Published on March 28th, 2013 | by Andrew Wagner0
Review: Titleist Vokey SM4 Wedges
Vokey wedges by Titleist are the No. 1 wedges on the PGA Tour and it’s not even close. One of the premiere names in golf equipment, Bob Vokey’s penchant for innovation and quality is what has put Titleist in the driver’s seat among wedge makers. Setting their Tour pedigree aside, I put Vokey’s newest offering, the Spin Milled SM4 wedges, to the test to see how they performed for an amateur, regular-guy golfer like me. I tested the 56-degree sand wedge and 60-degree lob wedge in an appealing Tour Chrome finish.
The distance was average or slightly longer on full shots with each wedge; typically, I was seeing the distance I look for in a wedge – good, but nothing that’s going to blow you away.
I have always thought of Titleist being some of the most workable and accurate clubs out there and these wedges are no exception. I was very pleased with the control I had with these clubs. The workability was actually greater than expected. I would recommend these to anyone looking for control and workability in a wedge.
I generated great spin rates with the sand wedge, and really felt that it gave me some options when hitting approach shots. If I was pleased with the sand wedge’s mid to high spin, I really expected more spin out of the wedge. It has enough to stop a ball but that’s about it.
The feel of these wedges was really disappointing. They are hard; you will feel every shot. I am a big fan of Titleist, but I really think they dropped the ball on the feel of these wedges. When I hit a wedge I want a firm feel but it really feels like you are hitting rocks with these clubs.
The control and accuracy was really good and the spin of the sand wedge was great, but the feel of the clubs really brought down my opinion. Being a fan of Titleist I really wanted like these wedges, but they just didn’t impress me. The spin off the lob wedge was extremely disappointing: I was left wanting more. For people looking at these clubs my recommendation is to make sure you try them out and you like the hard feel of the clubs. All I can say is that I won’t be playing them any time soon.