In this video and article, Golf Monthly digital editor Neil Tappin gives his verdict on the Titleist Vokey SM6 wedge, which features progressive centre of gravity positions and new grooves that create more spin
Titleist SM6 Wedge – Key Technology
Compared to the hugely popular Titleist Vokey SM5 wedge, the new SM6 model features a progressive centre of gravity (CG) design that aligns the CGs with the impact position of each loft to produce more precise distance and trajectory control with exceptional feel.
The design is visible on the back of the SM6 and, in simple terms, it means the CG is lower down the face on the lower lofted wedges for the best feel and control on pitch shots, and higher up the face for the same benefits when you open up the face with your sand or lob wedge.
It’s especially beneficial in the lower lofted models (46-52º), where the CG now lines up with the CG in a typical PW from an iron set, for more predictable flights and carries club-to-club through your bag.
All five Vokey grinds (L, M, S, F, K) are direct results of Bob Vokey’s experience fitting tour players and amateurs for more than 20 years, with the options on offer in SM6 now perfectly streamlined to cover all swing types and shot preferences.
A new Spin Milled TX4 groove and face texture combination also delivers up to 200rpm more spin, possible thanks to machine milled grooves with a parallel face texture that creates a sharper, more consistent groove edge.
As with SM5, narrower and deeper grooves in the 46-54º heads and wider and shallower grooves in the 56-62º lofts each suit the roles of those clubs, chiefly spin control on full shots and maximum spin on partial shots.
Available March 11th 2016, the Titleist Vokey SM6 wedge has an SRP of £140 (steel) and £155 (custom graphite).
It’s available in 46-62º lofts and three finishes: Tour Chrome, Steel Grey and Jet Black (raw).
Titleist SM6 Wedge – Test Results
The new CG story makes perfect sense from a tech point of view, and certainly seemed to align the lower lofted wedges with my short irons more effectively during testing, both in terms of feel and distance.
This update should be especially useful for the type of player who chips and pitches with different clubs depending on their distance from the flag, as it will improve the consistency of your trajectory and feel, and make judging the landing and run out more predictable.
The simplified grind options are also a success, with the additional options among the higher lofts giving you more choice where you need it in your short game.
As you’d expect from a Vokey wedge, the spin control is impressive – both using Titleist Pro V1s and non-premium golf balls. That said, how much of this was down to the new groove design and how much was the fact they were brand new was hard to tell during our initial test.
No Titleist Vokey SM6 wedge review would be complete without mentioning the stunning looks and shelf appeal. We would have thought this was almost impossible to improve since the Titleist SM5 wedge, but the new design looks spot on.
As with the last few Vokey models, there are a range of finish options. This includes the Jet Black version with a raw finish that will rust over time. As you know, black makes things look slimmer, and this did mean the lower lofts felt a little harder to hit than the Tour Chrome and new Grey Steel finish equivalents, so make sure you try each type before you buy.
A resounding thumbs up from us. The new CG positions make it easier to switch between your irons and wedges around the green, while the stunning new looks are backed up by pin point spin control and a pleathora of loft, bounce, grind and finish options.