By now, most golfers are aware of the recent USGA regulation on groove volume and edge sharpness. This was enforced so that professional or more skilled golfers could not spin the ball as much from the rough by preventing the so-called over reliance on technology. Consistent with USGA findings, research has confirmed that these players will be impacted by the reduction of spin (as much as 50%) and higher launch angle (up to 5 degrees) creating more roll out from full shots and low impact pitch shots from the rough.
True Temper engineers soon began to work on a solution to this problem by utilizing the best players in the world as their guinea pigs. They wanted to develop a wedge series that would increase spin properties during both full shots and low impact swing conditions and at the same time, generate lower launch conditions for more controlled flight properties while increasing the descent angle for greater stopping power. Now that is one tall order.
Dynamic Gold has been perennially the number one shaft in pro-line wedges and considered the benchmark, so a DG “Spinner” version began its transformation. True Temper engineers added a unique 3” recessed area just below the grip which acts as a hinge. The shaft actually becomes smaller or reduces in diameter before getting larger again. The result was the DG Spinner’s shaft bending profile created a sharper angle of attack on the downswing to reduce trajectory (1.5 degrees on average) while at the same time increasing the spin (250 rpm) compared to the standard Dynamic Gold.
There are a couple of things to know about the DG Spinner. First, they are only available in a 0.355” taper tip version, so they won’t fit any Hireko wedge. But most of the big name brand wedges you find like Cleveland, Titleist and Ping all accept taper tip shafts that can be retro-fitted with the DG Spinner shaft. Second, there are actually two different versions. There is a 124g Wedge version for finesse or less than full shots designed for the sand and lob wedges. Then there is another version called the Wedge + (plus), which is 131g and designed for the pitching and gap wedges that are designed more for full shots.
As you can see this is one way shaft manufacturers can offer, with a little creativity, new technology to combat the throttling back of technology by a select few. Proving once again there is more than one way to skin a cat (but not your ball) and ultimately give golfers what they desire or were used to in the first place.
True Temper DG Spinner Wedge – Tapered $20.40 each