The latest version of the ever-popular Titleist Vokey wedges has been revealed with the unveiling of the SM8s ahead of a launch in the new year.
One of the most used wedges on tour, the Titleist SM8 Vokey wedges will replace the SM7 wedges as the go-to option of PGA and European Tour stars—but only once the latest technological developments have been fully tested.
The new wedges are set to be released in 2020 and, in now traditional Titleist fashion, they will be given a rigorous test by the players who will be using them during a validated process beginning at the RSM Classic in Sea Island this weekend.
First images of the new SM8 wedges were released by Titleist ahead of the validation process beginning at the RSM Classic in Sea Island where the new clubs will be put through their paces for the first time.
Titleist’s PGA Tour ambassadors will be working with Bob Vokey and PGA Tour Wedge Rep Aaron Dill at Sea Island to perfect the new wedges, which have been crafted to suit each players over the last three months.
“Every new design starts with our Tour Pros, so it’s only right that every launch begins with them, as well. Out here with these guys is my favourite place to be,” said Bob Vokey.
Ahead of the latest chapter of the most played wedge on tour since 2004, the images released of the SM8 wedges show another neat design in 52, 56 and 60 degree options and with a variety of grind and bounce options.
Titleist have revealed nothing about the changes made from the SM7 vokeys but the differences look to be subtle rather than dynamic. What is clear is that the back of the wedges have been made cleaner and straighter with the removal of a thicker section high on the club head.
There also appears to now be a shiny chrome section on the club head, but we will have to wait to discover what the improved performance benefits are until the validation process is completed and any subsequent design tweaks are made – although improved ball flight and feel is expected.
Vokey added: “I’ve been working with my team for years on this design, and it is always exciting to see and hear Tour players test new wedges.
“The early prototype work has been incredibly well received, and we look forward to players enjoying improved ball flight, feel, and overall better results.
“In all my years with Tour players, they consistently want equipment that produces the results they expect when making a great swing.
“We are constantly innovating to help these players hit it closer to the hole. We then customize the grinds to fit each player’s unique swing type. That’s been our DNA since I first started making wedges for Titleist.”
A launch date for the sale of the Titleist SM8 Vokey wedges is not yet known, although it is expected to be early in 2020 when they hit the shelves.