March 05, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- (Vokey Wedges)
DORAL, Fla. -- Victor Dubuisson had a little problem when he arrived in Miami on Monday. Waiting for his bags at Miami International Airport, Dubuisson noticed one bag in particular wasn't on the luggage carousel.
His golf bag. For whatever reason, the Frenchman's clubs never made it on the flight -- they didn't show up until late in the day on Tuesday -- forcing him to get creative with his practice routine early in the week.
Instead of borrowing a set of clubs for the time being, Dubuisson went into the Titleist Tour Truck and asked to have a set of wedges and a putter built to work on his short game.
As Vokey Tour rep Aaron Dill tells the story, he told Dubuisson he'd make him a new set of wedges under one condition -- he wanted to design a special wedge for the 23-year-old to commemorate his play at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Two weeks have passed since Dubuisson fell to Jason Day in 23 holes at the Dove Mountain, but players and equipment reps on TOUR are still buzzing about the miracle recovery shots he pulled off in the desert on back-to-back holes -- the 19th and 20th holes of the match -- escaping from the cholla and a bush to save par and extend the match.
"After those two shots out of the cactus, I was texting people left and right asking them, 'Did you just see that cactus shot?'" Vokey Tour rep Aaron Dill said. "I just thought that after those two incredible shots it would be cool to do a "cactus-grind" or "cactus wedge" -- not changing anything about his wedge setup, of course -- for the special shots he made."
Dill actually had a particular design in mind for the 58-degree Vokey Prototype K-Grind wedge and went to work mapping out a cactus on the back of the wedge. Using a pin stamp, Dill tapped small marks into the wedge until he had the shape of a cactus.
"It took about 20 minutes to map out what I wanted to do and get the shape of it put together," Dill said. "Once I had the shape, I applied multiple coats of paint until I had the color I was looking for.
As far as unique wedge creations go, Dill said the "cactus wedge" was high on his list of favorites.
And what did Dubuisson think when he saw the wedge for the first time on Tuesday?
"He just had a big old grin on his face," Dill said. "I just knew right there that I did my job. It's just a cool way to show Victor how amazing those wedges were and celebrate that. It's easy to be inspired by what he did in the desert."
No word yet if he'll put the Vokey "cactus wedge" in play this week at Trump National Doral, but judging by his reaction to the new creation, there's a good chance this wedge will around for a long time. Or at least until the airlines loses his clubs again.
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