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Loving my SM9s. They're like a blend of the SM7 and SM8 -- just a cleaner version of the 8. I have:

 

48F (10)

54D (12)

58K (14)

62M (08)

 

My previous SM8 setup was 50F-54D-60D, but I had an extra spot in the bag so I dropped the 60 and added two very different grinds in the 58 and 62 that give me all kinds of options around the green and from bunkers. I'm even thinking about adding the 46F, bending it to 45 and bending my 48 to 49. I'm not crazy about the set wedge in the Mizuno 225s. It's fine, but I prefer the control, spin and turf interaction of the Vokey.

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I have had Vokeys primiarily since SM4. I play A LOT of golf so I typically upgrade to the newest iteration every cycle. I have also strayed, albeit very shortly, multiple times to other wedges. I always come back to Vokey. They’re so consistent. They are the benchmark for looks. Non-recency bias the SM9, for me, are truly the best yet. My one ‘complaint’ is I picked up almost 10 yards per wedge on full swings from sm8 to sm9(I know it seems crazy but it’s true lol)  I bag 50,54 and 58. I actually had them bent a * weak so 51,55 and 59. 


I’m not a Titleist fanboy or anything but Vokey has it figured out. The telling sign for me is look at how many non-titleist pga players have them in the bag. 
 

hope this helps.

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I'm coming from Callaway MD5 52.10, PM Grind 58.10, PM Grind 64.10.

 

I'm waiting on black 50.08F, 56.08M, 62.08M - KBS Tour 120x in the 50, S400's in the 56 and 62. They're my first Vokeys - and I'm only going Vokey because there is no new PM Grind and my wedges are pretty much dead.

 

The SM9's felt great during the fitting session. I wasn't expecting to end up with three wedges of the same bounce again, but it worked...

 

I might try the CLR trick. They look great ^^

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1 hour ago, tets said:

Those look phenomenal!


They still won’t really rust, but gives them that actual tumbled gunmetal look. 
 

For the CLR, leave them in maybe 2-3 hours to start. You can use super fine sandpaper, steel wool or I use a green scotch brite pad. Rub them in a consistent direction just to get the finish where you want. You can repeat until you get to the darkness you like. I actually don’t let them go for more then about 4 hours. Mine look similar to the pics above. Maybe slightly darker. 

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I only have 1 wedge, the 60L grind.  im a sweeper and this wedge is amazing. i use it for everything inside 80 yards, and in the sand. on full shots the ball goes extremely high.  i can also flight the ball lower if needed. i wish there were lower bounce options in the 50-54 range. 

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I'm coming from some old Vokey's. 54.10 oil can and a 60.06 raw steel from 15+ years ago.

 

Just ordered a set of SM9's. 50.08F, 54.14F, 58.14K

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23 hours ago, RogerinNewZealand said:

Thanks for CLR instructions! 

You can use just plain white vinegar and there’s no need to sand after, plus it’s a lot cheaper. Just soak them for a couple hours then brush them off under water. Attached are pics of a Stealth 2.0 wedge I did.

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Can't tell a great deal of difference between SM8 & SM9 in terms of feel. To me the SM8's had more spin. 

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Any of you sm9 users go the custom route and get the flight lines done? Just curious if they are really useful.

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First round with my full setup of Vokey SM9s = 48F / 54D / 58K / 62M

 

Best short-game round that I can remember. Up and down all day long. Bunker shots, chips, full shots, everything was just perfection.

 

I could go on and on, but let me just point out that the 58K (14) / 62M (8) combination is tremendous. It guarantees I'll always have a suitable club from wherever I am around the greens and from whatever lie I have in the rough on in the bunkers. All these Vokeys are great but I'm absolutely loving the 58/62 combo. 

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I only have the a 50 degree SM9 at the moment but will be moving into a 56 and 60 when my current SM7's are done (I loved them so stocked up on them when they discontinued them). Really pleased with the SM9 - was never sold on the SM8 from a looks perspective so I didn't even test them out. Not sure what it was but the SM9 are more pleasing to my eye and whilst I have my 50 in chrome, I am really keen to down the Raw route when I go to 56 and 60. 

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On 5/21/2022 at 4:49 AM, Masse1369 said:


They still won’t really rust, but gives them that actual tumbled gunmetal look. 
 

For the CLR, leave them in maybe 2-3 hours to start. You can use super fine sandpaper, steel wool or I use a green scotch brite pad. Rub them in a consistent direction just to get the finish where you want. You can repeat until you get to the darkness you like. I actually don’t let them go for more then about 4 hours. Mine look similar to the pics above. Maybe slightly darker. 

 

Just ordered a 54/10S and 58/14K in black yesterday and this thread has me even more excited than I already was!

 

Is there anything gained by doing the CLR on the black right away vs waiting?

 

I love the tumbled gunmetal look but I also like the black (at least when still nice and fresh). Was thinking about keeping them "stock" black to start but then if/when I start to not like how it is wearing do the CLR process to take (what is left of) the black off at that point.

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On 5/20/2022 at 8:04 AM, btyh said:

Long time user of vokey. I will wear these sm9s out before upgrading 

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Do you notice any playability difference in the 9’s? Seems like they made the soles a touch wider on them.

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On 5/22/2022 at 7:18 PM, Sons_of_Pitches said:

Any of you sm9 users go the custom route and get the flight lines done? Just curious if they are really useful.

 

On 5/22/2022 at 7:19 PM, jgonz69 said:

Anybody order theirs with the flightlines ?

(lol, sons posted the same time as me)

 

I have had the SM9 Raw with flight lines in 56 and 60.  First, the SM9s are awesome, very similar to a RTX Zip Core in heft.  I really like the higher CG.  I am getting better spin out of the rough and a lower ball flight on half to full shots (not low, just lower which is what I want).  These are fantastic off the fairway tight lies nipping nice 50 - 70 yard shots.

 

The flight lines are curious.  I do find them helpful for the standard and higher shot reference, but the flight line that helps with setup of a lower shot is not quite working for me.  In the 56 it is ok, but in the 60 I am not sure on this.  Using Parker's recommendation to put the flight line pointing to your nose is a bit uncomfortable in the 60 and it seems to take all the bounce out which sure, you get lower flight, but you also risk digging.  Where I do like it is when I am just off the fringe and have a short chip; then I can use the line to setup and get a low check spin to roll nicely.

 

I will be very interested when Parker releases his longer videos on using the flight line.

 

Softness of SM9 raw impact is perfect.  Compared to PXG Milled, a better feel, the PXGs were too soft; it felt like the ball was on the face forever.

 

Best vokeys I have played in a long time.

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Changed out my SM7s (54.08M, 58.08M) for new SM9s on release.  In addition to working hard on my short game over the last 12 months, plus new wedges in the bag, I could not be more happy.  Not just happy with contact, feel and flight but I am hitting my pitch and bunker shots really close and picking up shots.

 

54.08M was discontinued so after much testing I went with:

 

54.10S (bent to 53)

58.08M

 

and Im very happy with my choice - they are working perfectly.  I play in firm conditions (fairway and sand) in the Melbourne sandbelt.

 

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