The story behind Keith Mitchell and Cameron Davis' unique wedges at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
February 06, 2020
- February 06, 2020
- Keith Mitchell (left) and Cameron Davis' (right) Titleist Vokey 60-degree wedges. (GolfWRX)
The man who travels the PGA TOUR each week to help players tweak, tune and customize their Titleist Vokey Wedges is tour rep Aaron Dill.
Dill – or “AD”, as he’s often called – has been working with Vokey for more than a decade. In that time, he’s worked on some very interesting sole grinds, giving PGA TOUR players more versatility with their scoring clubs and getting the likes of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth dialed in to play their best golf.
At this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, we spotted a unique 60-degree wedge in the bags of Cameron Davis and Keith Mitchell. We wanted to learn more about the theory behind the design, so we sat down with Dill to talk about what makes the club so special.
GolfWRX: We spotted an interesting grind on some 60-degree wedges...
Dill: Years ago, a couple of players talked about this one grind called the “V”. It’s a fairly popular grind ... on TOUR, but some of the things players talked about, the issues, were not being able to open the face. … They want to be able to open the face and have it sit pretty low to the ground and get under the ball easily, but that was a bit of a challenge.
So, we can do either one of two things. We can grind it down, but every time we grind it down, we sacrifice performance everywhere else, and we’re trying to make the smallest possible changes to improve shots and not change the rest of what guys are comfortable with or know how to do with certain wedges.
We realized in order to ... keep those things the same and allow that wedge to sit closer, we basically flattened that rear section of that wedge on the V and put this little channel in the back. And that basically moves that contact point around a little bit -- moves it further back -- and allows that wedge to sit closer to the ground for those guys around the green where they need the versatility.
GolfWRX: We noticed Davis currently has one in the bag. So he wants to play one shot when it’s square, and another when it’s fanned open a bit?
Dill: Exactly. Like most guys out here, he asks, "Build me a wedge that does everything," which is a tough thing to do, considering all the conditions they play in. … In the case of this wedge, when he’s hitting square-faced shots from the fairway or pitching square-faced and chipping, it offers a lot of protection and bounce, but once he goes greenside and needs to create lift, or have some versatility, … we grind off that one spot and give him that option.
Wedge grinds are so important. Finding one that offers the greatest amount of versatility for your swing and course conditions is vital in performing your best around the greens. The recreational golfer may not have Dill and the Vokey team at his or her disposal, but golfers of any ability can visit a qualified fitter and educate themselves about their swing characteristics and the optimal wedge setup and grind options.
Of course, a few cosmetic touches don't hurt either. Mitchell's wedge features stamping that offers a tip of the cap to Dill for his innovative grind, calling the design the "Advanced Breakthrough Proto" and assigning an R&D number.