Bob Vokey has been Titleist’s go-to man for many years when it comes to crafting lastest and greatest in wedge technology. The art of tinkering and forging golf clubs runs in his blood, as his father before him was a toolmaker but has a fascination for using those techniques on golf clubs.
It took Vokey until his mid-20s to realize his passion and natural ability to forge clubs, specifically wedges when Titleist came calling in 1996.
For the last 10 years, Vokey has had Aaron Dill by his side assisting him in creating wedges. Dill also specialized in stamping wedges with unique designs for players on tour.
And now Dill will finally be able to stamp his own initials on a wedge made by him and named after him. This week Titleist is unveiling the AD-siXty model, part of the Wedge Works line – which is limited edition.
Dill was inspired to make this club after speaking with 2006 U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy about the firmness of the fairways on golf courses in his home country of Australia.
When challenged with very firm fairways and greens, players like to be able to flight the ball high and land it in a specific area on the green in order for the ball to do one of two things: stick in that spot or land and release towards the hole. A shot like that would require a good amount of loft which is very hard to attain when hitting a shot from a firm fairway.
Ogilvy liked how the Titleist Vokey L grind model gave him a low bounce when combatting these firm conditions. Dill based the AD-siXty off that club making it a 60-degree wedge with four degrees of bounce.
Golf Digest provided the rest of the specifications of Dill’s wedge which hits the market Wednesday morning:
“The wedge utilizes the company’s TX4 groove design with a wider, shallower shape and parallel surface roughness lines between grooves. This is done to improve consistency in groove design and spin on greenside shots and are available in a brushed nickel finish. Custom stamping is available (up to eight characters) in 12 colors and there are numerous shaft, grip, shaft band and ferrule options.”
This club could very well be a lifesaver for most golfers, professional or amateur status.
Hitting a pitch shot takes a higher level of concentration to execute as opposed to an iron shot off the fairway. For starters, you need to gauge the appropriate distance to bring your club back in order to land the ball right where toy want it.
One mistake players make is taking the club back too quickly because they feel like they won’t have enough club-head speed at impact to strike the ball the appropriate distance. Instead, they should treat it like any other golf shot where you bring the club back slowly and accelerate through the top of the swing. It may feel weird to bring the club back in a controlled manner on these shots but its the proper way to do it.
The AD-siXty is also designed to glide through the rough and sand like a hot knife through butter in order to produce the perfect pitch when a ball is scattered around the green.
Dill may need to keep producing this club – instead of making it limited edition – as it could prove to be a problem solver to any golfer’s short game blunders.