A Closer Look at Bill Haas' Historic Vokey Wedge Shot
Posted: 26 September 2011
The second Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas saw he could get a
club on the ball, he was already pulling one of his Titleist Vokey
Design Spin Milled wedges from the bag.
His Pro V1x sat on edge of the water, two-thirds above the mucky surface and five feet below the elevated green.
Both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs titles were on the line.
Faced with perhaps the most difficult up-and-down of the 2011 PGA Tour
season, there was only one thing on Bill's mind: "Play it like a bunker
"If there's a little bit of water, if you don't mind getting your feet dirty, then (just) blast it out of there," Bill said.
Without hesitation, Haas propelled the wedge into the water behind his
Pro V1x and watched the golf ball pop into the air, land 3 feet past the hole, and
spin to a stop.
Bill's wedge of choice to pull of this heroic shot: His Vokey Design Spin Milled 60º•E (E-grind), bent to 59º with 7º of bounce.
60º•E features the same grind and profile as the Vokey Design Spin
Milled 60•07º wedge currently available through Titleist authorized
retailers. The E-Grind features a medium sole with full bounce surface
and straight relief along the trailing edge. Slight heel camber allows
the blade to be easily opened for shot-making versatility.
"The full sole of the Vokey 60º•E helped Bill pull off the shot," Master Craftsman Bob Vokey explained. "He was able to open up the
face and still have enough bounce to play it like a bunker shot. The
grooves of the wedge along with a descending blow allowed him to spin the
ball, even out of the shallow water.
"It was an amazing shot, one of
the best I've seen in all my years of watching Tour players."
Check out Bill's historic shot in the video below.