Kanoito Posted August 24, 2018 Share Posted August 24, 2018 So I've been playing the SM7 for about a month now and would like to share my findings with you guys... I'm going to skip my golfer background, but if you are interested, I do mention it in my ShotScope and MLA putter reviews (links in my signature). I got a fitting for my drivers and irons... so why not the wedges as well? Until now, I had been playing with Mizuno T5 wedges OTR. It wasn't hard to choose, no grind options, just loft and bounce. But what if there was more performance hidden behind a well-fitted set of wedges? I had to find out! Fitting My fitting was done at Titleist Fitting Center in Green Eagle (where the Porsche European Open was hosted). I've played the course once about 5 years ago, when I was still a total beginner. So I'm pretty sure I was unable to appreciate it. The North Course is looong. I remember there is a hole that could easily be made into a Par 6. Anyways, when I arrived, the course was pretty much on lock-down (prepartion for the PEO). A lot of Porsche on display, immaculate driving range, waiting for the pro's to show up a few weeks later. After saying hi to my fitter, we got down to business. The usual questions: what's your handicap, what wedges are you using now, what is your PW, carry, etc... I was already warmed-up, so we got on Trackman right away. My CF16 PW was pretty consistent with 120 yards carry. Standard loft on the PW is 45Â°, so my fitter we recommended to stay with the current set-up of 50Â°, 54Â°, 58Â°. Vokey offers the 50Â°in F grind only. Since I'm a slider, my fitter recommended the 8Â°bounce option. The F grind is more suitable for square-faced and full swings. That's good, cause that's also how I use my gap wedge most of the time. To keep a consistent feel with the full-swings, we opted for the PX 5.5 shaft, just like my iron set. Then we moved on to the SW. The 54Â°offers 3 grinds and 3 bounce options: 54/8M, 54/10S and 54/14F. After hitting a few shots off mats (where Trackman was insatlled) we moved on to the short game area, hitting some 65 yard approaches, pitching over bunkers, out of bunkers and some short-sided pins. After testing all 3 options, we settled for the 54/14F with the best results. Initially, I was worried that the 14Â°bounce would be too much for my home course. But my fitter gave me a few swing tips (obviously, the flaw was in my swing) and I was able to play the 14 bounce wedge without any issues. I'm obviously no tour player, but perhaps you would like to know that the F grind is the most-played SW on tour. Probably has no meaning for us amateurs, but it was stupid easy to get out of fluffy bunkers with this wedge. We picked the DG R300 shaft for this one, since I won't be swinging fully, and the heavier shaft provides more control. Last, but not least, the 58Â° lob wedge. Titleist offers 5 options 58/4L, 58/8M, 58/10S, 58/12D and 58/14K. 58/14K was out of the question, since I already had a high-bounce sand wedge in 54Â°. 58/4L offers maximum versatility, but the least forgiveness, so not recommended for my level. After reading about @chisag and @jluke's positive experience with the D grind, I was dying to test it myself. This is a new offering in the SM7 line-up, but unfortunately, my fitter didn't see it suitable for me, as I rarely take divots. So we only had the M and S grinds left. I couldn't tell the difference between these 2, but the M worked well, even for open-faced lobs. And here we picked the DG R300 as well. After choosing the 3 wedges, I picked the JetBlack finish with GP MMC +4 grips in 3 different colors. These grips are pretty sweet with their larger lower hand. Performance Spin (5 out of 5) These babies spin a lot! I tested them on the short game area with range rocks and I was able to stop them 3 feet from the whole while chipping and just 1-2 bounces when pitching. With real balls (depending what's on sale), the spin is much more obvious. Even without divots, I had some balls spinning back. I tested with Chrome Soft and TP5. I can't tell you if the increased spin was due to the Spin Milled Groove Technology or just because the wedges are new and have sharper grooves. So we'll have to see in a few months... Control (5 out of 5) The SM7 delivered consistent distances every time. According to the Pelz clock system: 1/4 LW 35 yards 1/4 SW 45 yards 1/4 GW 55 yards 1/2 LW 65 yards 1/2 SW 75 yards 1/2 GW 85 yards 3/4 GW 100 yards These wedges also use Progressive CG, so depending on the loft, you'll have different CG to achieve a more consistent trajectory and distance. Not sure if this helps, but I was definitely able to trust my partial swings to reach the desired distance and didn't need to force them or worry that it wouldn't be enough. Feel (4 out of 5) I personally "felt" the SM7 were a little clickier than my Mizuno wedges. I'm not gonna go into the endless debate of "forged vs cast" here, but I personally can't tell the difference between in softness. What I "felt" was actually the sound associated with it. However, I must say the clickier sound wasn't bad at all. Quite the contrarty, that's the sound you hear on TV when pro's are pitching around the greens and it certainly gives you the feedback you need. In the end, feel is just a personal preference. Design (5 out of 5) The JetBlack finish is just badass. I love it and I'm glad Titleist offers a bunch of personalization as well. Please note that every clubhead has a slightly different shape, depending on the loft. A tiny complaint: they forgot the paintfill in one of the stamping. Not a deal breaker, but still worthy to point out. Distance (4 out of 5) Wedges are made for precision, not distance. The SM7 are your typical blade design, so if you are looking for explosive distance, this is not the place. Compared to my old set of Mizuno's, there was no change in gapping. Your mishits won't be masked, so you gotta hit them right to be consistent. Vokey fans are usually mid-low handicappers, so forgiveness is not their primary concern. If you got the time to practice, you'll enjoy these. Otherwise, I think you will be happier with more forgiving alternatives such as Cleveland's CB or matching wedges to your GI irons. Performance (5 out of 5) I tested the performance on the range and on the course. At my home course, we got a wedge range, which was created by PGA Pro Mike Bender while training Zach Johnson for the 2007 Masters. You got concrete blocks in 10 yard gaps and you have to hit all of them with the least amount of strokes. Zach Johnson needed 50 balls to finish the exercise. Unfortunately, I'm no PGA pro, so I made the exercise a little easier: not only direct hits count, but also 2nd or 3rd bounce hits. With the easier rules, I used 77 balls to finish the exercise. About 30 balls were used between 35 and 65 yards and the rest between 75 and 100 yards. I'm sure @Shankster would love to have this in his backyard. On the course, I also had very good results. Consistent distances that allow me trust the clock system blindly. I still thin the ball once in a while, but that's more my own problem. Unfortunately, you won't notice the good results on my score, since my tee shots have been s*** in the past weeks. Missing my drives both left and right is penalizing me severely. Even my trusty 3W has betrayed me! Just a few weeks ago, I shot a 39 on the front 9 and a 55 on the back... but that had nothing to do with the wedges. Final Verdict: hell yeah, buy them! 8 Quote SpeedZone 9* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 60 S X2 Hot 3 Deep 14.5* w/ Aldila Tour Green 75 S JetSpeed 5W 19* w/ Matrix Velox T 69 S OR Super LS 3H 19* w/ Kuro Kage Black 80 S JPX919 Forged 4-PW w/ Modus3 105 S Vokey SM7 50/08F, 54/14F & 58/08M w/ Modus3 115 Wedge ER1 34" w/ SuperStroke Fatso 2.0 Pro / H2NO Lite Cart Bag / 3.0 / NX7 Pro LRF My reviews: MLA Putter // Titleist SM7 // PING i500 // PuttOUT Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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