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Its turning out to be the week/month of wedges. Earlier this week, Callaway announced its MD3 is coming in September. Now Titleist has reported a new Vokey Design Spin Milled 5 wedges are now available in the tour’s preferred finish: Raw. Previously reserved for Tour players through the Titleist Tour Van or Vokey Tour Department, Vokey Design SM5 Raw wedges can be ordered and customized through WedgeWorks on Vokey.com beginning today. 

“Raw means there is no additional finish applied to the wedge, which is made of 8620 carbon steel,” Master Craftsman Bob Vokey explained. “It has what I like to call a satin appearance that will start to rust after some use. On tour, the Raw heads give us the flexibility to grind wedges based on a player’s needs,” Vokey continued. “But guys just love the look of that raw steel – some players like it even more as it rusts, kind of like a trusty hammer or another tool. These are their scoring tools.” 

Jordan Spieth, the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion, has relied on Vokey Design wedges since his junior golf days. Spieth, the favorite heading into St. Andrews next week, now carries four Vokey SM5 Raw models (46º F, 52º F, 56º S and 60º L). “It’s always been a confident feeling for me looking down at a Vokey wedge, knowing that Bob and Aaron (Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill) have me dialed in. I’ve been playing four Vokeys for years now – always with the Raw finish. I love the look and the feel of the raw metal, especially when they start rusting,” he said. 

Many PGA Tour players including Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson are fans of the Raw finish. “The Raw finish is perfect for me,” Walker said. “I have never liked glare coming off my irons or wedges and I even have a matte finish on my metal woods. I’ve played black wedges and copper-finished wedges in the past because of that, but have been playing Vokey Raw consistently for several years now with great success.” 

Johnson added, “I’ve played Vokey wedges for as long as I can remember, and switched to Raw early in 2007. I love the look of the Raw, plus I don’t have to worry about being distracted by any reflection from the sun.” 

Vokey Design SM5 Raw wedges are offered in four lofts from 54º to 60º and three of Vokey’s most popular sole grinds – S, M and K. The M grind, Vokey’s original tour grind, is a versatile design currently played by many tour pros including Jimmy Walker and Charley Hoffman. The S grind was inspired by Steve Stricker, who likes to play his wedges in a square position, with minimal wrist action. The K Grind was born out of Vokey’s work with several players, including Adam Scott and Jason Dufner. It has a wider, more cambered sole than any other Vokey model. In total, there are 10 loft/bounce/grind combinations. As part of WedgeWorks, every SM5 Raw wedge can be customized, including personalized stamping in up to six characters and one of 12 paint-fill colors. Golfers can also choose from a selection of shafts, grips, shaft bands and ferrules. 

Vokey Design SM5 Raw wedges are available through WedgeWorks on Vokey.com or by custom order, starting at $180 plus personalization.