Titleist’s wedge guru, Bob Vokey, has unveiled their new SM7 line of wedges. The SM (Spin Milled) line has been extremely popular for the brand and each subsequent release has improved upon the previous generation. SM7 tweaks the headshape and design of the SM6. The SM6 line featured a different CG location based on the loft of the club, designed to optimize launch and spin rates. A proprietary heat treatment is applied to the SM7 line in order to help improve durability of the grooves throughout the playing life of the wedge. According to Titleist, the SM7 grooves have improved tolerances that provide up to an extra 100 rpm of spin.
SM7 wedges now have 6 different grind options, including an all new D grind.
– F Grind: Full sole designed primarily for full swings and shots hit with a square face. For that reason, F is the only grind available in the 46º-52º models. The 54°/56° F Grind is the most played sand wedge on the PGA Tour.
– S Grind: Designed based on feedback from Steve Stricker, the S is best for square faced shots with a touch more versatility than the F Grind. Simple mechanics are best with this wedge.
– M Grind: Vokey’s favorite, the M grind is designed for players that like to rotate the club face open and shut to manufacture shots around the green.
– K Grind: The highest bounce wedge in the lineup, the K Grind is the ultimate bunker club and the most forgiving wedge in the lineup for all shots.
– L Grind: The L Grind features a narrow crescent shape allowing maximum green side versatility, but it is the least forgiving wedge in the lineup.
– D Grind: The player’s high bounce wedge, the new D Grind offers high measured bounce with the crescent shape of the M Grind for shot making versatility.
The new SM7 wedges are available in three finishes: Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel an . Tour Chrome retains its popular bright chrome finish. The darker Brushed Steel finish is richer and slightly more polished when compared to the Steel Gray offered in SM6, while maintaining a non-glare finish in the playing position. The raw Jet Black now has black paint fill in the logos and graphics instead of the traditional white.
TT DG Wedge flex will be the stock shaft, but expect a full choice of custom options via the Vokey website.
Titleist staffers that put the SM7 into play include:
Jordan Spieth – (46.10 F, 52.08 F, 56.10 S, 60.04 L)
Jimmy Walker (46.10 F, 54.08 M, 60.04 L)
Bill Haas (54.10 S, 60.10 S)
Webb Simpson (54.14 F, 60.10 S)
Brian Harman (46.10 F, 50.08 F, 54.10 S)
Russell Henley (48.10 F, 54.10S, 58.08M)
Andrew “Beef” Johnston (46.10 F, 50.08 F, 54.10 S, 58.10 S)
Patton Kizzire (48.08 F, 52.12 F, 56.08 M)
The line will be available at retail starting March 9 with a starting price of $149USD