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Tried raw a few times and hated it. Raw would be ok if I was on tour and got free wedges whenever I wanted. Buying a new wedge for $150+ and having it look worn after two weeks is not for me. Multiply that by three wedges in the bag...no, thanks. I completely don't understand the intrigue of raw wedges. Value retention is also way worse if you want to make a switch.

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Ai Smoke ♦️♦️♦️ 9* Ventus TR Blue 6x

Ai Smoke Mini 13.5 Tour AD VF 6x

Apex UW 19* DI 8x

P DHY 22* KBS C-taper lite 110
Titleist T100 5-P KBS Tour S+

PING S159 50, 55, 60h S300
Phantom X 7

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Trust the rust.

"Obviously you're not a golfer." ~ The Dude
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it
." ~ Ferris Bueller
"The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight." ~ Ben Hogan

Woods:    Callaway Rogue ST Max 10.5* (D,-1) - VA Composites Slay 65 Four | Callaway Rogue ST Max 15* 3W - Aldila Rogue White 130MSI 70S | Callaway Rogue ST Max 20* HeavenWood - Aldila Rogue White 130MSI 70S

Irons:      Artisan FC 4-P - Nippon Modus3 Tour 105 Stiff | Mizuno MX-20 4-P DG300S (when I am not getting along with the Artisans)

Wedges:  Artisan 50*, 54*, 58* - DG300S

Putter:     Artisan 0920 long plumbers neck - 360g, 34.25", 3* loft, 66.5* lie | Artisan 0220 long plumbers neck - 360g, 34.25", 3* loft, 66.5* lie

Ball:         Titleist Pro V1 | Bridgestone Tour B X

 

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My preference is for raw, but they're almost 25% more expensive from Vokey, so this year I've gone with chrome.  $240 wedges are a crime.

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OG Stealth Graphite Design Ventus Blue TR 60X

Ping 425 Max Hotmelted Tensei Orange 1k

Titleist T100, Project X LS 6.5

Epic 3w/5w/4h - Tour AD-DI

Wedgeworks SM8 55.13D / SM9 60.08M

Scotty Cameron T22 FB

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Raw preference but don’t mind a satin.

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple D w/ Hazardous Smoke Green Hulk 70TX @45.25

3W: Taylormade M2 15* w/ Hazardous Smoke Green Hulk 80X.

5W: Taylormade M6 18* w/ Hazardous Smoke Green Hulk 90 TX.

Irons: Miura Retro Tournament blades 3i, 4i, and 7i. Miura MB-001 5i, 6i, 8i-PW. 3i with MMT 125TX. 4i-PW are Oak doweled, DG X100 Tiger Stepped 1/4”

lofts: 3i: 20* 4i: 24* 5i: 28* 6i: 32* 7i: 36* 8i: 40* 9i: 44* PW: 48*

Wedges: Fourteen RM4 56* DG X7, Miura 59* At 61* DG X7

Putter: Taylormade Spider

Grips: Golf pride MCC+4.

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

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The sand at our course is very angular and large, or at least some of the pieces are pretty large. Not stones, but not fine grains like I think of with sand.   It really chews up wedges and especially raw faces.  Several times I had to use a flat punch and hammer to tap down ball eating burrs.  (It only takes a light tap.)

 

So I’m done with raw wedges or faces.

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5, 7, 9 woods

5, 6 Adams hybrids
7-GW Maltby irons
54 & 58º Wedges
LAB Mezz.1 box stock
 
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I am not a rusty guy... Besides, the rusty surface doesn't make for notably better spin. 

If I need more spin, I hit the ball harder; thus all my Vokey SM6, SM9 and SM10 series wedges are Tour Chrome.  

  • TSR2 9.25° Ventus TR Red 59S
  • TSR2 15° Tour AD-VF 74S
  • T200 17° 2i Fujikura Pro 95i Tour S
  • T100 (2023) 3i & 4i MMT 95S, T100 5i-9i MMT 105S
  • SM10 F46.10, F52.12, T58.4, DG200 127S
  • SC/CA Monterey
  • DASH -ProV1x or new AVX
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