July 15, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
Master craftsman Bob Vokey has spent decades fine-tuning wedges for the best players in the world, creating a wide variety of bounce and grind options to satisfy as many swing types, shot techniques and course conditions as possible.
But if there's one thing Vokey has learned during his time on TOUR, it's that some players need something that isn't on the current list of bounce and grind options.
For instance, Vokey's K-Grind was inspired through Vokey's work with a number of players including Adam Scott and Jason Dufner — both use TVD-K lob wedges — and has a wider, more cambered sole than any other Vokey model, making it easy to use out of the bunker but still playable around the green.
The wedge's versatility makes it a good option for most courses, however, during the run-up to The Open Championship, Vokey and Aaron Dill, Vokey's Tour rep, decided to tweak the K-Grind after receiving feedback from players that were preparing for the firm, tight fairways and deep bunkers.
To make the wedge work at the Old Course, Vokey and Dill created a low bounce K-Grind called the "Links K Grind" that features reduced camber from the traditional version. The grind reduces the effective bounce to 4 degrees, thereby allowing player to execute shots from the tight turf, while also delivering bunker forgiveness as a result of the wide sole.
The Links K Grind comes in a Raw finish — the same finish Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker have on their SM5 wedges — with Vokey's Spin Milled TX3 grooves that produce additional backspin by channeling away grass and sand for improved contact between the ball and groove edge.
Vokey's limited-edition Links K Grind will be available for $275 through Titleist's Vokey WedgeWorks program.