PGA Tour pros seek feel with lighter wedge shafts

SAN DIEGO – Feel is back.

Okay, it never really went away, although at least a generation of golfers seems to have developed a fixation with distance at the expense of feel.

Now, many PGA Tour players have embraced a return to feel, an old concept that somehow feels new because so many golfers had disregarded or disrespected it.

When Brooks Koepka won the Phoenix Open, he carried four Titleist wedges (48, 52, 56 and 60 degrees).

The 52, 56 and 60 had True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts instead of the stronger Dynamic Gold X100 shafts in his irons and 48-degree pitching wedge.

“It’s the feel,” Koepka said before the start of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. “The S400 feels softer. It’s great for little shots around the green.”

Explained True Temper’s David Walker, senior director of sales and global tour operations, “There are many players out here on Tour using X100 in their irons and S400 in their wedges. Yes, I would call it a trend.”

For amateurs, there are other methods for achieving an overall softer feel in both the iron and wedge shafts. One is to switch to a lighter, softer shaft such as True Temper’s XP115, models of which weigh 10 to 15 grams less than Dynamic Gold.

Becoming more fanciful, Walker even suggested the installation of Dynamic Gold 8-iron shafts in the wedges to promote a more flexible, cushioned feel.

There is a message here: Wedge shafts are starting to attract more attention than ever.

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