Some eight months after Bob Vokey joined Titleist at the tail end of 1996, his first wedge prototype found its way into PGA Tour player Andy Bean's bag at the 1997 St. Jude Classic.
”I had two in my bag, and let Andy try it,” said Vokey. “He canned the first one and lipped out the second one, and he says to me, 'Voke, I've got to put this in play!'"
In honor of that important week 20 years ago, Vokey has made and Titleist has released a replica of the 456.14 wedge as a limited release.
The Vokey Design 456.14 Limited is a classic design with increased offset, 14 degrees of bounce and a rounded head profile. The bounce offers versatility while helping most on softer turf and downhill lies. The 456.14 achieves maximum spin through TX4 groove technology, and it comes with a unique Polished Chrome finish.
The nomenclature for the wedge is intriguing, too. The 4 is for the 400 series of wedges -- as Vokey made 200, 300 and 400 series at the time -- with the 56 designating loft and the 14 designating bounce. This name and the markings were for internal purposes, however.
Available through WedgeWorks, the Vokey Design 456.14 Limited wedges can be customized with eight characters of stamping and one of 12 paintfill colors. Of course, shafts, grips, shaft bands and ferrules can also be customized.
The Vokey Design 456.14 Limited wedges are available beginning June 7 through WedgeWorks on Vokey.com for $250 each.