May 23 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Cobra's Tour Trusty wedge won't hit shelves until Oct. 1, but the company is giving golfers the chance to play the new wedge several months in advance with the release of a limited edition version of the tour-inspired wedge.
Designed by Cobra-Puma Tour Staffer Rickie Fowler, the limited-edition Tour Trusty wedge — Cobra only made 1,600 wedges — will be available on June 1 and is identical in shape and performance to the retail version that will hit golf stores later this fall.
The only difference between the two wedges is the addition of custom stamping on the back of the limited-edition version that was done by Fowler. The limited-edition Tour Trusty will only be available in a 55-degree model with 12 degrees of bounce and a satin finish.
Unlike Cobra's Trusty Rusty wedge, which was first designed by short-game specialist Phil Rodgers in 1997 with a non-plated finish that rusted over time, the limited-edition Tour Trusty is nickel plated. The 8620 Carbon Steel head also features less offset and bounce than the old version, as well as a notch grind and milled face for added bite.
Fowler and Jonas Blixt have used custom Tour Trusty wedges this season. Ian Poulter has also been doing extensive testing with the wedge.
Even though the limited-edition Tour Trusty will only be available in one loft, the retail version will have a multitude of options with nine different lofts — starting at 47 degrees and going to 63 degrees in odd-numbered increments — and two finished (stain chrome and black).
The 55- and 59-degree models will also feature two difference bounce options. The 55-degree will be available in 8- and 12-degrees of bounce, and the 59-degree with 6- and 12-degrees of bounce. The rest of the line will only be available in one grind.
The limited-edition Tour Trusty will be available on June 1 and costs $149 per wedge.