or you may need to manipulate your golf swing to be able to hit all the shots that you need to hit during a round of golf.” – James Harrington

This unique channel system allows for the channeling of turf, sand, and dirt through impact with less resistance while enabling the wedge to track more efficiently with your unique swing path through impact.  For example, if you come across the target line from outside to inside for a green side bunker or flop shot, the correct set of channels will activate creating more efficiency through impact while simultaneously restricting the other channels that are not conducive to that particular path.  This is a result of the channels that were cut into the the traditional sole which acts like a bridge restricting flow through the channels that do not match up with the unique swing path.

JP said, bounce angle alone  is only one element of effective bounce or how the wedge interacts with the ground through impact. The other two elements are Sole/Bounce width and camber.  The wider the sole/bounce width, the more surface area there is to resist digging through impact. He states, “I could make two wedges each having 10 degrees of bounce, but by simply varying the sole/bounce width I could create a low bounce wedge that cuts like a knife into the ground at impact… or I could make it resist digging like an extremely high bounce wedge.  The other element is camber, which is the curvature from the leading edge to the trailing edge of a golf club. Enhanced camber effectively increasing the bounce of a wedge.  I like to talk Effective Bounce which is the resistance to digging at impact. Effective Bounce encompasses all three of the elements that create digging or the resistance to digging when coming in contact with the ground through impact.”

The Channel can be fit directly to your unique angle of attack, be it high or low effective bounce. Once ideal contact between the sole of the wedge and the ground is established, the channels will engage depending on your unique swing path through impact creating less resistance will complimenting the effective bounce maximizing its’ consistency and forgiveness.

THE GIVEAWAY

Harrington was excited to be a part of MyGolfSpy, and wanted to do something special for the readership. James Patrick Golf is giving away this 56 degree wedge, custom built to your exact specs by Mr. Harrington himself at The Grind House in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The wedge is a FIFTY6 with Mid-Effective Bounce.  Black Chrome Scraped with a Baby Blue StampBack with Tour Conforming Grooves.

The contest is relatively simple and has 2 easy steps:

1. Visit the James Patrick Facebook Page and select your favorite JP Wedge design.  Come back here and leave a comment telling us why you love the wedge.

2. For a bonus entry, Retweet the following (the Retweet button is the one with two arrows that form a square):

Contest Rules

* Contest runs through midnight Eastern time on June 7th
* Open to residents of the USA and Canada only
* Winner selected at random from all eligible entries

The Winner’s James Patrick Wedge

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