Titleist Vokey SM5 wedge review
Golf Monthly senior staff writer Paul O’Hagan tests the Titleist Vokey SM5 wedges
A beautifully designed wedge that ticked all the boxes for me. Firstly, the finish and look are very appealing. I was particularly taken by the classic head shape, which helped instil confidence. Performance was equally impressive, and I was able to produce consistent spin and control regardless of my intended ball flight. I especially enjoyed the short, soft bunker shots and the high lobs, which this club made a pleasure to play. By Top 25 Coach John Jacobs
Here you can read Golf Monthly senior technical writer Paul O’Hagan's Titleist Vokey SM5 wedge review
Titleist Vokey SM5 wedge review: 10 point test
1. Address view. All three SM5 finishes (Tour Chrome, Gold Nickel and Raw Black) are beautiful, but it’s the Gold Nickel option that offers a particularly stunning look.
2. Shelf appeal. Clean graphics and a classic shape make the SM5 instantly recognisable as a Vokey. All three finishes look great on the shelf. The option to custom stamp your wedges gives them a unique look in the bag.
3. Options. An incredible 21 combinations of loft, bounce and grind. Lofts available from 46 to 62 degrees, in increments of two degrees. This impressive list of options means you can find ideal gaps between clubs as well as picking a set-up that suits your style of play, and the courses you regularly play.
4. Grinds. Bob Vokey has created six different grind options, inspired by the most common requests he receives from tour players. These options are designed to suit shallow, neutral and steep swing paths, as well as firm, medium and soft ground conditions.
5. Grooves. New deeper TX3 grooves help keep grass and sand away from impact with the ball to offer added spin. A heat treatment process on the face means that the grooves maintain maximum spin for longer.
6. Head design. The blade length has been made shorter and the toe area is rounder than the SM4. Again, Bob Vokey used feedback from PGA Tour players to make these changes to the head shape.
7. Spin. The SM5 undoubtedly provides more spin than its predecessor. This added grip instils confidence and encourages a confident chipping action.
8 Distance control. As with the SM4, the flight on full shots still comes out slightly lower than most wedges. This, combined with added spin, helps prevent the ball from ballooning and creates noticeable distance gaps between each wedge.
9 Forgiveness. This really comes down to selecting the right bounce and grind options to suit your game. If you often hit your pitch and chip shots fat, there are options available here that will make a huge difference to your consistency, and your ability to attempt higher-tariff chip shots when required. A conversation with your PGA professional or a full fitting will really help you get the most out of the SM5 design.
10 Feel. Although some will still opt for a forged wedge design, there’s a reassuring sound and feel off the SM5 face, which the vast majority of players will love.
Tom Clarke joined Golf Monthly as a sub editor in 2009 being promoted to content editor in 2012 and then senior content editor in 2014, before becoming Sports Digital Editor for the Sport Vertical within Future in 2022. Tom currently looks after all the digital products that Golf Monthly produce including Strategy and Content Planning for the website and social media - Tom also assists the Cycling, Football, Rugby and Marine titles at Future. Tom plays off 16 and lists Augusta National (name drop), Old Head and Le Touessrok as the favourite courses he has played. Tom is an avid viewer of all golf content with a particularly in depth knowledge of the pro tour.
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