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Discussion in 'Golf Equipment Talk' started by azgreg, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Roger Cleveland sold Cleveland Golf to a French ski manufacturer in 1990. He remained with Cleveland until 1995 and joined Callaway in 1996... almost 20 years ago. They didn't just hire him to "make the Mack Daddy 2". Roger has designed wedges for Callaway for a long, long time.
    Cleveland has struggled over the past few years. If it weren't for the huge coffers of Dunlop/Srixon current ownership, I believe they would have fallen a long time ago. At one time, the 588 was THE wedge on Tour.

    Bob Vokey had worked for Gary Adams at Taylor Made. When Taylor Made sold, Vokey and Adams started Founders Club. Then, in 1996, Vokey joined Titleist to assit in design of the 975D driver. He, then, began designing wedges for Titleist. With the Titleist name carrying Tour creds and Cleveland going through some marketing issues, the Vokey line of wedges quickly eclipsed Cleveland as the choice of Tour pros. Note the chronology... Roger leaves Cleveland in 1995 and Vokey joins Titleist in 1996, the same year Roger goind Callaway.

    Wedges have always been a 'red-headed stepchild' to Callaway. Now going through some extremely difficult financial challenges, Callaway etched Cleveland's name onto the Mack Daddy 2 wedges... and is being sued by Dunlop/Srixon/Cleveland for trademark infringement. The industry "artists" are getting old. Roger Cleveland, Bob Vokey, Scotty Cameron, Bob Bettenardi... and we don't see the corporate structures spending the money for artist R&D. It's much less expensive to use a CAD software program to add a different color plastic to the backside of an iron and release it as the best thing since sliced bread.
     
  2. TrickyPutt

    TrickyPutt Banned Banned

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    yeah. but i picked up some md2 in the store and like them better than the rtx 588s i got rid of. I hope they are as sweet as a dream when I get my hands on them.
     
  3. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Titleist just hired James Patrick didn't they?
     
  4. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Correct. As I said, Vokey is aging... and has no financial worries. Titleist is looking for a replacement and has picked up Patrick. It will be interesting to see if the Patrick name can bring the same auora as Vokey. The wedge line that seems "hot" right now is Greg Hopkins' "Hopkins Golf". Wow! The customizaton available on his site is phenomonal. Hopkins was a designer for Cleveland and left to start his own company. I really believe he will be picked up by someone like Callaway or TMAG.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Rec'd a nice Dick's gift card for Christmas. Their on-line site has the wedges new for $69 and free shipping. So, I was able to burn the gift card and get the new wedges.
     
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    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I really like the Cally X Forged wedges, first Cally wedges that I liked the look and feel of. They are really hard to find in the lofts I am looking for though.
     
  7. Fairwaysplitter3320

    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    Tick tock boys, tick tock. Only a few days left till the club buying freeze kicks in.
     
  8. TrickyPutt

    TrickyPutt Banned Banned

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    This makes as much sense as a chastity belt. Dont do it.

    Let me rephrase...dont do it to each other. Its kinky.
     
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  9. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    I never agreed.
     
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    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I need more time or an exemption. I need wedges but haven't found a deal that I am happy with yet.

    I'm in, but I will be buying wedges before the start of the season. I have been waiting for RBG to have another decent sale on Scratch wedges.
     
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    TrickyPutt Banned Banned

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    Jim if I buy the wedges you like and give them to you, it doesnt count because you did not buy them right? So two Shottalkers cooperating could buy clubs the other likes and swap.
     
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  12. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Jim, I was looking at those scratch wedges as well, but the 8620's aren't USGA compliant (as far as I can tell) and I'm planning to play in some local tournaments this year.
     
  13. BigJim13

    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I've been kicking around those or another Set of Cally X Forged's. I have heard mixed reviews of the Scratch wedges though. Some on another forum were saying those were USGA legal? I'm not willing to spend $70 per wedge though + shipping, legal or not. I can build a set for 1/3 that from Golfworks and have the shafts I want and be legal.
     
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    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Sure, feel free to buy me whatever you want Tricky! :D
     
  15. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    I could game these.

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    They come in 52-8, 56-11, and 6-70°. If you bent the 52 to 54 it would give you 10° of bounce. Would that be enough?
     
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  16. BigJim13

    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I could handle those too! 54/10 is right around what I am looking for.
     
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    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I've been kicking around these too...


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  18. BigJim13

    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Hmmm..not sure why that posted so big, its almost actual size on my computer!
     
  19. TheTrueReview

    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    Unless you're an elite amateur, you could game them to 2024 under the exemption rule.
     
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    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I was thinking that was the case. Old grooves are still legal with the exception of big time USGA tourneys (US Open, US open qualifiers etc). At least that is how I understood the rule.
     
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